A Tragically Hip holiday weekend.
The Tragically Hip will be in Niagara this weekend for two special shows in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The first, an intimate concert at Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery on June 28, is open to The Hip’s online fan club members only.
The second is a large concert set for June 30 at Parks Canada’s Butler’s Barracks site on The Commons. Joining The Hip on June 30 will be Death Cab for Cutie, The New Pornographers and The Rural Alberta Advantage.
This weekend, tens of thousands of people are expected to descend upon Niagara-on-the-Lake for what’s being touted as Niagara’s concert event of the summer.
Canadian rock icons The Tragically Hip will be rolling into town, bringing three other high-calibre acts along with them: Death Cab for Cutie, The New Pornographers, and the Rural Alberta Advantage. Just as the Kingston, Ont. band is known for playing large shows on Canada’s birthday each year, they are equally recognized for thinking outside of the box when it comes to concert venues. The June 30 Niagara-on-the-Lake show will be no different.
“We like playing unique spaces,” explained Paul Langlois, guitarist for The Hip who added that after playing together for so many years variety is needed to keep things fresh. “We’re always looking for new, unusual venues to play.”
The band’s frontman Gord Downie found that something new in the heritage town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. After visiting the area last summer to perform as part of Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery’s summer concert series, Downie put out feelers through concert organizers AEG Live about staging a Hip concert in town. Parks Canada came on board, offering up the historic Butler’s Barracks area on its Commons property for the event.
Jarred Picher, manager, Niagara National Historic Sites, Parks Canada has previously said the event seemed like a great fit for this year’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations.
It was a unique way, he said, to mark the special year in Niagara-on-the-Lake and perhaps draw more attention to the bicentennial celebrations.
Langlois said that while the band is known for playing large Canada Day gigs, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will always be that way.
“For a few years when we first started, no one knew us. Then, Canada Day became a regular bill for us,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we play every Canada Day but sometimes it’s hard to resist. For some, New Year’s Eve is the big gig of the year, but that’s Canada Day for us.”
He said the band may be taking Canada Day off for the next few years.
“It’d be nice to be able to just sit back and relax,” he said. “To enjoy the long weekend.”
Fans heading to Saturday’s show can expect to hear all of the classic Tragically Hip tunes, as well as some new material off the band’s recently recorded album that is expected to hit shelves this fall.
Article taken from: http://www.niagarathisweek.com