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Ask and Ye Shall Receive: The Final Tragically Show in Kingston Will be Broadcast on the CBC

Shortly after we heard about this upcoming Tragically Hip tour–probably their last, given Gord Downie’s health issues–there was a groundswell of public support for the CBC (or someone) to broadcast the final gig from Kingston. The project is now a reality.

Given that so many people were shut out of buying tickets–let’s not pick that scab again–broadcasting and streaming that last show from the K-Rock Centre in Kingston on Saturday, August 20 seemed like a no-brainer. And after some meetings between the band and the CBC, all the details have been worked out.

The broadcast/stream will begin at 8:30pm ET and broadcast/streamed commercial-free on CBC TV, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio Two, and CBC’s YouTube channels.

A couple of questions:

  1. Will this affect the aftermarket prices tickets for any of the stops on the tour? Will this increase or decrease the price for tickets for the Kingston show?
  2. Short of a Canada-USA gold medal hockey game, I can’t imagine a TV event that could attract more eyeballs. What will be ratings be like? And how many people will PVR it for viewing later?

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2 thoughts on “Ask and Ye Shall Receive: The Final Tragically Show in Kingston Will be Broadcast on the CBC

  • Viewable in US or will streams be blacked-out to those outside Canada?

  • I recently found out that Kelly McAlpine, the lady who got this whole ball rolling with a petition to air the concert was unable to purchase tickets to any shows. Doesn’t it seem fair that she of all people deserves tickets to this concert? Please point me in the right direction on making this happen, if at all possible.
    Thank you,
    Kim Bowser


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