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The Tragically Hip to begin touring in late July

Band will play 11 shows ending in band’s hometown on Aug. 20


 

TORONTO — A day after The Tragically Hip announced lead singer Gord Downie has incurable brain cancer, the band revealed it will begin an 11-show tour in late July in Victoria, B.C.

The final date is is scheduled for the band’s hometown of Kingston, Ont.

Downie’s doctor told reporters on Tuesday that the 52-year-old father of four has been cleared for the tour.

Stops on the tour will be Victoria (July 22), Vancouver (July 24), Edmonton (July 28), Calgary (Aug. 1), Winnipeg (Aug. 5) and London (Aug. 8).

Two dates are scheduled for Toronto on Aug. 10 and 12.

The final shows of the tour will be in Hamilton (Aug. 16), Ottawa (Aug. 18) and then Kingston (Aug. 20).

The neuro-oncologist says Downie was diagnosed after a seizure in December and has been receptive to treatment, suggesting he has a higher chance of longer-term survival.

The band says on its website it will begin the tour on the west coast on July 22 and play 11 shows in total. Tickets go on sale on June 3.

The group’s managers say Downie is determined to “blow people’s minds” on the tour.

 


 

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