The cruelness of the circumstances are thankfully muted by the outpouring of love and support. Yet, it is hard not to feel that something is being taken unfairly from us. The prospect of losing a figure that united so many of us in such a uniquely Canadian way is heartbreaking. It becomes difficult not to reflect upon on our mortality, and the mortality of those, like Gord, that we love.
Poet Dylan Thomas famously wrote, “Do not go gentle into that good night,” and to “rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Whether you will be at the K-Rock Centre this Saturday or watching the concert somewhere else with friends and family, we will raise our voices together and rage against the dying of the light from coast to coast to coast.
The future be damned. We will celebrate five guys from our hometown who dreamed big and found a place in the hearts and minds of an entire nation. Saturday may write the final chapter in the history of the band, but what a glorious conclusion it is going to be. A final chapter in the treasure trove of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip stories that we love to share.