The Tragically Hip winner of the 2008 National Arts Centre Award - Group to be honoured at NAC-produced Governor General's Awards Gala on May 3



    MONTREAL, March 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's National Arts Centre announced
today it is awarding the prestigious 2008 National Arts Centre Award to
legendary rockers The Tragically Hip.
    The National Arts Centre Award recognizes work of an extraordinary nature
and significance in the performing arts by an individual artist and/or company
in the past performance year. The award will be presented to The Hip at Rideau
Hall on May 2 as part of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
Members of the group will be on hand again on May 3 to be honoured during the
awards Gala at the National Arts Centre. For the first time in its history,
the Gala will be produced by the National Arts Centre.
    Known for their powerful, energetic live performances and their ironic
wordplay and references to quintessentially Canadian subjects from hockey to
history, The Tragically Hip have sold millions of records worldwide, enjoying
both mass popularity and critical acclaim.
    "The Tragically Hip are one of the most influential Canadian bands of our
generation," said Peter Herrndorf, the NAC's president and CEO. "The group
represents a potent convergence of raw musical energy and rich Canadian
storytelling. The National Arts Centre is delighted to bestow this honour on
The Hip."
    The Tragically Hip were formed in 1983 by five friends from Kingston-Rob
Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair-taking their
name from a skit from the cult classic movie Elephant Pants by Michael
Nesmith.
    The group released their first album, The Tragically Hip, in 1987 and
have since released twelve albums, earning two diamond certifications. In
2002, The Tragically Hip met and performed for Her Majesty the Queen at a gala
performance in celebration of her Golden Jubilee. The band was inducted into
Canada's Walk of Fame in 2003 and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno
Awards in 2005.
    The Hip have established a demanding concert itinerary. They have toured
extensively in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia. Most recently the band
has finished a 2006-07 tour to promote their platinum selling album World
Container where they continue to sell out arenas across Canada.
    The Tragically Hip continue to support numerous charitable organizations,
lending their name to help raise and donate millions of dollars for various
social and environmental causes, including the Special Olympics, The
Waterkeeper Alliance, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Stephen Lewis
Foundation, and Camp Trillium.

    The Tragically Hip are currently recording a new studio album.


    Previous winners of the National Arts Centre Award include Richard
Bradshaw, k.d. lang, Rick Mercer, Marie Chouinard, Angela Hewitt, La La La
Human Steps and its artistic director Edouard Lock, Cirque du Soleil, Mario
Bernardi, Denis Marleau, Karen Kain, Jon Kimura Parker, Ben Heppner, Robert
Lepage, Michel-Marc Bouchard and Les Deux Mondes, and Gilles Maheu and CARBONE
14.
    The National Art Centre's Board of Trustees chooses the recipient of the
award from recommendations submitted by a selection committee. The recipient
of the National Arts Centre Award receives a cash prize of $25,000, an
original work of art, and a commemorative medallion.




For further information:

For further information: Jayne Watson, Director of Communications, (613)
947-7000, ext. 260; Carl Martin, Communications Advisor, (613) 947-7000, ext.
560, (613) 291-8880 (c)

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