On May 24, members of the Canadian rock group, The Tragically Hip, revealed that the band’s frontman Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. While the cancer is not curable, it is treatable and Downie intends to keep going.
Since the diagnosis last December, Downie has received over two dozen radiation treatments and doctors say the tumour has decreased substantially in the past few months.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre head of neurology, Dr. James Perry, noted that Downie’s cancer includes a protein that “confers longer survival”.
On May 25 the band announced that they would be making one last tour before saying good bye. The tour has only eleven dates and they are all in Canada. Starting on the west coast, the band will work their way across Canada until they reach Kingston, Ontario – the place where it all began.
Diagnosed with glioblastoma, Downie has been medically cleared to travel but will be monitored along the tour.
Band members said that they hope this tour will be the best.
“This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us. What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you our incredible fans. So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.”
Dates for the Man Machine Poem Tour Dates:
July 22 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, BC
July 24 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
July 28 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB
Aug 1 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB
Aug 5 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, MB
Aug 8 at the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON
Aug 10 & 12 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, ON
Aug 16 at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton, ON
Aug 18 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Aug 20 at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, ON
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