Celebrating Alberta’s Labour History
Event DetailsFeaturing Juno-nominee Maria Dunn and a performance of Packingtown.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Admission is free, to register visit mru.ca/labouringcowtown
John Dutton Theatre
Calgary Public Library, Central Library
616 Macleod Trail SE
For more information, contact Kirk Niergarth, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities — History.
Maria Dunn and Packingtown
The video ballad Packingtown shares the vibrant people’s history of North Edmonton through original songs and video interviews with people who worked at the meatpacking plants and lived in the community during the height of the meatpacking industry there (early 1900s to 1980s). The 60-minute live music and video performance weaves music and lyrics written by Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn, with video footage, historical photographs, and video interviews collected and edited by videographer Don Bouzek of Ground Zero Productions (GZP) and historian-curator Catherine C. Cole with the support of northeast resident Janice Melnychuk. The performance will feature Maria Dunn accompanied by Shannon Johnson of the Juno award winning Celtic world-fusion band, The McDades.
The creation of Packingtown was funded by the Edmonton Heritage Council, Edmonton and District Labour Council, Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, the Alberta Federation of Labour and UFCW Local 1118.
SponsorsAlberta Labour History Institute
Canadian Committee on Labour History
Mount Royal University
Calgary District Labour Council
Society for Socialist Studies
Chinook Country Historical Society
Calgary Public Library
Between the Lines Press.