Yesterday, The Tragically Hip unveiled the “1 The Tragically Hip Way” signage on the main entrance of the K-Rock Centre (formerly known as 1 Barrack St.).
Members of The Hip – Kingston’s own Rob Baker, Gord Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair – unveiled the sign ahead of their performance at the K-Rock Centre Monday night, part of a cross-Canada tour in support of their thirteenth studio album: “Now for Plan A.”
“Kingstonians love The Hip. Their music has put Kingston on the map; they’ve made a point of giving back to our community and we are proud to honour them in this way,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen.
The band has sold more than 8 million albums worldwide. The Hip have also won 11 Juno Awards, a Governor General Performing Arts Award, are inductees of Canadian Music Hall of Fame and have a place on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
In 2012, Kingston City Council, sparked by public input, moved to honour The Tragically Hip by renaming the block of the former Barrack Street, between King and Ontario Streets, now home to the K-Rock Centre. The Tragically Hip also headlined the first show ever held at the K-Rock Centre in February, 2008.
The Kingston band played for the hometown crowd at the K-Rock Centre on Monday, with The Arkells opening the show at 7 p.m.