After 30 years as one of the most popular bands in Canada, the Tragically Hip performed their farewell concert at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario. Back in May, the band announced that singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme, an incurable brain tumor, and that they were embarking on one final tour in support of their 13th album, Man Machine Poem.

According to CNN, the 30-song show lasted nearly three hours and contained three encores. notes that the band closed with “Ahead by a Century,” their No. 1 single in Canada from 1996’s Trouble at the Henhouse. We’ve embedded their performance of “New Orleans Is Sinking,” which appeared on their 1989 debut, Up to Here, above.

In attendance was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who wore a black Tragically Hip t-shirt and, in an apparent self-knowing nod to his country’s contribution to world fashion, a Canadian Tuxedo — the colloquial term given to a denim jacket and jeans.

The concert was broadcast globally online by the CBC, and Trudeau spoke with them about the importance of the band to the country. “When I was in high school and university and they were playing on campus and we were just sort of celebrating them as our local band,” he said. “I think a lot of Canadians would think, ‘Oh, you know it would be great if they make it big in the United States, because then everyone will see how great they are.’ You know, in the back of our minds, we were always saying, ‘At one point they’re going to break through internationally’ and it was always sort of too bad they didn’t. But tonight, I’m thinking, ‘You know what? I’m so glad they’re all ours.’ Yes, they have fans all around the world and lots of them. But they really remain so anchored in Canada in so many ways — their lyrics, their sense of place, the sound, the vibe, the feel — this is something that is a piece of the extraordinarily, multi-layered definition of Canada we try and give ourselves. Gord and the Tragically Hip are an inevitable and essential part of what we are and who we are as a country. And tonight, we get to say thanks and we get to celebrate that.”

Although he was not in attendance, Eddie Vedder sent his love to Downie from the stage during Pearl Jam's sold-out show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. "There's something going on up north of the border tonight, and it involves somebody that we can say is a family member,” he said and proceeded to talk about how their paths had crossed a few times over the years and what Downie is going through. “I just want to send them our energy ... and wish the best to Mr. Gord Downie. We love you.”

A glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor. Even with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the median survival is between 14.6 months and two years.

The Tragically Hip, Aug. 20, 2016, Kingston, Ontario, Setlist

1. “Fifty-Mission Cap”
2. “Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)”
3. “Wheat Kings”
4. “At the Hundredth Meridian”
5. “In a World Possessed by the Human Mind”
6. “What Blue”
7. “Tired as F—“
8. “Machine”
9. “My Music at Work”
10. “Lake Fever”
11. “Toronto #4”
12. “Putting Down”
13. “Twist My Arm”
14. “Three Pistols”
15. “Fiddler's Green”
16. “Little Bones”
17. ‘The Last of the Unplucked Gems”
18. “Something On”
19. “Poets”
20. “Bobcaygeon”
21. “Fireworks”


22. “New Orleans Is Sinking”
23. “Boots or Hearts”
24. “Blow at High Dough”

Encore 2

25. “Nautical Disaster”
26. “Scared”
27. “Grace, Too”

Encore 3

28. “Locked in the Trunk of a Car”
29. “Gift Shop”
30. “Ahead by a Century”

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