A full-day celebration of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip in Downtown Halifax on August 20, 2016
'Hey Man, Thanks’: DHBC Adds Events to Tragically Hip Celebration and Street Party on August 20
Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is gearing up with events on Argyle Street for its outdoor party, Hey Man, Thanks: A Celebration of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip in Downtown Halifax, on August 20 leading up to CBC’s free, live public screening in Grand Parade of The Tragically Hip’s final concert. DHBC is closing Argyle Street to vehicular traffic from 1:00 pm with on-street activities starting from 2:00 pm up until 8:00 pm, culminating with the screening in Grand Parade at 9:30 pm sharp. Pre-show programming begins at 9:10 pm. Details and updates for this event can be found at www.downtownhalifax.ca/thehip. Hey Man, Thanks is presented by DHBC, The Mayor’s Office, HRM, and Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia Division.
“The Argyle Street businesses have really embraced the street party for The Tragically Hip’s last concert,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “They’ve come up with creative ways to animate the street with music, food, and family activities. It’s a great way to honour a legendary Canadian band and come together as a community to celebrate.”
Some of the events scheduled to date include: East Coast Lifestyle pop-up store; street food from Durty Nelly's; live entertainment on the street; face-painting from Biscuit General Store for the kids (and kids at heart); “Raise One for Gord” video booth from Nickel Media to send a supportive video messages to the band; lemonade stand at World Tea House; and public seating on the street.
The free, family-friendly street party will include fundraising components in support of the Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia Division, including a text-to-donate option. DHBC is also looking for volunteers to assist with general tasks throughout the day. Interested volunteers can email email@example.com.
Until August 19, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be “Hip Canuck Karaoke” from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm. The daily event is a public “choir” gathering in the anchor yard (facing the waterfront from the museum) to sing a playlist of Tragically Hip songs. Song sheets will be handed out each day. Staff and volunteers from the Canadian Cancer Society will be on hand to accept donations and will hand out free family day passes to the Maritime Museum to the first 10 donors daily.
About the Grand Parade Screening:
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 live on CBC and EastLink TV. The screening in Grand Parade, presented by CBC, will be the live CBC broadcast.
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.
[Photo credit for image of Gord Downie in header image: Randal Tomada / Randal Tomada Photography]