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Published on July 29th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Like cats? The Tragically Hip’s “Poets” house is up for sale

If you’re a fan of the Tragically Hip, you’ll be familiar with the feline aspects of the “Poets” video.

The video was shot in a real home at 94 Elm Street in Kingston. The cats–there were 689 of them at one time–came with the house. The building holds the Guinness World Record for the keeping the most cats certified in 1994 when animal lovers/animal welfare godsendsJack and Donna Wright live there. They had a local reputation of never, ever turning away an animal.

Neat–but would that have been kinda smelly? Well, yeah. A Globe and Mail profile published in 2001 described the odors a combination of “cat urine, Pine-Sol cleanser and Swish 80” (a smell-killing cleanser). The good news is that it’s been completely renovated

The 7-bedroom home (now divided into a 4+1/3-bedroom duplex) is now up for sale for $689,000.  Read more at the Ottawa Citizen.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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One Response to Like cats? The Tragically Hip’s “Poets” house is up for sale

  1. Jamie S says:

    I’m from Kingston, and it blows my mind that a house on Elm St. (terrible, run down area of town) could fetch almost 3/4 million dollars! in the words of Mugatu… “That Kingston is so HOT right now”

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