The Tragically Hip at Yonge-Dundas Square



  • Grace, Too
  • Fully Completely (which was followed, rather incongruously, by Sportnet’s Jeff Marek coming on stage to hype the network’s new 12-year broadcast partnership with the NHL. The fact that this passes not just as news but as a major cultural happening in Canada’s rather bewildering.)
  • Lonely End of the Rink (Gord: “I’m a Bruins fan; this is surrender”)
  • Man Machine Poem
  • Fifty Mission Cap (Gord: “This is not a Bruins song.” Oddly, this was only my fourth time hearing “Fifty Mission Cap” live, all in Toronto)
  • We Want To Be It (in which Gord sang, or rather shouted, the word “drip” no fewer than sixty-one times)
  • In View (yes to 1/5th of your set being World Container songs; no to one of them being “In View”)
  • Bobcaygeon
  • Heaven is a Better Place Today
  • Courage

It was about as good as you’d expect a free forty-five minute concert in Yonge-Dundas Square preceding the start of the new NHL season to be. But Gord Downie, bless him, has to start singing again; as it is he’s persisting with the sort of singing/screaming hybrid he’s been patenting, to the overall detriment of the Hip’s live sound, for the past couple tours (and which reached its nadir on last summer’s Canadian tour, when “Blow at High Dough” could’ve to all intents and purposes been renamed “Blaaaaawwwww”). Until he does I can simply no longer justify spending money on seeing the Hip, not even if they’re playing Fully Completely in its entirety within walking distance of my house.


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