The streets will be empty after 8:30ET tonight. Canada will for all intents and purposes be closed as the nation hunkers down to watch the final(?) Tragically Hip show. I’ll be in front of my TV with a bottle of scotch and bag of Cheetos. But there are plenty of places to watch the gig while participating fully and completely with other fans.
How to watch. The CBC is pre-empting the friggin’ Olympics to bring the show to TV, Radio 1, Radio 2 and their Internet platforms commercial-free. Details here.
More than 420 venues across the country will be showing the gig. Go here for a list. Keep in mind, too, that countless local pubs/restaurants–the ones not listed here–will also be participating.
Twitter will be busy. I’m pushing for the hashtag #fullycompleted, but I don’t think it’ll gain too much traction.
Connect online. A couple of guys have set up Live and Out Loud, a site that aims to bring together Hip fans all over the world. Register your location (I did) and know where to find Hip fans around the world.
Help your foreign friends. If they can’t get CBC radio or TV, then direct your foreign buddies to CBC.ca.
There will be no encore. The CBC broadcast will be a one-time-only event. No repeats, no viewing on-demand later. If you want to save the show, PVR it. If you miss it, then you’ll have to wait for the inevitable DVD/Blu-ray release–whenever that might be.
I would love to see your photos. Go here to share your shots of the night.
Above all, enjoy the night. This might be it. Forever.
UPDATE: This arrived in my inbox with the subject line “Hey man, thanks!” Anyone else getting stuff like this?