The Flatliners

The Flatliners release “Ahead By A Century” charity single

Toronto-based alternative rock band The Flatliners have released an acoustic cover of The Tragically Hip’s iconic 1996 single “Ahead By A Century”. Inspired by Toronto Mayor John Tory’s recent action to make August 10th ‘Tragically Hip’ Day, The Flatliners decided to record their own acoustic version of “Ahead By A Century” to celebrate the band that has been such an inspiration to not only them, but to so many musicians around the world. The cover track is now available to purchase via iTunes, and Bandcamp. All proceeds will be donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital. 

We’re currently on tour in Europe, and not able to take part in the festivities around Toronto to celebrate the iconic and bountiful career of The Tragically Hip, so we spent August 10th taking in the beautiful sights of Venice and reflecting on how much The Hip have inspired us as musicians,” says lead vocalist Chris Cresswell. “Any time we’d turn the radio on, or flip the channel to MuchMusic as kids, there were Gord and the boys. It was easy to feel the impact of a band who explored their musical abilities so boldly – and did so completely on their own terms. If you think about it, it’s pretty fucking punk rock. So we decided to record our own acoustic version of ‘Ahead By A Century’ in Venice too.

Cresswell continues, “Through his years Gord has truly inspired a nation of thinkers, believers, and dreamers – always inspiring us to be creative, providing the soundtrack to our good times, and also helping us through the tough ones. I think it’s time for us all to give back. Anything is welcome, but we urge each and every one of you to donate below to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Much love and respect to The Hip for everything they’ve done for kids like us just trying to find a place to play our music. The inspiration just gets stronger and stronger. And to a true Canadian legend: Gord, we love ya!

Donations to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital can be made here:

Since forming in 2002, The Flatliners, comprised of Chris Cresswell (vocalist & guitar), Scott Brigham (guitar), Jon Darbey (bass), and Paul Ramirez (drums) have released 4 full-lengths LPs, countless 7”’s and have toured extensively across North America, Europe and Japan with the likes of Anti-Flag, Hot Water Music, Single Mothers, Cancer Bats, Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, and Less Than Jake.

New music from The Flatliners coming soon. More details to be announced in the coming weeks.

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