Today is Gord Downie’s 53rd birthday! The legendary performer is the frontman for The Tragically Hip. A band that many of us grew up with. I was curious to find out what was the first Hip concert in Vancouver.
According to TheHip.com, their first show was on New Year’s Eve 1989 at a place called the 86th Street Music Hall. Now the Georgia Straight has an article that says the first show was actually October 20th, 1989 (they played again on the 21st). A young Hip band was crossing the nation in support of their album Up To Here. Was there an earlier show? There has to be…deeper down the internet rabbit hole we go…. this dude saw them at The Town Pump in 1988!
A text from Mark at 280-CFOX says: Hi Jeremy, I attended the Hip in 87 at the Lamplighter in gas town I had never heard of them and they played Highway girl.. After that I am forever Hip.
You’d have to think that ’87 show would be the first time in Vancouver for The Hip? If you have a story, leave a comment below.