Sunday, 21 August 2016

It's Been a Pleasure Doing Business With You

Yesterday, the Tragically Hip performed their last concert of their summer tour and potentially their last concert ever as Gord Downie, lead singer, has terminal brain cancer. To ensure that every Canadian could spend the evening crying, CBC broadcast the concert on all their channels as well as streamed it. Live, no commercials, no commentators.

I had considered going to a few of the public events at various pubs and parks around town, but settled instead on a girls night at Katie's. We sang, we danced, and we cried. Oh my goodness, there was so much crying. The Hip are Canada's band. Even Canadians who aren't Hip fans know their songs and can share memories about them. This concert was their swan song. Three hours of uninterrupted Hip.

It was glorious.

This morning, I wander through the Hip tag on Twitter and cried some more because, hey. In for a penny, in for a pound!

Then this evening, CBC Sports created a montage of the best moments of the Rio Olympics and set it to the Hip's "Ahead By a Century" because we obviously needed to cry more tear. (You may need to be logged into Facebook to see the video. I couldn't find it on the CBC YouTube channel.)

CBC needs to stop it.

(The title comes from a line in their song "Scared")

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