I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of The Hip, although I like and have grown up with their music. They've somehow organically grown to be an integral part of the Canadian music scene. I think this article does a fair job of trying to explain it - it's short and to the point:http://www.torontosun.com/2017/10/18/ahead-by-a-century
For those not familiar, Alan Cross who wrote the above article is a walking encyclopedia of modern music history and his newsletter, blogs and radio shows (The Ongoing History of New Music) are worth checking out for anyone listening to music from the past 50 years or so.
RIP Gord, your legacy will live a very long time. Thank you.