The Tragically Hip have not released any new music since the death of Gordy Dowd in 2017…until now.

“Saskadelphia” is a collection of six previously unreleased songs set for a May 21 release.

The songs were originally written in 1990 but never made it onto an album…until now. Five of the songs were recorded in the Road Apple session while in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The sixth song is a live track that was performed in Montreal in 2000. While the live track was written at the same time as the others, an original recording has not been found.

Like with most albums, artists write and record more songs than ever make it on the final cut for any number of reasons. Thus was the case with the songs set to appear on “Saskadelphia”.

The Hip’s Johnny Fay spoke on the sings saying “we didn’t know what was there, so this meant baking them and listening to them as they were being transferred. Hearing them for the first time in 30 years was crazy.”

When Canadian Music celebrates 50 years of the JUNO Awards on June 6 Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will be presenting The Tragically Hip with the Humanitarian Award. The band will also take the stage with Feist for a performance.

The track listing for “Saskadelphia”:
“Not Necessary”
“Montreal” – a live performance
“Crack My Spine Like a Whip
“Just as Well”
“Reformed Baptist Blues”