CBC and The Tragically Hip have partnered to celebrate the band’s historic Kingston, Ontario tour stop and make it available to all Canadians and audiences around the world in a live, commercial-free, all platform broadcast on Saturday, August 20. The iconoclastic Canadian rockers return to their hometown for the final stop of their Man Machine Poem tour. CBC is broadcasting and streaming this monumental event live across CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, CBC’s YouTube channels, and cbcmusic.ca. The Kingston performance will be the culmination of a multi-week national celebration of Canada’s unofficial poet laureates.
The 15-date sold out cross-Canada tour coincides with the release of the band’s 14th studio album, Man Machine Poem. The final stop on the tour sees Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair, and Johnny Fay perform at Rogers K-Rock Centre in what is sure to be a celebratory and moving night.
“The Tragically Hip’s enigmatic sound, their poignant and witty lyrics, and the unique, special relationship they have with their fans have helped define and influence our identity as Canadians,” said Heather Conway, executive vice-president, English Services, CBC. “It’s hard to overstate the importance of this tour. CBC and The Hip are so happy to be able to share this event with all Canadians and bring audiences across the country and around the world together to celebrate the moment.”
Formed in Kingston in the mid-80s, The Tragically Hip have sold millions of records worldwide, managing to enjoy both mass popularity and critical acclaim. The group released their first album in 1987, and have since released 14 studio albums, earning two diamond certifications and 20 #1 hits. The Hip has won 14 Juno Awards and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2023. They have also received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, as well as honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and most recently Queen’s University.
The concert special is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC and Man Machine Poem Touring Inc.