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The Tragically Hip Documentary Film And Kingston Concert Video To Be Available This Fall

Long Time Running DVD & Blu-Ray November 17, Super Deluxe December 08


A National Celebration DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital to Release December 08


Long Time Running Available ex-Canada Internationally via Netflix November 12


PHOTO: The Tragially Hip Onstage during Man Machine Poem Tour - Long Time Running Documentary



10 NOVEMBER 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Two powerful and poignant narratives of The Tragically Hip’s 2016 Man Machine Poem tour will be released this fall via Universal Music Canada (UMC), the country’s leading music company. A National Celebration encompasses the band’s hometown concert in Kingston from August 20 while Long Time Running is the feature film documentary of the preparations for and completion of the tour.


Long Time Running was created in collaboration between the band, Banger Films, and SHED Creative Agency, a division of UMC. The film was directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Watermark, Manufactured Landscapes) and chronicles the rehearsals for and progress of The Tragically Hip’s 15-date cross-Canada tour. Including reflections from Rob Baker, Gord Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, and Gord Sinclair, it is a candid revelation of the time, unflinchingly displaying the grace, fragility, courage, and beauty of the band’s tour de force journey, coming, as it did, following the announcement of Downie’s incurable brain cancer diagnosis.


Long Time Running premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its theatrical release via Elevation Pictures this past September and was broadcast October 20 by CTV, who will also air the television version this Sunday, November 12. Immediately following the broadcast, the director’s cut of will be available for streaming at Crave TV and in Canada. With worldwide interest in this remarkable account, Long Time Running will also be available internationally (ex-Canada) via Netflix as of the same November 12 date.


Available digitally via Elevation, UMC releases the physical DVD and Blu-Ray formats November 17, with the retail version of Long Time Running including a 10-minute featurette containing interviews not in the theatrical cut, including reminiscences from Leslie Feist and Sarah Harmer, among others. A Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box Set version will be issued December 08. The comprehensive package includes both Long Time Running and A National Celebration in DVD & Blu-Ray, theatrical lithograph, tour program, collector pin, Kingston 2016 VIP replica laminate, 24-page booklet, and exclusive fan poster.


A National Celebration will also be available as a standalone DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital offering from December 08. Mixed for Dolby 5.1, the audio is fully complete and true to how it was performed, with no post-production overdubs, drop-ins, or ‘corrections’ to the artists’ in-the-moment expressions. Containing all 30 songs from the night’s setlist, the recording captures an unparalleled, nation-linking occasion. Originally aired live by CBC across all platforms, the concert was experienced by an estimated one-third of Canadians, among the biggest events in the country’s broadcast history. Long Time Running and A National Celebration are available for pre-order from today.


The knowledge that parting was inevitable, in light of Gord Downie’s diagnosis, could not temper the sorrow shared by his countless fans when it was announced he had died October 17. The expressions of grief were profound and condolences were shared from every corner of the globe. The legacies he built personally and with his bandmates will continue to be lauded and cherished the world over. Introduce Yerself, Downie’s most recent solo album, debuted at #1 on this week’s Current, Consumption, and Digital Album charts.


For more than thirty years, The Tragically Hip have occupied a singular place in the Canadian musical zeitgeist, with a strong emotional connection for their fans which remains unrivaled and immutable. Possessing the enviable status of a band that enjoys mass popularity, with over eight million albums sold worldwide, they also command the admiration of their peers and merit the industry recognition bestowed upon them through numerous accolades, including 16 Juno awards – the most recent of which were 2017 Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year honours. This year, the band members were named as recipients of the Order of Canada. / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


Long Time Running

  • Directors: Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier
  • Editor: Roland Schlimme
  • Producers: Scot McFadyen and Rachel McLean, Banger Films, in association with Shed Creative. Executive Producers: Bernie Breen, Patrick Sambrook, Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Randy Lennox, Jeffrey Remedios, Dave Harris, Naveen Prasad, and Jeremy Smith.


A National Celebration

  • Director: David Russell
  • Produced by: Insight Production Company Ltd in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Executive Producers: Gord Downie, Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois, and Gord Sinclair
  • Executive Producers for The Tragically Hip: Bernie Breen and Patrick Sambrook
  • Executive Producers for Insight: John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby
  • Executive Producer/Supervising Producer: Lindsay Cox