Secret Path

By Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire


In an innovative collaboration that pairs music and visual art, iconic Canadian musician Gord Downie and bestselling graphic novelist Jeff Lemire recount the tragic story of a young Indigenous boy’s attempt to run away from residential school and return to his family.

In their heartrending new work, Secret Path, Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire bring readers into the life and death of a young Indigenous boy seeking to escape his residential school and reunite with his family. Alternately hopeful and devastating, Secret Path traces the boy’s fateful journey into the wilderness, lending a personal face to a cold and distant chapter of Canada’s history.

With great respect and compassion, Gord and Jeff recount the terrible experiences and tragic death of a boy whose brave story compels all Canadians to make peace with the truths of our past and reconcile them with our future. Gord Downie’s original songs and Jeff Lemire’s poignant graphic novel combine to form an emotional, multi-dimensional experience that will linger with readers long after the final notes have faded and the last page has been turned.

Proceeds from the sale of Secret Path will be donated to charity.


Gord Downie is the lead vocalist and a driving creative force behind The Tragically Hip, who have brought their energetic live performances to audiences around the world for over two decades. The band has been honoured with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, numerous Juno Awards, and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire is an award-winning writer and artist of acclaimed literary graphic novels like Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Sweet Tooth, and Trillium, as well as comics such as Green Arrow, Animal Man, Justice League, Hawkeye, and Moon Knight. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.