On May 2-4, The Tragically Hip will be honoured royally. The Royal Conservatory of Music, that big building on Bloor Street near St. George, is honouring the band at a Royal Occasion gala. "We’re proud to recognize the achievements of The Tragically Hip, a quintessentially Canadian band whose music resonates with millions of fans," said Peter Simon, president of The Royal Conservatory of Music.
Exactly one month later, I'll be seeing The Hip for the ninth time. I've been charting the setlists and tracking the song statistics on my Tragically Hip page. They've played "At The Hundredth Meridian", "Grace, Too", "New Orleans Is Sinking" and "Poets" every time I've seen them live, thus far.
Simon's right, they are a quintessential Canadian band and they are admired by millions. It's nice to see them get their due.