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Published on May 28th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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There’s a hidden tribute to Gord Downie at the Hip’s recording studio

Back on Thursday, I attended an event at The Bathhouse, the Tragically Hip’s recording studio west of Kingston. All the guests had access to most of the grounds and the studio building himself.

There were, however, areas that were kind of off-limits. A private area at the back–the spot where the Hip rehearsed–was roped off.

If you remember the Long Time Running documentary, there were scenes early in the film where Gord and the band were starting rehearsals for the tour. That footage is from that room.

The room looks much like it did during those rehearsals two years ago except for one thing.

In the frontman’s position is a mic stand, the same stand that was used during the last Hip show in Kingston in August 2016.  Sitting at the foot of that stand is a pair of Gord’s boots.

Gord’s boots: Jane Stevenson/Toronto Sun

Wow. Chills.

Read more about the Bathhouse at The Toronto Sun.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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One Response to There’s a hidden tribute to Gord Downie at the Hip’s recording studio

  1. Leslie Armstrong-DeJongh says:

    awesome job!

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