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The Trews, who now call Toronto home, lived up to their reputation as a great live act in opening for the Tragically Hip. The band has been a hit-machine since releasing “House of Ill Fame” in 2003, selling over 200,000 albums and sharing the stage with rock and roll legends like The Rolling Stones and KISS. Their last album, “Hope and Ruin,” was actually co-produced by the Hip’s bassist, Gord Sinclair, who joined them for a few songs last night. The Hip then came out in full-force, with lead-singer Gord Downie being his animated self, convulsing wildly on stage and twirling and tipping his mic stand. He even did a little crowd control, pointing out some unruly audience members to security, and demanding in no uncertain terms that the crowd look after each other that night. The music was spot-on, with the Hip playing many of their big hits such as “Courage” and “New Orleans is Sinking” that have become staples of Canadian rock. They often launched into dazzling guitar solos, and even melded a couple of their songs together for an extended jam, giving the enthusiastic crowd exactly what they wanted.

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