…and they’re bringing Death Cab for Cutie, The New Pornographers and Rural Alberta Advantage along to help them celebrate our nation’s 145th birthday.
As the country prepares to celebrate its 145th birthday, The Tragically Hip will be setting off fireworks twice this Canada Day weekend. After creating a great social setting last year at Downsview Park, the band has put together another fine bill for this year’s festivities, which will be held July 1 at Burl’s Creek in Oro, ON. They’ll be joined by Death Cab For Cutie, a full serving of The New Pornographers and The Rural Alberta Advantage. One day prior, on June 30, the same line-up will appear at The Commons at Butler’s Barracks at Niagara On The Lake.
The Hip are currently working on the follow-up to 2009′s fine We Are The Same and were honoured by their hometown of Kingston last week, when city councilors voted to rename a downtown street after the band. Openers The Rural Alberta Advantage may also be on the receiving end of Ontario love, as they are nominated for two Juno Awards (New Group and Video of the Year) at the upcoming ceremonies taking place April 1 in Ottawa.
The public on-sale for both shows is this Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. with an Inside Edge Pre-Sale kicking things off on Friday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. There is also camping available for the Burl’s Creek show.
SHARING AND CARING
And speaking of the Junos: another New Group of the Year nominee, Hey Rosetta! (one of the highlights of last summer’s Hip show), have been added to the performers list for the live Juno broadcast on CTV. And there aren’t many tickets left for the next installment of the Junos Concert Series, taking place this Saturday night (March 3) at the Horseshoe. This edition, produced by NXNE, will be backstopped by The Arkells, The Beauties and The Order Of Good Cheer, as well as a stellar list of guest appearances that always make these nights a true one-night-only experience. All proceeds go to Musiccounts.
BEST SO FAR
An early candidate for album of the year is the third release from punk enthusiasts The Menzingers. The band—who originally hail from the home office in Scranton, PA—channel the spirit of mid-’80s Minneapolis on their new LP, On the Impossible Past. The record has just come out on Epitaph and is chock full of earnest, straight-up passionate tunes that will have fans of Against Me, Lucero and Gaslight Anthem putting on a fresh pot of coffee and feeling better about things. Word is the band will hit town sometime in the fall.