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Gord Downie Tribute Concert in Hometown to Raise Money for Four Charities – Samaritan Mag

by pmnationtalk on July 20, 2018200 Views

A group of Kingston, Ontario musicians are coming together to share their music and the message of hope and reconciliation as part of a Gord Downie Tribute Concert, to be held at The Ale House tomorrow (July 20).

All money raised from the event will be divided between and donated to two local and two national charities: The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, Queen’s University Cancer Research Institute, The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund and The Kingston chapter of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), all causes inextricably linked to the late singer of The Tragically Hip — Indigenous people and cancer research.

Downie died Oct. 17 of last year of brain cancer.

In The Hip, Downie was always an advocate for social justice, with particular sensitivity to the plight of many First Nations communities and families. He used the final years, months and days of his life to highlight their plight, and the social ills that inundate many Indigenous families due to decades of economic deprivation and the legacy of colonization.

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