The Pig's Ear tavern is two years older than the forming of Canada as a country. It has been the beating heart of a small, blue collar Ontario town for 152 years. And now it has been sold to a developer with no interest in beer. It is making way for a high-end apartment building. Andrea the bartender wonders where the ghosts are going to go.
The Piggy is a very special place. A place where the cops sit at the next table to the criminals. A place where lawyers discuss life's meaning with philosophy students and roofers.
The Piggy has also been the cradle for the town's vibrant music scene for decades. There are folk bands, rock, punk, blues, jazz, country music, every Saturday night.
And the history! Old timers propping up the bar tell us how the locals would sneak drinks in between police raids during the prohibition years, and, back in the nineteenth century, how the brawling lumberjacks notoriously christened the Piggy the "bucket of blood." Etta Miller, the Piggy's first woman bartender, remembers back in the 1970's, how women finally ended the tavern's exclusive "boys' club" policy, and could buy a drink unescorted.
Lately, the Piggy has become an irreplaceable community space. Kiddies open mic nights, trivia, bingo, peanut races, a wedding - there is never any time for texting. CAMRA members in Britain and beer lovers everywhere will readily empathize at the social costs to rampant gentrification.
LAST BEER AT THE PIG'S EAR is as much a portrait of a community as it is the story of a legendary bar. Our cameras capture the outpouring of laughter and tears in its final days.
LAST BEER AT THE PIG'S EAR's terrific original score and sound mix was created in Leeds (UK) by the popular Leeds indie musician, Bruno Merz.