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Rarely does a week go by when I don't think about Terry. I flew from Victoria to Edmonton the other day—with my 13-year-old daughter—to catch another live show of The Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem tour. Canada has itself another "Marathon of Hope." The "Marathon of Hope" was the title given to Terry Fox's quest back in 1980. Of course, running on one leg across Canada is no easy feat. Gord Downie isn't quite running a marathon a day, but I feel like I'm that 9-year-old boy again watching another hero traverse across Canada. I'm flabbergasted that he's doing it in the first place. Through 30 years of performing, his stage presence is not only legendary, it's downright mythical. They have been in and out of my rotation over the years, but never far away.
Were it not for a recurrence of cancer, our national hero would have dipped his prosthetic leg into the Pacific Ocean at some point later that year and reached his goal. Terry passed away on June 28th, 1981, one month shy of his twenty-third birthday due to cancer. Performing a concert, to thousands, every other night across Canada for a month, cannot be easy. Rants, poetry and lyrical quips were always the norm. During "Grace, Too" on the first Vancouver night, there were a few seconds during the song when Downie's own heart melted. They have been in heavy rotation since the announcement of Downie's illness.
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Coupled with musical acts like Vancouver's own Hedley, the iconic Canadian band Barenaked Ladies and American pop singer Colbie Caillat, it was an all-out scream fest.
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