Toronto's VideoCabaret spectacularly conjures the era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts, written and directed by Michael Hollingsworth.
Scandal: Business barons compete to own the hottest technology – the railway lines – and Macdonald is caught trading contracts for donations. Member of Parliament Riel is prevented by fanatics from taking his seat; MP Laurier falls for his best friend’s wife.
Rebellion: Riel joins with Gabriel Dumont and Big Bear whose fight for land claims is met with military action and mass starvation. With Laurier protesting, Macdonald allows the execution of Riel, and the Last Spike is hammered.