Published Apr 26, 2017People looked to make a quick buck off the Tragically Hip last summer by flipping tickets to the band's "Man Machine Poem" tour shows for astronomical prices. Though the group aren't currently on the road, they are now warning fans to be wary of buying merch that is claiming to be linked to Gord Downie's charity.
Yesterday (April 25), Hip guitarist Rob Baker took to Twitter to warn fans of the sellers hustling shirts and hoodies who claim proceeds will be given to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. "There are a lot of THip Tshirts, hoodies...on the net, Instagram, Facebook...claiming that $10 goes to Gord Downie fund," he wrote. "It's BS!"
The Canadian Press points to a Facebook page titled "Gord Downie Supporters" that has been linking to a site for "The Hip Store." The site uses a similar URL to that of the band's official online shop but has been selling non-official merch with no connection to the band or the cancer charity. On the site, users can find fake merch with images from Downie's Secret Path and a variation of Downie's Jaws shirt that he sported on tour last summer.
The Canadian Press also reports that the "Gord Downie Supporters" page was pulled by Facebook last November for violating community standards but reappeared in January.
Baker confirmed in later tweets that "cops and lawyers are all over" the offending website.
Facebook did not respond to CP's requests for comment.
Hey folks, there are a lot of THip Tshirts, hoodies...on the net, Instagram, Facebook...claiming that $10 goes to Gord Downie fund. It's BS!— Rob Baker (@tthbaker) April 25, 2017
@RickMelanson Cops and lawyers are all over it.— Rob Baker (@tthbaker) April 26, 2017
Order Downie's latest album, Secret Path, on deluxe vinyl (plus graphic novel) here.