Songs will commemorate history of Alberta’s labour movement

The history of Alberta's labour movement will be commemorated in song on Saturday at the Red Deer Public Library.

Singer/songwriter Maria Dunn will be joined by Shannon Johnson on violin and vocals, and Sharmila Mathur on sitar and percussion. Their Piece by Piece provincial concert tour is in celebration of the Alberta Federation of Labour's centennial.

Video and live performance, story and song, will be combined at the 7:30 p.m. event to tell the history of the immigrant women who worked in an Edmonton's garment plant that was later moved to Haiti.

The concert in the library's Snell Auditorium is organized by the Alberta Federation of Labour, in conjunction with a local committee working with the Red Deer and District Labour Council on plans to commemorate the AFL's 100th anniversary.

The local group is fundraising to mount a stainless steel installation on the outer wall of the Alberta Trades and Labour Society building in downtown Red Deer.

Donations for this project are welcome. Otherwise, tickets to the concert are $10 by calling 403-391-4242.

Red Deer Advocate, Sun May 6 2012

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