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Gordon Downie performs at the Air Canada Centre during The Tragically Hip final's tour supporting their latest album 'Man Machine Poem'.                                    Featuring: Gordon Downie                  Where: Toronto, Canada                  When: 11 Aug 2016                  Credit: Kim Cyr/

A legendary Canadian band played its final concert in the wake of tragedy


The Tragically Hip's final concert was an emotional farewell for Canadians.

The  rock band's lead singer, Gord Downie, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December, so the band launched its farewell tour over the summer and played its last concert Saturday night.

Downie has been called Canada's "unofficial poet laureate" and many of the band's songs are considered Canadian classics, according to Uproxx. The band has nine No. 1 hits in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the show and said the band wrote "Canada's soundtrack."

The final show, played in Kingston, Ontario, lasted almost three hours and was aired live.

Those of us in the U.S. might never fully understand the Hip.

There is a Canadianness that runs through them to the point where new citizens should be given a Tragically Hip CD after they take the oath.
Alan Cross, music historian

But this might be the best way to explain it.

The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century

Here's one of the band's biggest hits, "Ahead by a Century." 

Gord Downie & Tragically Hip Dedication - Light Years - Pearl Jam 2016.08.20 Chicago Wrigley 1

In the U.S. on the same night, Pearl Jam played a tribute to the Hip in Chicago.

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