The Tragically Hip is a Canadian rock band consisting of Gordon Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay. They have released 12 studio albums, two live albums, and 46 singles. Nine of their albums have reached #1 in Canada. They have received numerous Canadian Music awards, including 14 Juno Awards.
The band took their name from a skit in the Michael Nesmith movie Elephant Parts. They performed in small music venues in Ontario until being discovered. They signed to a long-term record deal and recorded the self-titled EP The Tragically Hip. In 1989, the album Up to Here produced four singles, "Blow at High Dough", "New Orleans Is Sinking", "Boots or Hearts" and "38 Years Old", which became staples of modern rock radio play lists in Canada. Road Apples followed in 1991 and producied three singles that reached #1 on Canadian record charts.
In 1992, Fully Completely was released and the band toured for their first Another Roadside Attraction tour as a vehicle for their touring and to promote other Canadian acts. In 1994, Day for Night was released in 1994 with six singles followed by Trouble at the Henhouse in 1996 with five singles, including "Butts Wigglin", which would also appear on the soundtrack to the Kids in the Hall movie Brain Candy. The band made its only appearance on Saturday Night Live and they headlined Edenfest in July 1996.
In 1998, the band released their seventh full-length album, Phantom Power, which produced five singles. It won the 1999 Juno Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Album Design. The album has been certified platinum three times over in Canada. The next year Music @ Work was released and won the 2001 Juno Award for Best Rock Album. In 2002, In Violet Light was released, along with three singles from the album. It became certified platinum in Canada. The Tragically Hip performed two songs, "It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken", and "Poets", as part of a command performance for Queen Elizabeth II. They also recorded a cover of "Black Day in July", a song about the 1967 12th Street Riot in Detroit, on Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot in 2003.
In Between Evolution was released in 2004 and at the 92nd Grey Cup, the band provided the halftime entertainment in front of a packed house at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa. In October 2005, several radio stations temporarily stopped playing "New Orleans Is Sinking", out of sensitivity to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which had devastated the city in early September of that year. The following month, The Hip released a double CD, double DVD box set, Hipeponymous, including all of their singles and music videos to date, a backstage documentary called "Macroscopic", an animated Hip-scored short film entitled "The Right Whale", two brand new songs ("No Threat" and "The New Maybe"), a full-length concert from November 2004 That Night in Toronto, and a 2-CD greatest hits collection Yer Favourites (selected on-line by 150,000 fans).
In 2006, World Container was released and produced four singles, and reached the #1 spot on the Canadian rock music charts. The band toured concert dates in major Canadian cities, and then as an opening act for The Who on several US dates. In 2009, the We Are the Same was released and produced three singles. On January 22, 2010, the band performed "Fiddler's Green" at the "Canada for Haiti" telethon to aid earthquake victims in that country.
The band announced that Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in May 2016, but they go on one final tour in the summer as their nex album, Man Machine Poem, will be released in June.