Hip Fans are anxiously awaiting the lights to go down and The Tragically Hip to take stage, kicking off their new tour tonight in Victoria.
It’s the first show of the band’s latest tour following late May’s shocking revelation that front man Gord Downie, 52, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
In an online statement, the band was careful when referring to the tour, avoiding terms like final or farewell when discussing hitting the road for the Hip’s 14th studio album, Man Machine Poem.
On Friday, they’re scheduled to take the stage at Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre at 8:30 p.m. PT and greet up to 9,000 concertgoers in an arena usually reserved for junior ice hockey games.
For each date on the “Man Machine Poem” tour, there will be an opportunity to buy tickets on the day of the show. Fifty winners will be selected from each show’s lottery, and those people will each be able to purchase two tickets.
The cutoff for lottery entry is 11 a.m. local time on the day of the show, and winners will be notified by email by 1 p.m. that day.
The tickets will be priced at face value and will range from best in house and mid-level.
Unclaimed tickets will be released to the venue’s box office for general sale after 7 p.m. local time.
Over the next month, the band will then continue through a 15-date concert tour across the nation, concluding with a grand finale in its hometown of Kingston, Ont. that will be broadcast and streamed live on CBC.