One of our most anticipated moments of the Toronto International Film Festival came last night when The Tragically Hip premiered their highly anticipated documentary.
Long Time Running focuses on the highs and lows of the band’s 2016 Man Machine Poem tour. The concerts proved to be an emotional experience for fans: before tickets went on sale, the band announced that lead singer Gord Downie had terminal brain cancer. For those who couldn’t find their way into the highly coveted shows, the final concert in Kingston, Ontario was broadcasted nationwide, where over 11 million Canadians tuned in.
The film was directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and delivers plenty of behind-closed-doors insight into what The Tragically Hip were going through over the course of the tour. For such a heavy subject, there is plenty of humour to lighten the mood, with many of the hilarious quips coming from Downie himself.
We were on the red carpet to cover the pre-premiere action. Take a look at our photos below, including members of The Tragically Hip, TV star Mike Holmes, Baichawl and de Pencier, and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue!
To check times for local screenings of Long Time Running, visit Cineplex for more details.