Gord Downie, Tragically Hip singer, has terminal cancer


mentalfloss
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Gord Downie, Tragically Hip singer, has terminal cancer

Gord Downie, lead singer of iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, announced this morning he has a form of terminal brain cancer.

News of Downie's illness was posted on the band's website.

Downie, 52, and his wife Laura Leigh Usher have four children.

The statement says the diagnosis came "a few months ago."

It goes on to say: "Since then, obviously, he's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him."

The statement also says the band is going to do one last tour. "This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.

"What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it's magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.

"So, we're going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet."

Gord Downie, Tragically Hip singer, has terminal cancer - Toronto - CBC News
 
Curious Cdn
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What is with this epidemic of brain cancer? a few decsdes ago, there was almost none.
 
mentalfloss
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Is there an epidemic?

Do you have some statistics?
 
Curious Cdn
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It was something that you NEVER heard of say, thirty years ago snd now it is certainly more common.

Sharp increase in patients treated for brain tumors with unclear diagnosis in Sweden — (external - login to view)

The Coming Brain Cancer Epidemic - WeeksMD (external - login to view)

Rising Incidence of Brain Tumors Is Drawing Attention and Concern - NYTimes.com (external - login to view)
 
mentalfloss
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I wouldn't call that an epidemic.

The population has increased considerably in the last 10 years and the numbers you've provided don't even increase as much in proportion.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I wouldn't call that an epidemic.

The population has increased considerably in the last 10 years and the numbers you've provided don't even increase as much in proportion.

unh-hunh.

You must be young.

When I was young the only brain tumors that were ever heard of were on TV soap operas. They were exceedingly rare to the point of unknown.

Anyway, believe what you want.
 
mentalfloss
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Cancer Statistics In Canada: Rates, Deaths Fall But Skin Cancer On The Rise, Report Finds (external - login to view)

Cancer rates are falling in the US as well

Cancer Statistics - National Cancer Institute
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Sad. Horrible way to die. Wonder how long he has to live?
 
mentalfloss
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No mention in the article but long enough to complete at least one more tour.
 
Locutus
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tragic
 
lone wolf
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Gord Downie: Tragically Hip frontman, freestyling lyricist and Canadian troubadour - Toronto - CBC News

I wish Gord and Hip a great tour and better tomorrows
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Gord Downie, Tragically Hip singer, has terminal cancer
 
eh1eh
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Quote: Originally Posted by locutusView Post

tragic

fify.
 
SLM
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This is not the sort of news one hopes to hear on the morning drive in. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, it's a horrible thing.
 
Ludlow
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my step father died from brain cancer. The hospice team did a good job alleviating his suffering. That's the best anyone can hope for.
 
lone wolf
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My wife went with brain cancer ten years ago. She refused the chemo because she'd been through it all for four years ending four years before - so she already knew how sick 'treatment' made her. May 29 2006, she limped the length of the Survivors Walk in the local Relay for Cancer. Very early in June cancer was determined to have come back and chemo was proposed. She was just as happy to have had those four more years (during which our first grandchild was born) A week later, they agreed that chemo wasn't going to help as hers was a very aggressive cancer. August 18, she was gone.

I wish Gord Downie painfree days
 
spaminator
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Tragically Hip scalpers: Getting ahead by a tragedy
By Michael Platt, Calgary Sun
First posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 08:18 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:20 AM EDT
A $1,200-per-seat profit, off one man's battle with brain cancer.

If Canadians didn't already loathe scalpers and agencies that support them, they certainly do now, after watching concerts meant as a farewell to a beloved Canadian icon turned into a orgy of profit for those with the technology to scoop up choice seats before ordinary fans had a chance.

Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip will definitely play to packed houses on their final tour, but thanks to scalpers and ticket bots, it will be mainly those with deep wallets watching the show, rather than fans with a deep appreciation of a band considered by many to be Canada's definitive musical act.

"Did #thehip's presale tickets for #YYC sell out immediately? I barely got to the loading screen and apparently they're all out!" was one of the kinder tweets Monday morning, as a pre-sale of tickets meant for the band's fan club sold out in seconds, only to appear minutes later on resale sites.

The mark-up, naturally, was massive — because if there's one thing scalpers understand, it's how to turn all that sentimentality into sweet, sweet profit.

And for Canadians, this one is sentimental like no other, being a farewell tour for Downie, who announced last week he has terminal brain cancer — and after 32 years of hit records and high-octane concerts, it seems this tour will be the band's swan song.

But seats that should have sold for $166 in Calgary's Saddledome were being flogged for US$1,360 over StubHub within minutes of the 10 a.m. pre-sale shutting down, and that was just one of 329 tickets on that site alone.

The same will certainly happen Friday, when seats for the Aug. 1 Saddledome show are released to the general public, and scalpers will skim the cream of the crop on Tuesday, when a pre-sale takes place for a second Calgary Hip show, added for Aug. 3.

It's the same story across the country. Naturally, Hip faithful are furious.

"Pre-sales are supposed to be for true fans, who are given a special code as a reward for their devotion to the band," said Alan Cross, a well-known national music broadcaster, who tackled the touchy subject on his website ajournalofmusicalthings.com under the heading "Something Really Stinks About the Presale for the Tragically Hip Tour".

Within hours, furious fans from across Canada were using the website as a venting ground against a ticketing system that seems rigged in favour of maximum profit.

"I’m both furious and heartbroken. No surprise here: Spent an hour and a half using two browsers plus the browser on my phone and nothing. A friend has already paid $520 for a pair for the 8/10 show on StubHub. Rat bastards," wrote a fan named Amber.

Cross, who personally knows the band, says The Hip will be "distraught" over the controversy, but the musicians are trapped in the same broken system — and when it comes to selling a nation's worth of concerts, promoters have little choice.

But Cross says profiteering off cancer seems particularly peevish.

"This is the most cold-blooded, market-driven display of capitalism that we've ever seen involving Canadian concerts," he said.

"Of course, we shouldn't be surprised — people have been complaining about this very thing for decades, but no matter what they do to fix it, they always seem to skirt the system."

A recent expose by New York’s attorney general found the public has no chance when pitted against special software known as "Ticket Bots," with one typical program snapping up 1,012 tickets to a Madison Square Garden U2 concert in under a minute.



“Ticketing, to put it bluntly, is a fixed game,” the report concludes.

Of course, those in the business say it's about providing a service the market is willing to support: "StubHub is commited to ensuring fans have access to buy and sell tickets to the events they want to see," said San Francisco-based StubHub via Twitter, in reply to outrage over Hip tickets.

The agency also said a portion of the profits would go to the Sunnybrook Foundation, the same medical charity being supported by The Tragically Hip.

"That was a corporate decision made today, based on the fact many of the people in the StubHub office in Canada are Tragically Hip fans as well," said Shannon Kelly, spokeswoman for StubHub.





mplatt@postmedia.com (external - login to view)
Tragically Hip scalpers: Getting ahead by a tragedy | MICHAEL PLATT | Music | En
 
spaminator
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Ontario attorney general may look into sales of Tragically Hip tickets
THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 05:10 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 05:45 PM EDT
TORONTO -- Ontario's attorney general says she's prepared to try and find out why so many Tragically Hip fans couldn't buy tickets for their summer concerts -- unless they wanted to pay many times face value on resale sites.
Fans across the country complained the tickets were sold out almost instantly when they went on presale Monday.
Many rushed to social media to complain about exorbitant prices on secondary resale sites that climbed into the thousands of dollars.
The Tragically Hip announced last week that lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer and would embark on a brief summer tour in parts of Canada.
Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur says she sympathizes with fans who would have to pay such tremendous prices to see the band.
She says the ministry needs to look at what is happening now with the resale prices and insists she wants to fix the situation.
Meilleur denies the province is to blame for scrapping a law that prevented primary sellers like Ticketmaster from owning resale sites like StubHub.
"The intent was to prevent this from happening," Meilleur told reporters.
"And I'm very sorry for the (fans) of this group that they have to pay a great price to go to the concert."
While the public sale of Tragically Hip tickets doesn't begin until Friday, eager buyers already snapped up limited tickets offered during pre-sale events Monday and Tuesday, but far more fans were left disappointed.
Some questioned how the tickets -- which required buyers to enter a code to complete their purchase -- could turn up for resale within minutes. Others lamented that concerts which were raising money for charity were being exploited by scalpers.
The Hip will play 15 shows across parts of the country during a month-long stretch from late July to August.
Ontario attorney general may look into sales of Tragically Hip tickets | Music |
 
JLM
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Hardly a day goes by that you don't hear a story of someone's grief and suffering somewhere not too far from home and it just makes one very thankful that all his woes are mild in comparison and we can look forward to another day.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

My wife went with brain cancer ten years ago. She refused the chemo because she'd been through it all for four years ending four years before - so she already knew how sick 'treatment' made her. May 29 2006, she limped the length of the Survivors Walk in the local Relay for Cancer. Very early in June cancer was determined to have come back and chemo was proposed. She was just as happy to have had those four more years (during which our first grandchild was born) A week later, they agreed that chemo wasn't going to help as hers was a very aggressive cancer. August 18, she was gone.

I wish Gord Downie painfree days


sorry to hear about your wife.



as for this so-called band, I don't care.
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by LudlowView Post

my step father died from brain cancer. The hospice team did a good job alleviating his suffering. That's the best anyone can hope for.

Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

My wife went with brain cancer ten years ago. She refused the chemo because she'd been through it all for four years ending four years before - so she already knew how sick 'treatment' made her. May 29 2006, she limped the length of the Survivors Walk in the local Relay for Cancer. Very early in June cancer was determined to have come back and chemo was proposed. She was just as happy to have had those four more years (during which our first grandchild was born) A week later, they agreed that chemo wasn't going to help as hers was a very aggressive cancer. August 18, she was gone.

I wish Gord Downie painfree days

 
spaminator
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Something’s tragically wrong with ticket resales

By Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park Columnist
First posted: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 07:27 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, June 01, 2016 08:50 PM EDT
TORONTO - It is, sadly, a matter of supply and demand.
When a limited number of tickets went on sale for a Tragically Hip concert series that’s a poignant, emotional swan song for lead singer Gord Downie, you knew scalpers would clean up and there’d be heartbreak and finger-pointing from fans.
Does government have a place in the ticket sales of the province?
The answer is yes — and no.
Yes, because the government has already meddled in the resale of event tickets, aiding and abetting this nightmare. They changed the law preventing the resale of event tickets at a profit in 2015, thus enabling companies like Ticketmaster and StubHub to cash in.
And no, because this is a legitimate business that has the right to buy and sell tickets to whoever they want. And the law of supply and demand says when thousands of people pursue a handful of tickets, prices will soar.
That’s capitalism and no one should have to apologize.
What concertgoers should do — but won’t — is refuse to pay the inflated prices.
From 1914 to 2010, it was illegal to buy and sell tickets for above face value under Ontario’s Ticket Speculation Act.
In 2010, the government amended that to prohibit primary ticket sellers and secondary ticket sellers from selling tickets to the same events. The government says it was amended to ensure that if you profited from the primary sale, you couldn’t also profit from the resale. It was supposed to stop a parent company creating a subsidiary company to sell the same tickets at a higher price.
In 2015, that was changed again so ticketholders are allowed to resell their tickets at more than their face value on the condition that the tickets are verified by the original vendor or resold by a professional reseller with a money-back guarantee.
So that, essentially, was a massive cave-in to companies like Ticketmaster, StubHub and others.
In the legislature Wednesday, Progressive Conservative critic Todd Smith demanded to know why that change was made, with a question to Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur. It was that change that opened up the market to accusations of gouging.
He wanted to know if donations by Ticketmaster to the Liberal Party had anything to do with it.
“If Ontario music fans want to know what really happened, I’ve got 52,700 reasons why this happened,” Smith said.
“That’s how much Ticketmaster and its parent company have donated to the Ontario Liberals in the last two years.”
Smith said recent tour dates for acts like Bruce Springsteen, Adele and the Tragically Hip have resulted in tickets being resold at more than ten times the face value.
Meilleur said the change was all about making sure the resold ticket is legitimate.
“The rule we changed is to prevent fraud,” she said. “We needed to make sure that if you buy a ticket from a third party, that it’s a legitimate ticket.”
That may have been the intention. If you buy season tickets to the Raptors and can’t use them, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to resell them.
On its website, StubHub said a “portion” of Hip sales would go to the Sunnybrook Foundation.
But when companies are essentially buying from themselves, making huge profits and squeezing out the fans, something’s tragically wrong.
cblizzard@postmedia.com (external - login to view)
Something’s tragically wrong with ticket resales | Blizzard | Ontario | News | T
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

What concertgoers should do — but won’t — is refuse to pay the inflated prices.
cblizzard@postmedia.com (external - login to view)
Something’s tragically wrong with ticket resales | Blizzard | Ontario | News | T


Absolutely, it's obscene to be capitalizing off some poor bastard's misfortune! But then I suppose the funeral homes do it every day.
 
spaminator
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Many Tragically Hip fans disappointed as concert tickets sell out in minutes
David Friend, THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 11:03 AM EDT | Updated: Friday, June 03, 2016 12:52 PM EDT
TORONTO -- Many Tragically Hip fans were left empty-handed Friday as tickets for some of the band's upcoming summer concerts sold out almost immediately.
Within minutes after the start of the public sale, it appeared that all available tickets for three arena shows at Toronto's Air Canada Centre had been snapped up, along with dates in Hamilton and the band's final stop in Kingston, Ont.
The story played out much the same across Canada as the 10 a.m. sale start moved west. In Edmonton and Calgary, tickets were snapped up in what felt like seconds. Tickets for three concerts in British Columbia will go on sale later today.
Disappointed fans took to social media to express their suspicion that a large portion of the tickets were bought by resellers hoping to capitalize on the intense interest.
This tour is widely expected to be the final one for the iconic Canadian band, given lead singer Gord Downie's diagnosis of incurable brain cancer.
"Hope the scalpers have a great time at the Tragically Hip shows!" tweeted user David Kennedy shortly after tickets sold out.
Others remarked that there seemed to be relatively few happy tweets from fans who were actually able to buy tickets.
"So did literally no one get Tragically Hip tickets??" asked user Ali Neil on Twitter.
Not everyone was shut out of tickets though and fans who chose the old-fashioned approach -- lining up at Ticketmaster outlets -- seemed to have greater success.
Emily Plunkett was one of the fortunate ones who stood outside the ticket booth at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa where a small group of fans waited all night.
All of them were able to secure tickets, she said.
Less than half an hour after the public sale began for the Toronto shows, more than 2,500 tickets were listed for marked-up prices on StubHub.
Huh....The Capital Tickets site thinks I'm a bot, after being online and in the waiting room for an hour.... #TragicallyHip (external - login to view) this is madness.
— mizmulligan (@mizmulligan) June 3, 2016 (external - login to view)
Many Tragically Hip fans disappointed as concert tickets sell out in minutes | M
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

Many Tragically Hip fans disappointed as concert tickets sell out in minutes
David Friend, THE CANADIAN PRESS
First posted: Friday, June 03, 2016 11:03 AM EDT | Updated: Friday, June 03, 2016 12:52 PM EDT
TORONTO -- Many Tragically Hip fans were left empty-handed Friday as tickets for some of the band's upcoming summer concerts sold out almost immediately.
Within minutes after the start of the public sale, it appeared that all available tickets for three arena shows at Toronto's Air Canada Centre had been snapped up, along with dates in Hamilton and the band's final stop in Kingston, Ont.
The story played out much the same across Canada as the 10 a.m. sale start moved west. In Edmonton and Calgary, tickets were snapped up in what felt like seconds. Tickets for three concerts in British Columbia will go on sale later today.
Disappointed fans took to social media to express their suspicion that a large portion of the tickets were bought by resellers hoping to capitalize on the intense interest.
This tour is widely expected to be the final one for the iconic Canadian band, given lead singer Gord Downie's diagnosis of incurable brain cancer.
"Hope the scalpers have a great time at the Tragically Hip shows!"...

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Time the legitimate vendors smartened up and limited sales to one per person!
 
lone wolf
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Tragically Hip cancels tour after band members unable to acquire tickets - The Beaverton - North America's Trusted Source of News (external - login to view)
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Tragically Hip cancels tour after band members unable to acquire tickets - The Beaverton - North America's Trusted Source of News (external - login to view)


How reputable is that Beaverton (never heard of it)- I checked C.B.C. ............nothing! I call bull sh*t!
 
Locutus
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I work at the beaverton. it's near bobcaygeon. true story.

it's tragic again.

there are plenty of families carrying the burden of brain-related cancers and such. this guy gets special mention because of some band he's in.

this man will die and people will mourn, many with severe levels of maudlinity but that's life in these post-Diana days.

at any rate, there are bigger, more highly influencing and mentoring Canadians in the music industry. Paul Anka and David Foster to kick off.
 
lone wolf
#29
Not very.... Beaverton (the paper) is satire - like the Onion.


...and the fact Downie wants to give it his best is what matters. Doesn't offend me ... and brain cancer's what took my kids' mother. I know what's to come....

The sour grapes are your own
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

Not very.... Beaverton (the paper) is satire - like the Onion.


...and the fact Downie wants to give it his best is what matters. Doesn't offend me ... and brain cancer's what took my kids' mother. I know what's to come....

The sour grapes are your own


Some people can be plain f**king ignorant! The term announced was "terminal cancer", there was no time mentioned. I hope he carries on for another 30 years..........................it's happened before.........................check Richard Bloch!
 

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