October 18, 2017

Statement

Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by.

Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips.

Gord said he had lived many lives. As a musician, he lived “the life” for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.

We would like to thank all the kind folks at KGH and Sunnybrook, Gord’s bandmates, management team, friends and fans. Thank you for all the help and support over the past two years.

Thank you everyone for all the respect, admiration and love you have given Gord throughout the years – those tender offerings touched his heart and he takes them with him now as he walks among the stars.

Love you forever Gord.

The Downie Family

September 29, 2017

Pre-Order for Introduce Yerself & Coke Machine Glow and Battle Of The Nudes on Vinyl

Starting today, you can pre-order Introduce Yerself in Gord Downie’s official store.

The music was recorded swiftly over two four-day sessions in January 2016 and February 2017, with the final album often reflecting first takes.

The album continues the collaborative relationship that last year brought the music of Downie’s historic Secret Path to life, with Drew producing the album and co-writing a number of the new songs.

Introduce Yerself will be released on CD and digital on October 27. The vinyl will be in stores December 1 in a double gatefold jacket with two pull-out posters.

Also starting today, you can pre-order, for the first time ever, Coke Machine Glow and Battle Of The Nudes on VINYL. These albums will ship on December 15th.

September 27, 2017

Gord Downie announces new Record Introduce Yerself

Gord Downie’s new Album Introduce Yerself is a 23-song double album produced by Kevin Drew out October 27 via Arts & Crafts

Preorder of Introduce Yerself begins September 29.

April 3, 2017

Secret Path Acceptance Message

November 15, 2016

Secret Path Live in Halifax

Gord Downie will be bringing Secret Path to Halifax (November 29), with proceeds directed to reconciliation.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Halifax, NS
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Buy Tickets

8PM Show | 7:30PM Doors

Tickets $61
On Sale Thursday, November 17 at 12PM AST
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO RECONCILIATION

WWW.SECRETPATH.CA

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Secret Path is ten songs that tell the story of Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers), a twelve year-old boy who died fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, fifty years ago, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Downie was introduced to the story by his brother Mike Downie, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”

“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story. This is about Canada… The next hundred years are going to be painful as we get to know Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him – as we find out about ourselves, about all of us – but only when we do can we truly call ourselves, Canada.” – Gord Downie

To read Gord Downie’s full statement on Secret Path from September 9, 2016, go HERE.

Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation. Every year as Chanie Wenjack is remembered, the hope for Secret Path is that it educates all Canadians young and old on this omitted part of the country’s history, urging us all to play an active role in the preservation of Indigenous lives and culture in Canada.

Secret Path is now available in Deluxe (vinyl & book), and Book (with album download) editions, as well as on Download and Streaming services, and can be pre-ordered on CD and standard LP formats (out December 2). The premium LP features the stand-alone vinyl with ten special lyric posters featuring Gord’s handwritten lyrics and bonus illustrations by graphic novelist Jeff Lemire.

STREAM & DOWNLOAD SECRET PATH NOW

ORDER SECRET PATH LP OR CD

PURCHASE SECRET PATH DELUXE & BOOK EDITIONS FROM THE STORE AND VIA LOCAL AND ONLINE RETAILERS INCLUDING INDIGOAMAZON, AND HMV.

Proceeds from the sale of Secret Path will be donated to the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at The University of Manitoba. The NCTR is dedicated to preserving the history of residential schools in Canada, making this history known, and moving our country forward on the path of reconciliation. These funds are dedicated to finding missing Indigenous children.

Donations to the NCTR are now being accepted at give.umanitoba.ca/nctr.

Mike and Gord Downie and the family of Chanie Wenjack are also raising money for the newly created Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF). The Fund operates out of the Toronto Foundation and focuses on cross-cultural education to support healing and recovery. It is guided by and will also directly support the NCTR.

The DWF embodies Gord Downie’s commitment to improving the lives of First Peoples. The Fund will foster new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, creating a pathway to reconciliation.

Donations to the DWF are now being accepted at downiewenjack.ca.

October 25, 2016

Secret Path Album Formats & Film Pre-Order

Last week the ten song album, Secret Path, was released on vinyl in conjunction with Secret Path, the graphic novel. As of today the album is available for digital download and across online music streaming servicesSecret Path on CD and vinyl is also now available for pre-order on the merchandise page. Shipping for the CD and vinyl will begin on December 2nd. The premium LP features the stand-alone vinyl with ten special lyric posters featuring Gord’s handwritten lyrics and bonus illustrations by graphic novelist Jeff Lemire.

The Secret Path animated film is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Stream the film and panel discussion online with CBC Arts.

Download Secret Path on iTunes

Stream Secret Path on SpotifyApple MusicGoogle PlayDeezer and Tidal

Pre-order the CD and Vinyl on the merchandise page

Proceeds from the sale of Secret Path will be donated to the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at The University of Manitoba. The NCTR is dedicated to preserving the history of residential schools in Canada, making this history known, and moving our country forward on the path of reconciliation. These funds are dedicated to finding missing Indigenous children.

Donations to the NCTR are now being accepted at give.umanitoba.ca/nctr. To learn about the new Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund visit downiewenjack.ca.

 

October 17, 2016

Secret Path Vinyl & Book Out Now

All ten tracks off the Secret Path album are officially available on vinyl today. The 88-page graphic novel featuring the work of Jeff Lemire is also available today. Proceeds from the sale of Secret Path will go to The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at The University of Manitoba. Orders can be made online on the Merchandise page or on secretpath.ca
Mark your calendars for Sunday’s CBC hour-long broadcast of The Secret Path film on October 23, 2016, at 9pm (9:30pm NT). Visit www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/secretpath for details on how you can tune in.

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October 13, 2016

Introducing The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Mike and Gord Downie and the family of Chanie Wenjack announced the creation of a new Fund focused on creating new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord’s commitment and recognition of the wounds that will take generations to heal.

“Generations grew up not hearing about what’s happening in the North and in Indigenous communities everywhere. The next generation can’t be raised the same way,” said Gord Downie. “It is my hope that the Fund will do its part in starting to bridge some of the gaps that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.”

At the closing concert of The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem Tour on August 20, Gord Downie called upon Canadians to look North and “do something”. He since travelled to Ogoki Post to meet with the family of Chanie Wenjack. Chanie was a young boy who died in October 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. Chanie’s story will be told through an album and a graphic novel that will be released on October 18, and an animated film adaptation on October 23. Both the album and graphic novel are available for pre-order on the Merchandise page.

“It’s time for us to acknowledge and help the people we were trained to ignore. It’s time to do something,” said Mike Downie. “This Fund will help make this a reality and will act as a catalyst to forge relationships for reconciliation.”

“Our family and community are grateful that Gord is lending his voice to this important story,” the Wenjack Family said in a statement. Several members of the Wenjack Family will be present at the inaugural Secret Path performance at the National Arts Centre on October 18. For more show details visit the shows page.

The Fund is currently operating out of the Toronto Foundation, with a majority of Indigenous peoples on its Board of Directors. It is being guided by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Donations to the Fund are now being accepted at downiewenjack.ca. The Fund is also on Twitter and Facebook.

October 11, 2016

Conversation on The National with Peter Mansbridge

Tune into CBC’s The National this Thursday evening to catch Gord’s one-on-one conversation with Peter Mansbridge.

Secret Path is officially available in one week today. For full details on the Secret Path album, graphic novel and film visit www.secretpath.ca

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September 20, 2016

Secret Path Live in Ottawa and Toronto

In conjunction with the release of Secret Path, the forthcoming album, graphic novel, and film, Gord Downie has announced two live shows, in Ottawa (October 18) and Toronto (October 21), with proceeds directed to reconciliation. Full details below.

Secret Path is ten songs that tell the story of Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers), a twelve year-old boy who died fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, fifty years ago, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Downie was introduced to the story by his brother Mike Downie, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”

“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story. This is about Canada… The next hundred years are going to be painful as we get to know Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him – as we find out about ourselves, about all of us – but only when we do can we truly call ourselves, Canada.” – Gord Downie

To read Gord Downie’s full statement on Secret Path from September 9, 2016, go HERE.

Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation. Every year as Chanie Wenjack is remembered, the hope for Secret Path is that it educates all Canadians young and old on this omitted part of the country’s history, urging us all to play an active role in the preservation of Indigenous lives and culture in Canada.

Secret Path will arrive on October 18, 2016, in a deluxe vinyl and book edition, and as a book with album download. Pre-order HERE.

The Secret Path animated film will be broadcast by CBC in an hour-long commercial-free television special on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 9pm (9:30 NT).

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SECRET PATHsecretpath.ca

WATCH THE SECRET PATH TRAILER HERE

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Ottawa, ON
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre
Buy Tickets

Friday, October 21, 2016
Toronto, ON
Roy Thomson Hall
Buy Tickets

8PM Show | 6PM Doors

Tickets $50 (w/ a limited number of Gold Circle tickets available $1000)
On Sale Friday, September 23 at 10AM EST
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO RECONCILIATION

WWW.SECRETPATH.CA

 

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