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Gord Downie set to perform in Toronto Oct. 21

By News staff and the Canadian Press | posted Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016

Gord Downie is going to perform in Toronto at Roy Thomson Hall on Oct. 21.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at gorddownie.com/shows.

Before the Toronto show, Downie will play a concert in Ottawa. He is scheduled to perform at Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre on Oct. 18.

According to a tweet on Downie’s Twitter page on Tuesday, proceeds from the two shows will be donated to “reconciliation.” Downie has previously supported the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which preserves “the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy.”

The beloved Tragically Hip frontman, who has aggressive, incurable brain cancer, will release asolo album with an accompanying graphic novel and animated film inspired by the tragedy of Canada’s residential schools.

More than 150,000 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools –  often against their parents’ wishes – which led to an apology from then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008.

During the band’s final show in their “Man Machine Poem” summer tour, which many feared could be their last, Downie called out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who attended the concert, to help fix problems in northern Canada.

The solo album “Secret Path” began s 10 poems that were turned into the 10 songs, which was recorded over two sessions near Kingston in late 2013.

The project tells the story of a 12-year-old First Nations boy in Ontario named Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ont.

In a statement, Downie said he learned the story of Wenjack, who was misnamed Charlie by his teachers, from a 1967 Maclean’s magazine article.

The “Secret Path” album and graphic novel will be released on Oct. 18 – the same day as the Ottawa show.

 

 

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