Gord Downie's Secret Path in Concert
is the last thing I do, I'm very happy. This is what I want to do." Filmed
at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on October 21, 2016, this one-hour concert film
captures Canadian musician Gord Downie’s remarkable and emotional Secret Path
performance, interwoven with intimate backstage moments and footage from the
original animated film. This live tribute to Chanie Wenjack, an Anishinaabe boy
who died trying to escape residential school, brought together more than 30
members of the Wenjack family, who joined the musicians on stage.
multimedia project conceived by Gord and Mike Downie spanning a JUNO
award-winning album and graphic novel by Jeff Lemire in addition to the
animated film, 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 a national conversation
and furthering reconciliation. Downie began Secret Path as 10 poems inspired by
the story of Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died of exposure on October 22,
1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora,
Ontario, while walking home to the family he was taken from, over 600 km away.
In October 2016, Downie took the Secret Path on tour to sold-out audiences in
Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. Proceeds from the Secret Path project are being
donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Gord Downie
& Chanie Wenjack Fund.