Tragically Hip Merchandise is Out of Control!

I made it to the final show of the three-night Toronto stand on the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour. Everyone danced, sang along and went home happy–but I’ll leave it to other people to report on that. I want to talk about merch.

In all the concerts I’ve attended, I’ve never, ever seen:

  • So many people sporting different t-shirts and swag. There were million different styles of t-shirts, hockey jerseys and hats from all eras of the Hip’s career.
Hip t-shirt
Via Mark
Hip Roadside
Via Rob
  • So many homemade band t-shirts.

Hip Tired t-shirt

  • So many people lined up to buy swag during the show.

Hip Swag

I watched as one guy went up to a merch booth and said “I’ll take one of everything.” He must have dropped $1500 in one go. Demand is so high for certain shirts that I’m sure they’re printing them up on the premises.

Got a picture of some cool swag from this tour? Send it to me and I’ll add it to this gallery.

Alan Cross

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3 thoughts on “Tragically Hip Merchandise is Out of Control!

  • August 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

    They actually were printing shirts on site- there was a screenprinting trailer on the south side of the ACC.

  • August 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I Bought two shirts myself which is a bit unprecedented for me. I’m really cheap and usually can make a choice but not this time. I could have bought more but my Cheap gene kicked in and I stopped there. i Do think I will be buying more online in the future. I missed buying Merch when i was both cheap and poorish so i missed out on some great shirts. BTW I got the Blue HIP (with Gord as the I ) and the one beside it. One other thing I can’t speak to a lot of other bands as i haven’t been to all that many shows but the hips shirts are pretty good quality Nice and soft

  • September 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I was also at the August 14th show. Kicking myself that I didn’t get a few more shirts. Any idea if they will be selling this stuff on the hip website any time soon?


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