There’s another way to enjoy The Tragically Hip’s final performance
Say goodbye to one of Canada's most-beloved bands with appropriately Canadiana-centric West End restaurant Timber
July 21, 2016
The Tragically Hip: a three-word combination present in the lexicon of nearly every Canadian. For over 30 years, the iconic rock band from Kingston, Ontario, has—over the course of 13 albums—been an integral part of not only Canada’s musical landscape but also what it means to be Canadian. Gord Downie has been the musical voice of the nation, singing of life in Canada, national affairs, hockey, and themes and feelings concurrent with the lives of regular people coast-to-coast. Then, on May 24, the band released a devastating announcement: Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Despite the news, and Downie’s condition, the band also revealed they would be heading out on what will most likely be their final tour. Canadians scrambled to buy tickets, but scalpers were quick to scoop up prime seats. With tickets being reportedly marked up to prices as high as $2,000 on ticket-reselling websites, fans of The Hip nationwide have been left ticket-less.
If you weren’t able to wrangle tickets to either of their Vancouver stops on July 24 and 26 at Rogers Arena, or if you just want to participate in Canada’s collective mourning of one of our country’s favourite acts, you still have options—and one is particularly appealing. Timber—Forage owner/chef Chris Whittaker’s second restaurant in the West End—should be your destination to let Downie break your heart one last time. Starting at 5 p.m. on August 20, the event includes a smoked bison hip supper (included in the ticket cost), a guaranteed seat for you to watch the CBC’s livestream of the band’s final show in Kingston, and a freshly tapped cask from Phillips brewing. The commercial-free livestream begins at 5:30 p.m. Timber will be donating 25 percent of the proceeds from the ticket sales to the Canadian Cancer Society, and if they manage to sell out the event, they’ll donate another 25 percent.
Experience a piece of Canadian musical history, eat some truly Canadian food, and knock back a few tremendous craft ales. Also, you’ll be helping fund cancer research. If that sounds like a great time, that’s because it will be. Raise a glass for Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip on August 20—it might be your last chance.
When: Saturday, August 20, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. | Where: 1300 Robson Street | Price: $40