Jody Richardson leads Writers at Woody Point hikers in singing Ahead By A Century

Every year on the Saturday of Writers at Woody Point, a group of literary and music fans hike out in to Gros Morne National Park together, stopping along the way to listen to authors read and musicians perform. This year we were joined by Juno award winner Amelia Curran and celebrated author, Lawrence Hill.

Also this year, all the participants stopped to sing their hearts out to Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip.

Two years ago Gord Downie performed at the end of the hike on the Lomond River Trail, where over 200 people listened in wonder as he played some of our favourite songs with Killdevil Mountain in the background.

This year, 240 people sang Gord’s song Ahead By A Century, led by Jody Richardson and Robert Humber, sending love from Gros Morne National Park. The group only had an hour to learn the song and perform it, and with the help of Jody they did an amazing job.

The song was arranged by Robert Humber and Jody Richardson. The video was produced by Tom Cochrane. Thanks to Sheldon Stone for running a second camera, and a huge thanks to Fred Sheppard for leading the hike every year, and for having us this year.

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Jody Richardson conducts the Writers in the Wild Choir at the Lomond River Estuary in Gros Morne National Park.

Filmed on location and with the permission of the Parks Canada Agency, at Gros Morne National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Writers at Woody Point is a literary festival, happening every year in August in Woody Point, NL. Learn more about Writers at Woody Point at writersatwoodypoint.com. See more from Writers at Woody Point here.

Filmed on location and with the permission of the Parks Canada Agency, at Gros Morne National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane is a digital storyteller and the creative director of Old Crow Magazine. Tom's photography and videography work can be found at tomcochranephoto.com. Tom is based in Newfoundland, Canada.