Tragically Hip to begin tour in July despite singer’s cancer

TORONTO (AP) — The Tragically Hip will play 11 Canadian shows this summer as part of a tour that’s going ahead despite lead singer Gord Downie’s incurable brain cancer.

A day after the band announced his cancer they announced concerts that will kick off in Victoria, British Columbia, on July 22.

The Hip will play the tour’s final show Aug. 20 in Kingston, Ontario, where they formed in 1984. Other stops on the tour include Vancouver (July 24), Edmonton (July 28), Calgary (Aug. 1), Winnipeg (Aug. 5) and London (Aug. 8). Two dates are scheduled for Toronto on Aug. 10 and 12. There are no American shows.

Downie’s doctor says he is doing well and they cleared him, but they will monitor him on the road.

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