Calling it "an unprecedented event", the CBC reports preliminary audience figures show the concert drew 11.7 million Canadians - or about one-third of the country's population - with the television broadcast averaging 4 million viewers. Published on Monday 22 August 2016Canadian band The Tragically Hip performed their final show on Saturday, bringing to an end a farewell tour which was announced after frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year.
The commercial-free special presentation was carried live on radio and TV and was streamed live online via the CBC's website, apps, YouTube channel and Facebook page.
The show in Downie's hometown of Kingston was broadcast nationwide, with so many Canadians planning to watch people began proclaiming the country to be "closed" during the performance. "This is public broadcasting at its very best", said Heather Conway, CBC's executive vice-president of English services. "Thank you to Gord, Paul, Rob, Gord and Johnny for an intimate and unforgettable shared experience".
Thousands of fans of The Tragically Hip took in the band's final show of their farewell tour.