The Tragically Hip are coming to rock a screen near you. Just announced today, a documentary covering one of Canada’s most iconic bands during their highly publicized 2016 summer tour will arrive sometime next year.
The Hip made headlines this past May when they announced a new album and Canadian tour, while at the same time revealing on their website that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with incurable brain cancer.
The Man Machine Poem Tour took The Hip across the country this past summer from Victoria, B.C. to the final date in their hometown of Kingston, ON, a concert that was streamed by over 11 million people and included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in attendance. Whether you managed to score a coveted ticket to one of the heavily sought after dates or watched the Kingston concert on screen, you’ll soon get to experience a collection of the 90 songs performed over 15 dates, as well as tour footage both on stage and behind the scenes, in the upcoming doc, tentatively titled Man Machine Poem.
The band’s announcement of Downie’s diagnosis struck a chord with Canadians across the country, who through tour ticket sales and donations helped raise over $265,000 for brain cancer research and treatment.
Throughout their three-decade long career, The Hip have not only produced a steady stream of critically and commercially successful albums, but the five members have also become unofficial historians of Canadian culture. Their music has taught fans the history of everything from hockey to literature to the criminal justice system, while also using their platform to shine a light on the plight of the Canadian indigenous population and the critical need for support on reservations throughout the country.
The news of Downie’s diagnosis and inspiring final concert stream inspired both self reflection and appreciation from fans for a band that has written and recorded a lifetime discography of Canadian culture and music. The upcoming documentary will focus on the band’s emotional performances, as well as the reactions of thousands of adoring fans who enlisted The Hip to provide the soundtrack to their lives. This is our chance to live it all again, or for the very first time.
The documentary will air sometime in 2017 on The Movie Network, MUCH, CTV and later exclusively on CraveTV.