The Tragically Hip, lead singer dying, played their last show, and Canada shut down

The Tragically Hip, fronted by Gord Downie, saying goodbye
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If he has to go — and we all have to, eventually — Gord Downie, lead singer of the iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip, is at least leaving the stage on his own terms. On Saturday night in Kingston, Ontario, The Tragically Hip played their final show, after a summer tour kicked off with the announcement that Downie, 52, has terminal brain cancer. The last show, in the band's hometown, sold out in minutes. It was broadcast live, shown in public screenings at hockey arenas and town squares, in restaurants and bars.

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