Canadians frantically scooped up tickets to The Tragically Hip‘s summer tour in the last two months, which many fear will be their last after the band announced May 24th that their lead singer Gord Downie was suffering from terminal brain cancer.
From Victoria to Kingston, they’ll be on the road starting July 22nd and their final show in Kingston is being aired on the CBC. Screening parties are popping up across the country and Live Nation will be hosting one at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.
Free Screening of The Tragically Hip Concert on CBC at the Commodore in Vancouver
Where: Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville St, Vancouver)
When: August 20, 2016 4:30pm doors, screening at 5:30pm
Tickets: Free, but reservations online open up at 10:00am on July 21st. Entry is subject to capacity. Registered guests will be admitted on first come-first served basis. Registration does not guarantee entry. General admission, 19+, limit of 4 tickets per person.
Everyone in Canada has a Tragically Hip story to tell. What road trip you were on, where you danced, who you were with when you heard their poetic lyrics packed with Canadiana. My brother first introduced me to Road Apples in 1991 while we were playing Lego, and then I won a local radio station contest guessing the lyrics to songs from Fully Completely. I knew the story of Bill Barilko before I watched Hockey: A People’s History. Everyone has a Hip story.
As a recent BBC article “The Most Canadian Band in the World” puts it, “They are even more obscure internationally. As a result, the band is like a secret handshake for Canadians, a way to establish an exclusive commonality among anyone between the ages of roughly 15 and 45.”
The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration will be broadcast live on the CBC across Canada. If you would like to check out this screening event, with a thousand other Hip fans, be sure to reserve online then also line up on August 20th to make sure you gain entry.