Tragically Hip: A National Celebration at Spencer Smith Park

Community Donation Ceremony!

An estimated 12,000 people joined together to watch The Tragically Hip’s final concert live 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 Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, Halton to collect donations for local cancer care and research.

A community donation ceremony will take place to unveil the total raised through the event on Monday September 12th at 12 pm. Location: lobby of City Hall (426 Brant Street).

“Burlington was part of a national moment, where people came together in parks, community centre, restaurants and living rooms to honour a beloved band and raise money to combat cancer,” said Marianne Meed-Ward, Ward 2 Councillor.

“The people of Burlington responded very positively to this event. It was like no other in recent memory”, added Brian Dean, General Manager, BDBA. “Attendees were very generous to our local charitable partners and responded to Gord Downie’s heartbreaking diagnosis by going out of pocket to support local cancer care”.

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 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 $21,000, under the projected budget of $25,000. The City and BDBA equally donated $12,500; the Regional Tourism Office and Councillor Meed Ward also contributed $1,000 each.

The Burlington Downtown Business Association represents a dynamic collection of 430 businesses in the downtown core. Its mandate is to promote, beautify and advocate for its unique small business community. Burlington Downtown…It’s All Here!

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