(OTTAWA, ON) – Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Close to 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order in the last 50 years.
Today, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced six new appointments to the Order of Canada. New appointees include the members of The Tragically Hip for their contribution to Canadian music and for their support of various social and environmental causes.
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip will accept their insignia as part of a special presentation of Canadian honours in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadership on Monday, June 19, at Rideau Hall.
For over 30 years, Gord Downie has been the front man for The Tragically Hip and is considered one of Canada’s most beloved artists. He is renowned for his memorable performances, his songwriting, and his lyrical references that create a sense of what it is like to love, and live in, this country.
Downie’s charitable contributions and social activism continue to have a significant impact. He is devoted to promoting dialogue, raising awareness of the history of residential schools, and moving the country along the path to reconciliation.
The Order of Canada insignia awarded to Tragically Hip members Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, and Gord Sinclair will be presented to at a later date.