Hip in Kingston
On August 20, 2016, a crowd of 25,000 packed Springer Market Square to witness the live streaming of The Tragically Hip concert taking place at the nearby Rogers K-Rock Centre. This concert culminated the band's 2016 cross-country Man Machine Poem tour that helped raise more than one million dollars for brain cancer research in Canada.
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.
Following suggestions from the public, Council decided to have a commemorative stone in Springer Market Square to pay tribute to the historic live stream of The Tragically Hip's 2016 concert.
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.
You can submit your The Tragically Hip story on the Stories of Kingston website or share photos and good wishes on social media with #HipInKingston.
Signature Wall Photos
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