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Published on January 10th, 2017 | by Alan Cross


Question: What Happened to Gord Downie’s Order of Canada?

Last year as part of the outpouring of affection and support for Gord Downie, there was a movement to see him awarded the Order of Canada. A petition at gathered 75,000 signatures. Yet when the list of recipients for 2017 was released on December 30, Gord’s name was absent.

I know that Gord’s name was put forward–and I can’t see anyone objecting to his nomination–but I’ll admit that I have no idea how the rest of the process works. Can anyone shed any light on why Gord was passed over? Just wonderin’…

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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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