Media Advisory - Ottawa arts community rallies around striking museum workers

OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Artists, musicians, curators and other cultural workers in Ottawa/Gatineau will gather at the Museum of Civilization on Saturday evening, to show their support for the striking workers there and at the Canadian War Museum.

Represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the 420 workers are demanding the same protections that are in place for other museum workers in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. The Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation continues to deny their demands for workplace fairness and protections against contracting out.

"As the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Folk Festival, I know how dedicated arts and cultural workers are to their jobs and how important their work is to our community," says Chris White. "I support the workers at the Museum of Civilization and War Museum in their fight for fair conditions."

    WHAT:     Party on the Picket Line at the Museum of Civilization

    WHEN:     Saturday, September 26, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    WHERE:    Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau QC


Jesse Dangerously ( Jesse Dangerously has been described as a "Halifax hip hop legend." Now an Ottawa resident, Jesse has released four CDs since 1997 and frequently collaborates with other members of the Backburner crew. He's toured across Canada and the U.S., sold music across the world and is played on frequent rotation on CBC Radio 3. An outspoken feminist and supporter of the labour movement, he frequently performs at union and social justice events around Ottawa.

DJ Jairus Khan of Ad-ver-sary ( Hailing from the Canadian electronic music underground Jairus Khan has been conquering minds and destroying dance floors with his critically-acclaimed album Bone Music on Tympanik Audio. His latest release is the remix album A Bright Cut Across Velvet Sky. He will be DJing a special set, featuring labour solidarity music and dance anthems.


For further information: For further information: or to book interviews: Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications, (613) 292-8363 (cell)

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