An estimated 12,000 people joined together to watch the CBC simulcast of The Tragically Hip’s final concert at Spencer Smith Park on Saturday, Aug. 20. Event organizers, the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA) and the City of Burlington, partnered with The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, Halton to collect donations for local cancer care and research.
The community is invited to a donation ceremony to unveil the total raised through the broadcast:
DATE: Monday, September 12, 2016
LOCATION: City Hall Lobby, 426 Brant Street
Hundreds of Burlingtonians also added their personal thoughts to a “book of well wishes” set up at the event. The book has been available for signing at the lobby of City Hall and Tourism Burlington office post-event. The book will be officially closed at the community donation ceremony and sent to the agent for The Tragically Hip.
The CBC simulcast at Spencer Smith Park was financed through a cost-sharing agreement between the City of Burlington and the BDBA. A significant number of community partners also lent their time and talents to the execution of the event. Partners will be present at the community donation ceremony. Total costs for the event were approximately $22,000, under the projected budget of $25,000. The City and BDBA equally committed up to $12,500; the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Office and my office also contributed $1,000 each.