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Local 190 Member Celebrates International Women’s Day Through MPTF-Sponsored Concert


On March 8, musician Sister Dorothy, a member of Local 190 (Winnipeg, MB), helped celebrate International Women’s Day with a livestream concert sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund. The event was hosted by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, with support from Folklorama, an organization promoting arts and culture in many ways all year round. Classically trained but raised on classic rock, Sister Dorothy performed her original songs on acoustic and electric guitars and voice, accompanied by Dr. Ian Hodges, also of Local 190, on electric guitar. 

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