Is there a better way to celebrate the nation’s 148th birthday than by seeing one of Canada’s biggest bands play to a sold out crowd, outside on a beautiful summer night? I think not.
With 9 of their 12 albums reaching #1 in Canada and 14 Juno awards under their belt, The Tragically Hip are an integral part of the Canadian soundscape.
The Hip proved their worth to this energetic crowd and played a show that can only be described as fully and completely awesome!
People wearing red and white to show off their Canadian spirit were scattered throughout the crowd at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Canadian flags were waved high in the air as The Hip took the stage. They opened the show with the classic “Grace, Too” with cheers of approval emanating from the audience.
During the next few songs, lead singer Gord Downie playfully jaunted around the stage much to the amusement of the rambunctious crowd. One part lead singer, one part mischievous minstrel.
After some lighthearted chatter from Downie, The Hip launched into every song from their album Fully Completely. The crowd followed Downie’s every word, lost in his ability to paint pictures of Hugh MacLennan’s 1959 novel The Watch That Ends The Night. You could see the beauty of the prairies in “Hundredth Meridian” and experience the story of David Milgaard in “Wheat Kings”.
After making and playing music together for 32 years you might think that The Tragically Hip would have lost a step, but thankfully that can’t be further from the truth.