Secret Path LiveA Benefit Concert
Secret Path Live
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund presents
Secret Path Live is a re-creation of the 2016 performances that brought together renowned musicians to share the Chanie Wenjack story through an immersive multimedia experience. The project, conceived by Gord and Mike Downie, intertwines the music from the JUNO award-winning album, graphic novel by Jeff Lemire, and the animated film Secret Path to bring to light the painful legacy of Canada's residential school system, and the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families, to the national stage. The hope was to start a national conversation and further reconciliation.
Taking place during the 2nd annual Secret Path Week, Secret Path Live will return to Roy Thomson Hall almost three years since Gord himself performed the album on the same stage. Featuring the original Secret Path band, surprise guests, dancers, and artists will come together to create a fully immersive and cultural experience that celebrates Indigenous history and commemorates the lives of Gord and Chanie.
All proceeds raised will support the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
About The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
Inspired by Chanie's story and Gord's call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) aims to build cultural understanding and create a path towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
DWF's work centres around improving the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians. For more information, visit downiewenjack.ca.
About Secret Path
Gord Downie began Secret Path as a collection of 10 poems inspired by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died of exposure on October 22, 1966. He was attempting to walk home from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, to return to family he was taken from over 600km away. The poems inspired the full-length album, graphic novel, and award-winning film trilogy.
Gord's remarkable and emotional Secret Path original performance featured musicians Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers), Dave Hamelin (The Stills), and Charles Spearin (Do Make Say Think). For more information, visit secretpath.ca/.
$500 Buy One, Give One ticket includes one complimentary ticket for a Legacy School student or Indigenous youth who could otherwise not afford to attend the show. This ticket is eligible for a charitable tax receipt in the amount of $300.
$250 tickets are eligible for a charitable tax receipt in the amount of $150.
$175 and $150 tickets are eligible for a charitable tax receipt in the amount of $100.
Tax receipts will be issued within one (1) month following the event.