Day 9: Video report
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Day 9: Saskatoon Concert Review
REVIEW BY: TYLER J. DICKIE
Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon, SK
Monday, November 27, 2000
Hip Fans 10, Politicians 0!!!
While the rest of Canada was eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner of the federal election between what was considered to be an election between only Jean Chretien and Stockwell Day, everyone that was at The Hip concert in Saskatoon, were the real winners. Fans won throughout this stormy November night, while listening to a few of the powerful sounds from the album Day For Night rather than speeches from Mr. Day. During the concert, the last thing on our minds was the final vote tally of the election. What was the score???
Thanks to Ross, we shot a ton of photos and a lot of film as well during the night. We started off by taking a shot of the snowstorm that was settling in over Saskatoon, just to give people that were not at the concert an idea of what the weather was like on the evening of November 27th. From there we were escorted down to the depths of Saskatchewan Place into Ross' Lair - dressing room #5. This would be our headquarters for the night. After a brief lesson on the finer points of photography, we were off to the soundcheck to practice with the equipment and watch the band practice Three Pistols and other tunes. It was very cool to see Das Hips play in front of 20 people when Sask Place holds more than 10,000.
Following soundcheck we had a delicious supper and after Ross finished his post supper exercises on his new scooter, it was off to get permission to use the press box to shoot some film of the show. This is where my video of Blow At High Dough was shot from. A few more shots from the front row and then the video equipment was put away for the night. All that was left was to sit back and enjoy the rest of OUR Evening With The Tragically Hip.
The encore was to consist of Bobcaygeon and Freak but instead of Freak being played, An Inch An Hour was played, a direct correlation to the speed that the band will be travelling to Brandon, Manitoba, due to the terrible weather.
Neither my assistant nor myself ended up voting. We both felt that one very important name was left off of the ballot - Gordon Downie - Independent.
DO NOT miss this tour - the beer is more than $2.50 but with more than thirty songs tonight it's less than a buck and a half a song.
Tyler J. Dickie
Considering the date and all that will be happening nationwide on the eve of November 27th, 2000, I don't really know why I am writing this request to be the videographer for Das Hips concert at Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon on Monday, November 27th, 2000.
With the announcement of a national vote slated for that night to select the new Prime Minister of our own beautiful country, all eyes will be focused on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Having said this and knowing how important The TRAGICALLY HIP are as goodwill ambassadors and rock icons to this country, it is obvious that there will not, I repeat WILL NOT, be a concert by the one and only TRAGICALLY HIP. The obvious reason for this is simply that Gordon Downie cannot and will not be able to put on a concert when he will be expected to be there on Parliament Hill.
I'm not really sure if Gordie will be in Ottawa by choice on that night but I do know that it is required of the newly elected P.M. to be available to the public and media to make an appearance at a live media conference.
I'm not positive that Gord wants the job or even if he will take it when he wins the election hands down, but when the general public makes a demand of this magnitude, I don't know if anyone has the power to put a stop to it. Ol' Gord may have no say in the matter and may have to accept his fate unwillingly. If it wasn't for the slight politician in Gord and His way with words I'm pretty sure that there would be a concert on this night even with the band's unending patriotism and their importance as THE BAND THAT DEFINES CANADA'S NATIONAL ROCK.
I'm not saying that Gord is the end all and be all of The TRAGICALLY HIP but having witnessed numerous HIP concerts, I have come to the realization that He is ultimately the most recognized and appreciated member of the band. I don't know if this is deservedly so and nor do I care, but I do know this to be true through my own personal experience!
I am a TRAGICALLY HIP fanatic through and through that does not and will not pick favorites. For this reason and this reason only I think that I would make the best choice as videographer for this concert on the outside chance that it does go through as planned. Also being THE BIGGEST HIP FAN west of Kingston, and knowing a lot of lyrics I would be willing to, for the right price, make an appearance should Gord not be able to make it due to additional obligations.
Besides Gord's not going to need my vote anyway, he's got Prime Minister all locked up without even running.
-- Tyler J. Dickie
The Tragically Hip thanks the following organizations for helping them with this project:
CANOE.CA, for hosting the contest and tour site.
www.henrys.com for supplying the Panasonic Digital Video camera.
Bootleg Networks, for video editing and encoding.
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