It was a rare event that united a country in celebration of beloved musical icons — and elicited universal praise for our national broadcaster.
The CBC served as the exclusive broadcaster for The Tragically Hip's live performance Saturday night in Kingston, Ont. The media corporation gave fans many ways to watch the show: on TV, online, through YouTube and Facebook, and on mobile via the CBC Music app.
And Canadians made the most of it:
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Even from around the world:
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Our own editors were watching the live stream from special places.
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According to the CBC, the show will not be rebroadcast or available on demand. But even that hasn't dampened the sentiment behind this special Canadian moment.
Not only were we moved as a country by the music many know by heart, but viewers dug the fact the show was just pure, uninterrupted Hip.
Almost three hours long.
As a Canadian living in the US thanks for the CBC's impressive 3 hour teleportation device that reached out and pulled me home.#thehip
— alexander beeser (@sandysanBee) August 21, 2016
No commercial breaks.
— Kathleen Pye (@KathleenCanada) August 21, 2016
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— Nino D'Aversa (@ndaversa) August 21, 2016
Just Gord and the band.
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And us, across the country and around the world.
— Guy Gavriel Kay (@guygavrielkay) August 21, 2016
Late breaking story on the CBC. Indeed.