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Editor’s Note

Courage, cottagers

No matter where you spent your summer in Canada, it would have been hard to avoid the Tragically Hip. As the band made its way across the country, performing a series of sold-out shows on its farewell tour, tributes to the group and its lead singer, Gord Downie, were all over the media. Canadians were rapturous in their praise of the Hip, sharing what the band meant to them and to the story of our country.

It struck me how often these tributes included a mention of the cottage. For many of us, the music calls for a lake view to accompany it; the two icons— the Hip and the cottage—are linked in our national psyche. As Nova Scotian musician Joel Plaskett recently put it in an interview with Maclean’s magazine, “When I think of people in Ontario having a good time in the summer by a lake, I think of the Tragically Hip.”

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