The Tragically Hip frontman released the 10-song album last month. It tells the story of 12-year-old Ojibway boy Chanie Wenjack, who died 50 years ago from hunger and exposure trying to return to his family from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ont.
Downie’s brother Mike introduced him to the story which was first published in 1967 by Maclean’s, according to a release.
“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story. This is about Canada,” Downie said in a release. “The next hundred years are going to be painful as we get to know Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him.”
Downie performed two shows in Ottawa and Toronto last month following the album’s release.
This will be Downie’s first time performing in Halifax since revealing in June he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The Hip did not make an Atlantic Canada stop during their summer Man Machine Poem tour.
Proceeds from sales of Secret Path are being donated to the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a fund set up via the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.
Tickets will be sold at the Dalhousie Arts Centre starting Thursday for the Nov. 29 concert with a limit of four tickets per order.