Tragically Hip close the show at MTS Centre in Winnipeg

It's an emotional evening for fans of The Tragically Hip, who are playing tonight in Winnipeg in what could be their last concert.

Band played hits Wheat Kings and At the Hundredth Meridian, closed the show with Ahead by a Century

For their opening song in Winnipeg Friday night, the Tragically Hip played At the Hundredth Meridian, a hit from their 1992 album Fully Completely. 1:51

From beginning to end, Winnipeg fans roared as one for the Tragically Hip Friday night.

The band opened their two-hour show with an older hit, At the Hundredth Meridian, a song that contains the refrain "Where the great plains begin," and is named after a longitude that runs in part through Manitoba.

The band also played a local favourite Wheat Kings as well as their massive hits, Bobcaygeon and Poets. After two encores, the group said goodbye with the song Ahead by a Century.

Lead singer, Gord Downie thanked the crowd before leaving the stage.

"All these years. Grateful. Always grateful," said Downie.

The crowd continued to cheer for sometime as the lights came back on.

Downie announced in May he has terminal brain cancer but the terminal disease hasn't stopped him and his bandmates of 30 years from touring across Canada. Winnipeg is one of ten cities the Tragically Hip are playing this summer.

A portion of proceeds from the Man Machine Poem tour will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation to support brain cancer research.
Part of the Tragically Hip's performance of Pigeon Camera in Winnipeg Friday night. 1:24

The concert in Winnipeg began just after 8:30 p.m. at the MTS Centre. Fans began arriving hours before to buy merchandise and later find their seats.

When tickets went on sale earlier this summer the arena, with a concert capacity of more than 16,000 seats, sold out in minutes. 

Some paid hundreds of dollars for a seat on Friday, including long-time Hip fan Kyle Duncan.

"I'm not going to be sitting at home at 80-years-old and going, 'Glad I still have that $800 in my pocket,'" he said.

Like many concert-goers Friday night, Sean Kiely, said he's been a fan of the band since the late-1990s. 

The crowd went wild at Winnipeg's MTS Centre Friday just before The Tragically Hip started their opening tune, At the Hundredth Meridian. (Cliff Simpson/CBC)
"Gord can't be replaced ...There will be a couple people crying, I think so," he said.

Keith Wong said he's been a fan ever since his brother made him listen to their first albums about 20 years ago.

"I get goose bumps just thinking about it," he said. "It's the Hip, it's Canada. It's everything we believe in."