August concert in Kingston, Ont., will be live on CBC-TV, Radio One, Radio 2, cbcmusic.ca and YouTube
By Jessica Wong and Haydn Watters, CBC News Posted: Jun 17, 2016 7:08 AM ET
The Tragically Hip’s 15-date Man Machine Poem tour this summer will cross much of Canada, with members Gord Sinclair, Paul Langlois, Gord Downie, Johnny Fay and Rob Baker ending the series in the band’s Kingston, Ont., hometown. The final concert will be broadcast and streamed live by CBC. (Clemens Rikken/Canadian Press )
The final concert of the Tragically Hip’s upcoming summer tour will be broadcast and streamed live on CBC.
The news comes after many frustrated Hip heads who couldn’t get tickets called on the public broadcaster to air the band’s final show. It’s set for the Rogers K-Rock Centre in the Hip’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., on Aug. 20, where the street in front of the arena is named after the band.
Tickets for the highly anticipated Man Machine Poem tour — announced after frontman Gord Downie revealed he has incurable brain cancer — sold out in seconds before popping up at dramatically inflated prices on resale sites like StubHub.
After struggling to get their hands on pre-sale tickets, fans started floating the idea of a CBC broadcast in online petitions and open letters addressed to management. Emma Bédard, a spokeswoman for the CBC, said the public broadcaster was already looking at ways to air the concert before the requests started coming in.
The announcement CBC will be airing the final show coincides with Friday’s release of Man Machine Poem, the group’s 14th studio album.
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