Justin Trudeau to join Tragically Hip fans at Kingston, Ont., show

Justin Trudeau plans to join Tragically Hip fans Saturday night in Kingston, Ont., as they pay tribute to the prolific Canadian rock band.

Tickets to Canadian tour sold out almost immediately

Frontman of the Tragically Hip Gord Downie leads the band through a concert in Vancouver, Sunday, July 24, 2016. The hats he wore during the Man Machine Poem tour were created by Karyn Gingras, a Toronto-based milliner originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Justin Trudeau plans to join Tragically Hip fans Saturday night in Kingston, Ont., as they pay tribute to the prolific Canadian rock band.

Trudeau spokeswoman Kate Purchase says the prime minister has tickets to the last stop on the "Man Machine Poem" summer tour.

Trudeau asked about The Tragically Hip

5 years ago
The Prime Minister held a press conference at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and in the hot room a young girl fainted at the end of his comments on The Tragically Hip's last tour 1:56

Many consider this to be the final show for the Hip as lead singer Gord Downie faces terminal brain cancer.

Tickets sold out almost immediately as fans raced to get seats and faced off against scalpers who used complex bot programs to grab extra tickets and sell them at a marked-up price.

The concert will be broadcast on CBC television, radio and through digital platforms, and many fans have already planned viewing parties across the country. Some communities have also set up public screenings in parks and arenas.

Trudeau wasn't sure whether he would make it to a Hip tour stop when asked in June. He said he was lucky enough to see the band perform at many concerts, and has met Downie several times.

In June Trudeau described Downie as a cultural force to be reckoned with and an iconic Canadian figure, "but mostly, he's just a great guy."

"I know I speak for all Canadians when I say, 'We're with you, Gord." he said.

The prime minister will likely be looking out for songs from the band's 1989 album Up to Here, which he tweeted is his favourite.

The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration

Date: Saturday, August 20
Time: 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 20, the Tragically Hip will put a cap on the Man Machine Poem tour with a hometown show at Kingston's Rogers K-Rock Centre, and CBC will be there to broadcast it to all of Canada, commercial-free, across our television, radio and digital platforms.

If you can't make it to Kingston, here is how you can catch the broadcast:

In addition to being broadcast live on CBC Television, the concert will also air on CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, and CBC's YouTube channels

With files from CBC News


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