The band that defines this country more than any other in the history of Canada is about to get the official documentary treatment from Amazon Prime.
At a media unveiling today at Toronto’s Massey Hall, Amazon announced plans for a four-part series on the Tragically Hip, which disbanded in 2017 after the death of singer Gord Downie.
Directing the project will be the Downie’s brother Mike Downie, who stated that his goal is to make the definitive documentary on the group that rose from the Kingston bar scene to Canadian hockey rink headliners.
One derided in the industry for being unable to make dent outside of Canada—including the lucrative American market—the Tragically Hip gradually defined itself as a group that was uniquely Canadian. Over the course of the group’s 30-year run songs tracks like “Fifty Mission Cap”, “Bobcaygeon”, “Nautical Disaster”, and “Ahead By a Century” wove their way into the cultural fabric of the county.
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The Amazon project has the support of Gord Downie’s former bandmates Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, and Paul Langlois, all of whom appeared onstage at Massey Hall for the announcement. In addition to having unbreakable family ties to the Hip, Mike Downie has documented the group before with the 1993 concert film Heksenketel.
Featuring interviews with the band members and associates, the as-yet-untitled series will feature previously unseen photos and recordings, as well as video footage.