The Tragically Hip is doing a truly final tour given the diagnosis of incurable brain cancer for frontman Gord Downie. Tickets sold out quickly for the Man Machine Poem tour. If you didn't get a chance to be there in person, you can still catch the final Tragically Hip show.
The concert from the band's hometown of Kingston, Ontario will start Saturday at 8:30 pm Eastern on CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, cbcmusic.ca, and CBC's YouTube channels. The YouTube channels might be limited to Canadians but that would be the best chance to watch the show from the States if you don't have access to a CBC feed.
You can download the CBC Radio app to get a CBC Radio One or CBC Radio 2 signal to listen to the show. The CBC Music app will not work outside Canada.
The Tragically Hip might be the textbook definition of Canadian success while little known outside the country. The band sings about Canada with plenty of references thrown into their songs. The Hip played at the 2004 Grey Cup at the old Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.
The Tragically Hip consists of Downie, who handles lead vocals and guitar; Paul Langlois on guitar and backing vocals; Rob Baker on guitar; Gord Sinclair on bass and backing vocals; and Johnny Fay on drums and percussion. You know it's a Canadian band if 2 of the members are named Gord.
In Toronto and likely elsewhere around Canada, you can check out venues that will carry the broadcast on a large screen with a good-sized crowd. That experience will come a bit closer to an actual concert than sitting on your Chesterfield at home.
This adds to the true Canadian shared identity over The Tragically Hip.
The band also played in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Hamilton, and Ottawa for the 15-date tour. The street in front of the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston is named after the band. Man Machine Poem is the group's 14th studio album.
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