Never Meet Your Heroes (Unless They're Gord Downie)

I had the fortune of meeting Gord Downie, however briefly, in early 1990 at the age of 18. Although they were only one album and an EP into their storied careers, the band Downie fronted, the Tragically Hip, were fast becoming my favourite. They were certainly better than my band at the time, a somewhat generic five-piece pop-rock outfit I shared with my friend and lead guitar player, Paolo.

So yeah, the Hip were playing a show at Toronto's generically-named Concert Hall, and Paolo and I...

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