Members of the Tragically Hip to sing with Choir! Choir! Choir! at Yonge-Dundas Square

The free show, celebrating legalization and commemorating the anniversary of Gord Downie's death, leads this week's just announced Toronto concerts

If you somehow haven’t heard yet, October 17 is the official day of cannabis legalization in Canada. And, sure, that might not mean a lot is going to change – at least not right away, as legal recreational cannabis will only be sold online until April 1 and its use will be heavily restricted in public areas. But there’s one big upside for CanRock fans: the closest thing to a Tragically Hip concert since Gord Downie died.

On Thursday (October 11), Choir! Choir! Choir! will be joined by Hip members Rob Baker and Johnny Fay for a singalong performance of the song Grace, Too. It’s the culmination of a three-day event put on by Up Cannabis (the company that the Hip have heavily invested in and lent their brand to) that also features yoga, a breakdance battle, live art, a podcast taping and an indie band showcase. But advertising opp or not, it’s the singalong that makes this worth noting. 

October 17, coincidentally, is also the anniversary of lead singer Downie’s death. A week after he died, hundreds – including Downie’s brother and the mayor – gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to pay tribute. Whether this is a chance to repeat that uplifting moment of collective mourning or one of many shrewd cannabis brand activations, it should gather a lot of Hip fans to sing – and smoke – together again. 

Thursday (October 11) at Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas East). 8 pm. Free.

More Just Announced Toronto Shows

Choir! Choir! Choir! Tribute to The Tragically Hip featuring band members Johnny Fay and Rob Baker at Yonge-Dundas Square 8 pm. Free. October 11.

Skye Wallace at Dakota Tavern October residency w/ Dustin Bentall, Mariel Buckley, Devin Cuddy, Iskwe, Bears in Hazenmore and others. Every Monday, doors 8 pm. $10-$12. October 15, 22 & 29. 

YouTube Music Night Market: Roy Woods and DJs Hustlegrl, Money Jane, Yobi, Matthew Romeo, Killa Kels, Dolo in da Cut at 464 King West Friday 7-11 pm, Saturday 5-11 pm. Free. October 19-20. 

Peggy Gou, Maus, Ali Black, Aleksander Kojic at CODA 10 pm. $20. October 26. 

AJR, Robert Delong at Rebel Rescheduled from November 6. All ages. $29.50-$40. November 5. 

Chandra, Teenanger, Slurry at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $12. November 15.

Buffy Sainte-Marie at Koerner Hall 8 pm. Tickets start at $40. November 16. 

The Sea And Cake at Lee’s Palace doors 7 pm. $18.50.,, November 19.

Tyler Shaw at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $22. On sale October 12. November 28. 

Look Vibrant, Omhouse, Slurry at The Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. November 30.

Beacon at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $15-$18. December 1. 

Playboi Carti at Rebel doors 8 pm, all ages. $37. December 3. 

Kississippi, Ruler at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $13.50.,, December 4.

Marie Davidson at The Garrison 9 pm. $18. December 7.

White Cowbell Oklahoma X-MESS at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $17.50.,, December 14.

Richard Thompson Electric Trio at Queen Elizabeth Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $39.50-$175.,, December 15.

Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, Capstan, As Cities Burn at Opera House Dec 15 show added. Doors 6 pm, all ages. $26.50.,, December 15-16. 

An Evening WIth Hawksley Workman at The Great Hall Second show added. Doors 7 pm. $37.50. On sale October 5. December 16-17. 

Mumford & Sons at Scotiabank Arena doors 6 pm, all ages. $61.75-$131.75. On sale -October 12. December 17. 

Canada Covers Tom Petty: Hosted by Jadea Kelly and The Black Pearls at Dakota Tavern doors 8 pm. $12-$15. December 20. 

The Tea Party at Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $29.65. December 29. 

Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Aline Morales at Koerner Hall 8 pm. $30-$75. February 2. 

Joe Jackson at Danforth Music Hall Four Decade Tour. Doors 7 pm, all ages. $53-$78.50. On sale October 12. February 18. 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Koerner Hall 8 pm. $45-$100. February 28. 

All Them Witches at Opera House doors 8 pm. $21.50.,, March 16. 

New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Naughty By Nature at Scotiabank Arena The MixTape Tour. $TBA. On sale -October 12. June 19. | @nowtoronto 

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