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Like most other offices in Canada, the chatter around the water cooler at ATB Place in Edmonton has been about the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem tour and, specifically, Gord Downie's farewell. The Hip's charismatic frontman has been stricken with terminal brain cancer and has been putting on inspirational, emotional, courageous performances across the country, culminating with the Hip's final show Saturday, August 20, in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
Together going on 30 years, Downie and the Hip are Canadian icons and will leave a legacy of great music and unforgettable live performances, from tiny nightclub gigs to massive Another Roadside Attraction festivals to sold-out arena shows.
Many of us at ATB are Tragically Hip fans and it just so happens we have a way to pay tribute to Downie and the band by lighting our downtown Edmonton headquarters and the ATB lights on Calgary's McMahon Stadium in the colours of the flashy suits Downie has been wearing for the entire tour.
This Friday and Saturday, our building will be lit in Downie's colours (gold, silver, fuchsia and aquamarine). We're hoping other Canadian landmarks follow suit, from BC Place in Vancouver to Niagara Falls in Ontario, making for a colourful national tribute.