Let’s get the part-eh started! 

By: Dana Michell

WHAT: Canada Day Concerts

WHERE: Crab Shack, Dusty’s, Buffalo Bill’s, Boot Pub

WHEN: Monday and Tuesday, June 30 and July 1

Who doesn’t love public holidays, ‘eh? Especially in the summer, and mid week, and when it’s a birthday. How many more excuses do you need to party?

How about the fact that there’s a plethora of performances in the Great White North’s honour all over the Village and Creekside from Canada’s Birthday eve right through to the wee morning of July 2, when the 2010 Winter Olympics host city will finally be announced.

June 30

First up on the nation’s anniversary agenda is a tribute show on Monday June 30 for one of Canada’s most beloved bands — The Tragically Hip. There’s no better way to ring in the Maple Leaf’s massive day than with a few heartfelt anthems from Bobby, Johnny, Paul and the two Gords. Okay so the legends themselves won’t be here, but in their place are five hard-working guys who are really into the Hip’s music.

As tribute acts go, Totally Hip pays attention to detail. Michael Heagle is a young Gord Downie with a voice and energy bound to capture any audience. Then there's Mike Burley who not only does a mean impression of Bobby Baker's gritty riffs, but his hair is pretty much the same length. No wigs there, every inch of it’s Burley.

Rhythm guitarist Shaun McLellan strikes a chord as Paul Langlois while Bassist Pat Rufallo rocks the low end with bass lines à la Sinclair. Last but not least is Patrick Sharp who cuts a serious groove on drums done the Johnny Fay way – rock solid, that is.

In just over a year as the Totally Hip, these talented musicians have already taken their act to tiny towns from Vancouver to Montreal, and this summer they are off to Newfoundland. Their authentic reputation is spreading fast with some fans even mistaking them for the real deal.

"We did this one gig in Fernie where this guy from New Zealand came up and told us how much he loves us and that he had all our albums. That was pretty flattering but we set him straight none the less," said McLellan. Expect all your Tragically Hip tributes, including "New Orleans Is Sinking", "Locked In The Trunk Of A Car" and "Blow At High Dough".

July 1

On Canada Day, July 1, don’t cha dare miss making it down to the Shack where live music will be playing from noon ‘til late. Plain ol’ Pete, Guitar Doug, Pete and Chad, Wes Makepeace, The Totally Hip and WDC will all be performing throughout the day. Call the Crab Shack for the full schedule on 604-932-4451.

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