The Secret Path: Gord Downie's Chanie Wenjack tribute album

The Tragically Hip frontman's latest project explores the dark history of residential schools.
Gord Downie's new album to be released in October is dedicated to residential school runaway Chanie Wenjack and will be accompanied by an 88-page graphic novel by Jeff Lemire. An animated film, inspired by the music and illustrations will be broadcast on CBC on Oct. 23. (Gord Downie/JeffLemire)

Despite terminal brain cancer Gord Downie's artistic drive continues. 

The Tragically Hip front man's latest album The Secret Path, a 10-song tribute to Chanie Wenjack, is slated for release next week. 

Paired with a graphic novel illustrated by award-winning author Jeff Lemire, the album tells the story of Wenjack a 12 year-old Indigenous boy from Kenora, Ontario who he died after running away from a Residential School in 1966. 

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Downie will play two concerts in support of the project on October 18 in Ottawa and October 21 in Toronto.

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for the animated film that brings the music and the images of The Secret Path together below. The film will be broadcast on the CBC on Sunday, October 23 at 9 p.m.: