May 30, 2014 6:28 am

Winnipeg historic sites to open doors for free

WINNIPEG — Doors Open Winnipeg is taking over the city for an 11th year.

The free annual event celebrates Winnipeg’s unique spaces, architecture and history.

For two days, May 31 and June 1, more than 80 buildings and sites across the city will take part in the event.

Since the event started in 2004, more than a quarter of a million people have taken part.

Doors Open spans from downtown and the Exchange District to St. Boniface and the North End.

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Participants can choose walking tours, museums and even learn more about one of the most historic events in the country’s history — the strike of 1919.

This year, on the 95th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, a documentary about the iconic event is being showcased during Doors Open.

It was the largest and most significant strike in Canadian history and turned in to a six-month-long protest.

Tens of thousands of protestors took over the Exchange District during the strike and now, nearly a century later, the historic event will be revisited through the documentary.

Mike’s Bloody Saturday will show hourly from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cinematheque in the Artspace Building at 100 Arthur St.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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