Kingston, ON 9:28 AM Gord Sinclair, legendary bassist for the Tragically Hip, will celebrate Homecoming with Queen’s alumni this weekend by playing an exclusive virtual set in honour of the annual event.
Sinclair, himself a Queen’s alumnus (Artsci’86), will be part of the afternoon lineup, playing a mix of Tragically Hip classics and songs from his debut solo album, Taxi Dancers. The performance will be followed by a live question-and-answer session with CBC Radio’s Shelagh Rogers, who will be co-hosting Homecoming with Rico Garcia, president of the Queen’s University Alumni Association.
Sinclair’s appearance is especially poignant as it will take place on the third anniversary of the death of his Tragically Hip bandmate, Gord Downie.
For the first time ever, Homecoming will be an entirely virtual event, providing greater accessibility and the participation of alumni from around the world. Programming has been updated with features only possible in a virtual environment, but will still feature many of the traditions that alumni have always celebrated, such as a Tricolour Guard tribute, an alumni award recognition ceremony, and musical performances by the Queen’s Band and local favourite, Jay “Smitty” Smith. Faculty sessions will close out the day, allowing alumni to reconnect with former classmates and faculty.
Leigh Kalin, Associate Vice-Principal Alumni Relations & Annual giving says of the event, “We are honoured to have Gord Sinclair join us for what promises to be the highlight of a jam-packed day of Homecoming events. Not only is Gord one of our most celebrated alumni, but he is also one of our country’s most beloved artists. His Homecoming performance is not to be missed.”