Iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip didn’t include an Atlantic Canadian stop on their Man Machine Poem tour this summer, but the City of Charlottetown, with support from the Province of PEI through Economic Development and Tourism, has plans to help fans and music lovers feel part of the band’s final show.
The Hip’s August 20th concert in Kingston, Ontario will be broadcast live on CBC and the City of Charlottetown will stream the event at Victoria Park to make it accessible to all Islanders and visitors.
"Any time the Tragically Hip performed in Charlottetown, it was well attended and there was a buzz and excitement leading up to and during their visit," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We want our residents and visitors to be able to experience that again, and, although we can’t give the full concert experience, we’ll strive for the next best thing – a full production with an over-sized multi-media screen and concert quality sound in the picturesque Victoria Park with the waterfront as the backdrop. We thank the Province of PEI for their generous support of this cultural and tourism event."
The City of Charlottetown’s Tragically Hip concert viewing will be a free, non-gated, non-alcoholic event. It will be held in the East or West meadow facing the water in Victoria Park. The exact location will be determined in consultation with the production company. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
"We are thrilled to support this event. Many Islanders have had the opportunity to see the Tragically Hip perform in the past and I’m happy to see the City of Charlottetown committed to continuing that tradition for this historic concert," said Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald. "This event will not only be a fantastic evening for residents of Prince Edward Island but will most definitely be welcomed by all who are visiting the province."
Donations will be accepted on site for The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. The Fund aids in the investigation of new drugs, surgical techniques and genetic therapies for brain cancers that are currently considered "unbeatable".
Gord Downie, the Hip’s lead singer, suffers from an aggressive form of incurable brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
"There are far too many people who can relate to the health issues that Gord Downie is experiencing," Mayor Lee said. "Through hosting this event, we hope that we can raise some money to aid brain cancer research and we also hope that we’re able to bring the community together to show Gord Downie some support and celebrate the Hip’s contributions to our Canadian identity and culture. Beyond that, we hope it’s a nice summer night, a pleasant outing for families and overall, just a great musical experience for everyone."
The CBC live broadcast of the Kingston, Ontario final Hip concert will take place at 8:30 Eastern Standard Time. It will air, commercial free, in Victoria Park at 9:30 p.m. local time. Additional logistical details, including a rain location, will be announced at a later date.
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The Tragically Hip performing in Windsor in 2015. Photo credit: Aven Hoffarth.
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