“It’s been a long time running. It’s well worth the wait.”
But for millions of Tragically Hip fans across the country, it could be the end of an era in Canadian music.
Londoners will get the chance to see the band’s final show of the Man Machine Poem tour from Kingston as the London Music Hall broadcasts the show live from CBC on Saturday night.
“Long Time Running: London Celebrates The Tragically Hip” will begin at 4 p.m. when the doors open, with local acts performing until The Tragically Hip’s final show is broadcast on a 15′ by 20′ LED screen:
4:00 pm – Doors Open
5:00 pm – 5:20pm Ben Heffernan
5:30 pm – 5:50pm Lifeline
6:15 pm – 6:30pm Alan Charlebois
6:40 pm – 6:55pm Dustbin Flowers
7:05 pm – 7:20pm The Weathered
7:30 pm – 7:45pm Julia Haggarty
7:55 pm – 8:10pm Texas King
8:30 pm – CBC and Tragically Hip present: ‘The Tragically Hip’ a National Celebration”
FM96 Program Director Brad Gibb said the local band showcase will be “really cool.”
“They’re all local bands from all different genres, from country to rock to alternative,” said Gibb. “The bands are going to do one of their tunes and a couple of Tragically Hip covers. From Dustbin Flowers to Texas King and up and down the list, it really showcases what London has to offer when it comes to great local talent.”
If you didn’t get to see them when they came to London last Monday, this might be your last chance, but the band is being cryptic.
“The band has said that the band is not over and that it’s the last show of this tour,” said Gibb. “Could there be more, could there be other shows? It’s quite possible. But for this tour, and the immensity of this tour, for this being the last show of this tour, is a pretty monumental event for the band. But by no means is the band done.”
Back in May, it was announced that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and they would be doing another tour.
Gibb said they’re hoping for a packed house.
“That’s just kind of what it is to see The Tragically Hip. It’s you and all of your friends, standing together, singing the songs, feeling the energy, and most importantly, having a beer in your hand and having a good time.”
Londoners will be able to record 30-second messages for the band that will be posted online after the show.
Admission is free for all ages, but donations will be accepted at the door. 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation.