Published Sep 20, 2016The Tragically Hip recently wrapped their "Man Machine Poem Tour," with eager fans contributing more than $1 million to cancer research in the process, but frontman Gord Downie isn't ready to rest up just yet.
Earlier this month, Downie revealed plans for a new solo album called Secret Path, which features songs inspired by the story of Chanie Wenjack — a 12-year-old Ojibway boy, who died from hunger and exposure while trying to escape a residential school 50 years ago. Those songs are now set to come to life on stage for two special performances.
Downie will perform at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on October 18, followed by a set at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on October 21.
Tickets for both shows go on sale September 23, and all proceeds will go towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
During the Hip's recent Kingston show, Downie called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to make good on their promises to repair the country's relationship with First Nations.
As previously reported, Secret Path is due out on October 18 through Arts & Crafts. The album will be accompanied by a graphic novel by Jeff Lemire, which will also arrive on October 18 via Simon & Schuster. Further expanding the project, Downie's music and Lemire's artwork have been compiled into an animated television special, which will air on CBC on October 23 at 9 p.m. EDT to mark the 50th anniversary of Wenjack's death.
10/18 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
10/21 Toronto, ON - Roy Thomson Hall