Final Tragically Hip concert in Kingston will be shown for free at...

Final Tragically Hip concert in Kingston will be shown for free at SOEC in Penticton

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Gord Downie sings in Kelowna last February during the Tragically Hip’s Fully Completely Tour. Guitarist Paul Langois looks on. (Photo by Aven Hoffarth/thehip.com)
Gord Downie sings in Kelowna last February during the Tragically Hip’s Fully Completely Tour. Guitarist Paul Langois looks on. (Photo by Aven Hoffarth/thehip.com)

Local fans of the legendary Canadian band The Tragically Hip are going to want to mark Saturday, Aug. 20 on their calendar.

The band and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) are broadcasting the band’s final live concert from their current Canadian tour on national television and that concert is going t be shown free of charge to fans in the South Okanagan at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC).

Spectra Venue Management has announced there will be a free screening of the concert from the band’s home city of Kingston, Ont. across the country on CBC.

The concert will be broadcast free of charge and there are no age restrictions and there will be general admission.

Although the screening party is free to attend, fans must secure a ticket in order to ensure entry.

Tickets are available in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Limit of eight (8) tickets per person.

“When CBC announced they would be airing the last concert of The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour, we immediately wanted to be a part of it,” explains Carla Seddon, Director of Marketing for the South Okanagan Events Centre. “No one wants to watch their last concert alone; we’re excited and honoured to host this free public viewing party for the community. Join us as we come together to celebrate one of Canada’s greatest bands, The Tragically Hip.”

The Tragically Hip played the SOEC in the summer of 2009 to a sold out crowd.

The Tragically Hip, who are led by singer and chief songwriter Gord Downie, announced two months ago that the band would partake in a 15-concert national tour – that kicked off last week in Victoria and continued this week with two shows at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver – following the heartbreaking news in late May that Downie, 52, had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Despite the shocking medical news, Downie’s doctors gave him permission to participate in the national tour that is playing to sold-out concerts across the country.

The show in Kingston on Aug. 20 is expected to draw millions of Canadian television viewers.

The Tragically Hip are one of the most critically acclaimed and popular rock and roll bands in Canadian history.

Several of their albums – especially at the peak of their career in the early and mid-1990s – sold in excess of one million copies in this country alone.

Some of the band’s albums such as Up to Here, Road Apples, Fully Completely, Day for Night and Phantom Power, are considered Canadian classics.

The Hip as they are known by their legion of fans, are also recognized as one of the best live acts in this country’s long and proud musical history of great rock bands.

The band’s lineup over the past 30 years hasn’t changed and still includes guitarist Rob Baker, drummer Johnny Fay, bassist Gord Sinclair, and guitarist Paul Langlois.

KEITH LACEY

Special to the Chronicle

 

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