Not many people would announce a tour after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. But that's what Tragically Hip frontman Gordon Downie did in '16.
Thirty-two years earlier, Tragically Hip formed at Kingston Collegiate in Ontario.
Between '90 and '00, the group nailed eleven Juno Awards (the Canadian Grammys) for Most Promising Group of the Year, Canadian Entertainer of the Year, Best Rock Album ("Phantom Power") and Best Canadian Band Not Named Rush (just kidding about that one).
Nine of their albums reached #1 in Canada, which led to their '02 induction into the Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.
While their early Blues-tinged albums with acoustic punctuations, did well in their native land, there was little recognition elsewhere.
Though '92's "Fully Completely" explored deeper themes, many critics and fans coalesced around the idea that "Day For Night," out two years later, was the group's most fully realized effort. Both albums, Tragically Hip's third and fourth efforts respectively, went to #1 in Canada but failed to breakthrough in the U.S.
Even a '95 appearance on Saturday Night Live, introduce by SNL vet and fellow Canadian Dan Aykroyd, failed to do the trick. The comedian had pushed for Tragically Hip's appearance on the show.
In May, '16 Tragically Hip announced Downie's illness and their 'farewell' tour plans.
Weeks later, "Man Machine Poem," Tragically Hip's thirteenth full-length studio album, was released.
1987 The Tragically Hip (EP)
1989 Up To Here
1991 Road Apples
1992 Fully Completely
1994 Day For Night
1996 Trouble At The Henhouse
1998 Phantom Power
2000 Music @ Work
2002 In Violet Light
2004 In Between Evolution
2006 World Container
2009 We Are the Same
2012 Now For Plan A
2016 Man Machine Poem
1990 Most Promising Group of the Year
1991 Canadian Entertainer of the Year
1993 Canadian Entertainer of the Year
1995 Entertainer of the Year
1995 Group of the Year
1997 Group of the Year
1997 Album of the Year ("Trouble At The Henhouse")
1997 North Star Rock Album of the Year ("Trouble At The Henhouse")
1999 Best Rock Album ("Phantom Power")
1999 Best Album Design ("Phantom Power")
2000 Best Single ("Bobcaygeon")
2001 Best Rock Album ("Music At Work")
2006 CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year ("Hipeponymous")
2006 Music DVD of the Year ("Hipeponymous")