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John Ginakes (proprietor of Winnipeg restaurants including Thunderbird and Johnny G’s) and Dmitris 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.

Episode Credits

Interview participants: John Ginakes and Dmitris Scouras 

Written and Narrated by Zachary Hamilton

Produced by Kent Davies

Episode Image by Kimberley Moore

Theme Music by Robert Kenning


Blue Dot Sessions – “BurrowBurrow” 

The Rosen Sisters – “Vari Hasapiko” 

Marika Papagika – “Kremetai I Kapota Kalamantiano

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.


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