Viewing parties were held across Canada over the weekend, including in Kindersley, and 11.7 million people all over the country watched, and listened to what was expected to be The Tragically Hip’s final show.
The concert had an added meaning for fans of The Hip, after 52-year-old lead singer and lyricist Gord Downie, announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year.
The band’s emotional final performance lasted nearly 3 hours, and inspired viewers to give $200,000 over the weekend to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
The show was held at Rogers K-Rock Centre on Saturday in Kingston, the band’s hometown, and was the final stop on their recent “Man Machine Poem” tour.
Known as one of Canada’s biggest rock bands, The Tragically Hip began the tour in Victoria on July 22nd.
Although the tour is over, the band will continue to raise funds for brain cancer research.