GORD DOWNIE’S INDIGENOUS-ISSUES MISSION TO BE CARRIED ON AT STAR-STUDDED SHOW

When Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie left this mortal coil two years ago, he had unfinished business.

The late Gord Downie performs “Secret Path” at Roy Thomson Hall on Oct. 21, 2016 in Toronto. A star-studded bill will perform the album this Oct. 21 in Toronto. Rene Johnston / Toronto Star

When Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie left this mortal coil two years ago, he had unfinished business.

After completing what would be his final cross-Canada tour with The Tragically Hip, Downie completed work on “Secret Path,” an album documenting the tribulations of the late Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinaabe youth who was plucked from his family, sent to a residential school in Kenora over 600 km away and lost his life from starvation and exposure in attempt to return his home.

It was a powerful statement that drew attention to the need to acknowledge and explore reconciliation — and Downie’s last public performance at Roy Thomson Hall on Oct. 21, 2016, was dedicated to recreating the album.

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