Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip will commence their last tour after lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with a deadly brain cancer.

The group assembled in 1984 with high school mates Downie, Gord Sinclair, Johnny Fay and Rob Baker in Kingston, Ontario. The band also originally featured a saxophone player who left two years later. Paul Langlois joined in 1986.


Their first work was a self-titled EP released in 1987. The group went on to win 14 Juno awards and secure a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2002. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and are featured on a Canada Post stamp issued in 2013.

The group will be touring this summer from July 22 to Aug. 20.

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