Today, November 21st, 2017, marks the 9 year anniversary of our very first show. I’ve told this story before about how we started this band to have a few laughs, play a few shows, and have some fun. At the time we really had no idea the potential of what it could become….
…So here we are 9 years later, approaching our 100th show soon. With 1000’s of miles traveled by air and by road, and our 2018 calendar filling up quickly, it is looking like things are not going to slow down anytime soon.
I/we are still processing the loss of Gord Downie, and with it, the end of a generation of music that has been part of the fabric of our nation the past 30+ years.
As we head into our 10th year, we have a renewed passion and commitment to give Hip fans the shows they won’t see again. We have always worked hard at being a tribute in the true sense of the word, and feel now, more than ever, there is a place for us to do that. Each show unto itself. Each set unique from the last as much as possible. Deeper tracks. More of those off the wall jams they were known for that let Gord just lose himself in front of thousands of people. This is what we have been working on the past 9 years. We will continue to dig deeper and go further into to bring you the full Hip experience at each and every show we play.
One of the other very important things that is happening already, and we will continue going forward, is our commitment to carry on Gord’s work on Truth and Reconciliation. On hearing the sad news of Gord’s passing, we got together and had a long conversation about what we could, and should do. We felt it important that we not just carry on as normal.
First of all, things are no longer normal in our world. Second of all, even though we’ve been around 9 years already, we don’t want to be seen as a band taking advantage of a situation. This is an opportunity for us to help push his legacy forward. To “do something”! We are now speaking about the challenges facing indigenous peoples of Canada at our shows. And we have also pledged to donate a portion of each and every show we play to the Downie Wenjack Fund. We feel this is the least we can do to honour not only Gord, but the whole band.
All in all, it’s been a pretty spectacular 9 years. We sure have had some great times, saw some cool places, and met some really great people. We are looking forward to playing, seeing, and meeting a whole bunch of new venues, places and people in the years to come.
To my brothers in arms, thanks for a great 9 years guys. Here’s to many more!
To all the people who keep coming to the shows, we hope you never stop, and that you bring more and more of your friends.
To all those out there still wanting the live Hip experience, we invite you to come out to see one of our shows. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
And stay tuned for some big news about our 10th anniversary show next year. If all goes to plan, it will be something you won’t want to miss!
See you down the road….