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That Night In Toronto… The Tragically Hip Stun Sold-Out Crowd!

Posted on August 11, 2016

It was a concert the entire crowd will never forget. The Tragically Hip played the first of three sold-out Toronto dates at the Air Canada Centre… and it was an incredibly emotional night. (Fun fact: The band were the first act to open the venue back in February 1999, so it feels very appropriate some of their last dates ever would be here, too!) The two-hour set was jam-packed with classics spanning the band’s 30+ year history. There were powerful singalongs like “Ahead By A Century” and “Fifty Mission Cap”, where the entire 20,000 person crowd swayed along, clutching onto every word. New material from 2016’s Man Machine Poem album was also incredibly well received: “Tired As F*** and “In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” blended seamlessly with their instantly recognisable catalogue. Whether you’ve seen the Hip in the early days (perhaps in front of 7 people, as singer Gord Downie recounted of the band’s early days), or have tickets to this final tour, it doesn’t matter: the band’s set is as tight and perfect as ever. Gord Downie’s powerful lyrics still hit like punches to the gut, and his delivery is bar-none. The emotional crux of the night came when he left the stage… but not before the fans cheered and chanted his name for three minutes while he graciously accepted their applause. Take a look at our photos of the concert below. Be sure to check out The Tragically Hip’s last show ever on August 20, when their Kingston show is broadcast live across the country via CBC.