The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was not celebrated in song, though it is the basis of the musical The Conquest of Winnipeg by Stuart Broomer, but a lesser-known strike, in 1931, of miners in the Bienfait-Estevan coalcamps of southeastern Saskatchewan inspired Cecil Boone to write 'The Estevan Massacre' to the tune of 'Kevin Barry.' In the On-to-Ottawa Trek of 1935 the unemployed marchers' theme song was 'Hold the Fort'.Calgary singer James Keelaghan has written two songs concerning these events. 'Boom to Bust' is based on the march and 'Small Rebellion' concerns a clash between the miners and police in the Saskatchewan strike. Many picket lines have resounded to 'Solidarity Forever' and 'We Shall Not Be Moved.'
In Ontario M.T. Montgomery wrote 'United Steelworkers Are We' to the melody used in 'Squid-jiggin' Ground', and in Buchans, Nfld, steelworkers composed songs to familiar tunes during strikes in 1971 and 1973. These were issued in 1976 in a booklet and record titled Hell or High Water (Breakwater B-1001). Similar songs undoubtedly have been composed during other industrial disputes, but these usually have not survived beyond the struggle that inspired them.
Texts of various trade union songs appear in 'Labor and industrial protest songs in Canada' in the Journal of American Folklore (vol 82, Jan-Mar 1969), and in David Frank's 'The industrial folk song in Cape Breton' (Canadian Folklore canadien, vol 8, 1986). The Travelers sing some union songs on the LP A Century of Song (Arc 261). Chansons de lutte et turlute (1982) is a collection of 43 Quebec labour songs compiled by Yves Alix for the Confédération des syndicats nationaux and the Syndicat de la Musique du Québec (SMQ).