The Tragically Hip took part in their first televised appearance since the death of singer Gord Downie.
The band were joined by Feist for the 50th Juno Awards for a performance of “It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken”.
The Tragically Hip haven’t performed on TV since Downie died in 2017 after suffering from glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.
“It’s been such a difficult year for our fellow musicians, we wanted to do something to honour them in a way that would make Gord smile,” the band said ahead of the performance.
Last time the Tragically Hip performed at the Junos was in 2007. Both Downie and the band have been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
During the night, the Tragically Hip were also honoured with the Humanitarian Award by Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
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The group said they were “humbled” with the award.
“His big heart served him well,” Patrick Downie said of his brother Gord. They then honoured the 215 children who were recently found buried in an unmarked mass grave at a former Kamloops, B.C., residential school.
You can see their moving acceptance speech here 👇
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Others who took the stage during the show included Justin Bieber, Jully Black, and Jann Arden.