National Post Hip Week: Kings Of This Town

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Kings Of This Town
Source: Jesse Kinos-Goodin, National Post
Is there any other band today that screams Canadiana so much as The Tragically Hip? The Kingston-brewed rockers kick off their summer touring season June 28, and to mark the occasion we’re spending this week in Arts & Life looking at all things Hip. Today: Jesse Kinos-Goodin on how Kingston, Ont., embraces its hometown heroes.

When Gord Downie sings “12 men broke loose in ‘73, from Millhaven maximum security,” during a Kingston, Ont., performance, the hometown crowd loses its collective mind. After the initial yells, glowing cellphones and lighters normally fill the air as The Tragically 
Hip frontman continues to tell the fictional story of a jailbreak from a prison in Bath, the small town just outside Kingston where The Hip also have a recording studio.

Despite lyrics saying that “one of the dozen was a hometown shame,” 38 Years Old, from the 1989 album Up to Here, is still a local favourite, says Doug Elliot, who worked with the band countless times over the years when he was music director at Kingston’s K-Rock radio station. Elliot, who is now program director of Oshawa’s The Rock 94.9, calls the five-piece band, consisting of Downie, guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair and drummer Johnny Fay, “part of the fabric” of Kingston, and while he means that figuratively, it could also be taken quite literally.

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