TOMORROW: Against the Tide

Join us tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm for the fourth annual Jim Green Memorial, featuring a staged reading of excerpts from Against the Tide: The Story of the Canadian Seamen’s Union. Local writer and SFU history alumni Charles Demers has adapted Green’s 1986 book for this production, directed by Amiel Gladstone, featuring Andrew Wheeler, Carmen Aguirre, and Kevin MacDonald.

Learn more about Against the Tide from Charles Demers:


Jim Green’s handwritten interview notes for Against the Tide are now held at the National Archives in Ottawa. In the preface, he wrote:

“I never thought of myself as a writer, and when I took on the task of writing the history of the Canadian Seamen’s Union I had no idea what I was getting into. In 1972, I was living in the Downtown Eastside, studying at UBC and working as a casual longshoreman.The Seamen’s Union and the Fishermen’s Union halls were down the street. The pubs that were frequented by longshoremen, shipyard workers, seamen and fishermen were all within walking distance. The Patricia Hotel was a favourite – many seamen had been living at the Pat for more than 25 years. The rear entrance was just a few steps across the lane from my back door.” 

Read more about Jim Green, the CSU, and Charles Demers’ adaptation of Against the Tide in this feature piece by The Tyee.

This event is presented in partnership with SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, SFU History, and the BC Labour Heritage Centre.