The Tragically Hip Tour Documentary is On the Way

Anyone who went to any of the fifteen final(?) Tragically Hip shows over the summer would have noticed all the cameras. Such a momentous tour needed to be documented for posterity. So what kind of plans are in the offing?

Bell Media has announced a partnership with Banger Films, the Toronto documentary pros who have done films on Iron Maiden, metal, Rush, Alice Cooper and others (They do really good work. Excellent choice!) FYIMusicNews reports:

Commissioned by Bell Media and coming to multiple Bell Media channels and platforms in 2017, the working title for the feature doc is Man Machine Poem and  it follows the Hip’s cross-country summer tour after the band’s announcement that lead singer Gord Downie has incurable brain cancer.

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Banger Films co-founder Scot McFadyen had this to say by way of explanation: “We have filmed hundreds of hours of footage from the tour and beyond. This stands to be a powerful cinematic music doc that captures a nation’s love for a band whose music and lyrics embody the Canadian spirit.”

Recorded using 4K Ultra HD, the doc will include select performances from the tour that took the band from Victoria to Kingston, as they played close to 90 different songs from their 14 studio albums and 1 EP through the years.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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