From a media release:
Last night, millions in Canada and around the world gathered around screens and radios and at hundreds of public viewing events worldwide to celebrate Canadaâ€™s unofficial poet laureates, The Tragically Hip, as they brought down the house in an emotional and historic performance.
According to Numeris*, the live, commercial-free broadcast ofÂ The Tragically Hip: A National CelebrationÂ reachedÂ 11.7 millionÂ (2+) Canadians across allÂ CBCÂ television, radio and digital platforms as Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay played the final date of theirÂ Man Machine PoemÂ tour at Kingstonâ€™s K-Rock Centre. The concert special was also streamedÂ 900,000Â times in Canada and around the world. The nearlyÂ three-hour Saturday evening broadcast attracted an average minute audience ofÂ 4.04 million.
The Tragically Hip: A National CelebrationÂ was broadcast nationally and streamed globally live and commercial free from 8:35 pm to 11:17 pm ET on Saturday, August 20 on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio One on SiriusXM Channel 169,Â CBC Radio 2,Â CBCMusic.ca/thehip,Â ICIMusique.ca, CBC Music’sÂ YouTubeÂ channel andÂ FacebookÂ page, and the CBC Music app onÂ iPhone, iPadÂ andÂ AndroidÂ devices and the new Apple TV.
The broadcast event was the result of a partnership between CBC, The Tragically Hip and Insight Productions to celebrate the bandâ€™s hometown stop on their 15-date sold-out cross-CanadaÂ Man Machine PoemÂ tour, making it available to all Canadians and audiences around the world in a live, commercial-free, all-platform broadcast.
Formed in Kingston in the mid-80s, The Tragically HipÂ have sold millions of records worldwide, managing to enjoy both mass popularity and critical acclaim. The group released their first album in 1987, and have since released 14 studio albums, earning two diamond certifications and 20 #1 hits. The Hip has won 14 Juno Awards and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005.Â They have also received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, as well as honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and most recently Queen’s University.
The Tragically Hip: A National CelebrationÂ was produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC and Man Machine Poem Touring Inc.