Free Saturday August 20 Burlington Tragically Hip concert

Take the free shuttle from the Burlington GO Station on Saturday August 20 to see the free CBC live broadcast of the Tragically Hip: A National Celebration and the Olympics at Spencer Smith Park.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. with the commercial free broadcast of the concert from Kingston starting at 8:30 p.m. The shuttle will be available from the north side of the Burlington GO Station from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.

The GO station is just a short drive along Fairview from Appleby Line between Guelph Line and Brant. The Hip’s lead singer Gord Downie was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band is on a national tour, culminating with this concert in their hometown Kingston.

“A lot of people and organizations have come together and worked hard in a short amount of time to make this event come to life. It’s going to be a night to remember,” said Marianne Meed Ward, Ward 2 Councillor.

“We wish Gord Downie all the best and are thankful for all he and the band have done. Let’s turn this into a positive and support Joseph Brant Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society.”

Voluntary donations will be collected on-site by cash or credit card for the Joseph Brant Hospital cancer clinic and the Canadian Cancer Society – Halton Branch.

“The Tragically Hip is engrained in Canada’s social fabric, so I’m very excited for this show,” said Brian Dean, executive director for the Burlington Downtown Business Association.

“I encourage everyone to give generously to the two local charities. Cancer has, or will, touch us all so this is a great opportunity to have a real impact for our friends, families and community.”

Anyone attending is encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and water bottle. This is an alcohol and smoke-free event. Based on the expected attendance and heat it is recommended to leave pets at home.

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