Hip tribute band headlines mental health fundraiser in Fort Erie


Published March 9, 2023 at 2:57 pm

The Practically Hip, a Tragically Hip tribute band, are such super fans that they've been to over 75 Hip concerts between them.

A Tragically Hip tribute band will be hoping the audience is “blowing high dough” as they headline the show at the “Ridgeway Rocks for Mental Health” fundraiser in Fort Erie on April 15.

With all proceeds being donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Niagara Branch, the Practically Hip and comedian Mark Matthews will be entertaining the mostly standing room crowd that night when the fundraiser lands at The Sanctuary Centre for the Arts (209 Ridge Rd, attached to Brimstone Brewing) in Ridgeway when the doors open at 7:30 pm.

Organizers says Matthews will perform at 8:30 pm with the Practically Hip hitting the stage at 9 pm.

Established in Southern Ontario in 1997, when the Tragically Hip was still going strong, the tribute Practically Hip has been “performing the music its fans love for over 20 years at clubs, festivals, concerts, universities and colleges throughout North America and beyond.”

The five-member band have seen over 75 Tragically Hip concerts between them, called themselves super fans and are known for playing the Hip songs note perfect.

Organizers say, “You will be amazed by the vocal ability and sheer stage presence of Dean Hughes as he interprets and recreates the full Gord Downie experience, all as part of a phenomenal five-piece band which gives its audiences the highest level of energy and musicianship the Hip is known for.”

In the past, they’ve opened for such Canadian acts as April Wine, Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox, Colin James, Big Wreck, Sloan, Trooper, Gowan, Sass Jordan and Honeymoon Suite.

Tickets are $25 and available HERE.

Here they are performing Ahead By A Century at the 2010 Burlington “Sound of Music” Festival.

insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising