GORD DOWNIE: NEW VIDEO REVEALED AHEAD OF UPCOMING ALBUM

23-SONG DOUBLE ALBUM, INTRODUCE YERSELF, PRODUCED BY KEVIN DREW OUT OCTOBER 27 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

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In the lead up to the release of Gord Downie’s new double album, Introduce Yerself, Arts & Crafts has shared a video that documents the creation of the album’s closing song, “The North,” courtesy of directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicolas de Pencier. The video is an intimate look at Downie in studio during the album’s recording with producer Kevin Drew, Dave Hamelin, and engineer Nyles Spencer at The Bathouse studio in Bath, Ontario.

“A lot of these I wrote the words in advance,” Downie said at the time of recording. “Like poems. I’d get one or two a day and then I’d have to stop. Because that’s about all… the soul or whatever, would give up. And then, so with music, it becomes pretty easy.”

The twenty-three songs of Introduce Yerself were recorded swiftly over two four-day sessions in January 2016 and February 2017, with the finished album often reflecting first takes. The album continues the collaborative relationship that last year brought the music of Downie’s historic Secret Path to life, with Drew producing and co-writing a number of songs.

Here is a piece detailing the making of the album in the New York Times.

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Introduce Yerself will be released on CD and digital tomorrow, October 27. The vinyl will be in stores December 15 in a double gatefold jacket with two pull-out posters. It is available for purchase via Arts & Crafts and Gord Downie, along with Downie’s solo records Coke Machine Glow (2001) and Battle Of The Nudes (2003).

GORD DOWNIE - INTRODUCE YERSELF TRACKLIST
1. First Person
2. Wolf’s Home
3. Bedtime
4. Introduce Yerself
5. Coco Chanel No. 5
6. Ricky Please
7. Safe Is Dead
8. Spoon
9. A Natural
10. Faith Faith
11. My First Girlfriend
12. Yer Ashore
13. Love Over Money
14. You Me And The B’s
15. Snowflake
16. A Better End
17. Nancy
18. Thinking About Us
19. The Road
20. You Are The Bird
21. The Lake
22. Far Away And Blurred
23. The North

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GORD DOWNIE ANNOUNCES NEW RECORD, INTRODUCE YERSELF

23-SONG DOUBLE ALBUM PRODUCED BY KEVIN DREW OUT OCTOBER 27 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

PREORDER OF INTRODUCE YERSELF BEGINS SEPTEMBER 29

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“This is my solo record. Each song is about a person.”

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Gord Downie announces Introduce Yerself, a double-album of twenty-three new songs.

The music was recorded swiftly over two four-day sessions in January 2016 and February 2017, with the finished album often reflecting first takes.

Introduce Yerself continues the collaborative relationship that last year brought the music of Downie’s historic Secret Path to life, with Kevin Drew producing the album and co-writing a number of the new songs.

Video directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicolas de Pencier have put together a short video clip below.  
 

WATCH AND SHARE THE INTRODUCE YERSELF TRAILER HERE

Introduce Yerself will be available for preorder as of Friday, September 29 in Double Vinyl, CD, and Download formats via Arts & Crafts and Gord Downie.

The album will be released on CD and digital on October 27. The vinyl will be in stores December 1 in a double gatefold jacket with two pull-out posters.

GORD DOWNIE - INTRODUCE YERSELF TRACKLIST
1. First Person
2. Wolf’s Home
3. Bedtime
4. Introduce Yerself
5. Coco Chanel No. 5
6. Ricky Please
7. Safe Is Dead
8. Spoon
9. A Natural
10. Faith Faith
11. My First Girlfriend
12. Yer Ashore
13. Love Over Money
14. You Me And The B’s
15. Snowflake
16. A Better End
17. Nancy
18. Thinking About Us
19. The Road
20. You Are The Bird
21. The Lake
22. Far Away And Blurred
23. The North

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GORD DOWNIE ANNOUNCES HALIFAX SECRET PATH CONCERT

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Halifax, NS
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium 

 8PM Show | 7:30PM Doors
Tickets $61 

On Sale Thursday, November 17 at 10AM AST

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO RECONCILIATION

WWW.SECRETPATH.CA

 

Secret Path is ten songs that tell the story of Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers), a twelve year-old boy who died fleeing the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, fifty years ago, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Downie was introduced to the story by his brother Mike Downie, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”

“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story. This is about Canada… The next hundred years are going to be painful as we get to know Chanie Wenjack and thousands like him – as we find out about ourselves, about all of us – but only when we do can we truly call ourselves, Canada.” – Gord Downie

To read Gord Downie’s full statement on Secret Path from September 9, 2016, go HERE.

Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history – the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system – with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation. Every year as Chanie Wenjack is remembered, the hope for Secret Path is that it educates all Canadians young and old on this omitted part of the country's history, urging us all to play an active role in the preservation of Indigenous lives and culture in Canada.

Secret Path is now available in Deluxe (vinyl & book), and Book (with album download) editions, as well as on Download and Streaming services, and can be pre-ordered on CD and standard LP formats (out December 2). The premium LP features the stand-alone vinyl with ten special lyric posters featuring Gord’s handwritten lyrics and bonus illustrations by graphic novelist Jeff Lemire.

STREAM & DOWNLOAD SECRET PATH NOW

ORDER SECRET PATH LP OR CD 

PURCHASE SECRET PATH DELUXE & BOOK EDITIONS FROM GORDDOWNIE.COM AND VIA LOCAL AND ONLINE RETAILERS INCLUDING INDIGOAMAZON, AND HMV.

Proceeds from the sale of Secret Path will be donated 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 NCTR is dedicated to preserving the history of residential schools in Canada, making this history known, and moving our country forward on the path of reconciliation. These funds are dedicated to finding missing Indigenous children.

Donations to the NCTR are now being accepted at give.umanitoba.ca/nctr.  

Mike and Gord Downie and the family of Chanie Wenjack are also raising money for the newly created Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF). The Fund operates out of the Toronto Foundation and focuses on cross-cultural education to support healing and recovery. It is guided by and will also directly support the NCTR.

The DWF embodies Gord Downie’s commitment to improving the lives of First Peoples. The Fund will foster new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, creating a pathway to reconciliation.

Donations to the DWF are now being accepted at downiewenjack.ca

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SECRET PATH: secretpath.ca

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