Canada’s Diverse Cultures

A selection by Albert Ohayon

Ted Baryluk's Grocery

This short documentary profiles Ukrainian-Canadian Ted Baryluk, whose grocery store has been a fixture in Winnipeg's North End for over 20 years. In this photo study, Ted talks about his store, the customers who have come and gone and the social changes his multicultural neighbourhood has seen. But most of all he wonders what will become of his store after he retires. He hopes his daughter will take over, but she wants to move away. The film is a wistful rendering of a shopkeeper's relationship with his daughter and a fascinating portrait of a neighbourhood and its inhabitants.

From the playlist : Canada’s Diverse Cultures

A multicultural neighbourhood in Winnipeg is seen through the eyes of grocer Ted Baryluk. Over the 20 years that he has operated the store, the neighbourhood has changed considerably. The constant is that the people of the neighbourhood have always come from a mix of cultures, a microcosm of Canada. An exquisite film shot in the style of a photomontage.

— Albert Ohayon

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Comments

  • sixam

    “I hope Mr. Baryluk stopped smoking.” — sixam, 9 Feb 2014

  • bmellorrundle

    “Question for my Social 7 Class: How does the film "Ted Baryluk's Grocery" portray Canadian Multiculturalism? Answer: In the film, multiculturalism is portrayed through Mr. Baryluk's store. Many people from different cultures and places go to his store. For example First Nations and Polish Canadians. Mr. Baryluk didn't seem to care who he sold to. The store was a place for everyone to meet and share ideas and merge cultures. Mr. Baryluk was Ukrainian and shared his culture through his store. ” — bmellorrundle, 4 Jun 2012

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Film Credits

director
John Paskievich
script
John Paskievich
editing
John Paskievich
director
Michael Mirus
script
Michael Mirus
editing
Michael Mirus
producer
Wolf Koenig
Michael Scott
photography
John Paskievich
sound
Michael Mirus
Leon Johnson
sound editing
Michael Mirus
animation
Cameron Gaul
Raymond Dumas
re-recording
Jean-Pierre Joutel

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