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Canada lost one of its brightest stars on Tuesday night when Gord Downie passed away, more than a year after being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor in May 2016. A philanthropist, human rights activist, prolific poet and frontman for The Tragically Hip, Downie leaves behind an incredible legacy that fans across Canada and around the world won’t soon forget.

Following his diagnosis, Downie and The Tragically Hip set out on their ambitious final set of shows across Canada with the Man Machine Poem Tour. Going along for the journey were Canadian documentary filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, who shot footage of Downie, his bandmates and their millions of fans to create what now has become the documentary Long Time Running.

To honour Gord, the world TV premiere of Long Time Running will now take place on Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. ET. The special, which had its debut in September at TIFF, will also be available for CraveTV subscribers in November. In addition to the CTV broadcast, the film is available in a free live stream on CTV.ca and in the CTV GO app, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/MT.

The Man Machine Poem Tour was a celebration of not only Gord Downie, but of The Tragically Hip’s music and their indelible imprint on fans. It’s the soundtrack of our country. It’s the music traveling Canadians put on when they’re across the world and feeling homesick. It’s the albums we point to when media outlets outside of the true north claim that Canada has only been making good music for the past decade. It’s the Canadian geography, history and poetry lesson that was weaved into iconic songs.

The band’s Man Machine Poem Tour, including their final show in their hometown of Kingston, which was broadcast around the world, inspired Hip fans to share their favourite memories of the band and make new ones. Here are just a few.

When it came to The Hip, everyone was a fan, including fellow musicians The Sam Roberts band.

Band field trip to see The Hip in Ottawa 2 wka ago. #tbt #thehip #manmachinepoemtour #samrobertsband

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Even for those who attended the final shows, it felt like a dream.


One fan perfectly summed up The Hip’s final concert in Kingston, saying “Canada shut down.”

One fan shared an incredible portrait they drew of Gord and carried it with them to a screening of the band’s final concert.


The Hip have amassed a legion of devoted fans over their three decades in music, including some fans who have been around since the early days. One fan reminisced about the first time they saw the iconic Canadian band shortly after The Hip had released their first cassette.


The band’s final tour was a goodbye for many fans, but for younger viewers, it was a chance to say hello to a world of music they’ve yet to explore.


One fan who attended the Ottawa concert thanked The Hip for making “the smallest of rural towns feel like someone understands them.”

It’s taken me a few days to process how epic @thetragicallyhip show was here in #Ottawa last week. To be able to witness the tremendous courage and grace these men have shown is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Playing hit after hit; all provoking nostalgia from different times in my life. Thank-you for making even the smallest of rural towns feel like someone understands them. Thank-you for giving the townies a soundtrack for all those nights shooting the shit, and sharing a case. Thank-you tweeking our imaginations, and being political enough to make us ask “why?” Thank-you for forever enriching the cultural fabric of #Canada. thank-you for giving me all the feels in one night! #theTragicallyHip #theHip #manmachinepoemtour

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The Tragically Hip may be ‘Canada’s Band,’ but as this couple proves, fans from outside of Canada knew how important it was to see the band’s final tour.


Seeing The Hip perform on their Man Machine Poem Tour was a full circle moment for one fan, whose first concert was seeing the Kingston band.


Fans who attended the tour knew they were seeing history in the making.

Still reeling from the incredible show last night. @thetragicallyhip have been the soundtrack to my life and I didn’t realize it until recently. I’m just glad I was able to give my thanks in person. The essential #Canadian band. The essential Canadian in #GordDownie. 🇨🇦 Still so much love in my heart and I’m still not convinced I was there in person. I was on the verge of tears in the lead up to the show, started shedding them during 50 Mission Cap and #Courage, and then the floodgates opened during #WheatKings. Just incredible to witness history. Thank you. #manmachinepoemtour #thehip #thetragicallyhip #Kingston #krockcentre #gordstrong #kingston #flag #canadianflag #canadianmusic #hipinkingston #cbc

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One couple whose first concert together was the Hip celebrated their five year anniversary with the band.


Another Tragically Hip superfan attended seven of the final tour dates and ditched their camera to focus on the music.

🎶2016 in review🎶The year of learning, growth, change, travel, heartbreak, music and new beginnings. 💔This brings us to the heartbreak 💔 If you know me at all, you know this band means the world to me. I got to see 7 shows on the #manmachinepoemtour All my pics are bad. I have 1000’s over the years, it was time to concentrate on the music. I am so grateful to Gordie, Gord, Paul, Johnny, Rob and Billy Ray for everything they have given me over the years. My life would not be the same without @thetragicallyhip in it! This concert was on a whole other level. A metaphysical experience that will never be duplicated ❤️#musicislife #courageforgord #gorddownie #travelformusic #travel #music #livemusic #kingston #kingstonontario #yyz #thetragicallyhip #thehip #thc #myhero #inspiration #endofanera #courage #loveofmylife #grateful #emotional #musiclover #concert #concertjunkie #ilovemusic #canada #bestconcertever #musicmakesmehappy #happiness #concertphotography

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It’s been over a year since The Hip’s final Kingston show and many fans paid tribute to the special anniversary.

Gord may have left this earth, but he’ll still be bringing people together, as family, for a long time to come.

 

Watch Long Time Running on CTV, or as a free live stream on CTV.ca and in the CTV GO app, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/MT.

Catch it again later this fall on CraveTV.