CTV has announced it will advance the premiere of LONG TIME RUNNING to air this evening (Friday, October 20) at 8pm.
The 95 minute documentary, which chronicles The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem final tour, was originally scheduled to debut in November but the network added this advance broadcast in tribute to Gord Downie, who passed away this week.
Directed by the award-winning Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier, the film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews.
It offers a unique and exclusive perspective into The Tragically Hip’s world “through intimate moments, behind-the-scenes and on-stage footage, personal interviews with the band and close friends, as well as reactions from their devoted fans from across the country”, culminating in the emotional final concert in their hometown of Kingston.
“Canadians from across the country are grieving the passing of this extraordinary individual, and in consultation with the band, we thought this was the right time to share with fans this intimate peek into last summer’s tour,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Gord Downie’s talent, passion, and heart made this country a better place. Gord, we miss you already.”
LONG TIME RUNNING will also be broadcast on its original airdate of Sunday, November 12 at 8pm ET on CTV, before it becomes available on the network’s premium TV streaming service, CraveTV.
The City of Kingston is also inviting the public to watch tonight’s broadcast in Springer Market Square
The Tragically Hip has also announced LONG TIME RUNNING will also be playing in select U.S. Theatres.
The dates and locations are provided here on TheHip.com and updated when new screenings are added.
Fans can also purchase the film’s theatrical poster on the Hip’s website.
Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert
Sunday night, the CBC will broadcast one of Gord Downie’s performances from his album “Secret Path”, marking the 51st anniversary of Chanie Wenjack’s death with this one-hour special.
Recorded last year at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto to mark the 5oth anniversary of Wenjack’s death, “Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert” was filmed in front of an audience that included over 30 members of Chanie’s family.
Gord’s “Secret Path” album recounts the story of Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 at the age of 12 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario.
In the broadcast, songs will be intermixed with scenes from the “Secret Path” animated film as well as backstage segments with Gord Downie.
“Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert” will air at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC TV and streaming at cbc.ca/secretpath.