11.6 Million Canadians Viewed Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip!!

Gord Downie performs during the Man Machine Poem tour. (Photograph by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Gord Downie performs during the Man Machine Poem tour. (Photograph by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Canada came to a halt as 11.6  million viewers, that is one third of our population, enjoyed the Tragically Hip on Sat., August 20th, 2016. CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) ran the 2 hour plus concert held in Kingston, ON with no interruptions, NOT ANY!!   Our Prime Minister attended the Concert.

The event was broadcast by the CBC and screened in public parks, outside city halls, and in theatres and bars across the country. Outside of an Olympic hockey game, it’s hard to imagine an event of any kind—never mind a musical one—that could bind so many corners of this country together.  The audience in the parks and city halls was over and above the 11.6 million viewers!!!  The CBC put their coverage of the Olympics on hold until after the event concluded!!

WHY, AMERICAN SHUFFFLERS MAY ASK??:  Tragically Hip Leader and Singer Gord Downie was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  The group wound up their Canadian Tour at their Home Town of Kingston, ON and it was this Concert, perhaps their final which attracted the attention.

Donations to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research will give Sunnybrook the tools to help beat brain cancers that are currently unbeatable. Right now we’re investigating new drugs, surgical techniques and genetic therapies. We’re using ultrasound to help drugs reach tumours that couldn’t be reached before. Your support will help us conduct groundbreaking research that benefits patients not only at Sunnybrook, but across Canada and around the world.  Go here is YOU would like to support brain cancer research:  https://donate.sunnybrook.ca/braincancerresearch  AS of 2016 08 22 $265,000 has been donated.

Rushton David  Dini  NSDavid Rushton Speaks: Today more than ever, I want the cure for cancer!! There is a personal reason to ask everyone to put this message on your status for at least 1 hour. I know who will put it! Think of someone you love who had cancer or is at this time fighting. My wish is that in 2016 the cure is found. I hope to see this on the status of all my friends.

Posted by Stan McCormack.  2016 08 22.

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