July 15, 2016 - 11:24 AM
KELOWNA - An iconic Canadian band will be honoured with their own day in the City of Kelowna.
The Tragically Hip announced this year that they would embark on their farewell tour following an announcement that lead singer and songwriter Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Their tour won't be coming to the B.C. Interior, but that hasn't stopped one Okanagan mayor and Tragically Hip fan from honouring them with their own day.
Kelowna mayor Colin Basran's proclamation calls the music of the Tragically Hip "the soundtrack to the lives of people from Kelowna, the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada and the world for over thirty years."
"Music lovers the world over wish Gord Downie the very best of love and luck in a very difficult time of his life and his future; and we look back to say thanks for the memories, the smiles and most of all, the music. I, Colin Basran, as Mayor of the City of Kelowna, do hereby proclaim August 20, 2016 as Tragically Hip Day in the City of Kelowna."
Aug. 20, 2016 is the date of the group's final concert in Kingston, Ont.
Basran has been a massive fan of the group for years and even performed one of their songs at the 12th annual Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball fundraiser.
In an announcement first on Instagram then on Facebook, mayor Colin Basran declared the day of the iconic Canadian band's final concert performance.
2016 Daffodil Ball - Colin Basran from NHP av on Vimeo.
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