Tragically Hip viewing party set for Courtenay

All-ages fundraiser planned for Mad Man McKay Aug. 20

  • Aug. 10, 2016 8:00 a.m.

A Tragically Hip screening party will be held in Courtenay with funds going to YANA.

Facebook has been atwitter with fans of The Tragically Hip in the Comox Valley wanting to celebrate the iconic Canadian band’s upcoming televised concert at a public event.

Now, they will have the chance to see what is most likely the band’s final concert, set for Aug. 20 in Kingston, ON.

“It came to our attention that fans of one of Canada’s most beloved bands were looking for a place to happen on August 20th to celebrate this tremendous group’s legacy with other fans in a public forum – and we decided to step up to host an event,” said Dave Sabanis, manager of Mad Man McKay in Courtenay.

“It didn’t take much to ‘twist my arm’ once I realized we could turn this into a fundraiser for YANA, our favourite local charity.”

Starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 20, Mad Man McKay, located at 2885 Cliffe Ave., will host an all-ages viewing party to celebrate The Tragically Hip’s televised concert on CBC TV.

Sabanis is asking that anyone interested in attending the event come by the store and pick up tickets ASAP, well in advance of the event, as they need to know how big to plan the event – indoor only or indoor and outdoor.

Tickets are available by donation to YANA. Additionally, they will be holding a BBQ where all proceeds will also go to YANA. Please note that alcohol will not be allowed on-site.

In May, it was announced the band’s lead singer – Gord Downie – was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December. The band began what is most likely their final set of concerts across Canada to support their latest album, Man Machine Poem, in Victoria July 22.

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