The Final(?) Tragically Hip Tour Starts in 10 Days. Things Are Getting Interesting Again–And at the Grassroots Level, Too.

With what appears to be the final Tragically Hip tour ready to begin in Victoria next week–and with the furor over tickets dying off (for now, anyway)–people are moving into more positive space.

1. DearGord.ca

This tribute/fundraising site gets more traffic each week. I’ve been in constant contact with the organizers and I’m very impressed by their altruism. Please give it a look.

2. A Mass Radio Listening Event

The CBC is going to broadcast the final show in Kingston on August 20 commercial-free on every platform: TV, Radio One, Radio Two and online. I know of a group of guys who are trying to organize a communal listening event whereby people can watch/listen to the last gig while connecting with each other. Details soon.

3. A Public Listening/Watching Session in Toronto

Toronto counsellor Mike Layton–a hardcore Hip fan–is hoping that the city can find a place where Torontonians can gather to watch the broadcast. A movie theatre? A public plaza? A park? The search for a suitable place is being called “Looking for a Place to Happen.” There will be a city council vote on the matter Wednesday.

Do you know of any other events planned? Let me know and I’ll spread the word.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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