- Associated Press - Saturday, August 20, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - Canadians are watching the final concert by their rock band The Tragically Hip, whose lead singer and songwriter Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The band is ending its 15-show Man Machine Poem tour Saturday night in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario. The show is being broadcast live nationally on radio and TV by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

The Hip returned to the city where their storied musical journey began in the early 1980s. Thousands of fans - including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - are at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.

Downie was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggressive cancerous brain tumor, in December.

The Tragically Hip has become an indelible part of the country’s national identity with songs about hockey, small towns and Canadian literature.

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