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This will probably only mean something to Canadians and border Yanks like me, but Gord Downie, frontman for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, has announced he has terminal brain cancer.  You can't underestimate how huge these guys are in Canada nor what an electric stage presence Gord is.  Their final concerts with Gord will be unbelievably poignant affairs. 



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One day after revealing that singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer, the Tragically Hip have posted the dates for an upcoming summer tour.
The tour is in support of the band's 14th studio album Man Machine Poem.
The tour kicks off July 22 in Victoria and wraps up in the band's hometown of Kingston, Ont., on Aug. 20. 
Tickets are available Friday June 3 at 10 a.m. local time. 
The following tour dates were posted this morning on the band's website:
    Victoria, July 22. Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

    Vancouver, July 24. Rogers Arena‚Äč.

    Edmonton, July 28. Rexall Place.

    Calgary, Aug 1. Scotiabank Saddledome.

    Winnipeg, Aug 5. MTS Centre.London, Aug. 8. Budweiser Gardens.

    Toronto,  Aug 10 and Aug. 12. Air Canada Centre.

    Hamilton , Aug. 16. FirstOntario Centre.

    Ottawa, Aug. 18. Canadian Tire Centre.

    Kingston, Aug. 20. Rogers K-Rock Centre‚Äč.

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This idea of huge Canadian celebrities who we've almost never heard of in the States is pretty amusing.  I mean I guess The Tragically Hip ring a bell, the name sounds somewhat familiar, but they probably couldn't sell out a bingo hall here.  I don't know why some Canadians achieve mainstream success and the rest are relegated to "Juno Awards", which basically means less than cracker jack prizes here.

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srossi wrote: This idea of huge Canadian celebrities who we've almost never heard of in the States is pretty amusing.  I mean I guess The Tragically Hip ring a bell, the name sounds somewhat familiar, but they probably couldn't sell out a bingo hall here.  I don't know why some Canadians achieve mainstream success and the rest are relegated to "Juno Awards", which basically means less than cracker jack prizes here.
To give you an idea, in July 1995 I saw The Hip headline an outdoor show in Markham, Ontario that I'm guessing drew somewhere in the 20-30,000 range.  Three months later in DC I saw them in a bar (930 Nightclub) that probably held 200 tops.  Here in Buffalo they played the hockey arena and pretty much filled it.  Yet a couple hours down the road in Cleveland you could see them in a nightclub called The Odeon. 



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I first heard them, like most Americans did, when Dan Aykroyd had them on as musical guest when he hosted SNL in March of 1995 in what was just about the only good SNL show that entire ill-fated season.  The Hip played "Grace Too" and made me and many others fans.

That really sucks to hear.

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Maybe someone can post their 2 or 3 biggest hits so us dumb Americans have some idea what we're talking about.  Wikipedia lists them as being everything from alternative to country so I have no idea what they sound like.

A quick look at setlist.fm shows that on their last tour, they were playing arenas throughout Canada but were relegated mostly to the different House of Blues venues throughout the U.S.  Capacity for those venues is between 800-2,000, depending on city.



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I can't get the imbedding to work, so here's some links to Hip videos on youtube.
New Orleans Is Sinking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAZUsCONjIQ
At The Hundreth Meridian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCFo0a8V-Ag
Locked in the Trunk of a Car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-WBZMRFFkU
Grace, Too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d18UWu4dRv4
Courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhpezwGtDEg
And my favorite Hip song, Wheat Kings (not an official video, just the song with some fan crap as a video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB965aUPsmM



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cdewar19 wrote: I can't get the imbedding to work, so here's some links to Hip videos on youtube.
New Orleans Is Sinking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAZUsCONjIQ
At The Hundreth Meridian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCFo0a8V-Ag
Locked in the Trunk of a Car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-WBZMRFFkU
Grace, Too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d18UWu4dRv4
Courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhpezwGtDEg
And my favorite Hip song, Wheat Kings (not an official video, just the song with some fan crap as a video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB965aUPsmM


















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srossi wrote: This idea of huge Canadian celebrities who we've almost never heard of in the States is pretty amusing.  I mean I guess The Tragically Hip ring a bell, the name sounds somewhat familiar, but they probably couldn't sell out a bingo hall here.  I don't know why some Canadians achieve mainstream success and the rest are relegated to "Juno Awards", which basically means less than cracker jack prizes here.
Canadian Content laws, I presume?



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srossi wrote: Maybe someone can post their 2 or 3 biggest hits so us dumb Americans have some idea what we're talking about.  Wikipedia lists them as being everything from alternative to country so I have no idea what they sound like.

A quick look at setlist.fm shows that on their last tour, they were playing arenas throughout Canada but were relegated mostly to the different House of Blues venues throughout the U.S.  Capacity for those venues is between 800-2,000, depending on city.

Sometimes Canada does its own thing with who it likes musically, just like big acts in foreign countries that are huge at home but have little following anywhere else.
This is a big deal to canadian music fans, Rossi. Be as glib about it as you choose, but not every musical icon another country has as its own needs to be validated as liked by America to be a big deal.
Gord Downie is a big deal here. 



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Yeah, fuck you Rossi. Gord is fucking awesome.



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So Hard Done By is one of my favorite songs period. Sorry to hear this news.

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lobo316 wrote:  
    Victoria, July 22. Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre.

What happened to Save-on-Foods?  I hope the end was quick and painless. 
*BONG*



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khawk wrote: srossi wrote: Maybe someone can post their 2 or 3 biggest hits so us dumb Americans have some idea what we're talking about.  Wikipedia lists them as being everything from alternative to country so I have no idea what they sound like.

A quick look at setlist.fm shows that on their last tour, they were playing arenas throughout Canada but were relegated mostly to the different House of Blues venues throughout the U.S.  Capacity for those venues is between 800-2,000, depending on city.

Sometimes Canada does its own thing with who it likes musically, just like big acts in foreign countries that are huge at home but have little following anywhere else.
This is a big deal to canadian music fans, Rossi. Be as glib about it as you choose, but not every musical icon another country has as its own needs to be validated as liked by America to be a big deal.
Gord Downie is a big deal here. 

How am I being glib?  I'm researching a band I didn't know about and asked someone to share their music.



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Gord Downie passes away at the age of 53.  It's easily the biggest story today on Canadian media.  Toronto's sports radio, the FAN590, has spent much of the morning talking about Gord.  The band had strong ties with the hockey community, in fact Gord's godfather is former Boston Bruins GM Harry Sinden.  Toronto rock stations are, predictably, leaning heavily on The Hip canon today.
 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/gord-downie-obit-1.4359906



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