Social media posts spark Hip tribute idea

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Kingston – The city of Kingston is looking at ways to create a lasting tribute to the Tragically Hip’s iconic show.  The eyes of a nation tuned in for the band’s homecoming on August 20th.  The mayor has introduced a motion that council will debate next week — asking staff to produce a commemorative piece that would be located in market square.

It’s a night that will no doubt go down in Canadian music history.  August 20th – the Limestone City was thrust into the spotlight. An estimated 25-thousand people flooded Market Square. Thousands more packed the Rogers KRC.  And more than 11 million people across the country tuned in to watch the Tragically Hip rock out for what some believe to be the final show in their hometown.

It’s an event people like Ben McLean won’t soon forget.  McLean works at 96.3 BIG FM. A day after the concert he posted an idea on social media to pay tribute to the night. It went viral striking a chord with thousands of people.

Ben McLean, Weekend Announcer, 96.3 BIG FM
“If you’re coming here years from now with your kids or your grand kids it sort of inspires them to ask you hey what’s this about and then you can tell your own story.”

McLean’s post wasn’t the only one urging the city to immortalize the show. In fact Mayor Bryan Paterson says posts like this one inspired the city to take action.

Mayor Bryan Paterson, City of Kingston
“We do want to make sure that we get it right and it’s something that people will be able to walk through at Market Square be able to point to and tell stories about what that night was like here in Kingston.”

Some of the options on the table include engraving one of the stones at Market Square and adding a new page to the “Kingston Remembers” history flip book.  But before any design is finalized the city wants to talk to the band and get community input.

“A little plaque somewhere would be nice.”

“What I would maybe like to see is some of their music you know maybe a display with a video screen or something.”

Whatever the final design is – it will forever pay tribute to Kingston’s hometown heroes.

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