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Watch Gord Downie record the final track for his upcoming album

Caroline Szwed

In anticipation of Gord Downie's new double album, Introduce Yerself, coming out Oct. 27, Arts & Crafts released a video documenting the creation of the album's closing song, "The North." The video gives an intimate look of Downie in studio, and a window into his creative process.

“A lot of these I wrote the words in advance,” Downie says in the video. “Like poems. I’d get one or two a day and then I’d have to stop. Because that’s about all … the soul or whatever, would give up. And then, so with music, it becomes pretty easy.”

Watch the late Downie in studio while recording his newest, and final, album.

For a deep dive into Introduce Yerself, read "Decoding Gord Downie's final masterpiece."

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