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The Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project Presents: The Tragically Hip

14 Jan
September 22nd, 2012

The Tragically Hip @ The Sound Academy- September 22nd, 2012 | credit: Jeanette LeBlanc

Jeanette LeBlanc

Molson Canadian hosted 100 park projects across Canada in hopes to help make communities cleaner and better. Trees were planted, trails were fixed and litter and invasive plants were booted out. When these clean-ups were finished all volunteers were given a ticket to a music festival nearby and me being one of them- I was given a ticket to see The Tragically Hip at The Sound Academy in Toronto.

On September 22nd I hopped on the Go train and made my way to the venue with a completely open mind towards how my night was going to go down. Upon arrival I realized it was going to be a good time, a lot of people were wearing the red Canadian shirts that we received for volunteering and we were all given vouchers for two free eco-friendly bottled Molson beers on the way in, along with synchronized flashing wristbands. While walking around the venue with my free beer in hand and listening to the opening DJ lay down some amazing tunes- I discovered that they were giving away free food- another added bonus that no one expected.

Finally the time came, The Tragically Hip were coming onstage- opening with “At Transformation” and let me tell you, they sounded amazing. This being my second time seeing the band, I had pretty high expectations and they met them all and more. Gord Downie’s energy took over the entire venue and he continuously thanked us fans for all our hard work we had done to improve our cities, which in turn made us all feel awesome. The band played a huge variety of songs off of their best of album titled “Yer Favourites” and they encored with another 5-6 songs, the last one being a mash-up that sounded incredible.

Molson Canadian’s generosity made that concert the ultimate Canadian concert experience of 2012, volunteers were left feeling proud and overly satisfied- Molson even made sure that everyone was taken home safely in a Grey Hound bus. They proved that Canada cares and knows how to make a difference while rockin’ out!