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, cbcbmusic.ca and CBC’s YouTube channels.
A couple of questions:
- 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?
- 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?