The Tragically Hip

Inducted in 2005

The Tragically Hip – often referred to simply as The Hip – have staked out their own vital place at the heart of the Canadian music scene by evoking a strong emotional connection between their music and their fans. The critically acclaimed five-piece, including Rob Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair, grew up in Kingston, Ontario. Together they have achieved mass popularity with more than six million albums sold in Canada alone. The band has garnered dozens of JUNO Award nominations and 14 wins.

Career Highlights


Canada Post issued The Tragically Hip stamp


Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the JUNO Awards Show in Winnipeg.


Provided the halftime entertainment for the 92nd Grey Cup at the Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.


Inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame

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Won their first JUNO Award (for Most Promising Group of the Year). They would win 13 more (and counting) in subsequent years.


Signed with MCA and released debut album


The Tragically Hip formed in 1983 at Kingston Collegiate in Kingston, Ontario.


Quick Fact

Made an appearance in the film Men With Brooms in 2002, and, in 2005, made a cameo in an episode of the hit Canadian TV show Corner Gas.


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Quick Fact

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.