Two years ago, Canadians lost one of our most beloved music icons. Gord Downie spent his final days shining a light on the reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples and asked all Canadians to join the call to action.
A group of Canadian artists have joined our collective reconciliation journey with the Gord's Legacy concert to help promote awareness, education and action.
In collaboration with The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) presents a special evening to celebrate the man, the music and his legacy. Featured artists performing songs by Downie and The Tragically Hip will include Royal Wood, Tom Wilson, Dala, Twin Flames and more. The concert will be followed by a communal Hip singalong around a sacred fire directly behind the PAC in downtown St. Catharines. Funds raised will go directly to the Downie/Wenjack fund.
Downie announced the establishment of the fund, and release of his solo album, graphic novel and animated film Secret Path, in October 2016, six months after he revealed he had terminal brain cancer. He was inspired by Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died while running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ont., in 1966.
Downie used his final public appearances to encourage reconciliation with Canada's Indigenous Peoples.
Gord’s Legacy will be performed on Oct. 18 at First Ontario PAC, as well as at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 17 and The Rose Theatre on Oct. 16.
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