The Tragically Hip
Formed by childhood friends in Kingston, Ontario, The Tragically Hip worked hard to become hometown heroes. Signed by MCA Records in the mid-'80s, the band had to wait a few years before getting noticed in America. In 1989, they released their proper debut album, Up to Here, and had modest success on the college radio charts. Road Apples followed in 1991 with little notice, but 1993's Fully Completely gave the band the traction it needed when "Wheat Kings" and "Courage" were picked up by alternative radio stations. Although completely out of fashion in the grunge era, The Tragically Hip continued to record and tour throughout the 1990s, including a performance at the Woodstock '99 festival. The new millennium found principal songwriter Gordon Downie working on a book of poetry, but he rejoined his bandmates for their ninth release, In Violet Light. The Tragically Hip's greatest-hits effort, Hipeponymous, was released in 2005. World Container followed in 2006 and We Are the Same in 2009.
The Tragically Hip Concert Films
The Tragically Hip In Bobcaygeon: A Film By Andy Keen
The Tragically Hip
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minIt was one of the most anticipated events in the history of Canadian music. The Tragically Hip, Canada's most beloved rock band, was headlining a festival concert in Bobcaygeon - the small Ontario town, population 2,500, that inspired one of the group's most popular and enduring songs. 25,000 fans from across North America and Europe would make the pilgrimage. This is the story of a monumental concert, told through intimate footage of devoted Hip fans, the townspeople who embraced them, and of the inimitable band who, after more than 25 years of playing music together, have come to represent the soul of Canadian rock.
The Tragically Hip Top Tracks
I Like To Rock: Live In London 1981
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minThis feature contains a complete and incredible concert performed at London's Hammersmith Odeon during the band's 1981 tour of the UK. They formed in late 1969 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and their first hit, "Fast Train," appeared in 1971, the same year as the self-titled debut album. The next year brought the band's first Canadian number one single, "You Could Have Been a Lady," from the On Record album. In 1976, The Whole World's Goin' Crazy became the first Canadian album to go platinum and their resulting tour was the first to gross one million dollars. After 1978's First Glance and 1979's Harder...Faster, 'Just Between You and Me' became April Wine's biggest U.S. hit. The single (one of three Top 40 American singles by the band) propelled 1981's Nature of the Beast album to platinum-record status. 1984's Animal Grace was their last album, but in the early 1990's all the original members joined for a Canadian tour, which convinced them to resume recording, they are still recording and touring the world to their ever-loyal fan-base.
Courage and Patience and Grit
Great Big Sea
Runtime: 1 hrSince they emerged in the early 90s, Newfoundland's own Great Big Sea have gradually consolidated a reputation as one of the greatest neo-Celt bands, from anywhere in the Six Nations or, as in this case, beyond. Drawing upon their homeland's strong Irish and Scottish ancestry and centuries-old seafaring heritage, they have fashioned a roistering, danceable sound and a live presence not unlike a bar-band but operating on a massive scale. But for all their good-time, party-hearty extroversion, they also demonstrate a rare affinity for love songs and more introspective types of material. Recorded in spectacular sound before adoring audiences, this "kitchen party," as one band member described it, is at once intimate and grand, folkloric and modern, acoustic and electric. Traditional instruments like fiddle, tin whistle, accordion are fused seamlessly with electric guitars and trap drums, plus tight and charismatic lead and harmony vocals, creating a spiraling energy that takes the crowd by storm and hurtles from living room speakers like a conquering wave.
Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minWith over ten million albums sold worldwide, including one multi-platinum album (Stunt) and two platinum albums (Maroon and Rock Spectacle) in the U.S., Barenaked Ladies are one of Canada's greatest musical exports. Now, they cross the border once again for their first-ever live DVD Talk to the Hand: Live in Michigan. With a blend of classics including "One Week," "Pinch Me" and "If I Had $1000000," and hits from the recent releases Barenaked Ladies Are Me and Barenaked Ladies Are Men, this concertshows not only why Barenaked Ladies remain loved by their many fans, but also why they are one of the world's greatest touring bands.