The Tragically Hip summer 2016 tour: Band announces ‘Man Machine Poem’ dates

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WATCH ABOVE: A day after announcing singer Gord Downie's diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, the band have announced plans for a Canada-wide summer tour. Mark Carcasole reports – May 25, 2016

On the heels of the announcement that The Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the Canadian band revealed Wednesday that it’ll be putting on a farewell tour.

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WATCH: The Tragically Hip announced the dates for their final tour on Wednesday morning, which include 11-stops across the country.

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The summer tour — which runs from July 22 in Victoria, BC to August 20 in Kingston, Ont., their hometown — is only taking place in Canada.

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Here are the tour dates:

July 22 – Victoria, BC
July 24 – Vancouver, BC
July 28 – Edmonton, AB
August 1 – Calgary, AB
August 5 – Winnipeg, MB
August 8 – London, ON
August 10 – Toronto, ON
August 12 – Toronto, ON
August 16 – Hamilton, ON
August 18 – Ottawa, ON
August 20 – Kingston, ON

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Tickets for the Man Machine Poem Tour will be available on Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, visit The Hip’s official site. (Due to high volume on the site, it was down at the time of this writing.)

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“This will definitely be the most emotional Canadian tour of all time — maybe in the history of music,” says Alan Cross, host of Ongoing History of New Music on Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge. “The Hip will try to control the emotional tone of the tour. I’m guessing that they’ll want to make this a celebration of Gord’s life, the band and their fans. They’ll do whatever they can to counteract any maudlin reactions. Expect some selfless gestures. If the Canadian Cancer Society isn’t involved on some level, I’ll be shocked.

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Much of the intensity of the shows will depend on Gord’s health and how well he can keep up the pace. Knowing him, though, he’ll want to give it everything he’s got — as will the rest of the band.”

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