For our last installment of our Musical Month of May series, we’re celebrating a band who is near and dear to the Canadian consciousness: The Tragically Hip.

 

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Earlier this month, Gord Downie, the lead singer of the band, announced that he has terminal brain cancer, and all of Canada is feeling the pain of this sad announcement. The Hip are still going to be touring this summer, which is a beautiful and amazing thing, really. A kind of last meeting with fans who have been touched by their poetic rock lyrics and Canadian-grown riffs.

 

This episode features “Wheat Kings,” “She Didn’t Know,” “Fiddler’s Green,” “When the Weight Comes Down,” and “Long Time Running.”

 

Peter expressed some pretty strong opinions about CanCon (a series of broadcasting regulations that state what percentage of media content has to be Canadian) – do you agree with him? Disagree? Tweet us about it @hardcoverradio!

 

#harmonicasegment: how has The Hip touched your life? (if you’re not really familiar, give them a listen!) You can tweet us @hardcoverradio!

 

Next week, we’ll be talking about books, we promise 🙂

 

Thanks for listening!

Today’s interview features Lydia Mainville, a singer-songwriter and cellist currently writing songs in the Kitchener-Waterloo area!

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You can find Lydia on Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp!

 

Featured on the show today were her original songs “Saltwater Daughter” and “Spiral.”

 

This week kicks off our month of musical interviews, where we’ll be talking about writing lyrics, the interplay between music and words, and how songwriters approach songwriting. Tune in next week for another interview with another amazing musician!

 

Thanks for listening!