The Tragically Hip, who have been going out of their way recently to “spread the green gospel,” are about to embark on the second leg of their North American Tour.Â The next round of dates for the Canadian quintet kicks off May 10 at the Vogue in Indianapolis and includes shows at Chicago’s House of Blues (May 11-12), First Avenue in Minneapolis (May 14), the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wis. (May 15), and the Warner Theatre in Erie, Pa. (May 18). Tickets for all shows are on sale through links on the band’s web site.
The Hip also have plenty of festival appearances lined up for this summer, including Summerslam in Grand Prarie, Alberta (July 14), the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Detroit Lakes, Minn. (July 20), and Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis. (July 21).
All shows on the band’s most recent arena tour in Canada used non-toxic, non-petroleum-based, biodegradable Green Shift products, including cups, plates and cutlery, on their bus, backstage and at most concession stands. The band’s Ontario shows were powered by Bullfrog Power, the first 100 percentgreen power company in the province.
Band members also carry their green devotion into their personal lives. Lead singer Gord Downie is a trustee of the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers and an avid cyclist who parks his car in the spring and summer and makes good use of a vintage bicycle he picked up in the Netherlands.