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Showing posts with label Canada's Walk Of Fame. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canada's Walk Of Fame. Show all posts

Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 50 Bay Street
Date: Aug 2016
Website:  www.thehip.com

  The core members of The Tragically Hip have been making music together since 1986.  Recently, the Canadian band announced a farewell tour due to lead singer Gord Downie's health.  We were lucky enough to see them during one of their 3 nights in Toronto.  Today they will play their final concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario. We started off trying to compile a top ten Hip song list, but could not do it.  We finally managed to narrow down the list of songs that follows to include just twenty of our all time favourites.

1    38 Years Old
2    Ahead By A Century

No Dress Rehearsal.  This is our Life.

And that's when the hornet stung me and I had a feverish dream

3    Blow At High Dough
4    Bobcaygeon

Those Nights in Toronto.

A mural outside the Air Canada Centre pays tribute to a famous line from this song.

5    Boots Or Hearts
6    Courage

Gord in his feathered top hat.

Courage, it couldn't come at a worse time.

7    Fifty Mission Cap
8    Gift Shop

Ain't got no picture postcards.  But we got souvenirs.

A machine inside a trailer makes more Hip T-Shirts for sale.  

9    Grace, Too

Hip To Be Square.

The Hip have a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in downtown Toronto.

10    Greasy Jungle
11    Little Bones

Baby Man Machine Poem.

Baby eat this chicken slow.  It's full of all them little bones.

12    Locked In The Trunk Of A Car
13    Long Time Running
Since 1984 The Hip.

The Tragically Hip was formed in 1984.

14    Love Is A First
15    Nautical Disaster
16    New Orleans Is Sinking

Gordie Baby I Know Exactly What You Mean.

I had my hands in the river, my feet back up on the banks.

17    Poets
18    Scared

If you're prepared here's what I propose to do.

A room in Toronto's Masonic Temple (The Concert Hall) is dedicated to The Tragically Hip.

19    At The Hundredth Meridian
20    Wheat Kings

   Long after the sound of their last concert stops ringing in our ears, The Tragically Hip's music will continue to be played across Canada and hold a special place in our hearts.

Map of Our World
Air Canada Centre , Canada's Walk Of Fame

Post # 128

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Royal Alexandra Theatre

The Royal Alex by Day.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 260 King St West
Date: Nov 2015
Website: www.mirvishproductions.com/theroyalalexandra

  The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto opened in 1907 and holds claim to being the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.  It sits on King Street West at the eastern edge of what used to be a string of restaurants owned by Honest Ed Mirvish.  The theatre received its name and royal title from Queen Alexandra who is the great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II.  It is more commonly just referred to as The Royal Alex.
  The theatre has hosted countless productions through the years.  One notable performance was a production of Godspell which featured Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin, Paul Schaffer, Howard Shore, Gilda Radner and Victor Garber among others.  Some of you may recognize most, if not all of the names here.  After Godspell, the first four went on to success on the television show SCTV.  The next three went on to Saturday Night Live and Victor Garber played Jesus in the film version of the play.  They all have had successful careers in television and movies.  Some of them have been honoured on Canada's Walk of Fame just across the street on the south side of King Street West.

Martin Short Canada's Walk Of Fame.
Eugene Levy Canada's Walk Of Fame.
Paul Schaffer Canada's Walk Of Fame.
Victor Garber Canada's Walk Of Fame.

  We ourselves have seen at least two successful productions at the Royal Alex.  Many years ago we saw the Abba musical Mamma Mia! which starred Camilla Scott in the main role.  We also attended a more recent performance of Kinky Boots which has musical numbers written by Cyndi Lauper.  The Royal Alexandra Theatre continues to draw crowds after almost 110 years in operation. 

The Royal Alex by Night.

This location is near St. Andrew subway. Visit other Toronto TTC stations.

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Royal Alexandra Theatre
Canada's Walk Of Fame

Post # 102