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Tragically Hip tribute concert returns to Brantford

Arts and EntertainmentTragically Hip tribute concert returns to Brantford

Man Machine Poem and 50 Mission are expected to rock out for the third annual HipFest as the concert returns to Harmony Square on Saturday, August 19, 2023.

Tragically Hip fans will have a chance to celebrate the legacy of the iconic Canadian band during the free event presented by Hudson Public, Kitchen and Bar, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m..

“Tragically Hip fans are not going to want to miss this event,” said Jennifer Middleton, Special Events Supervisor for the City of Brantford. “We are very grateful to this year’s presenting sponsor, Hudson Public, Kitchen and Bar and to The Downtown Brantford BIA for sponsoring the opening band Man Machine Poem.”

Middleton said that Harmony Square is the perfect place to pull off a summer time concert like this.

“Our community has a chance to celebrate the Tragically Hip right here in their own community,” she said. “We hosted the Tragically Hip final concert live in Harmony Square in 2016 and that was truly a national celebration, so HipFest was a natural fit to be in Harmony Square.”

In addition to the two bands, the City announced that for the first time, a selection of food, craft and artisan vendors will also be available on site for attendees to shop from throughout the evening.

Man Machine Poem (named after the Tragically Hip’s 13th studio album) is made up of a group of Ontario musicians that have come together to celebrate and give tribute to Canada’s beloved rock band.

The group will kick off the evening as the opening act before 50 Mission takes the stage to headline the evening.

50 Mission is a local Brantford band that commits to an authentic Tragically Hip experience. From a lead vocalist with a “Gord Downie” style to the note-for-note accuracy, the cover band guarantees a performance second to none.

While there are plenty of spots to sit in Harmony Square, guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for more seating.

For those planning out their evening and how to get there, attendees can opt to take public transit or take advantage of the free parking at the Municipal Parkade located at 59 Icomm Drive.

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