Armed with will and determination, and grace, too

Nelson said goodbye to the Tragically Hip with viewing parties around the city on Saturday night.

A packed house at Mike's Pub was a typical scene around Nelson for the broadcast of the Tragically Hip's final show.

The constellations revealed themselves one star at a time, then faded to black Saturday in Nelson.

People packed viewing parties around the city to watch the final Tragically Hip concert.

There were cheers at Mike’s Pub when lead singer Gord Downie, who is suffering from terminal brain cancer, stepped onto the stage. Outside, doorman Ian Muir welcomed visitors while accepting donations for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Fans danced at Finley’s and watched on the big screen at the Civic Theatre. At Lakeside Park, a large crowd gathered around a screen that never worked, but contented themselves with music from Canada’s most celebrated band.

Nearby, James, Julia, Isla and Janna Cranston huddled together on the park grass around an amp to listen to the show on their own during a visit from Squamish.

It was an evening to remember fully, completely.

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