Celebrating Canada Day at Canalside, as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra performs the music of the Tragically Hip, with the help of a Buffalo band well-schooled in the Hip's music? This feels like a no-brainer.
Though the Hip is predominantly a guitar-based band, one that finds its strength in the marriage of incisive, poetic narratives and roots-oriented rock with a folk underbelly, it will be interesting to hear what the Orchestra brings to the table. One feels comfortable assuming that the poignancy implicit in so much of the Hip's best music will be heightened by the BPO's harmonic grandeur.
"Our band has always been about sharing this music that we love," said Hip tribute band Strictly Hip frontman Jeremy Hoyle. "This is an opportunity to perform and share this music in a whole new, beautiful way."
The BPO will be under the direction of Canadian guest conductor Bradley Thachuk.
Info: The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra plays the music of the Tragically Hip, with Strictly Hip at 5 p.m. June 30 at Canalside. $5. Tickets: CanalsideBuffalo.com.
[Update: A previous version of this story indicated that Canalside would provide a fireworks display after the show. That is not the case.]