Tragically Hip show to be screened live at Yellowknife's Somba K'e park

'It was an obvious, 'Let's do this,'' says Holly Ferris, the city's events co-ordinator. 'It makes sense.'

Aug. 20 concert broadcast begins at 6:30 p.m.

Left to right: Tragically Hip members Gord Sinclair, Paul Langlois, Gord Downie, Johnny Fay and Rob Baker will be touring across Canada this summer. (Clemens Rikken/Canadian Press )

The Tragically Hip's last concert of the summer will be a civic affair in Yellowknife. 

The City of Yellowknife will set up speakers and a giant screen in Sombe K'e park Aug. 20 so fans can come together to watch the CBC's live broadcast of "The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration."

"We think it's a great opportunity for the community of all ages to come bring a blanket or lawn chair and hang out and listen and view the concert," said Holly Ferris, the city's events co-ordinator.

Yellowknife is one of dozens of communities around the country to create a public event around the broadcast. So far, the city is the only northern community on the list. 

"It was an obvious 'Let's do this,'" Ferris said. "It makes sense."

A large format screen — about six metres by four metres — will be erected in the amphitheatre.

The event is free, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

In the event of rain, the show will be moved to the Fieldhouse.


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