Jassen and I were so honoured to be part of the Great Moon Gathering, even in such a small way. It was our pleasure to escort you, Gord, Gord, John, Gavin, Bruce and Andrew on an ice fishing adventure. Even though we did not catch anything, it was an excellent way to enjoy nature and a bit of relaxation before the concert. Not many people can say that they went on an ice fishing journey with the Tragically Hip! Watching Gord Downie sit on a cooler at an ice fishing hole and jig with such dedication and peace created a lasting impression on the both of us.
READ JOSEPH AND AMANDA BOYDEN’S REPORT FROM THE GREAT MOON GATHERING AND THE REFLECTIONS OF SOME OF ITS PARTICIPANTS:
Perhaps the biggest impression made was how so many well-known people came together in our small community of Fort Albany, Ontario. Jassen and I were a small part of something that was so spectacular! The memories created by all of you and how everyone interacted with one another is something that will not soon be forgotten. The time the Tragically Hip spent with Braiden, Cory, Cody, Evan and Roseanne was truly special. It meant a lot to me and Jassen as well. No one really takes the time to get to know us and who we are and what we represent up here. We still cannot believe that all of this has happened. The whole event is such a blur and so many of us are saying, “Can you believe we did that?” The significance of what has occurred is yet to register on us and the rest of Canada.