From the farewell concert in Kingston.
From the farewell concert in Kingston.

Five Musicians, 15 Dates, 90 Songs: The Tragically Hip's Historic Tour Captured In New Bell Media Doc

The Tragically Hip's 2016 hugely successful cross-Canada tour, culminating in a highly charged and powerful concert in their hometown of Kingston, ON., captured the heart of the country.

Bell Media is teaming up with Canada's foremost chroniclers of popular music, Banger Films, in association with Shed Creative (a division of Universal Music Canada), and one of the country's most celebrated documentary filmmaking teams, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, to take viewers on-stage, in the crowd and behind-the-scenes of this historic tour.

Commissioned by Bell Media and coming to multiple Bell Media channels and platforms in 2017, the working title for the feature doc is Man Machine Poem and  it follows the Hip's cross-country summer tour after the band's announcement that lead singer Gord Downie has incurable brain cancer.

"We are incredibly honoured to share this amazing moment in Canadian history with the band and viewers across the country," said Randy Lennox, President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media in announcing the exclusive early today. "Man Machine Poem comes from a dream team behind the camera and we know they'll show Canada a side of The Hip we've never seen before."

Banger Films co-founder Scot McFadyen had this to say by way of explanation: "We have filmed hundreds of hours of footage from the tour and beyond. This stands to be a powerful cinematic music doc that captures a nation's love for a band whose music and lyrics embody the Canadian spirit."

Recorded using 4K Ultra HD, the doc will include select performances from the tour that took the band from Victoria to Kingston, as they played close to 90 different songs from their 14 studio albums and 1 EP through the years.

The special will premiere exclusively across an array of Bell Media TV and on-demand platforms, including national pay service The Movie Network, specialty channel MUCH, and  on the CTV network, before moving exclusively to CraveTV.

Man Machine Poem is directed by Canadian documentary filmmakers  Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, and produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, in association with Shed Creative. Music Consultant is Tyson Parker, Bell Media.

Production Executive is Robin Johnston, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is SVP, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is SVP, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. 

Elevation Pictures Corp. will distribute the film internationally and is planning a Canadian theatrical release in 2017.


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