The death of Canadian Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip this week has led CTV – which is available to Western New York fans on affiliate CFTO in Toronto -- to announce that it has moved up the premiere date of "Long Time Running," the film about the band's final tour, to 8 p.m. Friday.
The 95-minute film, which follows the Hip's 2016 Man Machine Poem tour and final concert in the band's hometown of Kingston, Ont., had been scheduled to debut in November. It will run commercial free Friday.
In a CTV statement revealing the change in plans, Randy Lennon, President Bell Media, said: "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 … Gord Downie’s talent, passion, and heart made this country a better place. Gord, we miss you already.”
Of course, the Hip also was extremely popular across the border in Western New York.
According to the CTV release, "viewers are given a unique and exclusive perspective into The Tragically Hip’s world through interviews, verité, intimate behind-the-scenes moments, fan testimonials, audience experience, and performance footage."
The film, which premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, also will be repeated on Nov. 12, its original air date.