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Vernon event will pay tribute to the Tragically Hip, raise money for charity

The Tragically Hip's Gord Downie, performs during the first stop of the Man Machine Poem Tour at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, B.C., on July 22, 2016.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
August 10, 2016 - 4:30 PM

VERNON - Like many, Vernon resident Trevor Perepolkin was disappointed after unsuccessfully trying get tickets to see the Tragically Hip on their final concert tour. But, he’s not letting that stop him — or anyone else — from enjoying the iconic band’s last show.

As soon as he heard the CBC would be live-streaming the Aug. 20 concert in the Hip’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., Perepolkin and his wife Terry came up with an idea to host a public screening of the show in Vernon.

“It just seemed like the next best option,” he says.

Perepolkin has seen the Hip live in concert nine times, and while he was initially bummed out to be missing their last tour, he says the upcoming event in Vernon is shaping up to be pretty special.

“I’m looking forward to lots of people being there and lots of great, positive energy,” he says.

The live-screening will happen Aug. 20 at the Vernon Curling Club. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. Entry to the all-ages event is a minimum $10 donation, with donations of $50 or more eligible for a tax receipt.

Most of the proceeds will go to the North Okanagan Neurological Association, which is fundraising for a new clubhouse. A portion of the funds will also go towards Gord Downie’s chosen charity, the Sunnybrook Foundation.

Perepolkin is encouraging people to arrive early at the event and is asking guests to bring donations in cash to help keep the line-up moving quickly.

There will be a bouncy castle for kids, a silent auction and a beer garden.

People are asked to register online in advance of the event so organizers know how many people will be attending.

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