The Tragically Hip add 4 new shows in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver
Interest high for Man Machine Poem tour after it was announced that singer Gord Downie has terminal cancer
Hip fans in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto are rejoicing after four new shows were added to the band's highly-anticipated summer tour, which was announced after news broke that lead singer Gord Downie has terminal cancer.
The announcement comes after overwhelming demand in Monday morning's fan club presale through Ticketmaster.
- July 26: Vancouver, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
- July 30: Edmonton, Rexall Place
- Aug. 3: Calgary, Scotiabank Saddledome
- Aug. 14: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
Another presale will be offered to Tragically Hip fans on Tuesday. Tickets sales to the general public will start on Friday.
The band posted the news of Downie's illness on its website last week and the band's managers released more details about it — an aggressive, incurable form of cancer called glioblastoma — at a news conference at Sunnybrook Hospital shortly after.
Downie was diagnosed with the disease in December and has since undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
"Since then, obviously, he's endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard," the band said in their letter to fans. "In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we've been standing by him."