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The Tragically Hip commemorative stone to be unveiled

January 30, 2017 -

When:  5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2

Where:  Springer Market Square (the stone will be placed in the Square along King Street near Brock)

Who: Mayor Bryan Paterson will unveil the stone.

What:   A stone commemorating the Aug. 20, 2016 live broadcast of The Tragically Hip concert will be unveiled at Feb Fest's opening ceremonies. 

On Aug. 20, 2016, 25,000+ people filled Kingston's Springer Market Square to attend a public screening of the live broadcast of The Tragically Hip's concert – an event which put Kingston in the nation's spotlight.

This Thursday, as part of the Feb Fest opening ceremonies, Mayor Bryan Paterson will unveil a stone to commemorate the occasion.  Along with the unveiling of the stone will be an outdoor screening of a five-minute video documenting the historic event. After the unveiling, the public can skate to Tragically Hip tunes on the outdoor rink in the Square.

The CBC's live broadcast of The Tragically Hip concert brought 11.7 million viewers together to celebrate the Kingston-based band and its members: Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair and front man, Gord Downie who is living with terminal brain cancer. 

The stone contains The Hip's lyric –"Everybody was in it from miles around…" – from their song "Blow at High Dough," which was chosen by the public in an online survey that drew more than 11,000 votes from across Canada.

Feb Fest, February 2-5, is organized annually by Downtown Kingston!  See City road closures below and find the full details of the event at http://www.downtownkingston.ca/enjoy/2017/febfest.

Road Closures

Thursday, Feb. 2

  • King Street will be closed from Clarence to Brock on 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Market Street will be closed from Ontario to King from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4

  • Ontario Street will be closed from Brock to Clarence from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m..

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the strategic communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.