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The Tragically Hip dedicates a new music video to the victims of the massacre

Tragically Hip dedicates a new music video

Key Takeaways:

  • The Tragically Hip, a Canadian rock band, has released a new music video to honor the mass shooting victims at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989.

Ten women and four men were also wounded when a gunman opened fire on the engineering school at the Universite de Montreal 32 years ago. The video was released on the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women.

The video depicts The Tragically Hip performing their song ‘Montreal’ live at the Molson Centre in Montreal in 2000.

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Portrait sketches of the women died in the attack are also included in the video. Anne-Marie Edward, Anne-Marie Lemay, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte, Barbara Daigneault, Geneviève Bergeron, Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, Hélène Colgan, Michèle Richard, Nathalie Croteau, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, and Sonia Pelletier were among those killed that day.

Except for two victims, all those killed in the shooting were university engineering students. Artist Stew Jones created the portrait sketches in the music video, and Willo Downie created the background paintings.

Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip
Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip; Image from Macleans.ca

The video, directed by Mike Downie also Tim Thompson, also depicts Mont-Royal. Where 14 beams of light are protruded into the sky all year on December 6 in memory of the women killed.

At the end of the music, the band stated that they “stand with the families of the 14 victims and survivors of the femicide at Ecole Polytechnique in 1989.” “We fully support their ongoing efforts to ban all semi-automatic assault weapons,” reads the message.

The song ‘Montreal’ was included on the band’s EP Saskadelphia, released in May. The EP consists of six previously unreleased songs from their 1991 album ‘Road Apples.’

According to a Twitter post, the band has also created a CD and Flexi disc single with’ Montreal’ and ‘It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken,’ featuring the artist Feist.

The Tragically Hip declared that they would be bundled with t-shirts, with proceeds going to the PolyRemembers/PolySeSouvient group. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said in a Twitter post on Monday that the memory of the attack is “still painful.”

Source: CTV News

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