The Tragically Hip are set to perform with Feist for the 2021 Juno Awards, where the Hip will also be honoured with the Humanitarian Award.
“We’ve known Leslie Feist for over 20 years, having toured together in 1999,” the Tragically Hip explain. “We are all huge fans and Gord loved her. It’s an honour to be able to play one of our songs with her. It’s been such a difficult year for our fellow musicians, we wanted to do something to honour them in a way that would make Gord smile.”
The performance will mark the band’s first televised performance since frontman Gord Downie passed away in 2017
Just Announced: A rare performance from #JUNOS Award-winning band and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, @thehipofficial, featuring @FeistMusic, during The 50th annual #JUNOS on June 6th on @CBC pic.twitter.com/4JyBawCucv
— The JUNO Awards (@TheJUNOAwards) May 13, 2021
Feist says of the collaboration:
“I had a chance to tour with the Hip early on in my touring life, for something like a year. Getting to be a fly on the wall of a camp that operated with such warmth and community by day, and then watch them transform and transcend every night to touch so many people was my first big education. I was a kid in their midst and I’m touched to be invited into the clan now, to play alongside them. The only way I’m making any sense of it is to imagine I’ll be singing backups for Gord, and know my 20-year-old self wouldn’t believe it. Like the rest of Canada, I’ll be so happy to hear these kings of song play again, and am very honoured to join them as they receive their Humanitarian Award.”
At the Juno Awards on June 6th, the Tragically Hip will be presented to them by Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.