09/30/2014 01:10 EDT | Updated 10/01/2014 09:59 EDT

Tragically Hip Celebrating NHL Hockey Season With Free, Televised Concert In Toronto

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OTTAWA, ON - JULY 11: Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip performs on Day 8 of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on July 11, 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Mark Horton/WireImage)

What could be a more Canadian way to kick off the new NHL hockey season than a game pitting the Montreal Canadiens against the Toronto Maple Leafs? Well, how about a free Tragically Hip concert before the Habs vs Leafs game.

To get Toronto-based hockey fans excited before the first October 8 face-off, Yonge-Dundas Square will host the NHL's free hockey and music festival beginning at noon and featuring NHL alums, hockey activities and "special guest appearances."

Then at 6:30pm, the Tragically Hip will take the stage for a free concert, part of which will be aired across Canada on Sportsnet before the puck drops at 7pm.

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