No other band encapsulated the rugged soul of Canada quite like the Hip. Photo submitted

Celebrating the Hip and National Canadian Film Day at the Sid

As part of the annual celebrations for National Canadian Film Day, the Sid Williams Theatre Society and World Community Development Education Society proudly present a screening of Long Time Running on Monday, April 16 at the Sid Williams Theatre.

“I would have loved to say thank you face, to face, to face – to everybody, somehow,” Gord Downie declares in one of the interviews featured in the latest film from renowned Canadian documentary filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.

Long Time Running chronicles the emotional and epic 2016 tour The Tragically Hip embarked on after iconic frontman Gord Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Intimate moments, behind-the-scenes and on-stage footage, and personal interviews with the band and close friends, reveal the heartbreaking final performances of that now-legendary tour.

No other band encapsulated the rugged soul of Canada quite like the Hip, and it was completely in character for Downie – the everyman poet laureate of Canada – to go out on his own terms, with a powerfully galvanizing tour that delivered some of the most exhilarating performances of the band’s history.

Featuring fierce performances of Hip favourites like Blow at High Dough, Grace, Too and the heartrending tribute to endurance that gives the film its title, Long Time Running is neither morbid nor unduly sombre. Rather, this is a film about wonder, perseverance, and feeling alive even when dark shadows loom.

National Canadian Film Day (April 18) is REEL CANADA’s annual day-long celebration of Canadian film, through screenings, events, panel discussions, and conversations across the country.

Admission for the film is by donation (at the door) to World Community Development Education Society. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m.

For more information on the film screening, visit sidwilliamstheatre.com.

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