Hip concert to benefit local charity


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July 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Gord Downie

The Tragically Hip is on its last tour and is making a stop in Lloydminster.
The group won’t show up in the flesh, however, but they will be playing live in a sense.
“The plan is to do a viewing party in the street downtown, we’re going to air the CBC’s broadcast of the Tragically Hip’s Kingston show,” said Tonia Robinson, idea maker and organizer for the event.
“The plan is to have food trucks, beer tents, a big inflatable screen in the street and have an awesome party.”
The evening will be completely free for admission, so Robinson is looking for sponsors to help offset the costs and will also be accepting donations for Relay for Life.
She decided on choosing Relay for Life because lead singer of The Hip, Gord Downie, has terminal cancer and she wanted the charity to reflect that.
Robinson is an employee of Synergy Credit Union, which has a Relay for Life team, so all donations will go to the team for the next relay event.
“They’re actually going to provide some volunteers for the event and then in return they can collect all the donations,” she said.
The idea for the Tragically Hip live stream came after Robinson heard of a similar event close to her home town in Ontario and wanted to bring something like that to the Border City.
She half joked if she wouldn’t have been able to host it in the street, she would have had a big party in her house, which may be a testament to her tragic fandom.
“Yep, always been a big Hip fan for sure, probably since birth, my parents were always big Hip fans, so it’s kind of just stuck with me,” Robinson said.
“I’ve always loved their music; great Canadian band.”
So far the Smokin’ Dawg, Walk and Roll and Bordertown BBQ food trucks have shown interest in getting in on the action and Robinson has been throwing around the idea of getting some street performers to entertain before the show as a way to add to the event.
She said she’s not exactly sure on what kind of performers, but she’s definitely open to suggestions from the public.
“I would encourage people to bring lawn chairs down if they don’t want to sit on the curb,” said Robinson.
“Either that or bring some dancing shoes.”
Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to visit the Facebook page and click the “Going” tab so Robinson can have a rough idea of how many people she’s hosting:

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