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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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RIP Gord,

plenty of us up here in the border states know very well who he was and his impact on Canadian music and culture

for the uninitiated, check out the Tragically Hip at Woodstock 1999 in Rome NY, where a bunch of crazed Canadian fans descend on the stage - Tragically Hip's performance is mesmerizing as always
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1199&v=lcK1P491lmk

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KGB wrote: 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
Boom 97.3 hasn't played anything but Hip songs since about 9:00 this morning. 

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I've heard of The Tragically Hip forever and remember seeing some of their videos when we got MuchMusic. At what point did they go from being just another fairly popular band to being a major part of Canadian culture? For instance, Tom Petty had a big following from the late 1970s into the 1980s, but didn't go supernova until "Full Moon Fever". U2 was on the rise throughout the 1980s, but "The Joshua Tree" took them to another level. What is The Tragically Hip's equivalent album, song or moment?

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RIP

Only saw them once, opening for Rush at the Gardens in 1991.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziOZpxbvgZI
Here's a very brief clip of them performing Limelight.

Even though we all knew the end was coming, today is a sad day.

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tamalie wrote: I've heard of The Tragically Hip forever and remember seeing some of their videos when we got MuchMusic. At what point did they go from being just another fairly popular band to being a major part of Canadian culture? For instance, Tom Petty had a big following from the late 1970s into the 1980s, but didn't go supernova until "Full Moon Fever". U2 was on the rise throughout the 1980s, but "The Joshua Tree" took them to another level. What is The Tragically Hip's equivalent album, song or moment?
It was the fall '92 release of their third major label album Fully Completely.  They'd been steadily making their mark for a few years, but that album was one of those works of art that just perfectly captured the zeitgeist of that era.  Roughly 10 of the 12 tracks from the album have established themselves as staples of both alternative and classic rock stations in Canada (and select border towns). 

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ChrisOTL wrote: KGB wrote: 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
Boom 97.3 hasn't played anything but Hip songs since about 9:00 this morning. 

They broke up their usual block of Gowan and Chilliwack.

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LAF wrote: ChrisOTL wrote: KGB wrote: 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
Boom 97.3 hasn't played anything but Hip songs since about 9:00 this morning. 

They broke up their usual block of Gowan and Chilliwack.

Saga and April Wine.  Gotta love Can-con.

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For you Canucks out there who went camping in the 90's, think of the songs you were hearing as you walked amongst the campsites. Bet a lot of times it was The Tragically Hip.

People have said on here how they've felt the passing of a musical artist more than most others and this one really hurts.

Really encourage those who haven't really listened to any Hip to do so. Don't just play it, really listen to it.

RIP Gord.

I as well and currently am have played almost nothing but Hip songs yesterday and today.

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Yeah lots of that going on.

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KGB wrote: LAF wrote: ChrisOTL wrote: KGB wrote: 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
Boom 97.3 hasn't played anything but Hip songs since about 9:00 this morning. 

They broke up their usual block of Gowan and Chilliwack.

Saga and April Wine.  Gotta love Can-con.

Saga, April Wine, Chilliwack, and even Gowan, are all great!!! :tongue:

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Don't forget Toronto and Harlequin and Trooper

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Triumph, Chalk Circle, and Nickl....  Nah.  Not going to go there. 

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Hard to believe it's been a whole year already.
Your life left a mark on Canada and your passing has left a hole.
RIP.



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