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Hip's final concert goes big screen in Market Square

Mayor backs screening on CBC broadcast.

Guelph’s mayor is getting into the Tragically Hip concert frenzy.

Cam Guthrie was on his blog this week promoting a giant screen screening of the band’s final concert.

The last in the band’s Man Machine Poem tour, which happens August 20 in Kingston, ON. will be broadcast nationally by CBC, and that big broadcast will be on a big screen in downtown Guelph.

The CBC extravaganza “The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration” will be on a huge screen in Market Square on the night of, with to-be-announced local bands ahead of the screening, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Hip show is on the big screen starting at 8:30 p.m.

In a video on his blog, Guthrie said the the screening will feature “a massive sound system,” and will be a celebration of community and a tribute to a great band.

He encouraged everyone to join in, bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on, and enjoy the concert.

Guthrie then pressed play on his record player and turned up the Hip song “Blow at High Dough”. The mayor sang along.  

Silence at 46 Essex Street is all screening the CBC special on the same night. All ages are welcome. The event is licensed, and is a benefit for the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

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