That night in Kingston ...
Thousands upon thousands of fans across the country – and the world – celebrated with the Tragically Hip on their last stop on the Man Machine Poem tour in Kingston, Ont. Canadian pride shone throughout the Rogers K-Rock Centre with people cheering, singing and crying wholeheartedly.
“Thank you,” Gord Downie said at one point. “For keeping me pushing and keeping me pushing.”
The Man Machine Poem tour was announced at the same time it was made public that the Hip frontman was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, adding an elevated amount of poignancy to every show, every song, every lyric. Downie, along with band members Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, Johnny Fay and Paul Langlois, played 10 cities across Canada over the last month, all leading up to this one momentous night.
The celebration was an emotionally charged event as Hip fans tuned in far and wide to honour Canada's band, from Australia to South Korea and from coast to coast across Canada. But the night doesn't have to end now. In this CBCMusic exclusive, you can rewatch the band's performance of “New Orleans is Sinking,” off their 1989 breakthrough album Up To Here.
In the lead up to the TragicallyHip: A National Celebration,Canadians fromPrime Minister Justin TrudeautoSerena Ryderhave shared stories and reflections on the band. For more, go to cbcmusic.ca/theHip.