Sting and the cast of his musical “The Last Ship” are heading to Oshawa, Ont. on Thursday to perform and show their support for workers at the General Motors plant.
The GM plant might be closing down later this year, meaning thousands of people could potentially lose their jobs.
Sting’s musical tells a similar story, which the star says is part of the reason he’s taking action. The cast will put on a special performance at the Tributes Communities Centre at noon on Valentine’s Day.
“We are telling the same story of what’s going on in that community. So we want to offer our support,” the musician tells CityNews. “We don’t have a magic wand to wave, but I think support is important.”
Mirvish Productions adds in a press release: “This new musical tells a similar story to what is threatening to happen in Oshawa, with the potential demise of the GM plants that employ thousands of people.”
Meanwhile, Unifor’s National President Jerry Dias says, “With the departure of shipbuilding from his hometown, Sting witnessed first-hand what becomes of workers and their families when the core industry is ripped away. The tremendously powerful story of ‘The Last Ship’ resonates deeply as it speaks to the dignity of work, how it shapes individuals and their communities, and the heavy personal toll that is paid when workers livelihoods are taken from them. The Oshawa GM workers are incredibly grateful to Sting and the cast of this show for their support as they continue to fight for their jobs.”
“The Last Ship” was inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and is showing at Toronto’s Princess of Wales theatre from Feb. 9 – March 24.