December 7: Solo Record From Paul Langlois

Very little is known about the record – much like the man himself. This record could be hiding in the shadows waiting to kick ass on December 7, 2010.

At a charity event in Kingston a fan captured this clip:

K-Rock in Kingston has been playing the first single, “Can’t Wait Any More.”

Here’s a potential setlist:
My Next Mistake
If I Were You
Fix This Head
Broken Road
Things I Should’ve Said
Come My Way
Shattered Down
Homeless In Aspen
Can’t Wait Any More

Keep an eye on Ching Music for more details!

Gord Downie presented with Key to City

Read the complete story at Buffalo Rising.

In efforts to find a better day for the city, Mayor Dyster is clearly a mayor who gets it (see some of his comments on the opening of Old Falls Street here). Also the USA Niagara Development Corporation, an arm of Empire State Development, which is now thankfully led by a no-nonsense guy from my neck of the woods who knows what it takes to make things happen on this side of the soda-pop line. It’s great to see Niagara Falls getting less tragic and more hip — and more green.

And about the green: at some point in the concert (perhaps around 7PM), Mayor Dyster will be honoring Gord for his environmental advocacy with a proclamation and a key to the city (mayors do these things). And as Gord is a big supporter of the Waterkeeper Alliance — an international network of organizations which work to keep their local water bodies “swimmable, fishable, drinkable,” and which includes WNY’s own Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper — Julie Barrett O’Neill, executive director and Riverkeeper, will be speaking as well.

TOUR DATES: Gord Downie solo

Sat 06/19/10 – Belleville, ON – Big Music Fest

Thu 07/01/10 Mississauga, ON – Mississauga Civic Center

Fri 07/09/10 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest

Sat 07/10/10 Sudbury, ON – Northern Lights Festival

Sun 07/11/10 Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival

Thu 07/15/10 Bala, ON – The Kee

Sat 07/17/10 Windsor, ON – Downtown Windsor
Appearing at “Blues Fest International”

Sun 07/18/10 London, ON – Downtown London
Appearing at “Blues Fest International

Sun 07/25/10 Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival

Sun 08/15/10 Salmon Arm, BC
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival Grounds

CANOE.CA: The Sadies team with Gord Downie

My how times flies….

The Sadies team with Gord Downie


Given the Sadies secret status as one of the worlds wickedest bands – country, rock or otherwise – it was vaguely surprising to find them unscheduled on the mainstage at Folk Fest double-oh-eight.

But shucks – its just as easy not to complain right?, given their time among us has been subsequently partitioned throughout the weekend – including a gratifying whopper Canadiana session tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Stage 1, the eastern border of New Folkland.

The brothers Travis and Dallas Good call from between Canmore and Calgary, intending fully to have pulled up into town last night to sample our party culture once again. Their persistent friendliness has them in some spectacular collaborations coming up, but just read on …

SUN MEDIA: “New Seasons was one of my favourites last year. Can you tell me a little about what Gary Jayhawks Louris brought into the studio? Dudes a pro playa, obviously.”

TRAVIS GOOD: “He helped from the ground up. He helped with the writing, the arranging. Vocally, he really pushed us. He thinks of things Ive never really thought of when I sing. And he was there, looking over our shoulder, reading what we were writing.”

SUN MEDIA: “What would he suggest with your singing?”

TRAVIS: “Oh, to do another take. Laughs hard. In the earlier records, we would do a couple takes and Id say, Well, thats what I sound like. If its squawky, thats my voice. But hed get us to do it 10 times, a bit of a slave-driver, that man. For me the vocals are the hardest thing, so its the first thing I want to abandon … get right to the guitar as quick as I can.”

SUN MEDIA: “Eat your vegetables so you can have dessert.”

TRAVIS: “Yeah, exactly.”

SUN MEDIA: “You guys are obsessive collaborators – is there anything you can let out of the bag coming up youre working on?”

TRAVIS: “Oh, for sure We just did a thing with Garth Hudson and Mary Margaret OHara, a Band tribute record Garths throwing together. All Canadians, hes producing and playing on it. We just finished a country record with John Doe. And weve been chipping away recording with Gord Downie. Like with Gary Louris, weve been talking about how, Wouldnt it be nice if we did something one day? Weve been in the studio and done some work since. We did a couple songs thatll be on a compilation for the Waterkeeper Foundation.”

SUN MEDIA: “Part of making music together is friendship – you looking forward to hanging out with some musicians at the Folk Fest, onstage, backstage?”

TRAVIS: “Sexsmith should be pretty easy. Weve talked about doing stuff with him, too. So you never know. Laughs. We met Robyn Hitchcock at one of those and it went really good, we ended up recording with him. Same with Jim White. It can go either way, really good or really bad.”

SUN MEDIA: “As long as everyones joining in, its great.”

TRAVIS: “Yeah, I dont like the circle, going around, staring at the sun while a persons doing a solo thing. Not my bag. Hey, you want to talk to Dallas a bit?

SUN MEDIA: “If I have to. Just kidding – yeah. Extended phone rumbling. Dallas, whats the new album looking like?”

DALLAS: “Weve got a bunch of songs weve been working on with Gary, but I dont think well get a chance to revisit them until December. But considering the album that were working on with Gord is going to be original and with an equal amount of input, we dont want to sell anything short there.

“Even though we have three records on the go right now, not including our own or the stuff we did with Neko Case on her upcoming album, I still like to think of everything one project at a time. Last month in particular I was working on four separate projects simultaneously. Ive felt a little overwhelmed lately, because I do all the mixing, too. But Im a bully with that. But whatever. Dont cry for me, Im already dead. I dug my own grave and someday Ill gladly get to lie in it.”

The Sadies play tonight; tomorrow 1 p.m. on Stage 1 and 5 p.m. on Stage 2; finally, 11 a.m. Sunday on Stage 6.

Seasons Greetings From The Tragically Hip

Hi Folks,

As 2009 comes to a close, we are able to reflect on a year in which 87 shows were played, 55 stages graced, 7 countries visited, 2 continents trekked and one studio album released.

We want to thank all of you who have come out to see us along the way.

We have posted a full concert on our official You Tube channel. The show is from Abbottsford, BC. The show features stand out versions of many favorites, including a show opening New Orleans Is Sinking, an acoustic Fiddler’s Green, Gift Shop and strong takes on newer tunes, Yer Not The Ocean and Morning Moon.

Just in time for the last minute holiday shopper, we have added new products to the Gift Shop. The Live From The Vault series welcomes two new entries, plus Volume 4 is now available for digital download. (NB: for Volume 4 only, MP3’s will be available in early January. Flac is available now).

LFTV : Volume 4 was originally released as a limited edition cd, available to those who pre-purchased We Are The Same. The show is the oldest released to date. From the La Luna in Brussels in late 1994, this is a tight, well played show from the Day For Night era. The whole show is a ‘highlight’, but special attention is to be given to Gems, Locked and Yawning or Snarling.

LFTV : Volume 5 takes us to the Avalon in Los Angeles from October, 2004. A good representation of the band’s sound from this era, this show includes several songs that have rarely surfaced since that tour, like Mean Streak and You’re Everywhere. The show features one of the rare appearances of Twist My Arm from 2004.

LFTV : Volume 6 finds the band on the south shores of Lake Erie at The Odeon in Cleveland on a summer’s evening in 1996. This is LFTV’s first release from the highly regarded Henhouse Tour. This recording finds the band straddling the past, present and future. All five full-length albums released to that point are represented in the set list, and pieces of future songs like Poets and Escape Is At Hand find their way into a few of the jams.

The Gift Shop now has all the shirts and hoodies that have only been for sale on the road, including the We Are The Same Tour Shirt, Coffee Girl T and a hoody to keep you warm during the winter months.

2010 promises to be a busy year at More lyric T’s and Live From The Vault’s will be released and more site features and content to be unveiled.

We sincerely wish everyone a happy holiday season as well as a happy and healthy New Year.

The Hip

Two Shows Postponed/Canceled

Denver & Minnesota Shows Canceled

Due to the Flu, the shows in Denver and Saint Paul have been canceled. The band expects to resume touring on Friday (Nov 6 in Salamanca) as scheduled.

*Edited to correct a spelling mistake, as pointed out in the comments.

LA Kings To Host First-Ever Canadian Night

The Los Angeles Kings, in conjunction with AEG Live, will host their first-ever Canadian Night that includes a post-game concert from Canada’s premier band, The Tragically Hip, when the team welcomes the Vancouver Canucks to STAPLES Center on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at just $39 and include a ticket to the game and a ticket to the post-game concert starting at 10:00 pm at Club Nokia at LA LIVE. Discounts are also available for groups of 15 or more. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 28 with tickets available in all areas of the arena. To purchase tickets, visit, or call 1-888-KINGS-LA.

The Tragically Hip is a Canadian rock band that first formed in Kingston, Ontario in 1983. Band members include Gordon Downie (lead vocals and guitar), Paul Langlois (guitar), Rob Baker (guitar), Gord Sinclair (bass) and Johnny Fay (drums).

Commonly referred to as The Hip, the band has produced 12 studio albums, holds the record for most number one debuts on the Canadian Albums Chart and is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (inducted in 2005). The band soon will begin a fall tour supporting their latest album, We Are The Same (released in April of 2009). Click Here for more band info.

LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 is a new three-day interactive festival celebrating the Kings and the game of hockey from August 28-30 at LA Live in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. For all event information, visit

Individual day Hockey Fest tickets are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost $27 each while a ticket for Friday costs $37.

Three-day Hockey Fest tickets cost $60 with each ticket allowing admittance into all LA Kings Hockey Fest ’09 events for the weekend. Tickets for kids five years of age and under are free. Discounted tickets for groups are also available.

Fall 2009 US Tour

Hi Folks,

We are happy to announce the dates for our US Fall Tour.

10/15/09 Albany, NY – Empire Centre At The Egg
10/16/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater
10/17/09 Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
10/19/09 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10/21/09 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
10/23/09 Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas
10/24/09 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
10/25/09 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
10/28/09 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
10/30/09 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
11/01/09 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
11/03/09 Saint Paul, MN – O’Shaughnessy
11/06/09 Salamanca, NY – Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
11/07/09 Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre Lobby

For Registered Users of, the following Pre-Sale Dates and times apply:

July 22 @ 10:00am for Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas
July 22 @ 10:00am for Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
July 22 @ 10:00am for Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
July 28 @ 10:00am for Albany, NY – Empire Centre At The Egg
Aug 10 @ 10:00am for Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater

All Pre-Sale times are listed as local time. Ticket links and passwords will appear at at the designated time for Registered Users.

Public Onsale information and full show details are listed on the Shows page at

A reminder that we have several more shows to play this summer plus the Canadian and European Fall Tours already up and on sale.

For all things hip please visit or become our friends on facebook or myspace.

Look Forward to seeing everyone out on the road.

The Hip

2009 Tour Dates

07/23/09 Harris Park – London, ON
07/25/09 Highland Bowl – Rochester NY
07/26/09 The Green at Shelburne Museum – Shelburne, VT

08/01/09 Waterfront Park – North Bay, ON
08/04/09 Prairieland Park – Saskatoon, SK
08/05/09 South Bear Creek Park – Grand Prairie, AB
08/07/09 South Okanagan Event Centre – Penticton, BC
08/08/09 Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre – Abbotsford, BC

09/07/09 Centennial Concert Hall – Winnipeg, MB
09/09/09 Centennial Concert Hall – Winnipeg, MB
09/10/09 Centennial Concert Hall – Winnipeg, MB
09/11/09 Centennial Concert Hall – Winnipeg, MB
09/13/09 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB
09/14/09 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB
09/16/09 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB
09/17/09 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Edmonton, AB
09/19/09 Eric Harvie Theatre – Banff, AB
09/21/09 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Calgary, AB
09/23/09 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Calgary, AB
09/24/09 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – Calgary, AB
09/26/09 National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON
09/27/09 National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON
09/28/09 National Arts Centre – Ottawa, ON
09/30/09 Hamilton Place – Hamilton ON

10/02/09 Hamilton Place – Hamilton ON
10/03/09 Hamilton Place – Hamilton ON
10/15/09 Empire Centre At The Egg – Albany, NY
10/16/09 Byham Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
10/17/09 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
10/19/09 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
10/21/09 Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
10/23/09 House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
10/24/09 House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
10/25/09 La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX
10/28/09 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
10/30/09 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

11/01/09 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
11/03/09 O’Shaughnessy – Saint Paul, MN
11/06/09 Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel – Salamanca, NY
11/07/09 Landmark Theatre Lobby – Syracuse, NY
11/22/09 Luxor – Germany, DE
11/23/09 Effenaar – Eindhoven, NL
11/25/09 Oosterpoort – Groningen, Holland
11/26/09 Tivoli – Utrecht,Holland
11/27/09 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Holland
11/29/09 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
11/30/09 Forum – London, GB

12/02/09 Academy 3 – Manchester, GB
12/03/09 The Garage – Glasgow, GB
12/04/09 The Village – Dublin, IE