DHBC Announces Tragically Hip Celebration and Street Party on August 20

July 14/16
DHBC Announces Tragically Hip Celebration and Street Party on August 20

UPDATE (July 21, 2016): We are excited to confirm that all of Argyle Street will be closed to traffic from 1pm on August 20, 2016 to allow for on-street programming (a street party!) - more details to follow. We are also pleased to announce that ferry service will be extended on this day with the last trip departing the Halifax terminal at 12:45 AM, with thanks to Halifax Transit.

We require some volunteers to perform general tasks throughout the day. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please email brenden@downtownhalifax.ca.

Additional details to follow. Thanks for your enthusiasm, Halifax!


July 14, 2016, Halifax, NS – Following CBC’s announcement today about its free, live public screening of The Tragically Hip’s final concert in Kingston, Ontario, on August 20 in Grand Parade, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is pleased to announce a full-day Tragically Hip celebration. Details and updates for this event can be found at downtownhalifax.ca/thehip.

The full-day celebration, titled Hey Man, Thanks: A Celebration of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip in Downtown Halifax, is presented by DHBC and supported by the Mayor’s Office and Halifax Regional Municipality. Details of the event are being finalized but may include: live, daytime, musical performances throughout Downtown; Hip-themed programming by many Downtown businesses, and the closure of Argyle Street for a day-long street party. The free, family-friendly event will include fundraising components in support of the Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia Division.

“CBC’s concert broadcast screening will give the public an opportunity to have a shared experience in celebrating great music by a legendary Canadian band,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “We expect thousands of fans to flock to the Downtown, and what better place for all of us to gather.”

“We’re excited to partner with DHBC and the Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia Division on this community celebration and fundraising initiative,” said Mayor Mike Savage. “Downtown Halifax is the perfect place for families and fans to enjoy the day leading up to the CBC screening in Grand Parade. We’re happy to be able to honour the Hip in this way.”

In December 2015, Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip’s lead singer, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. In May of this year, the band announced its farewell tour with the final concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario, on August 20. The show will be livestreamed on CBC online and broadcast on CBC and EastLink TV. The CBC broadcast is the program that will be screened live in Grand Parade, presented by CBC.

About Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC):
Downtown Halifax Business Commission represents over 1,600 businesses located in the central business district of Halifax, Nova Scotia. DHBC strives to make Downtown Halifax a better place to live, work, and play by: improving business conditions; promoting economic development; supporting members’ common business interests; and fostering a positive image of the Downtown area. For more information, visit www.downtownhalifax.ca.


For more information, contact:

Ivy Ho, Director of Communications

Downtown Halifax Business Commission

Tel: (902) 428-5433

Email: ivy@downtownhalifax.ca