Trag­i­cally Hip trib­ute on the road in Labrador

The Labradorian - - Editorial - BY MIKE POWER

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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