Toronto fans rock out to the Hip at Sorauren Park viewing party
Fans from around the country tuned in for the final concert of the Hip's Man Machine Poem tour
From coast to coast, Canadians rocked out to the Tragically Hip for the final concert of their summer tour in their hometown Kingston, Ont.
In Toronto, the Roncesvalles community gathered at Sorauren Park for a live viewing of the show, complete with lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.
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The band announced the 10-city tour earlier this year after revealing the news that frontman Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.
CBC broadcast the Kingston concert live on all platforms and fans around the country tuned in for the Man Machine Poem tour promoting their album of the same name.
"It's a national thing. Everybody's involved whether you're home or watching it in a park or at Kingston watching it live," Lena Savino told CBC News at Sorauren Park. "It's history being made."
"It's unbelievable. I think this is amazing that we're out in the park here," said Deon Blyan. "You can see that everybody from every age group has been influenced by their music."
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Greg Cockerill was at the Tragically Hip's Toronto show a few nights ago and said it was one of the best performances he's ever seen.
"It was definitely really emotional," he said. "Tonight, I want to hear Pigeon Camera, it's one of my favourite Hip songs."
Colin Joseph said that only the Hip could bring this many people in one community out together.
"You wouldn't see this with any other band. They're memorable to a lot of people," he said. "This band means so much to Canada."
As for what he'd like to tell the band, Joseph had one quick message.
"Stay strong, everybody's feeling for you and remember those words - courage," he said.