After 32 years, 14 albums, 9 number one hit albums and 14 Juno awards, The Tragically Hip will play their final live performance Saturday night in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
The group, currently touring on their Man Machine Poem tour, will stop touring live following lead singer Gord Downie being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer back in May.
Fans of the beloved Canadian rock band were stunned when it was announced by Dr. James Perry, the head of neurology at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, that the 52 year old singer had an aggressive form of brain cancer now as glioblastoma.
Fans from across North America have been sending in well wishes to the group as they tour across Canada for the final time.
During their three date stop in Toronto, Mayor John Tory proclaimed August 10th as The Tragically Hip Day.
Following a debacle with scalpers and ticket sales, the CBC announced that they would be broadcasting Saturday night’s finale live across the country.
Although the K-Rock Centre will be sold out with 7,000 people expected inside, thousands more will fill the streets outside the arena to catch the show as well as million’s of fans across the country watching live at home.
Along with the numerous awards the band has earned, they joined an elite group in 2005 as they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.