‘Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope’: a tribute to the late Gil Levine, labour organizer, social activist, folk music enthusiast, and Spirit of Rasputin’s Booster. This should be a night to remember! Local musicians Phil Jenkins, Alex Sinclair, Missy Burgess, Tom Juravich, Kate & Hollis, Maria Hawkins, Gail Anglin, Tom Lips, & Mary Gick and host Chris White will present an evening of traditional protest songs at the Elmdale Tavern, starting at 7:00 pm. In keeping with the populist spirit of folk music and the labour movement, feel free to sing along! Lyrics will be provided.
Gil Levine was a friend of Rasputins and of folk music in general, before he lost his battle with Leukemia in November of 2009. As a child of Jewish immigrants in Toronto and of the Depression, he fought long and hard to make the world a better place. He was a pioneer trade unionist and long-time research director of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
He was happiest when he was fighting for change, winning rights for workers, and organizing everybody. He is sadly missed by the community he fought for and the friends and family who knew him best.
How can we best remember Gil?
“His death leaves an enormous, unbearable hole that can only be filled by all of us doing what he did best — creating opportunities to make a difference, getting people to think and act, connecting people and ideas, and living life to the fullest.” Morna Ballantyne