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Published on December 20th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Gord Downie Named Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year

Every year, the Canadian press selects a person as its newsmaker of the year and to the surprise of no one, the 2017 recipient is Gord Downie. And yes, this is the second year in a row for Gord.

He won 53% of the votes cast by newsrooms across the country. Justin Trudeau finished second with 13% while new NDP head Jagmeet Singh had 11%.

A couple of fun facts:

  • Gord is the only entertainer to ever receive the newsmaker of the year title in 71-year history of the poll.
  • Other than Gord, only Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, Terry Fox and Rick Hansen have been named more than once.

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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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