A Gord Downie tribute show will hit the Falls in December, paying tribute to Canada’s iconic band The Tragically Hip and its late singer who died Oct. 17, at the age of 53.
Local Hip tribute band C&S Union will headline the night, performing a three-hour set of exclusively Hip material.
Organizer Christie Hails says to her The Tragically Hip’s songs mean “home.”
“When I am out of the country and home sick, I can listen to them and feel like I am home. If I am having a bad day and hear a song from them I am OK. If I am with friends and we are listening to them everyone is singing their hearts out, making us feel good.”
She says Tragically Hip songs represent to her what O Canada represents to the country.
“Everything is good, safe and happy when I’m listening to them,” says Hails.
Anthony Botting, lead singer of C&S Union, says when the news broke about Downie being terminally ill he decided to revive C&S Union, a Hip cover band he had while he was in high school.
“The Hip music means literally everything to us,” says Botting. “I can speak on behalf of every member of the band, they mean literally everything. It was one of the first — if not the first band I heard. They were weird and intriguing and dark and awesome. I remember being in grade school. I was really young, you know what I mean? I was in grade 6 or something when I was listening to Up to Here.”
“Our goal is to do the music as much justice as we can and celebrate the music as always. Keep the Gordie vibe around everywhere we can. That’s what we try to do.”
Hails says all proceeds going to the the Tender Wishes Foundation and the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
The show is scheduled for Dec. 16. at the Falls View Hose Brigade, 5786 Dunn St.
Tickets are $10 and go on sale Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., available at the Falls View Hose Brigade.
Only 250 tickets are available.