Heritage status for downtown Winnipeg strip club hotel one step closer

A long-running downtown hotel is closer to being designated as a heritage building after a unanimous vote Wednesday by the city’s historical buildings and resources committee.The committee voted unanimously to add the Oxford Hotel, built in 1905 on Notre Dame Avenue, to the city’s protected resource list.The Oxford, currently home to the Solid Gold strip club, played an important role in the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, which began 100 years ago Wednesday. The Oxford Hotel in downtown Winnipeg.Randall Paull/Global NewsThe hotel served as a kitchen – known as the Labour…

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Themes of 1919 Winnipeg General Strike still relevant 100 years later: Schur

On the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, one Winnipegger who has spent years deeply embedded in the history said the events of 1919 continue to resonate with Winnipeggers even a century later.“It’s one of the most dramatic events in our history,” said Danny Schur, creator of the musical Strike! as well as its upcoming feature film adaptation (renamed Stand!).“I think it’s ingrained in our DNA in ways we don’t even know about. When I started studying it, I didn’t realize it was ingrained in my own DNA as a…

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Big screen adaptation a dream for Strike! musical creator

Among the ceremonies and official events that will recognize 100 years since the Winnipeg General Strike in 2019, one local artist is realizing a dream.Danny Schur – best known for the hit 2005 musical Strike! – will see his work on the big screen, in the feature film adaptation of the play.Retitled “Stand!” in the film version, Schur’s musical is a love story set in the midst of one of the city’s defining events, and he says it’s a way to share Winnipeg’s story with the world.Story continues belowREAD MORE:…

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Hundreds of Winnipeggers take part in community Labour Day celebrations

Hundreds of Winnipeggers celebrated Labour Day by taking part in a community march and picnic, Monday.Hosted by the Winnipeg Labour Council, the annual event highlights the importance of the labour movement and how unions pushed to get workers higher wages, days off and benefits.Participants representing different unions and community groups walked from Memorial Park to Vimy Ridge Park.Winnipeg is also home to one of the most famous strikes in Canadian history. Even though the Winnipeg General Strike happened in 1919, organizers said more work still needs to be done.READ MORE:…

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Winnipeg actors: get ready to ‘Strike’!

It’s known as one of the biggest moments in Winnipeg’s history May 15 to June 25, 1919.Now the Winnipeg General Strike is hitting the big screen.The Movie Musical Strike! is shooting downtown this month and they are looking for extras to be a part of the iconic scene.RELATED: New documentary explores the history of hip hop in WinnipegComposer and producer, Danny Schur, says 300 extras are needed for what he calls the biggest volunteer call in Winnipeg history.Extras are asked to commit 12 hours on Aug. 23 and to come dressed for…

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