Image: Tragically Hip via Twitter

The highly anticipated concert that Canada has been waiting for officially kicked off in Victoria on Friday night. The emotional Tragically Hip concert had fans cheering, dancing and crying.

Last night’s concert at the sold-out Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre was the band’s first show of their cross-country tour after the group revealed that singer Gord Downie, 52, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  The tour in support of the band’s 14th studio album Man Machine Poem wraps up in the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., on Aug. 20.

There was no direction mention of Downies situation, but at the end of the concert, his band mates left the stage, he stood at the front and said: “Thank you everybody. Thank you very much.”

The ‘Man Machine Poem’ album was released on June 17th. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation.

The Hip started the show with Boots or Hearts from their 1989 album Up to Here, followed by New Orleans is Sinking and Opiated.

Here are 30 photos from last night’s emotional farewell tour:

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A Periscope member,Phil Dewan, live-streamed the entire show, click here to watch.

 

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