Image: Tragically Hip via Twitter

The end is near for what many believe is the final tour for Canada’s legendary The Tragically Hip.

In May of this year, the band announced that lead singer Gord Downie was suffering from an inoperable and terminal form of brain cancer.  Days later the band released details of the 10-city Man Machine Poem tour, that kicked off last month in Victoria.

In June, the CBC answered the calls of many fans, and revealed that they would produce and broadcast the final concert of the tour, from the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ontario.

The broadcast goes at 5:30pm on Saturday, August 20th.  It can be viewed on CBC television, or streamed online at

But if you are looking for a more public local venue, to share the experience with other fans, this is what we know about so far in Victoria.  All events are free entry:

The Yates Street Taphouse

… will be showing it on their big-screens, plus another 25 TVs, with big sound.  Limited table reservations are already sold out, but room has been left for walk-ups to gather at the bar. You’ll need to arrive very early.  19+  No minors.

The Strathcona Hotel

… plans to show it in their Games Room, on their massive big-screen.  But if demand dictates, they can also feature it in their Sticky Wicket Pub as well as the Clubhouse.  19+  No minors.

My Bar

… on Gorge Road will also have the show.  It’s not a large venue, so you’ll want to arrive early to get in.  19+  No minors.

The Vic Theatre

… on Douglas St. will have it.  They promise to “crank the speakers, keep the bar open, and ensure that these Canadian music legends get the sendoff they deserve!”

Ma Miller’s Pub

… in the West Shore has it.  They are also celebrating their 152nd birthday on the same day.

Frankie’s Modern Diner

… on Government Street will have it in their lounge, plus also on their big-screen for the main dining area with house sound.  Kid-friendly.  Get there early!

The Irish Times Pub

… on Government Street will have it.

other locations:

Original Joes in Langford

The Charles Dickens pub in Sidney



Do you know of a bar, pub, restaurant or other public venue in Victoria that’s putting on the broadcast?  Let us know in the comments below, or message us at, and we’ll try to add the details right here.