After more than 20 years of touring and recording, Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip are still going strong with lengthy tour plans on line for 2009. The five-month We Are the Same tour launches with an April 27-29 run at Centre in the Square in Kitchener, ON, and wraps with performances on September 30 and October 2 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON.

The Hip will perform more than 50 shows in 28 cities during the North American outing, which includes a 12-city sweep of the United States. The U.S. itinerary features a May 8 performance at Nokia Theatre Times Square in New York, NY, a May 26-27 stand at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL, and a June 9-11 run at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA, among other dates.

In their native Canada, The Hip have a number of extended plays booked at venues across the provinces. The schedule is anchored with concerts on May 11-12, 14-16 and 19 at Massey Hall in Toronto, ON, as well as gigs on September 13-14 and 16-17 at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, AB.

The tour’s engagements are being billed as An Evening with The Tragically Hip, with the band appearing solo each night for a two-set show. Public on-sales begin April 9 for select shows in Toronto, ON; Edmonton, AB; and Hamilton, ON. Tickets for most other shows on the North American tour are already on sale.

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The Tragically Hip are touring behind the release of their eleventh full-length studio record, “We Are the Same,” which hit stores April 7. Seven of the band’s previous records topped the Canadian record charts, with two more discs placing in the top five.

The Hip have placed in the lower registers of the Billboard 200 over the years, with “In Between Evolution” (2004) and “World Container” (2006) placing at No. 18 and No. 11, respectively on the Heatseekers chart.

The Tragically Hip itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 27 – 29 Kitchener, ON Centre In The Square
May 1 – 2 Montreal, QC Metropolis
May 4 Quebec City, QC Theatre Capitole
May 7 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
May 8 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square
May 9 Boston, MA House Of Blues
May 11 – 12, 14 – 16, 19 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
May 23 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
May 26 – 27 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
May 29 – 30 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
May 31 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
June 2, 5 – 6 Lewiston, NY Earl W. Brydges Artpark
June 9 – 11 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
June 13 – 14 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
June 16 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
June 17 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
June 20 Victoria, BC Save On Foods Memorial Centre
June 22 – 24 Vancouver, BC Orpheum
June 27 Wiarton, ON Wiarton Airfield
July 23 London, ON Harris Park
July 26 Shelburne, VT The Green at Shelburne Museum
August 4 Saskatoon, SK Prairieland Park
September 9 – 11 Winnipeg, MB Centennial Concert Hall
September 13 – 14, 16 – 17 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
September 19 Banff, AB Eric Harvie Theatre
September 21, 24 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
September 26 – 28 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre Southam Hall
Sept. 30, Oct. 2 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum