While it didn’t necessarily start when news of Gord Downie’s illness was announced, covers of Tragically Hip songs certainly have flourished since then.
And why not? These are wonderfully written songs, complete with skilled storytelling and great compositions that feel like stepping into the lives of fully formed characters just waiting to step up to the mic and sing.
These are more than just songs to sing with buddies around the campfire. These are more than just party songs. They’re also more than words and melodies to reflect back a multifaceted and flawed and wonderful nation. There are 13 albums full of wisdom and poetry, nuance and light, love and loss and all things that make life complete.
Here’s an admittedly incomplete of 10 of the best Hip covers from artists across the nation, with one extra for good measure. Let us know in the comments which ones you’d add.
Scott Helman, Bobcaygeon from Phantom Power
Hey Rosetta!, Ahead by a Century, from Trouble at the Henhouse
Alert the Medic, Grace, Too, from Day for Night
Barenaked Ladies, Chancellor, from Coke Machine Glow, a Gord Downie solo album
The Trews, Fireworks, from Phantom Power
Arkells, My Music @ Work, from Music @ Work
Sarah Harmer and Jim Creeggan, Morning Moon, from We Are the Same
The Stereophonics, Blow at High Dough, from Up to Here
Amos the Transparent, Gift Shop, from Trouble at the Henhouse
USS, Something On, from Phantom Power
Dan Mangan, Nautical Disaster, from Day for Night
Of course, if you want a more complete playlist you can set and forget for four hours, go to the Strombo Show’s incredible tribute to the Hip for the band’s 30th anniversary, originally aired on January 1, 2017. It’s a gift.