The Hip

Last night the greatest rock and roll band Canada has ever produced played a two-hour concert at Shaw Park, where the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team call home. The Tragically Hip were in fine form!

With a solid repertoire to choose from, their set had all the hits and some unexpected tunes like Grace, Too, Music @ Work and Wheat Kings. They dedicated Fiddler’s Green to the cop killed in Toronto last week who was a Hip fan, and Ahead By a Century to Lloyd Axworthy (!) and Winnipeg in general, pointing to the looming frame of the under-construction Museum for Human Rights.

After 25 years in the business (their first EP was released in 1987 followed by 11  albums) The Hip can still rock out, represent Canada to Canadians in a quirky and special way and thoroughly entertain. Gord Downie’s act as the newly unstrung marionette on stage was weird and fun as ever. His prop tonight was a handkerchief.

The band is so familiar with the songs that they can toy around with them, giving new life to the faithful old tunes that often the audience sang along with. A national treasure: The Tragically Hip!

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