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Here’s All The Ways To Celebrate The Tragically Hip’s Final Tour

Fans across the nation are coming together to celebrate The Tragically Hip this weekend, as the band returns to their hometown of Kingston, Ontario for the final show of their Man Machine Poem Tour.

Back in May of this year, news that Hip frontman Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer shook fans everywhere. But along with the sad news about Downie’s health, the band also announced they’d be hitting the road on an 11-stop tour across Canada, ending Saturday, August 20.

The Hip will take the stage at the Rogers K-Rock Centre for a crowd about 6,000 strong. Those who weren’t lucky enough to get tickets will swarm the streets and gather outside downtown Kingston’s main public square, where the live performance will be streamed outdoors.

Can’t make it to Kingston? Don’t sweat it. Here are all the ways to watch The Hip this weekend.

On Broadcast

The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration will air live on CBC commercial free across Canada at 8:30 p.m. ET

Here’s a look at the set list from last night. The #ManMachinePoemTour continues tomorrow night in Hamilton!

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Global streaming of the concert will also be available on, and on CBC’s YouTube and Facebook page.


The CBC Music app, available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, will also stream the live event.

Thank you Calgary and see you again on Wednesday! #yyc #ManMachinePoemTour Photo credit David Bastedo

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Everywhere Else

Communities everywhere have organized viewing parties for the broadcast of the Kingston show. Find one close to you in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. on the full list found here.

Celebrate with The Hip On Much 

Of course, Much will also be celebrating the end of the Man Machine Poem tour and the legacy of the iconic Canadian band with a full day of Hip-themed programming. Hosted by Much VJ Tyrone Edwards, the special will open the vaults, airing archival interviews spanning from 1989-2011, music videos and messages from the artist community sharing stories about the band. The Hip On Much starts at 6 a.m. ET. Head over to Much to watch their Intimate & Interactive special from 2000 in full here.

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