Wednesday was a difficult day for everyone at team ECP. We count ourselves not just as fans, but admirers of Gordon Downie’s work and his career. It was the work of the Tragically Hip that essentially started ECP when Joshua Kloke and Adam Kesek wanted to publish Kloke’s book about the intense fandom that the Tragically Hip inspired, Escape is at Hand: Tales of a Boy and a Band. From there, we’ve continued to publish what we believe to be engaging stories about Canadian music that in a way, embody Downie’s spirit of creativity and discovery.
Perhaps as a result of how much Tragically Hip fans began missing Downie, we started to notice more and more people ordering copies of Kloke’s book. If we can be honest, we felt a bit strange. We were honoured that people wanted to look back on Downie’s career with the Tragically Hip through the book but didn’t feel right about profiting off the outpouring of emotion from fans.
With that in mind, for the next week (Including yesterday) ECP is donating all proceeds of sales of Escape is at Hand: Tales of a Boy and a Band to the Downie Wenjack Fund. The Downie Wenjack Fund continues to resonate with ECP in its mission to bring together all Canadians and, in the words of the Downie Wenjack Fund, “be part of the movement to jumpstart reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.”
For more information about the Downie Wenjack Fund and to make a donation on your own, please visit the fund here.
To purchase a copy of Escape is at Hand, click here. We will be donating proceeds until Thursday, October 26.
Please enjoy the book and the memories of one of rock and roll’s true leaders and inspirations.
With love in our hearts and our hands held high in the air,
Eternal Cavalier Press
(Photo from the Downie Wenjack Fund site)