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At Secret Path Live benefit concert, comedian Bruce McCulloch poignantly remembers Gord Downie

At Secret Path Live benefit concert, comedian Bruce McCulloch poignantly remembers Gord Downie @GlobeArts

21.10.2019

At Secret Path Live benefit concert , comedian Bruce McCulloch poignantly remembers Gord Downie GlobeArts

Bruce McCulloch, a former member of the famed Kids in the Hall sketch comedy troupe, reminisces about his friendship with Downie

We became friends, first awkwardly, then profoundly. I later moved to Los Angeles, so we became men of letters and e-mails.

He was struck by a line I had written in it: “The love you are given will pour right through you if you don’t know who you are.”

“I will indeed try to plough some farmland as we move across Canada doing shows.” Then he signed it, “Gord Downie, friend of the farmer.” And he was. And of everyone.

Back came: “Whenever I’ve been on ‘the river’ with you, all I’ve done – been able to do – is smile. Let’s just keep moving. Hello and love to everyone you will ever touch. Signed, Gord Downie, friend of the farmer.”

I was in Halifax directing and someone on the crew said, “So, Gord Downie died, eh.” Instinctively, I grabbed my sunglasses for what I knew was coming.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

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