Thursday, 30 April 2015

General Strike - 96th Anniversary

 OTTAWA—A room devoted to the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike could have been excluded from the renovated Canadian Museum of History, but officials promise the labour movement will still have a home in its halls.

Toronto Star article

STRIKE Tour - May 24, 2015
The 1919 General Strike Tour took 40 people through the highlights of what happened in 1919, with a look at social and economic conditions that led to the General Strike. The tour reflected on how the echoes of the Strike can be heard in Winnipeg of 2015.

The tour started in the north end, went to the residential area south of the Assiniboine River and ended in the Exchange area of the city, particularly on the Red River at  Victoria Park. 

Participants said they found the tour informative and particularly were pleased to learn about Victoria Park and the lack of effort on the part of government to commemorate this important moment in Winnipeg's history.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Victoria Parkette

Who knows where the Victoria Parkette is located?
It is a small section of land, at the corner of Lily and James, near the waterfront. It is intended to remind everyone of Victoria Park that was once a central feature of the City's park infrastructure.

The owners of the land have set up Victoria Parkette on their own, as they saw the significance of the Park to our social history. Jon Brown of Leon Brown initiated the effort and I think we should applaud him and his family for it. The signage is now removed  (September 2016)but for at least a few years this was the only memorial to Victoria Park.

The Parkette is not on the original land of Victoria Park as that land is now occupied by a condominium development and a hydro station. The City of Winnipeg has done virtually nothing to commemorate the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 and Victoria Park, so it has fallen to people like Jon and those involved in the Labour History Project to maintain this important place in history.

Watch Videos:  Victoria Park and Victoria Parkette

Monday, 13 April 2015

STRIKE becomes a movie

The award-winning 2005 stage musical by Danny Schur & Rick Chafe becomes a major movie musical

Production Facts

  • Stars signing on
  • Shooting on location in Winnipeg, Canada in spring/summer, 2016
  • Made-in-Manitoba production enjoys one of the highest labour tax credits of any jurisdiction
  • Funded by Strike! Movie Limited Partnership
  • Premiering in the first quarter of 2017