There’s been plenty of Tragically Hip appreciation, celebration and nostalgia in the days since Gord Downie’s death last Wednesday. One question that seems to be circulating more than most is this: What was your favourite Tragically Hip moment?
Just about every Canadian seems to have one. For some, it was a memory of a particular show. For others, it was as simple as listening to Up to Here in the car with the family on the way to the cottage.
Me? Mine is peculiar. When the Hip became the first act to perform a concert at the new Air Canada Centre on February 22, 1999, they needed an MC for the night. I was honoured to get the job. It’s something I’ll obviously never forget.
I have others. The Hip at Molson Park in Barrie back in the 90s. The last show at the ACC. An early show at the old Spectrum on the Danforth. Hearing Fully Completely for the first time.
What’s yours? Distill it down to one story and let me know. I’ll read out some responses on my 6 pm show on the Edge on Tuesday evening.