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7 Tragically Hip Covers That Pay Homage to Gord Downie

From Feist to Arkells, here are seven Hip covers that'll tug at your emotions

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Feist's "Flamenco"

At the sad news of Gord Downie's brain cancer diagnosis and final tour, Feist paid homage to her friend by recording her version of 1996's "Flamenco." (Feist's former Broken Social Scene bandmate had his hands all over The Tragically Hip's last album.)

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Hey Rosetta!'s "Ahead by a Century"

At the CBC Music Fest this summer, Newfoundland band Hey Rosetta! busted out "Ahead by a Century."

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Chantal Kreviazuk's "Bobcaygeon"

Singer Chantal Kreviazuk, who, aside from making her own music, has written for Avril LavigneKelly Clarkson and Shakira, posted her favorite Hip song, "Bobcaygeon," before Gordie's last show.

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Sarah Harmer's "Morning Moon"

Sarah Harmer, who has said that The Hip made her want to be a musician (she eventually sang backup for the Hip), was joined by Barenaked Ladies bassist Jim Creeggan for "Morning Moon."

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Paper Lions' "Bobcaygeon"

Indie rock band Paper Lions took the a cappella route when recording "Bobcaygeon," saying "Thanks, Gord" at the end of the video.

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Arkells' "Music at Work"

Arkells whipped out 2000's "Music At Work" during a recent concert. They wrote on YouTube:

"It was important to us that we play a Hip tune this summer. This is the band that took us on tour and gave us the privilege of playing arenas across the country. We watched them every night on that tour, keen to pick up as many tricks that we could steal for our own. Gord D is known for being a poet, but I'd say he's equal parts dance instructor."

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The Flatliners' "Ahead by a Century"

Candadian punk outfit The Flatliners recorded "Ahead by a Century" to benefit the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital. It's much more chill than the high-powered version they've done before. They wrote:

"Through his years Gord has truly inspired a nation of thinkers, believers, and dreamers - always inspiring us to be creative, providing the soundtrack to our good times, and also helping us through the tough ones."


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