Graphic designer paying tribute to Gord Downie


Nova Scotia graphic designer and Tragically Hip fan has raised thousands of dollars for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada with a special tribute to Gordon Downie.

Erin McGuire says he knew instantly he wanted to help raise funds and awareness when he learned of Downie’s diagnosis.

“In 2016, when I found out Gordon had been diagnosed with brain cancer, I was stunned,” McGuire said. “I wanted to do something.”

It was then that McGuire created a poster called “By the Numbers”.

“‘By the Numbers’ is a design that uses every number reference in every Tragically Hip song,” he said. ‘ve thrown into design.”

McGuire says the first place the poster was used to raise money was the ‘In Gordon We Trust’ website, which raised money for the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation – where Downie was being treated at the time.

“The poster has since been used to raise funds primarily for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada,” McGuire said.

“It was used as a beer design that was sold across the country, it has t-shirts, masks, we have stickers going right now, canvas prints, again, collecting funds for the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada.”

More information can be found on the “In numbers” Facebook page.


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