Honouring the ‘Legacy’ of Gord Downie

And now, a group of Canadian artists have joined our collective reconciliation journey with a concert to promote awareness, education and thoughtful action. “With this event, we have also made a five-year commitment to raise funds for the Downie-Wenjack Fund and to create a Legacy Space at the PAC dedicated to providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and our journey of reconciliation,” she continued. Look for one near you and feel free to email any you find or add it in the comments – maybe we’ll write a comprehensive list, from coast to coast and on both sides of the Great Lakes. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is hosting an event called “Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie” on October 17, featuring a handful of artists including Bruce McCulloch, Tom Wilson, Danny Michel, Trent Severn, Matthew Barber, Damnhait Doyle and others. The next day, October 18, the same performers will appear in St. Catharines and Burlington will go directly to the Downie-Wenjack Fund for the designation of Legacy spaces in both art centres. Hard to believe, but we’re quickly approaching one year since we lost Gord Downie. “The spaces are meant to be safe and welcoming places where conversations about the past, present and future are facilitated and encouraged. The shows were curated by Kevin Fox, who started work on the performances nearly a year ago. They also serve as symbols and reminders for employees, clients, students and guests of the important work each of us needs to do if the promises of this country are to be fulfilled.”
Doubtless there will be other celebrations, tributes, concerts, gatherings, memorials and commemorations across Canada in October. Tickets for the Burlington performance are $54 for members and $59 for the general public. Tickets for the event at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre are $25 for students, $39 for members and $49 for the general public. “He asked all Canadians to join the call to actions. Funds from the performances in St. A number of tribute events marking the occasion are starting to pop up, most of which have an affiliation with or will benefit the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, supporting education on residential schools and reconciliation efforts. “The Niagara region (and all of Canada, really) love Gord Downie and we took special interest in how he decided to spend his final weeks, months and years bringing much attention to the incredible challenges facing Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Annie Wilson, the centre’s programming director. Catharines at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. “With the passing of Gord Downie on the 17th of October 2017, Canadians lost one of our most beloved music icons. Gord spent his final days shining light on the reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples,” the show’s announcement says.
Honouring the ‘Legacy’ of Gord Downie