Music News Monday: The Hip announce tour, CanRock books aplenty and BNL beer

With the release of Now For Plan A earlier this month, the Tragically Hip signalled their long career just ain't over yet. Last week saw them announce a string of Canadian tour dates in the new year in support of the album, which kicks off in little old Cranbrook, BC on January 19, but skips over larger markets like Vancouver and Calgary. Pre-sale tickets are available starting tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. with Arkells joining as openers for all dates. Stream the lead track “At Transformation” below.

In literary music news, Jian Gomeshi's memoir 1982 has climbed up the best-seller's list, self-desbribed as “…definitely the first rock memoir by a Persian-Canadian new waver.” Check out a synopisis of the book, plus some videos of Jim Cuddy, Sloan and Geddy Lee reminiscing on the titular year on Ghomeshi's website. Neil Young's autobiography Waging Heavy Peace is also out now, detailing some of his most personal stories in print from his own perspective for the first time. Read an exclusive excerpt from Maclean's on how he's keeping clean and sober these days. 

Elsewhere, The Rolling Stones have released a new song to coincide with their upcoming 50th anniversary compilation and announced they'll play four shows in London and New Jersey later this year as well. Edmonton's Wool on Wolves are also dropping a new album on November 13, while Hollerado apparently has a new record in the works for next year as well. Here's a video of them up to no good in the studio getting things down on tape.

Finally, the Barenaked Ladies' newest release is not another album but instead, a beer. Teaming up with The Flying Monkeys brewery, they'll be releasing BNL Strong Beer, an 11% chocolate imperial stout sometime next month. The best part of it all? The #CDNbandbeer hashtag started up in response on Twitter. 

– Tyler Stewart


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