A Free Virtual Concert Experience from the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to Honour the Life and Work of The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie
With the passing of Gord Downie on 17 October 2017, Canadians lost one of our most beloved music icons.
Gord spent his final days shining a light on the reconciliation with this country’s First Peoples. He asked all Canadians to join the call to action. For the past few years, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) has been honoured to host a group of Canadian artists who have joined our collective reconciliation journey with a concert to promote awareness, education and thoughtful action.
With the current realities, we have moved the 2020 program online. CO-HOSTED BY MAYOR WALTER SENDZIK WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: DANNY MICHEL, TOM WILSON, KEVIN FOX, TWIN FLAMES, GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS, MIKE DOWNIE, JOE LAPINSKI, PHIL DAVIS OF OL’ CHILD, SERENA AND NICK OF THE MANDEVILLES, MAGNA CUM LOUD WITH DR. PEE FROM GORD DOWNIE’S COUNTRY OF MIRACLES BAND, ANGELA SIRACUSA AND ROB LECLERC, SIMPLY HIP, JULIAN TAYLOR AND MANY MORE FROM NIAGARA’S TALENTED MUSICAL COMMUNITY!
The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for a diverse, cross-section of amateur and professional musicians to share in honouring Gord Downie’s music, poetry and artistic work. This concert has been an opportunity for our community to come together to raise funds in support of the PAC’s ongoing commitment to the DOWNIE WENJACK FUND. Donations can be made securely on our website as well.
Inspired by the tragic story of a child who perished in attempts to return home from a Residential School and Gord Downie’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The goal is to help improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians on the true history of Indigenous people in our country. Secret Path Week is a national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack, and takes place annually from October 17-22. This is a meaningful week as October 17th and 22nd respectively mark the dates that Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack joined the spirit world. We call on all Canadians to use Secret Path Week to answer Gord Downie’s call to action, to “Do Something” by creating a reconciliACTION and furthering the conversation about the history of Residential Schools. We encourage you to make a donation and enjoy the event!