There’s a bit of battle brewing over whether the city should explore the feasibility of purchasing public broadcast rights to livestream the final Tragically Hip concert.
Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green has suggested the idea within a notice of motion, calling The Hip, “perhaps the most Canadian Band of all time”.
“It appears that the government is already fully participating in this nation-building event and local partners have already indicated that it’s not all the complicated,” Green continued. “You may remember the public screenings of the Pan Am Soccer games that were wildly popular last summer?”
He adds that ticket scalping has made attending the concerts difficult for local fans and suggests streaming it at Gage Park or another “suitable” city owned location on Aug 20.
Ward 7’s Donna Skelly has responded, saying it’s not an area the city should be delving into.
“We should not use taxpayers money asking staff to look into something that does not fall under our mandate.”
Skelly notes that securing broadcast rights is costly and should be left to the private sector.