'What does the Tragically Hip mean to you?': Fans respond

With the Tragically Hip ending their emotional Man Machine Poem tour in their hometown, CBC News asked fans — some local and others who came from across Canada (and even the U.S.) — to write down three or four words summing up their feelings about the band.

Band playing final concert of summer tour in hometown Kingston, Ont.

With the Tragically Hip ending their emotional Man Machine Poem tour in their hometown of Kingston, Ont., tonight, CBC News asked fans — some local and others who came from across Canada (and even the U.S.) — to write down three or four words summing up their feelings to this question:

Sisters Kim and Kellie Elliot from Toronto saw the band play in Ottawa, but said they couldn't pass through Kingston without stopping at the K-Rock Centre, where the Hip will perform tonight.

The Toronto yogis said they needed to hear their GPS say "continue on to Tragically Hip Way."

Cousins Raffi Buzbuzian from Guelph, Ont., and Kingston resident Lisa Kelian are longtime fans.

Fan forum

Trenton, Ont., resident Lindsey White is part of a Tragically Hip fan forum and met some of the other members for the first time in Kingston this weekend. 

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson said support for the Hip is not just about the music but also about their heavy community involvement.

Brothers Martin and Chris Kus have seen six shows between them.

'Hip it out'

Kingston resident Cheryl Como, a fan since before the Hip  was famous, said she will be in the city's central Market Square to "Hip it out" on Saturday,

Dana Seaton and Kaila Carroll came in from Rhode Island. Seaton said a friend introduced him to the Hip on a drive from Buffalo, N.Y., to Squamish, B.C., and he has been hooked ever since.

Daniel "Chico" Good, security supervisor at city hall (and local DJ), has known the band for over 30 years, starting when they played in local bars including the Lakeview Manor, where he worked.

OK, it was only supposed to be three or four words, but we'll cut Judi Wyatt, Gord Downie's former high school English teacher, a bit of slack.

The tour finale gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET. Watch live on CBC-TV and online


Mark Gollom

Senior Reporter

Mark Gollom is a Toronto-based reporter with CBC News. He covers Canadian and U.S. politics and current affairs.


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