The Tragically Hip’s final stop on their Man Machine Poem tour is in Kingston and is believed to be their last show as frontman Gord Downie recently reported serious health issues. After the news surfaced that Downie had incurable brain concert the tour’s tickets sold out instantaneously. Many of The Tragically Hip’s long time fans were unable to secure tickets and were angered to see the tickets pop up shortly after for resale at significantly inflated prices. The Kingston tour stop is significant not only because it is the last stop but because it is the band’s hometown. They will be playing at K-Rock Centre on August 20th.
Since the revelation that many of the tickets were purchased by scalpers The Tragically Hip fans have been appealing to CBC to publicly broadcast the show. The band’s national significance makes it an important cultural event. CBC reports that “the public broadcaster was already looking at ways to air the concert before the requests started coming in.” CBC’s executive vice-president, English Services Heather Conway explained their interest noting that the “special relationship they have with their fans [has] helped define and influence our identity as Canadians.”
The band formally announced the partnership with CBC on their twitter earlier today.
— CBC Music (@CBCMusic) June 17, 2016