They may have shot a movie once in his hometown, but now Gordon Downie of the Tragically Hip will have a street named after his band in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
On Tuesday night city counsellors voted to create a place where locals can meander down a strip of downtown called Tragically Hip Way, indeed a very cool place to hangout. The new road will run along a one-block segment of Barrack Street from King Street East just past Ontario Street. It is located in front of the entertainment venue the K-Rock Centre. They also voted to create a Walk of Fame.
“We are humbled and flattered by the efforts of those who undertook this initiative and those who supported it throughout this process," Tragically Hip bassist Gord Sinclair said in an email, as reported by CBC News. "It is our hope that the creation of the Tragically Hip Way and a Walk of Fame celebrating our fellow Kingstonians will serve to strengthen and unify our community in the years to come. We would like to thank the mayor and council for this recognition and offer our sincere hope that any divisiveness this issue may have caused will not impede the progress of the city's business.”
With 12 studio albums under their belts, the Tragically Hip first hit the music scene back in the late 1980s. They've amassed an impressive 14 Juno awards, and have been honoured with spots on Canada's Walk of Fame as well as being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.