As the Tragically Hip makes their last stop in their hometown of Kingston, Londoners will get the chance to come together to watch the band’s final show of the Man Machine Poem tour.
London Music Hall will be broadcasting the show live from CBC on Saturday night.
“Long Time Running: London Celebrates The Tragically Hip” will be broadcast on a 15′ by 20′ LED screen.
“It’s absolutely free to come in and watch the show, ” Brad Gibb, FM96 Program Director said. “Watch it on the big screen with the big sound. You’ll be able to stand there with your friends and almost [like you’re in] in one of the greatest small venues in Canada. You know, seeing The Tragically Hip on the big screen is going to make you feel like you are there.”
All proceeds will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation.
Festivities are expected to start at 4 p.m. with local bands performing until the show begins around 8:30 p.m.
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”
“The bands are going to do a couple of their tunes and some Tragically Hip covers,” Gibb said. “Up and down the list, it really showcases what London has to offer when it comes to great local talent.”
Gibb stated that the feeling Saturday evening will be different than the the band’s recent concert at Budweiser Gardens.
“This is going to be a different experience because the man is not actually there,” Gibb said. “At the same time, those who did not get tickets will be able to [somewhat experience] what it was like to be there.”
The Tragically Hip is wrapping up the cross-Canada tour after revealing that Gord Downie, the band’s lead singer, was suffering from terminal brain cancer in May.
“The band has said that it is not over and that this is the last show of the tour,” Gibb said. “Could there be other shows? It is quite possible. For this tour and the immensity of the tour and this being the last show. It is a pretty monumental event for the band, but by no means is the band done.”
After the show, Londoners will be able to record 30-second messages and post them online for the band.
Public screenings are planned at various restaurants, movie theatres and community viewing parties.
The show can also be streamed on mobile devices from the CBC’s website.