As most Canadians know, The Tragically Hip played their final show Aug 20th in their hometown of Kingston Ontario. Instead of reviewing the show like most everyone else, I decided to let a few Hip fans have their say about one of their favourite bans.
- I grew up in Kingston and went to the same High School that most of The Hip went to. The Bass player did our school dances in the late 80’s, way before they their success.
- I grew up in a little village cal Newburgh, near Kingston, and I remember in 1972, when the prisoners escaped Millhaven Penitentiary, there was a lot of fear in the community. The song 38 years old, I was just finishing my career as a parole officer. I realized how much fabric in the Canadian history the Tragically hip really were. Another thing I remember is, I was driving back from Cornwall and I heard the Hip on the radio and I didn’t know what song it was, but the line I heard was,” this is the last American exit”, and I thought, that is so cool, I know exactly where that is.
- I coached hockey with the manager of the Hip for one season. He’s a very lovely guy. The only time I saw the Hip was here at Danforth Music Hall, two years ago, and it was a great show. I feel for the guys in the band, because I know it’s not an easy route that they are on right now, but at the same time, the way it is coming to an end , it’s just one of the most unique situations that you can ever put together.
- I saw the Hip back in 1990 and I went to University of Kingston, so I saw the Hip a lot in university.
- I live in this Toronto neighbourhood and Gord is also a local. I remember running into him at Valley Farm produce and then taking his kid to get ice cream, and he told a story once where he was leaving the Baskin and Robbins at Danforth and Carlaw, walking south on Carlaw when he came up with the line “I saw the constellation, reveal themselves one star at a time”. I think that is the difference between Gord and the rest of us, we are all think how great our ice cream is. That’s what sort separates us and Gord Downie. He’s just a so down to earth person. I guess that makes it great to be famous in Canada, people just kind of live your life. He never placed himself above anybody else or let it get to his head. He is just very inspirational and Thank you so much!
- They are part of our Canadian identity. That song 50 Mission Cap really resonates with me as big part of our Canadian identity. It connect with my family because of the Bill Barilko story. I do appreciate their whole catalogue.
- I love Gord Downie so much, because he’s our poet and the Tragically is our Canadian band.
- I’m 37 right now and I when I was 15 years old, me and my girls, I come from Tehcumseh, near Windsor. We were at one of our friends parties, and we were singing, “Wheat Kings”, over and over. We probably sang it about 50 times. Whenever I hear a Hip song, it brings me back to that time. The Tragically Hip is the soundtrack to our lives.
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