The Lonely End…Of The Rink

Written by Ali Seca on August 24, 2016

The Lonely End… of the Rink

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On Saturday night, the entire nation shut down as our beloved Canadian icons, The Tragically Hip, took to the stage to perform their very last concert. CBC had the exclusive, airing nationally and resulting in the second most watched broadcast in Canadian History. (The first being the Vancouver 2010 Gold Metal hockey game between Canada and the U.S.)

This past May, The iconic Canadian band (originating from Kingston Ontario) announced Downie’s illness – an aggressive, incurable form of cancer called Glioblastoma. Coupled with the announcement was the Canada wide tour, which would mark the groups last.

Famous for their Canada pride and Canadian lyrics, The Tragically Hip often refer to cities, towns, historic references and even national sports throughout various songs. The band began by playing covers for students and professors at Queens University, and landed their record deal after performing at the well-known Toronto pub – The Horseshoe Tavern. 14 Junos later, including, Album of the Year for Trouble at the Henhouse, The Tragically Hip is arguably the most iconic Canadian group in History which was made even more evident during this final tour.

On the evening of August 20th, Gord Downie took to the stage for the last time in Kingston’s Market Square. The concert drew a crowd of over 25,000 people, and over 11.7 million viewers tuned into CBC. CBC’s Executive VP stated, “For nearly three hours on a summer Saturday night, an entire nation paused to celebrate and pay tribute together. Thank you to Gord, Paul, Rob, Gord and Johnny for an intimate and unforgettable shared experience.”

Downie, overwhelmed with emotions during “Grace, Too” broke into tears, and the entire country followed. The show was an overflow of emotion, both joyous and difficult as we celebrate the end of an era.

Thank you Gord and The Tragically Hip. Xo

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