New York Press has a neat article about The Tragically Hip entitled "Hip Check: The biggest band in Canada is not from Montreal".
The article includes a great quote from Gord Downie regarding the effect downloading has had on the music business.
I’ve always felt that rock ’n’ roll is just melodious air. I get perplexed when music gets blunted at the border by some artificial demarcation line—whether a corporate border or a technological one. Music, or any kind of art, is like water, and it needs to be able to find its way. Fifteen years ago, we would have needed a licensing deal, some kind of emissary to chaperone our music into the same kinds of places that it’s getting to naturally these days. It’s fluid; it’s just doing what it should be doing.