Written by Sabine Demosthenes

His death hurt like hell.

Music has always been in my blood, my oxygen. During the beginning of my teenage years, like a lot of teenagers, it wasn’t an easy. Listening to The Hip on CHOM Radio (thank you CHOM, you saved my life) and absorbing Gord’s mystical, authentic lyrics;it gave me courage to be true to myself and to be proud of who I am.

Now, I’m closing my eyes, listening to the classic Hip song “Ahead by a Century” from their 2005 album Yer Favourites.

Ahead by a Century

This album was one of my favorite albums of all time. I wish I could sing really loudly on the train, but I must restrain myself.

I’m happy!


I’m happy that the legacies from these amazing poets, musicians, composers, and just generally amazing human beings from our generation will forever be part of our lives. There will always be a kid that will look back in curiosity and discover these treasures.

I’m happy that The Hip was and is part of my life, until I am no longer part of this world.

The Hip

Gord, I wish I could have thanked you for being a positive ray of light in my life, and in everyone’s lives. When I watched the last Hip show, we were all united. We all said thank you, finally.

Here some words of wisdom from Gord:


Music is the ultimate medium for expressions of love, and those expressions find a beautiful backdrop in the environment. Music is also a popular rallying point — at its central core, it’s a way for people to get in touch with the best parts of themselves and to voice the love in their hearts. And the environment is one of the great loves of our lives — when we think of the best parts of ourselves, the environment is always there, informing us, as a backdrop.”

We will meet again!




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