4th year at BPAC!
Featuring Tom Wilson, Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) & Josh Finlayson (Skydiggers) of Gord Downie’s Secret Path Band, Logan Staats, Philip Davis & the Land Back Unity Jam Band, and more!
Performance and storytelling come together with LEGACY; a part of our collective reconciliation journey to promote awareness, education, and thoughtful action. In his final days, Canadian icon Gord Downie spent his time shining a light on reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples.
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is part of Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment to improving the lives of First Peoples. The goal of the fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to aid our collective reconciliation journey.
In collaboration with The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, we encourage you to join us for a special evening to celebrate the man, the music and his enduring legacy. Funds raised will go directly to the Downie-Wenjack Fund.
Tom Wilson/Lee Harvey Osmond, is a Canadian music legend, famed storyteller and visual artist. His extensive career and tireless efforts as a musician has bestowed upon him numerous nominations and awards from the Hamilton Music Awards to the Polaris Prize to the Juno Awards, including certified gold and platinum records. Tom Wilson’s songwriting has seen his works recorded by and with artists such as; Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples, The Rankin Family, as well as his own bands Junkhouse, and Canadian treasure, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
Wilson’s memoir, Beautiful Scars released in October, 2019 by Penguin/Random House has become a national bestseller.
Kevin Hearn of Gord Downie’s Secret Path Band, is best known as a multi-instrumentalist from Barenaked Ladies, the multiplatinum selling band he’s played with for over two decades.They were recently inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of fame. One of the most respected Toronto musicians of the past 25 years, Hearn has collaborated, recorded and performed with such artists as The Tragically Hip, Violent Femmes, Laurie Anderson, Carole Pope ,Garth Hudson( The Band), The Persuasions, The Cranberries, Ron Sexsmith, and The Rheostatics. In 2019 His record Calm and Cents was nominated by the Junos for best instrumental album of the year, while his project The Superhero Suite received a nomination for best artwork.
Josh Finlayson of Gord Downie’s Secret Path Band, is a musician and songwriter, and founding member of Skydiggers since formation in 1988. They have released 18 albums over their 30-plus year career. Long time collaborator with Gord Downie’s solo recordings and tours starting with Coke Machine Glow (2001) and including Away Is Mine (2020); the last recording Gord made before his passing. Josh has a wealth of songwriting, record production and tv and film composition to his credit.
Logan Staats is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. Staats achieved mainstream success throughout 2018, and in 2019, off of his win on the first season of CTV’s The Launch. He is best known for his single, “The Lucky Ones” which hit number one on the Canadian iTunes chart right after its release. He is also known for his part in the 2017 Canadian made documentary, When They Awake which celebrates Indigenous artists and their communities.
Born in the community of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, Ontario, Derek Miller became interested in music in his teens and by the late 1990s began touring with Buffy Sainte-Marie. In 2002, Miller released his debut album Music is the Medicine on Winnipeg’s Arbor Records. He received a 2003 JUNO Award in the category Aboriginal Recording of the Year for “Lovesick Blues”. In 2006, Miller released his second album The Dirty Looks and was honoured with a 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, in the category Best Rock Album. The album went on to win Miller a 2008 JUNO in the category Aboriginal Recording of the Year. He performed at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with Eva Avila and Nikki Yanofsky. In 2010, Miller released his third album Derek Miller with Double Trouble.
Miller has also appeared in supporting acting roles in film and television, including the films Moccasin Flats: Redemption, Fire Song and Point Traverse, and the television series Hard Rock Medical.
Phil Davis & the Land Back Unity Jam Band. Phil is Mohawk/Cayuga of the Haudenosaunee peoples, whose family on both sides originate from Six Nations. He has resided in St. Catharine’s most of his life and has been an active member in his own community for many decades. He is a member of the Little Creek Singers, a Pow Wow group that was nominated at the 2018 CBC Indigenous Music Awards for Best Pow Wow Traditional Album and fronts a blues, jazz, rock, RnB soulful music group Ol’ Child in which he plays guitar, sings and a major contributing component to the original material and musical stylings of the group.
He is engaged on many fronts towards creating better opportunities for not only his community but also the larger one so that we can all share in this experience called Life with Peace, Love and Harmony.
R. Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). Born and raised on MCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over twenty years being first elected to council in 1999. Chief Laforme has participated in a number of committees and boards throughout his seven terms served as a Councillor, including involvement with the MCFN’s Pan Am Games Secretariat (PAGS) as Chair of the PAGS Committee.
Chief Laforme is committed to increasing involvement and communication between Elected Council and both on and off-reserve membership. He is very active throughout MCFN’s Treaty Lands and Territory, which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller, poet and published author. Chief Laforme has recently been appointed as honorary senior fellow for Massey College, joining the Duke of Edinburg and the Chancellor of Oxford as only the third person awarded the highest honor the college can bestow. In 2018, De dwa da dehs nye (Aboriginal Health Centre) awarded Chief R. Stacey Laforme the Walter Cooke Wisdom Keeper Award in recognition of one’s capacity to exemplify significant and continuous service to our community by demonstrating integrity, generosity of spirit, humility, courage, collaboration, “The Good Mind”, and traditional ways of knowing and being.
- Downie-Wenjack Fund representative
- Frank Miller – opening and closing remarks
- Skyler Williams – 1492 Land Back Lane
- Audrey Davis – Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
Dates & Times
Fri Nov 5, 2021 at 8pm
Main Theatre + Livestream
Approx. 90 mins. Intermission.
Regular: $49.50 (All-in)
Member: $44.50 (All-in)
Livestream: $15 (All-in, per household)
Member Livestream: $10 (All-in, per household)