The Tragically Hip's last concert of their tour in Kingston, Ont. was overflowing with heart-wrenching moments between the band and their fans.
During Saturday's performance of "Grace, Too," an avalanche of emotions swept frontman Gord Downie during his set.
With his eyes shut tight, Downie grimaced and held himself as he fought the urge to cry.
For concertgoers and those watching from home, thanks to the CBC's live broadcast, Downie's open weeping mirrored their own ecstatic joy and profound sadness.
The nation cried with him.
Watched Tragically Hip farewell concert. 30 years fan, I was moved to tears. Great show-3 standing ovations Thanks Gord and Hip for the joy!— Brian Glow (@BrianGlow) August 21, 2016
They cried with their kids.
Shout out to my kids for not judging or teasing me about my tears tonight. They're letting me have this moment. 💛 #TragicallyHip— olivia (@notorious__LIV) August 21, 2016
They cried while creating tributes.
They cried without knowing him.
I've never even been a Tragically Hip fan and I'm nearly in tears over this news story about last night's show.— The Ol' Flipperoo (@VanCitySyd) August 21, 2016
The terminally ill lead singer was diagnosed with brain cancer in December. Some proceeds from the band's climatic tour will be donated towards cancer research at the Sunnybrook Foundation, the CBC News reports.
You can find more about the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research here.
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