Tickets are now on sale for the Gord Downie-Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert being held at Market Hall on Friday, May 11, presented by JOURNEY Magazine Ptbo, and endorsed by the Kawartha Truth & Reconciliation Support Group. All proceeds will be donated to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
This Fund, founded by the late Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, supports awareness, education, and acts of reconciliation between the First Peoples and settlers of Turtle Island/Canada.
The Sadies, a nationally-known band, are the headliner act for the concert, as well as Drew Hayden Taylor, author, comedian and playwright, of Curve Lake as a performer and emcee. Other Indigenous and non-Indigenous acts are: The Mayhemingways of Peterborough, the award-winning TASS jazz band and combo, Beany John Hoop Dance, spoken word artist Keara Lightning and the Wshkiigomaang Hand Drum Singers of Curve Lake.
Shirley Williams and Anne Taylor of Curve Lake will be offering a welcoming prayer and land acknowledgement. Mike Downie, brother of Gord, is also planning to speak.
There will be a silent auction from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the show and during the intermission. Some great items have already been donated: a stunning sculpture from Zim Art; an acoustic guitar from Long & McQuade; Not Forgotten Scarves donated by Pam Hart; a seaon’s pass to Public Energy; a beautiful bracelet from HiHo Silver; tons of gift certificates and more to come!
Chanie Wenjack, (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers) was a 12-year-old boy who died 51 years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. The Wenjack Theatre at Trent University is named after him.
Gord Downie, as I’m sure you are aware, was a Canadian rock singer-songwriter, musician, writer, activist and the lead singer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, which he fronted from their formation in 1984 until his death in 2017.
Their lives became entwined when Chanie became the centre of Gord’s Secret Path project, which became an album, graphic novel and documentary acknowledging the mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system; but the project also expresses the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation.
About year before his death, Downie, his brother Mike, and the Wenjack family, announced the founding of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to support reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The fund is a part of Downie's legacy and commitment to Chanie and his family to improve the lives of First Peoples.
Its goal is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie’s residential school story, and to aid the collective reconciliation journey, and, as such, funds numerous projects that bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth across Canada.
The benefit concert will be an excellent opportunity to honour the legacy of Gord Downie and his desire to help the First Peoples. We hope it will also be an example of community reconciliation here in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. Importantly, it will also honour the short life of Chanie Wenjack.
We are excited to be sharing this adventure. It’s going to be a great evening!
Note: The Downie Wenjack Fund is currently operating out of the Toronto Foundation, with a majority of Indigenous peoples on its Board of Directors. It is being guided by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. For more information please visit www.downiewenjack.ca.
Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert
Friday May 11, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Presented by JOURNEY Magazine PTBO
Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Benefit Concert featuring a variety of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous performers.
A silent auction will be held in Market Hall’s 2nd floor lobby 6-7pm.
Proceeds from this event go to the Downie Wenjack Fund.
This event is supported by the following sponsors: Chex Peterborough, Community Race Relations Committee Of Peterborough, Curve Lake First Nation, Fresh Radio 100.5, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Leon’s Peterborough, Patrick McAuley (Bowes & Cocks), City Of Peterborough, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, PTBOCanada, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada, Trent University Faculty Association, The Wolf 101.5 FM
To become a sponsor of this event please contact Sue Nelson: Suzannahgreenbean@gmail.com
Downie Wenjack Fund and The Sadies merchandise may be available.
– Cabaret Table Seats are ASSIGNED
– GENERAL ADMISSION section includes row seating & balconies
Box Office Service Fee. $3.00
Regular: $25 incl fees
Cabaret Table Seats: $40 incl fees