Music for labour and social justice

LCLC Videos

The Left Coast Labour Chorus sings in support of many progressive causes. Below are videos of our performances, with more to be added in the months to come. 

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Left Coast Labour Chorus was at the Museum of Vancouver, Dec. 2, 2017. The event was Never Going to Stop This Train, a history of activism and protests in Vancouver. Protest music has existed for centuries, finding its way into a wide spectrum of social justice movements while spanning multiple genres including gospel, folk, rap and various pop idioms. Initially developed to
draw people together around a central mission, the evolution of the protest song has continued to evoke a powerful message; amplifying social change through subversive lyrics, unique settings and sites of resistance.

2015: March Metro Van Alliance Transit Forum

The Left Coast Labour Chorus sang at the March  in support of the referendum to expand transit in the Lower Mainland. The Chorus can be heard at the beginning of the video, and again at the 2:30 mark.

LCLC Performance @ Unifor Council Meeting

Because the Left Coast Labour Chorus is a  Community Chapter affiliated with Local 114 of Unifor, we were invited to sing at the Unifor Council Meeting.  For more information about Unifor and the Chorus' association with them, go to our Unifor Community Chapter page here.

2016: Witness to Innocence - Campaign to end the death penalty in the USA

Song 1: We Shall Not Give Up the Fight

Should the most powerful country in the world be allowed to take the lives of its least powerful citizens ? On March 24th, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Executive Director of Witness to Innocence came to Vancouver to speak about his campaign to end the death penalty in the U.S, in an event co-presented by Amnesty International at St. James Community Square. The Chorus was proud to sing a selection of songs at this significant event.

2016: Witness to Innocence 

Song 2: Circle

Should the most powerful country in the world be allowed to take the lives of its least powerful citizens ? On March 24th, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Executive Director of Witness to Innocence came to Vancouver to speak about his campaign to end the death penalty in the U.S, in an event co-presented by Amnesty International at St. James Community Square. 

2016: Witness to Innocence 

Song 3: Never Going to Stop This Train

Should the most powerful country in the world be allowed to take the lives of its least powerful citizens ? On March 24th, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Executive Director of Witness to Innocence came to Vancouver to speak about his campaign to end the death penalty in the U.S, in an event co-presented by Amnesty International at St. James Community Square. 

2016: LCLC Performance @ BCFed Fight for $15 Rally

In April, the Left Coast Labour Chorus sang at the BC Fed Rally to raise theminimum wage. The Vancouver rally was one of many across the country that were part of the Fight for $15 National Day of Action, which highlighted the growing momentum for fair wages for workers in Canada.

2016: June Concert

The Chorus performing "Because All Men Are Brothers".

2016: June Concert

The Chorus performing "Shosholoza".

2016: The Same-Sex Marriage Rally, Dec. 10th

Four songs at the rally in support of legislation forsame sex marriage in Taiwan, Robson Square, Dec. 10th".

May, 2017: Pacific Northwest Labour History Association:

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Bella Ciao [Housing rights version]. The song of the Italian anti-fascist partisans, with lyrics about the struggle for decent, affordable housing 'zippered' in.

June 2017 - Great Labor Arts Exchange and Choral Convergence

The chorus traveled to Washington DC to this decades-old, annual arts exchange among choirs, singer-songwriters, poets and other performing artists, sponsored by the Labor Heritage Foundation.

Among the songs we shared were "Because All Men Are Brothers" (see left), "Bread and Roses"(left below), "Mary Mary" (right below), "Torn Screen Door" (left below) and "The Bridge Came Tumbling Down" (right below).

"The Bridge Came Tumbling Down" was written by the great Canadian folksinger Stomp'n Tom Connors about the 19 men who died during the construction of what is now called the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge that crosses Burrard Inlet in Vancouver BC.


 


Left Coast Labour Chorus - "Power in a Union"


At the BC Federation of Labour's Labour Day picnic,           Surrey, BC, September 4. 2017