With the final (?) set to begin a week from Friday in Victoria, the Tragically Hip’s hometown of Kingston is preparing for the final show on Saturday, August 20. Here’s the press release:
CITY TO CELEBRATE THE TRAGICALLY HIP WITH LIVE STREAM EVENT
Kingston, ON – The City of Kingston, in partnership with the Downtown Kingston BIA!, Kingston Accommodation Partners and Kingston Police, will live-stream The Tragically Hip’s ‘Man Machine Poem’ concert in Springer Market Square on Saturday, Aug. 20.
August 20 will be proclaimed “The Tragically Hip Day” in Kingston with a celebration of the band in Springer Market Square. The event will feature concert-quality audio-visuals and screening designed to expand the capacity of the Square into surrounding streets for the live-streamed concert.
“The Tragically Hip are an iconic Canadian band who have made tremendous contributions to our country and the Kingston community in particular, through their music and philanthropy,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson. “We look forward to welcoming The Hip home and giving Kingston fans the opportunity to show their love and support of the band.”
The community celebration is a free public event, open to everyone, beginning at 8 p.m. Kingston Transit will be free after 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 with extended express service offered. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of public transit to minimize congestion in the downtown.
“This event is a small gesture to allow our community to come together in a showing of our support,” says Mayor Paterson. “This celebration is going to show what The Tragically Hip means to our community and what I think Kingstonians expect. This event is going to be big and unlike anything we’ve seen before in Market Square.”
I wonder how many out-of-towners will make the trip?