Toronto bars screening the final Tragically Hip concert
The final Tragically Hip concert is a big deal. Unless you live underneath a slab of the Canadian shield, you know that Gord Downie, frontman of the band, revealed he's been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. It's very sad news, but that's not stopping the Hip from putting on one hell of a final tour.
Tickets for the Man Machine Poem Tour sold out in minutes. And then sold out in minutes again. Thankfully some venues in Toronto will be streaming their very last concert live from the K-Rock Centre in Kingston on Saturday, August 20.
In addition to the venues listed below, the CBC will also stream the show starting at 8:30 p.m. local time. It will go out across CBC Television, CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2, and will stream on CBC Music and CBC's YouTube channels.
Here's where to watch a live stream of the Hip's final concert in Toronto.
Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street)
This is a free live stream of the tour on the big screen at Carlton Cinema in partnership with the CBC. Tickets are available in person, so hurry up and grab them.
Junction City Music Hall (2907 Dundas St. West)
The subterranean live music venue in the Junction is no cover but they will be accepting donations at the door with all proceeds going toward the Sunnybrook Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
Drums and Flats (1980 Avenue Road)
The concert will be streamed live at this Avenue Road spot on their giant flat screen with big sound, as well as 12 other screens around the bar.
Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West)
Watch the show on a giant screen in the live room of the Horseshoe. This one is also free, but doors are at 7 p.m. (show at 8 p.m.) so get there early.
Folly Brewpub (928 College Street)
Reserve a spot by phone at 416-533-7272 to watch the concert on this College and Dovercourt pub's mega screen. They'll hold standing room spots at the door and donations to the Sunnybrook Foundation is suggested.
The CNE (Bandshell Stage)
Pay the price of admission to the EX and the Hip's final concert ever at 8:30 p.m. at the Bandshell Stage. Big sound, big screen and a very big moment in Canadian music history.
Distillery District (55 Mill Street)
Get your chair or blanket and head to the Distillery for 8:30 sharp on Trinity Street for a screening of the big night. It's licensed and it's free.
Chelsea Hotel (33 Gerrard St)
The BBQ and bar are open at 8 p.m. and the Market Garden Patio will be open for this free screening of the big night from the hotel with the pool coming out of the side of the building.
Other Tragically Hip events in Toronto
Bobcaygeon screening (Hot Docs Cinema)
DJ Moe Berg spins a set of classic Canadiana before the screening of the Bobcaygeon tour film. There will be special guests and Ontario beer specials.
Dwayne Gretzsky play The Tragically Hip (Lee's Palace)
The Turf Club series presents this tribute concert. There'll be two sets, the second set being an all-Hip salute. Free and guaranteed admission for TURF Master Pass ticket holders.
Did I miss a venue streaming The Hip's final Kingston concert? Let us all know in the comments.
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