Downie was inspired to write the record after hearing the story of Charlie Wenjack, a young boy who died 50 years ago this month trying to escape an Ontario residential school and return to his family.
They were 400 miles away. Wenjack’s body was found frozen on the railroad tracks.
“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story. This is about Canada. We are not the country we thought we were. History will be re-written,” said Gord Downie in a statement released last month.
— Gord Downie (@gorddownie) October 18, 2016
Proceeds of the album will go to the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation (via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.)
The coinciding hour-long, commercial free special will air on Sunday October 23 at 9PM on CBC.
Take a look at “The Stranger” video below, and head to www.secretpath.ca to purchase the album.