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Tragically Hip tribute on the road in Labrador

Detour performing at “No Dress Rehearsal” in Labrador City.
Detour performing at “No Dress Rehearsal” in Labrador City. - Contributed

It started as an idea that two local Labrador West musicians, Shaun Mercer and Matt Soper, came up with earlier this year.

At the time both musicians were playing gigs, but with different bands. They were both also fans of The Tragically Hip. After The Hip lead singer Gord Downie passed away last October, they talked about putting together a show featuring The Hip’s music.

Several months later the show played for two evenings at the Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre.

“The show features many of the hips best known songs, but also attests to the versatility of the bands talent,” Mercer told The Aurora. "It also includes some video, and a running commentary about the hip to add a multi-media element to the event.”

The show features two bands, Detour and the Silver Poets.

Detour is Mercer, Ryan Norman, Andrew Roberts, Justin Andrews and Hunter Wilson.

The silver poets are Matt Soper, Dave Harris, Mike Taylor, Clive Hamilton and Chris Mills.

The show includes more than 20 songs.

Both Mercer and Soper saw The Hip perform live, and worked hard to put that energy into their show, titled “No Dress Rehearsal.”

Mercer, Soper and the band members were pleased with the show and Mercer told The Aurora they got a lot of positive feedback about the show. Then someone from Churchill Falls suggested they take the show to that community.

The wheels were put in motion, and now the show will play Churchill Falls, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. at the Donald Gordon Centre. Then, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“It’s no easy task to coordinate time off and a schedule for that many people,” says Mercer, “but we are glad we could do it.”

He even says if there is a demand a second show could be added in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

"It was a lot of work and we are happy the show will be back on stage. We are excited to bring the show to these communities as we know there are Tragically Hip fans everywhere,” said Mercer.

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