gord downie death

Almost all of Toronto is playing the Tragically Hip today

Tragically Hip fans the world around are mourning Gord Downie today, but no where is the loss felt more than at home in Canada.

An outpouring of grief continues to flood Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today in the wake of Downie's untimely passing, but tributes are happening offline, too.

Toronto-based fans (of which there are probably millions) are reporting that local restaurants, bars and retail stores have been playing The Hip overhead all day.

The late rockstar, who died last at the age of 53 from an incurable form of brain cancer, could be heard singing about his home and native land today at Tim Hortons...

At Dineen Coffee...

At Mr. Sub...

At Lisa Marie...

And pretty much anywhere with a radio playing (read: all the cars).

Many employers are similarly piping Downie's voice through offices across the city right now.

Toronto is hearing The Hip frontman at gyms...

Some teachers are even playing his music for students at their schools.

Now that's an education Canadian parents can be proud of.

You can expect to hear a lot more Gord over the next few days as bars and restaurants host special events in memoriam of the beloved songwriter.

Lead photo by

David Bastedo / The Tragically Hip


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Music

The Weeknd calls Grammy Awards corrupt after getting left out of nominations

Legendary music store closes after 51 years in Toronto

You can now book a Toronto musician to come to your door and sing holiday songs

People in Ontario are freaking out over Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes' new song

Post Malone says Drake sucks at beer pong after playing him in Toronto

This is how live music and entertainment venues could safely reopen in Toronto

The Weeknd is going to be playing the Super Bowl halftime show

This is how Sook-Yin Lee became a VJ at MuchMusic and what she's up to now