For over 25 years, on a warm Friday night in late June, folks have gathered in the Village of Cumberland for the “Songs of the Workers” as part of the annual Miners Memorial Weekend. This cabaret style concert features local and visiting musicians sharing stories and music about work, historic and contemporary. From coal mines, textile factories, farms, kitchens and logging camps to fish plants, laundrys, bars, assembly lines and unemployment lines. Work that builds us up and work that tears us down – and the struggles, triumphs and tribulations of all our labours.

As we all know, COVID restrictions are preventing large indoor music events from proceeding for this summer. But the show must go on! So the Cumberland Museum and Archives and community volunteers are organizing a live Zoom to Facebook “Songs of the Workers” concert. The show starts at 8 pm Friday June 19th and features musicians from across BC and beyond! Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Gabriola, Courtenay and Cumberland are all represented in this online musical convergence.

How do you attend? Just click “attending” for the facebook event and then tune in to the event feed Friday night! https://www.facebook.com/events/189800915695951/

This year’s unique event will feature friends of the Museum including David Newberry, Brodie Lee Dawson, Scott Cook, Meaghan Cursons, Alan Jossul, Tereza Tomek, Maria Dunn, Patrick Spencer, Josie Aileen Patterson, Tina Filippino, Cadence Herron, Brian Green, Megan Adam and John Gogo!

Fill a cup with your favourite beverage, invite your bubble over to join in the fun, kick back and enjoy a night of heartfelt tunes in commemoration of the 35th Miners Memorial in Cumberland BC. Share the facebook event with friends and family and help us build a big beautiful community of music lovers to share this event together Friday night.

meaghan cursons

Community and Media Advisory, Cumberland Museum and Archives