Right now, all of Canada is mourning the loss of Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip frontman who passed away last night after a battle with brain cancer. And in the first of what will doubtless be many tributes, Feist has shared a cover of “The Stranger,” a song from Downie’s 2016 solo album Secret Path. On Twitter, Leslie Feist writes, “I send out this song with love, respect and gratitude in honour of Gord’s generosity of spirit. I admired so much his honest way of communicating what he saw and the courage and conviction he searched with. Thankyou, and I love you.” Below, listen to her hushed, lo-fi version of the song.
Feist also covered the Tragically Hip’s “Flamenco” last year, after Downie’s cancer diagnosis.