Toronto Mayor John Tory has proclaimed tomorrow, August 10, The Tragically Hip Day. The date marks the first of three sold-out shows at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the fourth last city in the band's Man Machine Poem tour.
"Although The Hip will be playing their last Toronto shows, their iconic music will continue to make its mark on Toronto's musical and cultural scene," Tory wrote in an official letter today, of the Kingston, Ont. rockers. "After more than 30 years of dedication to music, The Hip have moved fans of all age groups. The spirit of The Tragically Hip will continue to inspire Canadian music lovers in Toronto and across the country."
The letter also notes that there will be a "tribute booth" at the venue this week, outside of gate six of the Air Canada Centre, for fans to share their favourite Hip stories in a recorded video message.
Toronto is not the only Canadian city that has honoured the band with its own day: Edmonton, Alta. declared July 28 Tragically Hip Day (the same night the band performed in that city) and Kelowna, B.C. will make Aug. 20 (the last night of the Hip's tour) Tragically Hip Day.
CBC and CBC Music will broadcast and stream the final concert of the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem tour on Aug. 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET. For more information on how you can tune in to the show, head over to CBCMusic.ca/thehip now.
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