The death of Tragically Hip frontman, Gord Downie, in October, from brain cancer struck a chord with his Canadian fans from coast to coast.

Downie, who will always be remembered for his contributions to Indigenous issues, encouraged Canadians “to do something.” Chris Hay, Ryan Anderson and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman took that call to heart with the announcement of the “Gord Downie Tribute Concert,” scheduled for Jan. 26th at the Mavericks Musical Hall, located at 46 Dunlop St. West in Barrie. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the show set to start at 9 p.m. All proceeds from the 19-and-over event will be donated to the Downie and Wenjack Fund.

Downie, along with his older brother Mike, founded the fund, which is dedicated to the memory of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, an Ojibway boy who died in 1966 attempting to walk from a school in Kenora, ON., to his home some 600 kilometres away. The goal, according to the fund’s website, “is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to aid our collective reconciliation journey through a combination of awareness, education and action.”

The lineup for the Barrie tribute already includes Brett Caswell and His Band, Dani Strong, Danny Michel, Jim Bryson, Carleigh Aikins, Noel Johnson, Courtney Dubois and David Allen, HarpAcash, Andrew Cash, Sam Cash and Ariana Gillis. Further acts will be announced at a later date.

Tickets are $49.50 each, plus HST, and can be purchased online at insidethemusic.ca. Tickets are also on sale at The Osgoode Company, located on 45 Dunlop St. West, Barrie.

Photo credit: Kevin Lamb