REVIEW: The Tragically Hip’s 2nd Toronto show on Man Machine Poem tour

TORONTO – The Tragically Hip’s second Toronto show on the Man Machine Poem tour on Friday night was nothing short of pleasure and business.

Looking long and lean, The Hip’s frontman Gord Downie walked on stage at the Air Canada Centre wearing a now-signature flashy purple suit and hat as bandmates Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay saluted the chanting sold-out crowd.

Grouped tightly around Downie on stage, the band opened up the show at 8:37 p.m. Downie launched into the band’s 1992 hit “Courage,” sparking a four-song set from the Fully Completely album.

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