Published Jun 08, 2016Tickets for the Tragically Hip's upcoming cross-Canada tour have been hard to come by since going on sale, with scalpers snatching up tickets and reselling them for incredibly exorbitant prices online. Now, city councillors in Toronto and Mississauga have put forth the notion of hosting free shows as a solution to the ticket shortage.
In Toronto, Coun. Josh Colle told the Toronto Star that he has inquired about throwing a free or low-fee show in Downsview Park, forwarding the idea to both the band's management and York Centre MP Michael Levitt. Having made connections with promoter Live Nation and Eggplant Entertainment through working on Toronto's Music Advisory Council, Colle hopes they'll take the suggestion into consideration.
"It would just be a really fantastic opportunity to let everyone thank, celebrate the Tragically Hip and what they've meant to the city and to Canada and to all our music lives," he told the Star.
Down the highway in Mississauga, Coun. Nando Iannicca also proposed a free show for as many as 30,000 fans at the city's Celebration Square. Saying that he would "personally" organize all fundraising to make the show a reality, Iannicca added that all costs for both the band and fans would be covered by the city.
"Celebration Square staff are discussing this exciting opportunity with Coun. Iannicca," Paul Mitcham, head of community services for Mississauga, told the Star. "We intend to get in touch with the Tragically Hip after just hearing the discussion at council this morning."
As previously reported, the Ontario rock act recently announced that vocalist Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. With demand for tickets being incredibly high, seats for many tour dates have gone from initial prices of $56 to $166 to costs in the thousands.