The Show Goes On for Gord Downie, Will Play Two Solo Concerts In October

Gord Downie hasn’t stepped down from the stage just yet.

It has just been confirmed that the ever-inspiring Downie will play a concert at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall on October 21.

The Tragically Hip frontman – who revealed he had terminal brain cancer back in May – will play two concerts in support of his Secret Path project.


The project includes a set of 10 songs and a novel by award-winning author Jeff Lemire honouring Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died fifty years ago from hunger and exposure after running away from a residential school near Kenora, Ontario.

“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story,” said Downie in a statement when the project was revealed.

The music will be released on October 18.

Downie will perform the new songs during two special shows; one at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and one at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Friday, Oct. 21.

Tickets for the shows go on sale on Friday (Sept. 23), with all proceeds going to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s efforts.

Photo: Gene Schilling/The Canadian Press.

Photo: Gene Schilling / The Canadian Press.

Of course, Downie is still fresh(ish) off this summer’s Tragically Hip tour. Today, it was announced that the concert raised over $1 million for brain cancer research.

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