John Ginakes (proprietor of Winnipeg restaurants including Thunderbird and Johnny G’s) and Demitris Scouras (Red Top) give us a glimpse into the community business networks established by post-WWII Greek immigrants that created some of Winnipeg's beloved burger joints.
Interview participants: John Ginakes and Demitris Scouras
Written and Narrated by Zachary Hamilton
Produced by Kent Davies
Episode Image by Kimberley Moore
Theme Music by Robert Kenning
John Ginakes and Demitris Scouras, interviewed by Zachary Hamilton, December 15, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB. Digital Audio Recording. Manitoba Food History Project, “Winnipeg Interviews," Oral History Centre Archive, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB.
Blue Dot Sessions – “BurrowBurrow”
The Rosen Sisters – “Vari Hasapiko”
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U.S. Army Blues – “Kellis Number”
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Preserves is made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and assistance from the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.