Shortly after announcing to the public that frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, The Tragically Hip announced a series of Man Machine Poem tour dates. According to their Facebook post, a portion of the tour proceeds would be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation.
After tickets went on sale Monday morning, many fans were disappointed to discover that both Toronto shows sold out within a matter of minutes; many of which were bought up by re-sellers like StubHub, who then re-sold face value tickets of $50-160 upwards of $1000.
A few hours later, The Tragically Hip added a third Toronto date on August 14, amongst three other cities who had tour extensions.
A petition has now began to circulate asking the CBC to broadcast the Hip’s final show in Kingston. The petition argues that StubHub is robbing the Sunnybrook Foundation of donations. Addressed to CBC president Hubert Lacroix, the petition asks that the government step in to broadcast the concert and donate a potion of the advertisements and media coverage back to the rightful charity. Here’s the letter from the petition:
Dear Mr. Lacroix,
As you may be aware, Canada will soon be losing another patriot to cancer; who has honoured and contributed to this country in a multitude of ways for many years.
Gord Downie, along with fellow members of The Tragically Hip, have celebrated their love for this country through songs such as “Bobcaygeon”, “Fifty-Mission Cap”, “Wheat Kings” and many more. Gord has also dedicated himself as a member of the board for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, whose mission is to ‘create a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future.’
It is both astounding and inspiring that Gord plans to join his fellow bandmates to celebrate one last tour with their fans across Canada. The band listed face-value ticket prices from $56-$166 CAD with the intent of proceeds being donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation. Of course, ticket distributors such as Ticketmaster have appeared to disrupt these intentions; making pre-sales impossible for fans to access, then re-selling at THOUSANDS of dollars – with NO DONATION to the Sunnybrook foundation. This is disgusting. Yet I believe CBC can step in and make a tremendously effective contribution to Gord’s vision; with all of our help.
I am asking CBC to facilitate a live broadcast of The Tragically Hip’s final show at the K-Rock centre in Kingston on August 20th 2016, with proceeds from advertising, media coverage etc. to be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation as The Hip intended with their ticket sales. Perhaps viewers (who cannot afford Ticketmaster’s gouging prices) can access this coverage by making a SMALL donation (under $10) to the Sunnybrook Foundation as well.
If you build it, your fellow Canadians will come.
July 22 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
July 24 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 26 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 28 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
July 30 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
August 1 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
August 3 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
August 5 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
August 8 – London, ON – Busweiser Gardens
August 10 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
August 12 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
August 14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
August 16 – Hamilton, ON – First Ontario Centre
August 18 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre
August 20 – Kingston, ON – Rogers K-Rock Centre