|Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip|
photo: David Bastedo
hennemusic is pleased to deliver a live stream of the farewell concert by The Tragically Hip from the Rogers K-Rock Centre in the band’s hometown of Kingston, ON.
Canada’s national public broadcaster, the CBC, is interrupting its coverage of the 2016 Olympics to present “The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration,” a concert event featuring the last show of the group’s farewell tour following news in May that frontman Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Downie has an aggressive form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma, which was discovered last December after a seizure led to an emergency room visit in Kingston.
Doctors at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto were able to surgically “excise the bulk of the tumour”, following which Downie underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments earlier this year.
The band revealed news of Downie’s health issue, saying, “After 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…we’ve decided to do another one. This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.”
The month-long 15-date run across Canada in support of their latest album, “Man Machine Poem”, kicked off in Victoria, BC on July 22, with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation.
One of Canada’s most beloved bands, The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 and have issued 13 studio albums to huge success in their homeland, earning 14 Juno Awards and inductions into both the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and Canada’s Walk Of Fame.
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