Gord Downie was named The Canadian Press Newsmaker of the Year for 2016. Some quotes from the country's editors and news directors who voted:
“The outpouring that we saw across the country was a rare, shared moment of both grieving for and celebration of a Canadian original who made Canada cool amid perennial whining about what constitutes this nation's culture and identity.”
“Downie's performance in that final tour stop in Kingston was something no one watching will ever forget, and the fact he has since been using his spotlight to highlight injustice toward First Nations people is amazing and selfless.”
“During the tour's finale in Kingston, the nation paused to sing along - and mourn. Only Gord Downie could do that.”
“While Trudeau continues to shape Canada in his way, I don't believe any newsmaker captivated Canada as did Downie and his plight, coupled with the remarkable final concert tour of the Tragically Hip and his powerful message at the Kingston show.”
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