The Jerry Cans Share Inuttitut Cover of the Tragically Hip's "Ahead by a Century"

The song has been repurposed in response to Canada 150
The Jerry Cans Share Inuttitut Cover of the Tragically Hip's "Ahead by a Century"
Photo: Michael Phillip Wojewoda
Though it's a massive marketing opportunity for corporations, Canada 150 is a contentious and tone deaf celebration to Indigenous communities. To continue the important conversations that need to be had this weekend, Iqaluit group the Jerry Cans have shared a cover of the Tragically Hip's "Ahead by a Century" in the Inuit dialect of Inuttitut.

According to a press release, the cover is intended to "become a dialogue between North and South, between this country's troubled history and possible future."

In a joint statement, the group's Nancy Mike and Andrew Morrison added that they were spurred on by Gord Downie's statements at the final Tragically Hip show. "With all that is going on in Canada, we see our version of 'Ahead by a Century' as the north responding to some of what Gord said in his final concert," they said.

The cover will be officially released tomorrow (June 30), though it can already be streamed below [via A.Side]. You'll also find all of the band's upcoming tour dates below.

Read Exclaim!'s 2016 interview with the Jerry Cans here.
 
Tour dates:

06/30 Toronto, ON - Nathan Phillips Square
07/01 Toronto, ON - Mel Lastman Square

07/06 Sudbury, ON - Northern Lights Festival
07/07-09 London, ON - Sunfest
07/08 Kitchener, ON - Kultrun World Music Festival
07/14-16 Guelph, ON - Hillside Festival
07/19 Huntsville, ON - Huntsville Festival of the Arts 
07/21 Moncton, NB - Mosaiq Multicultural Festival
07/22 Toronto, ON - Harbourfront Centre
07/27 Vancouver, BC - Larwill Park
08/02 Winnipeg, MB - The Forks
08/04 Kaslo, BC - Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival
08/11-14 Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
08/14-16 Kuujjuaq, QC - Aqpik Jam
08/17-19 Owen Sound, ON - Summerfolk
10/19-21 Black Mountain, NC - LEAF Festival
11/18 Yellowknife, NT - Chateau Nova Ballroom