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The Tragically Hip

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Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1983 - Present)

The Tragically Hip’s infectious songs, catchy melodies, inspired lyrics, and solid musicianship have secured their place as the kings of rock in Canada. Formed in the early ’80s in Kingston, Ontario, they are: Gordon Downie (vocals), Paul Langlois and Rob Baker (guitars), Gord Sinclair (bass) and Johnny Fay (drums).

The group met while at Kingston Collegiate Vocational Institute (KCVI) and all attended Queen’s University in Kingston. They started as a cover band playing Rolling Stones and Doors covers, and were first represented by a local Kingston agent named Bernie Dobson.

They were signed by MCA in 1987 when Bruce Dickinson saw them perform live at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario. Later that year they released the EP The Tragically Hip, though they were largely unrecognized until 1989’s Up to Here. Up To Here established them as one of the best and most influential bands in Canada. In 1992, they created the Another Roadside Attraction festival, which tours Canada to promote small, unknown bands.

The band is immensely popular in Canada. They have never found great success in the United States, but have never specifically sought it. When touring in Canada they typically play to sold-out arenas; when touring in the United States they will play smaller venues and clubs. Performances abroad are usually attended by Canadian expatriates. In Europe, the Hip have their greatest following in the Netherlands.

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  • the-cause

    I think their lack of love on Last FM is also the result of people owning the actual albums. I know that's true in my case.

    8 Nov 8:05pm Reply
  • BlueGuyRedGuy12

    Rob Baker Rocks

    7 Aug 6:51am Reply
  • Kansas-Eskimo

    13 Nautical Disaster 22 At the hundredth meridian 37 Lake Fever ??? seriously?

    7 Aug 1:30am Reply
  • menswear2112

    Gee Wizz, I wish I was part of that band.

    16 Mar 7:50pm Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    It's true, on Canadian radio you're never more than 30 mins away from hearing a Hip song. I don't listen to the radio, though, so I don't mind putting on one of their albums, here and there.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    It's kind of funny that July 1st is always the same day... :P I should have written different messages, though.

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    It isn't Canada Day unless I'm listening to the Hip. Happy Canada Day guys!

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • WLDB

    I have a fair bit, but I havent listened to the radio regularly since grade 11 or so. That was 2005ish.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • CodexManesse

    @BrokenTel: Most Hip fans don't really need to scrobble, since they get a load of radio-play up here in The Great White North. At least that was one of my primary reasons for not putting some Hip on my computer. I have since rectified that mistake.

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • joaotsantos

    The Canadian Rock League (CRL) is a competition constituted by 2 leagues, the First division and the Second Division. You can vote in your favourite CANADIAN artists/bands and put them in the top! If you love challenges and competition please join us: Canadian Rock League Every week have a new voting! Have fun

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • exeter232

    What has happened with to the Hip?...I say, too much of Gord's poems and not enough of the raw rock and roll that made the group. Plan A is the end of the line..If you have to learn to love it, you are forcing it. From a "Road Apples" original

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Plan A is growing on me. I really like 4 or 5 songs. "Goodnight Attawapiskat" is terrific.

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Menno75

    European tour please! (Or a stand-alone gig in Amsterdam... that would be enough... hehe) ;-)

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Rhyme79

    No, you're thinking of wet wet wet. ;)

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • theotherivan

    DRIP DRIP DRIP

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • bc_ranger

    don't really know what to say. Now For Plan A sounds a bit disappointing at the first listen. Hope will get into it soon.

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • seanbonner1

    put it off (2)

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    put it off

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • jkade

    I'd just like to point out that the Live from the Vault "official bootleg" series on the official website features some really remarkable concerts. It's a little pricey, yes, but so far they've been worth every Lincoln or QE2 cent.

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    It isn't Canada Day if I don't listen to the Hip. Happy Canada Day, everyone.

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
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