The Tragically Hip Get Their Own City Block in Kingston, Set to Work on New Album
Published Feb 22, 2012Remember how the city of Kingston, ON was seeking to honour its most beloved music export by naming a landmark after the Tragically Hip? Well, the Kingston City Council has voted to change the name of a block of Barrack Street to Tragically Hip Way.
The Toronto Star points out that the decision barely passed with a 7-6 vote, and some suggested that Barrack Street should not be renamed due to its historical military significance. In the end, the councillors agreed to rename a portion of the street next to the K-Rock Centre, a stadium where the band have played.
Apparently, city counsellor Kevin George supported the renaming, but advised "keeping a good stock of the signs," since students from the city's Queens University are likely to steal them to decorate their dorm rooms. Well, if you were looking for permission to pilfer a street sign, it sounds as if you just got it. (Perhaps stocking copies in souvenir shops might be a better bet?)
Kingston is also looking to establish a walk of fame, which will doubtless include the band. Other proposed Hip-toasting ideas that are under discussion include a honorary name sign for the K-Rock Centre, a public asset (like a park or building) renamed after the band, a piece of public art like a mural or monument, or including information about the band in the Heritage Interpretation Program.
In some related Hip news, the band are reportedly working on their next album with producer Gavin Brown (Billy Talent). While recently playing in Fort Albany, ON, the group debuted some of the new tracks. Unfortunately, that's all we really know so far about the as-yet-untitled new record, but stay tuned for details as they emerge.