Published Nov 30, 2016Gord Downie performed his Secret Path live show in Halifax at the Rebecca Cohn theatre last night (November 29) to a scalper-free crowd. Now, the Tragically Hip frontman has been confirmed to appear at the city's We Day celebrations today (November 30).
A press release from We Day organizers announced that Downie will perform for an audience of 8,000 youth and educators at the Scotiabank Centre (though some students' trips to the event have had to be cancelled due to stormy winter weather).
Downie will perform material from his recently released solo record Secret Path, and a livestream of the day-long event can be watched below as of 8:45 a.m. EST.
Other speakers and performers set to appear include Margaret Trudeau, Rock Hansen, Joesph Boyden, Classified, Kardinal Offishall and Jully Black.
While in Halifax, Downie also lent his support to an initiative seeking to establish "legacy rooms" in restaurants and public spaces across Canada. Participating businesses will dedicate rooms or spaces to the discussion of Indigenous issues, as a response to the calls of action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Participants will donate a percentage of sales to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, and hold events in the dedicates spaces to serve as a physical reminder of the need for reconciliation.
The idea was proposed by regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Morley Googoo, and Halifax's Barrington Steakhouse and Oyster Bar has already signed on.