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The Strombo Show presents Hip 30

Colton Eddy
Rebroadcast: The Strombo Show presents the Hip 30

Re-airing of the Strombo Show's four-hour special honouring the Tragically Hip's 30th anniversary.


On New Year's Day, the Strombo Show presented a four-hour special honouring the Tragically Hip's 30th anniversary, featuring covers and chats with the Hip's friends, fans and colleagues.

"This past year has been an incredibly emotional one for Canada's band and their fans. It marked their 30th anniversary and their monumental tour — a tour that captured the minds of our nation," says George Stroumboulopoulos. "On January 1st, we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in the new year with an unprecedented gathering. The Strombo Show has invited Canada's best bands into my living room to celebrate and cover their favourite Hip songs and share their memories of the band, the music and of course, Gord Downie. Four hours of incredible music, memories and moments. There has never been a show like this — Canada's best covering Canada'a band. This is our love letter to the band. Join us, and share it.`

Performances include Arkells, Blue Rodeo, Rheostatics, Sarah Harmer and Stars. Stories and memories are shared with A Tribe Called Red, Adam Van Koeverden, Andy Kim, Atom Egoyan, Daniel Lanois, George Elliott Clarke, Joseph Boyden, Kate Fenner, Lieve Prins (artist behind Fully Completely album art), RUSH, Sam Roberts, Steve Jordan, Tanis Rideout, Teddy Fury and the Hip's longtime technical director, Dave ‘Billy Ray’ Koster.


The Tragically Hip, “Grace Too”
Blue Rodeo, “Bobcaygeon”
Cowboy Junkies, “Little Bones”
The Tragically Hip, “Are We Family”
Harrison + Friends, “Poets”
Amos The Transparent, “Gift Shop”
Tanika Charles, “Boots Or Hearts”
Annie Sumi, “Fiddler’s Green”
Donovan Woods, “Lake Fever”
Daniel Romano, “Something On”
Born Ruffians, “Fireworks”
Darcys, “Vapour Trails”
Hawksley Workman, “Emperor Penguin”
Sarah Harmer, “Thompson Girl”
The Tragically Hip, “Vapour Trails”
PS I Love You, “Small Town Bringdown”
The Tragically Hip, “So Hard Done By”
Kasador, “So Hard Done By”
Los Poetas, “Thugs”
The Trews, “Family Band”
Arkells, “My Music At Work”
The Tragically Hip, “Are We Family”
The Pack A.D., “Gus: The Polar Bear From Central Park”
Sebastien Grainger of Death From Above 1979, “Grace, Too”
The Dears, “Tired As Fuck”
STARS, “What Blue”
Gord Downie, “Elaborate”
Hannah Georgas, “Vancouver Divorce”
Barenaked Ladies, “Chancellor / Ahead By A Century”
Willie Thrasher + Linda Saddleback, “Budget Shoes”
The Sadies, “Long Time Running”
Iskwe, “38 Years Old”
The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans Is Sinking”
D-Sisive, “Killer Whale Tank”
The Tragically Hip, “Fully Completely”
GREYS, “Courage”
Woodpigeon, “Pigeon Camera”
Kalle Mattson, “Wheat Kings”
Limblifter, “50 Mission Cap”
WEAVES, “Blow At High Dough”
The Dirty Nil, “No Threat”
Steven Page, “Honey Please”
Hey Rosetta!, “Stay / Now For Plan A”
Skydiggers, “The Depression Suite: The Rock”
Choir! Choir! Choir!, “Last of the Unplucked Gems”
Etiquette, “Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin’ Man”
Silver Pools, “Nautical Disaster”
The Tragically Hip, “Nautical Disaster”
Charlotte Cornfield, “Morning Moon”
SATE, “New Orleans Is Sinking”
Said The Whale, “The New Maybe”
The Odds, “Yer Not The Ocean”
The Tragically Hip, “Flamenco”
By Divine Right, “Ahead By A Century”
Jim Bryson, “Scared”
Julie Doiron, “Titanic Terrarium”
Rheostatics, “Bobcaygeon”

Strombo Hip 30

For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to The Strombo Show every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from 8 to 11 p.m. for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.

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