Saturday night is going to be a really big deal. Fans of The Tragically Hip have been thinking for weeks about where to watch the concert from Kingston, which may very well be the final time the band takes the stage together. Of course, it’s just as possible the band pops up again from time to time, as mentioned here earlier this week, but the fact remains: The collective outpouring of love, affection, support, heartbreak, optimism, hope and appreciation for the Hip is unlike anything most of us have ever seen.
There are watch parties scheduled for across Canada and in at least one city in the United States that shares in a special relationship with the Hip. Let’s pull together one more time and create a photo album from the watch parties, collections of happy faces, old tour t-shirts and strangers-turned-friends all paying tribute to Gord and the gang.
I’ll be at the party in Larkinville, in Buffalo, one of many parties charging a $10 admission fee to be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation. Wherever you may be, please take photos and share them by sending me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter, @ambermhealy. This is all in addition to tweeting your thoughts to The Hip, of course. To find a party near you, check the CBC’s extensive list here. Wherever you are, be sure to raise a glass, and/or your voice, and thank the band for all they’ve given us over the years. It’s the least we can do.