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The Never Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip - BOOK LAUNCH

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The Never Ending Present:
The Story of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip

Author Michael Barclay in conversation with Paul Wells of Maclean’s Magazine.

Performances by Claude Munson / Shadowhand

Join us an inspiring and deeply insightful look at one of english Canada’s most revered and enigmatic songwriters and band. In the first print biography of the Tragically Hip, celebrated music journalist Michael Barclay talked to dozens of the band's peers and friends about not just the Hip's music but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band's role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie's role in reconciliation. Barclay wrote extensively about the Hip's final tour for Maclean's magazine, and is one of the co-authors of legendary Canadian pop music compendium Have Not Been the Same.


Friday, April 20 – 6pm
National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, City Room

Doors at 5:30pm
Duration: 1 hour + Q&A to follow
2 musical performances of one song each, before and after the talk

Books will be available for sale and signing.

* A portion of proceeds from book sales at the show & in perpetuity will benefit legal group EcoJustice and literacy advocates Frontier College.

Performance is approximately One hour plus Q&A with no intermission.