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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Sting speaks onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

Sting is currently in Toronto for a run of performances of his musical The Last Ship and threw a free show for local General Motors workers whose plant in Oshawa, ON is in danger of shutting down.

The show took place Wednesday night (February 13) at the Oshawa Tributes Communities Centre and featured the Toronto cast of The Last Ship. The production is a semi-autobiographical tale of Sting growing up Newcastle and the economic hardships experienced when the town’s main industry collapsed.

In Oshawa, the city’s biggest employer is GM. If the plant does close as is expected in 2019, it will have devastating effects on the city’s economy.

“I think you have a duty to support a community that’s worked for you,” said Sting in a report from Toronto’s CityNews. “It should be a mutual support system. It’s about loyalty. These workers have loyally given their lives to the company. It’s a two-way street. You can’t just walk away.”

Sting performs for GM workers battling plant closure

Sting performed for GM workers in Oshawa Thursday and told the crowd he stands in solidarity with them as they fight a planned closure of their local auto plant.

In addition to songs from The Last Ship, Sting also performed Police classics “Message in a Bottle and “Every Breath You Take.” The show can be viewed in its entirety below.

CityNews Toronto

Musician Sting, cast of musical 'The Last Ship,' perform in Oshawa in support of General Motors workers

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

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