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As it Happened: Tragically Hip’s final Man Machine Poem tour stop

The Tragically Hip’s last concert cements bands legacy as Canadian music legends
WATCH: The Tragically Hip and lead singer Gord Downie, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, put on their last show in Kingston as part of the Man Machine Poem tour. Mark McAllister reports.

People across the country watched the Tragically Hip’s final stop on their Man Machine Poem tour in their hometown of Kingston, Ont. Saturday night.

The concert got underway at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Rogers K-Rock Centre as the band opened with 50 Mission Cap. A few blocks away at Springer Market Square thousands of people gathered to watch a live broadcast of the show.

WATCH: Justin Trudeau wades through crowd before historic Tragically Hip concert in Kingston
Justin Trudeau wades through crowd before historic Tragically Hip concert in Kingston
Justin Trudeau wades through crowd before historic Tragically Hip concert in Kingston

The tour was announced after lead singer Gord Downie told the country he had incurable brain cancer in May.

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READ MORE: Fans gather across Canada to watch Tragically Hip’s last show

He, along with band members Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay, have toured Canada playing 10 cities in the past month.

REVIEW: Gord Downie calls out to Justin Trudeau during Tragically Hip’s final show of tour

Global News Entertainment Reporter Chris Jancelewicz, along with Global News’ Kevin Buffitt and Mark McAllister were in Kingston with live coverage throughout the day.

Live updates:

11:21 p.m.: The show is over but Trudeau gives thanks:

WATCH: ‘We’re in good hands, folks’: Gord Downie thanks PM Trudeau for attending final show
‘We’re in good hands, folks’: Gord Downie thanks PM Trudeau for attending final show
‘We’re in good hands, folks’: Gord Downie thanks PM Trudeau for attending final show

10:45 p.m.: The Tragically Hip’s encore continues.

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The Tragically Hip performs Nautical Disaster during their encore.
The Tragically Hip performs Nautical Disaster during their encore. Kevin Buffitt / Global News
The band performs Gift Shop.
The band performs Gift Shop. Kevin Buffitt / Global News

10:30 p.m.: Another shot from the encore

The Tragically Hip performs Nautical Disaster during their encore.

10:30 p.m.: Another shot from the encore

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The Tragically Hip performs Nautical Disaster during their encore.
The Tragically Hip performs Nautical Disaster during their encore. Kevin Buffitt / Global News

10:36 p.m.: WATCH:  A walkthrough at The Tragically Hip’s final show of their Man Machine Poem tour.

A walkthrough at The Tragically Hip’s final show of their Man Machine Poem tour.
A walkthrough at The Tragically Hip’s final show of their Man Machine Poem tour.

10:24 p.m.: Tragically Hip performs during the encore

Gord Downie belts out New Orleans is sinking during the band’s encore.
Gord Downie belts out New Orleans is sinking during the band’s encore. Kevin Buffitt / Global News

10:22 p.m.: WATCH: The Tragically Hip play Courage as 2nd song of night

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The Tragically Hip play “Courage” as 2nd song of night
The Tragically Hip play “Courage” as 2nd song of night

10:20 p.m.:  WATCH: The Tragically Hip kick off final show of Man Machine Poem tour with ’50 Mission Cap’

The Tragically Hip kick off final show of Man Machine Poem tour with “50 Mission Cap”
The Tragically Hip kick off final show of Man Machine Poem tour with “50 Mission Cap”

9:45 p.m.:Hip fans kicked off the show early with their rendition of O Canada.

VIDEO: The Tragically Hip’s fans sing ‘O Canada’ before historic concert

The Tragically Hip’s fans sing ‘O Canada’ before historic concert
The Tragically Hip’s fans sing ‘O Canada’ before historic concert

9:25 p.m.: And the crowd is loving the hometown boys.

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Gord Downie and Co. rock the house.
Gord Downie and Co. rock the house. Kevin Buffitt / Global News

9:15 p.m.: Some scenes from inside the arena.

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Mark McAllister / Global News
Mark McAllister / Global News.

8:30 p.m.:The show is now underway. The Tragically Hip kicked things off with 50 Mission Cap.

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8:28 p.m.:Another special moment in a day of special moments.

A large Canadian flag being passed through the crowd as concertgoers wait for the show to go on.
A large Canadian flag being passed through the crowd as concertgoers wait for the show to go on. Mark McAllister / Global News

7:05 p.m.: A special moment captured: Gord Downie and Justin Trudeau share an embrace before the show.

7:05 p.m.: Justin Trudeau makes his way to the K-Rock Centre.

6:08 p.m.: The crowd is being allowed in early.

The lines have begun to move,
The lines have begun to move,. Chris Jancelewicz / Global News

4:58 p.m.: Messages of support for the Tragically Hip have been posted across the city.

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Truer words were never spoken.
Truer words were never spoken. Kevin Buffitt / Global News
From the highest windows, messages are all over Kingston.
From the highest windows, messages are all over Kingston. Kevin Buffitt / Global News
Fans left kinds words for Gord Downey.
Fans left kinds words for Gord Downey. Kevin Buffitt / Global News

 

3:45 p.m.: Chris Jancelewicz talks to Kingston Mayor Bryan Patterson and Bill Welychka, former MuchMusic VJ and current Kingston TV host, about how the city is reacting as the band prepares to play the final show on the tour.

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2:15 p.m.: Fans show off their Hip pride.

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Jeremy Kizina, from Vermont, sports a \”In Gord We Trust \” hat in downtown Kingston, Ont., on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The Tragically Hip will play the last concert of their national \”Man Machine Poem\” tour in Kingston on Aug. 20.
Jeremy Kizina, from Vermont, sports a \”In Gord We Trust \” hat in downtown Kingston, Ont., on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The Tragically Hip will play the last concert of their national \”Man Machine Poem\” tour in Kingston on Aug. 20. Jeremy Kizina, from Vermont, sports a "In Gord We Trust " hat in downtown Kingston, Ont., on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The Tragically Hip will play the last concert of their national "Man Machine Poem" tour in Kingston on Aug. 20.

1:45 p.m. ET: Six hours before the show, take a look outside the K-Rock centre where people are already starting to gather.

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1:00 p.m. ET:  Fans have already started gathering to buy merch outside the K-Rock Centre.

Merch booth at the final show of the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem Tour on Aug. 20, 2016. .
Merch booth at the final show of the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem Tour on Aug. 20, 2016. . Kevin Buffitt / Global News
Merch booth at the final show of the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem Tour on Aug. 20, 2016. .
Merch booth at the final show of the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem Tour on Aug. 20, 2016. . Kevin Buffitt / Global News

Businesses throughout the city are paying tribute to the local legends.

Businesses in Kingston pay tribute to the Tragically Hip on the last stop of their Man Machine Poem tour on Aug. 20, 2016. .
Businesses in Kingston pay tribute to the Tragically Hip on the last stop of their Man Machine Poem tour on Aug. 20, 2016. . Chris Jancelewicz / Global News
Businesses in Kingston pay tribute to the Tragically Hip on the last stop of their Man Machine Poem tour on Aug. 20, 2016. .
Businesses in Kingston pay tribute to the Tragically Hip on the last stop of their Man Machine Poem tour on Aug. 20, 2016. . Chris Jancelewicz / Global News
Businesses in Kingston pay tribute to the Tragically Hip on the last stop of their Man Machine Poem tour on Aug. 20, 2016. .
Businesses in Kingston pay tribute to the Tragically Hip on the last stop of their Man Machine Poem tour on Aug. 20, 2016. . Chris Jancelewicz / Global News

12:30 p.m. ET: Kingston’s Springer Market Square begins to set up for the live screening of the final tour stop.

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WHERE TO WATCH:

  • Kingston: Springer Market Square – All day – Free event
  • Fredericton: Officer’s Square – 9:30 p.m. AT – Free event
  • Toronto: Union Station – 7:30 p.m. ET – Free event
  • CNE – 8:30 p.m. ET – price of CNE admission required
  • Winnipeg: Assiniboine Park stage – 7:30 p.m. CT – Free event
  • Montreal: Monkland Ave. – starting at 8:30 p.m. ET – Free event
  • Saskatoon: Roxy Theatre – Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT – Donations to Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research
  • Edmonton : Arden Theatre – Doors open at 5:30 p.m. MT – Free event, tickets necessary
  • Calgary: National Music Centre – Doors open at 6:00 p.m. MT – Pre-registration required
  • Vancouver: Vancouver Playhouse – 5:30 p.m. PT – Free event, tickets necessary
  • Charlottetown: Victoria Park. –  9:30 p.m. AT – Free, non-gated, and non-alcoholic
  • Halifax: Grand Parade –  starting at 9:30 p.m. AT – Free event
  • St. John’s: George Street  – 10 p.m. local time – Free event, donations to Young Adult Cancer Canada
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