I remember my first Tragically Hip show like it was yesterday. Back in grade 5, my dad and his friend Jim took myself and a buddy to our first ‘big’ show at the Metro Centre. It was the Day for Night tour and the tickets must have been expensive because I remember my pop’s having to roll his own cigarettes a couple of times durring their set. Despite any economic repercussions, we all had an awesome time rocking out to “Grace, Too” and it continues to be one of my favorite childhood memories.
Andrew B. Myers has some fond memories of The Hip as well, his are a bit more recent though, and cooler. Here’s Andrew to fill you in on his close encounter of the Hip kind.
As someone who gets giddy with the notion of Canadiana and our tricky-to-define culture, it was a pretty neat opportunity to get to work with a quintessential Canadian group, The Tragically Hip. They had seen my work at an exhibition and wanted to fill their upcoming album with a handful of it, including the cover! This allowed me the opportunity to hang out with lead singer Gord Downie; who of course, turned out to be a really interesting mind. One more reason I love my job and the random situations it can take me to at the drop of a hat.
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