LEGACY: A TRIBUTE TO GORD DOWNIE PRESENTED BY BURLINGTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
SUPPORTING THE GORD DOWNIE & CHANIE WENJACK FUND
AND LEGACY SPACE
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, in collaboration with The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), will present Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie on Wednesday, October 17, marking the one-year anniversary since Canada lost this important icon. This event will be a special evening to celebrate the man, the music and his legacy.
Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie will include performances of Gord Downie songs and shared stories by Twin Flames, Bruce McCulloch, Tom Wilson, Danny Michel, Trent Severn, Matthew Barber, and Damhnait Doyle. Speakers will also include Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and Sarah Midanik, President & CEO of The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
“We are so excited to be expanding the Legacy Space program into the first performing arts centre in Canada at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The Legacy Space program is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to connect, and grow together on our path towards reconciliation and what better way to do this than bringing people together through the arts,” said Sarah Midanik. “We are so grateful to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre for joining the Legacy Space movement and their commitment to “Do Something”!”
Funds raised at this inaugural event will go directly to the DWF, and the designation of the Downie/Wenjack Fund Legacy Space at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre – the first performing arts centre in Canada to do so. Legacy Spaces are designated spaces that are dedicated to providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and the journey of reconciliation.
“The Legacy Space will engage many different cultures and people from different walks of life. It will engage the artists and that is critical because it will not be the politicians or the warriors who decide the fate of our world it will be the singers, the dancers the arts, the artists,” said Chief R. Stacey Laforme. “Art bridges gaps and transcends boundaries, connecting people on a deeper level. That is what such a dysfunctional world needs, understanding, consciousness!“
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of his family, to improving the lives of First Peoples in Canada. In collaboration with the Wenjack family, the goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to aid the collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education and action. Funds raised through Legacy Spaces help support the development of resources for the spaces as well as DWF programming such as Legacy Schools, ReconciliACTIONs and events that serve to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together.
Legacy: A Tribute to Gord Downie
October 17, 2018 at 8pm
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust Street, Burlington
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