MayWorks 2019 is here! Below is a listing of the events for MayWorks 2019. 


Sunday, April 14
City on Strike – A Novel Book Launch
Harriet Zaidman
McNally Robinson Booksellers
1120 Grant Avenue
2:00 p.m.
Free event

City on Strike is set during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 when workers and soldiers returning from World War I demanded jobs, decent wages and the right to organize. Many politicians and business leaders condemned strike organizers, and, backed up by police, unleashed deadly violence on a day that has come to be known as Bloody Saturday.

City on Strike focuses on a 13 year old boy and his younger sister who are part of a poor, but hard-working immigrant family. Together with their neighbours, the siblings are drawn into the chaos that changed the city and the country, forever.


Thursday, April 25
Rededication of the Ukrainian Labour Temple
591 Pritchard Avenue
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Free event

On February 14, 1919, just months before the tumultuous events of the Winnipeg General Strike, the Ukrainian Labour Temple opened its doors to the community for the first time.  Built by newly arrived Ukrainian immigrants, it was the center of their political, social, educational and cultural life. To this day it remains the hub of a vibrant Canadian-Ukrainian community which includes many descendants of those who built the Labour Temple.

We invite you to join us April 25 to celebrate the centenary of the Labour Temple with a rededication ceremony.

Seating limited, to attend RSVP to 204-467-5043 or to


Friday, April 26
National Day of Mourning
– Observed on Friday, April 26 –
Mourn the Dead, Fight for the Living
Union Centre, Second Floor Auditorium
275 Broadway Avenue
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m. – light refreshments
Free event

Please join the Manitoba Federation of Labour in marking the National Day of Mourning with a special Candle Light Memorial Service to remember and honour workers killed or injured on the job. To be followed by the Safe Workers of Tomorrow Leaders Walk, starting at the Union Centre at 11:45 a.m.


Friday, April 26
Sorry Not Sorry: Unapologetically Working for Social Justice
Ukrainian Labour Temple
591 Pritchard Avenue
6:00 p.m. Doors open
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Event
Tickets: $35 or $60 with partial tax receipt for the added donation.
*A limited supply of low-income tickets at $15 are available.
For tickets: or SPCW at 204-943-2561 ext: 1229 or 

The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg is pleased to celebrate 100 years by partnering with the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute in a discussion about working together to create a truly just society.  Please join an amazing panel of activists, Linda Sarsour, Nora Loreto, and Tasha Spillett, to hear about their successes and perspectives on making the changes that challenge the status quo and addresses bias.  A moderated question and answer session to follow the presentation. Come out and get energized to be part of that change!

For more information: SPCW at 204-943-2561


Wednesday, May 1
Celebrate International Working Class Day
City Hall
510 Main Street
5:30 p.m. Assemble
5:40 p.m. Greetings to the March
6:00 p.m. March begins

Join in the annual May Day March organized by Winnipeg Labour Council. The march route will be south on Main to Broadway, Broadway to Smith, Smith to Portage, Portage to Notre Dame, Notre Dame to Albert ending at Old Market Square. Recognition will be given to the two strikers who fell during the Winnipeg General Strike at Bannatyne and Main on Bloody Saturday, June 2019.


Wednesday, May 1
1919 Wpg General Strike Retrospective Exhibit Launch
Presented by The United Way
United Way Winnipeg
580 Main Street
Time TBA

This exhibit will stand for May & June in the main atrium of United Way Winnipeg, and will honour and recognize the ways that our early labour movement comrades worked hand in hand with the Community Chest to support, strengthen and build the resilience of our shared communities – essentially, developing and funding the development of the social service sector in Winnipeg.

The United Way are proud to celebrate this long standing solidarity and the centennial of the 1919 Wpg General Strike with this historical retrospective exhibit!


Thursday, May 2
20×20 on 1919: 10 Tributes to the Strike that Changed History
Millennium Centre
389 Main Street
6:30 p.m.  Doors open
7:00 p.m.  Show
Admissions is pay-what-you-can; suggested donation is $10.

The 1919 General Strike united citizens, shut down a city and revolutionized workers’ rights across a nation. Hear artists, writers and filmmakers present tributes to the event that changed Canadian history forever – Pecha Kucha style!

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds, while presenters talk along to the images.

Presented by The Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Federation of Labour and Pecha Kucha Night Winnipeg.


Saturday, May 4
Mandolin Orchestra in Concert
Ukrainian Labour Temple
591 Pritchard Avenue
7:30 p.m. Doors open
8:00 p.m. Concert
Tickets: $20 available at the door

The WINNIPEG MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA in concert, playing traditional and contemporary music with guest artist The Bart House Band for info:


Sunday, May 5
Papergirl – Book Launch
Melinda McCracken with Penelope Jackson 
McNally Robinson Booksellers
1120 Grant Avenue
3:00 p.m.
Free event

When workers across 1919 Winnipeg go on strike together, 10-year-old Cassie is desperate to be part of the action, so she volunteers to sell the strike bulletin. From her corner at Portage and Main, she watches the strike take shape—watches the strikers get hungrier and the clashes get uglier. Soon a peaceful demonstration turns into a violent assault, and the idealistic papergirl is suddenly in very real danger. Will she survive Bloody Saturday?


Thursday, May 9 to Friday, May 17
Bolshie Bash
Rachel Brown Theatre
211 Bannatyne Avenue
7:30 p.m.  all performances except May 12
2:00 p.m.  May 12 (Mothers Day)
Tickets: $15 (except for: pay-what-you-can on May 14)
Tickets at the door or reservations by email: or by phone 204-963-6990

The Collective Agreement, an independent theatre group, is restaging, with updates, Bill Harrar’s 1985 Bolshie Bash. This comedy was reviewed by the Winnipeg Free press as “a distinguished and exciting piece of theatre” and “the least clichéd and most effective play yet written about the 1919 strike.”

In Bolshie Bash a now deservedly forgotten factory owner (the wholly fictitious Cecil McDowner) single-handedly exacerbates then foils the Great Sympathetic Strike of 1919.

The 80-minute play was written to both inform and delight audiences while affirming the enduring influence of 1919 on labour solidarity.

In the comfortable Rachel Browne Theatre the role of Cecil McDowner is performed by a single actor interacting with a backdrop of contemporaneous photographs—more than 100 flash by—obtained mostly from the Manitoba Provincial Archives.

For further information contact 204-963-6990


Wednesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 11

University of Winnipeg (and other off-site evening locations, including the Ukrainian Labour Temple and West End Cultural Centre)

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike Centenary Conference (WGSCC) seeks to commemorate and explore 1919’s events in both historical and contemporary contexts — this, by way of a 4-day gathering in Winnipeg comprised of over 200 activists, organizers, scholars, trade unionists and social justice and labour rights advocates from across Canada and beyond. Alongside several prominent roundtable panelists and presenters from Vancouver to Halifax, the 1919 WGSCC proudly features as its keynote, activist, organizer, educator and author Dr. Jane McAlevey!

The 1919 WGSCC will also feature performances from local and internationally-renowned artists (TBA) at historically significant venues — including the Ukrainian Labour Temple.


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Saturday, May 11
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba Presents: 
Knox United Church
400 Edmonton Street
5:30 p.m.  Doors open
6:30 p.m.  Event with Q & A to follow
Tickets: General: $30, Student: $20
Ticket and Post Event Supporter Meet-n-Greet: $100 (includes $50 charitable receipt)

Available at McNally Robinson, Eventbrite, CCPA-MB, Answers (U of M) and U of W Info booth.

Boots Riley is a prominent black American rapper, producer, screenwriter, community organizer and director whose pro-labour feature film debut, Sorry to Bother You, received universal acclaim from audiences & critics alike — topping the National Board of Review’s best films of 2018. Lead for the political Hip Hop group The Coup, Boots’ radical roots were forged from a young age by way of the International Committee Against Racism and the Progressive Labor Party (PLP).

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Saturday, May 11
1919 Social
Presented by Myers LLP
Ukrainian Labour Temple
591 Pritchard Avenue
8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Tickets: $10, need to be reserved, call 204-947-1400

We regret that venue is not accessible – stairs are required to access venue and use facilities.


Sunday, May 12
The Graphic History Collective
1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General StrikeWinnipeg Book Launch
McNally Robinson Booksellers (in the Atrium)
1120 Grant Avenue
2:00 p.m. 
Free event

In May and June 1919, more than 30,000 workers walked off the job in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The strikers made national and international headlines, and they inspired workers to mount sympathy strikes in many other Canadian cities. Although the strike lasted for six weeks, it ultimately ended in defeat. The strike was violently crushed by police, in collusion with state officials and Winnipeg’s business elites. 

One hundred years later, the Winnipeg General Strike remains one of the most significant events in Canadian history. This comic book revisits the strike to introduce new generations to its many lessons, including the power of class struggle and solidarity and the brutal tactics that governments and bosses use to crush workers’ movements.


Monday, May 13
If 30,000 Strikers Marched Today! – Book Launch
McNally Robinson Booksellers
1120 Grant Avenue
7:00 p.m.
Free event

A poetry reading by working class poet Ron Romanowski. The launch of his 8th book of poetry dedicated to the strikers of 1919 and activists working today, If 30,000 Strikers Marched Today!

This is fierce poetry written by a working class poet who also wrote a book of protest for the 90th anniversary of the Strike in 2009, which became a local best seller. Ten years on and things don’t look so good in the world, but we must protest and poetry is a very powerful way of doing so. Writing is itself an act of resistance.  Ron’s recitation and presentation will inspire many to continue to work in hope that we can together change the deadly path our society is taking.

For more information call Ron at 204-667-6802 or visit the McNally Robinson Website


Tuesday, May 14
Winnipeg General Strike Illustrated Presentation
Henderson Public Library
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Free event

Join Michael Dupuis historian and author of The Winnipeg General Strike Ordinary Men And Women Under Extraordinary Circumstances as he explores the causes, events and results of the Winnipeg general strike in an illustrated presentation.  Registration for this free event opens February 21 on the Winnipeg Public Library’s website. 


Wednesday, May 15
Winnipeg Labour Choir Concert
Ukrainian Labour Temple
591 Pritchard Avenue
6:00 p.m.  Doors open
7:30 p.m.  Concert
Tickets: $10

Loa Henry has resurrected the Winnipeg Labour Choir in honour of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike and a tribute to the working men and women who participated in the strike.  The Labour Choir will be performing songs related to the Strike.  Guest performers are musicians: Greg MacPherson, Harry Havey and Karen Dana, Joseph and Mike Warbansky.

The concert takes place 100 years to the day when women telephone operators walked off the job at the call of the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council to strike for collective bargaining, better wages and working conditions. The venue for the concert is the Ukrainian Labour Temple, chosen as the place strikers often went to organize and strategize.

After the concert there will be a cash bar.


Wednesday, May 15
Winnipeg General Strike Centennial Gala Dinner
Presented by Manitoba Building Trades
RBC Convention Centre, Third Floor, Hall A
5:30 p.m.  Cocktails
6:30 p.m.  Program and Dinner
For tickets call 204-947-1400

Entertainment: Rainbow Stage preview performance of Strike! The Musical, comedy performance by Steve Patterson (Host of CBC’s The Debaters), music and dancing with The Danny Kramer Band – brought to you by UNIFOR.


Thursday, May 16
On the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike
Memorial Service for Mike Sokolowski
Brookside Cemetery
3001 Notre Dame Avenue (immediately west of Red River College)
7:00 p.m.
Free event

Please join MayWorks at Brookside Cemetery for a grave side memorial service for Mike Sokolowski, who died as a result of a gunshot wound on June 21, 1919 during a peaceful demonstration.

After the service we will visit the gravesite of Steve Schezerbanovich who died a few days later of gangrene poisoning as a result of gunshot wounds also received on June 21.


Saturday, May 25
Solidarity Forever Parade
Presented by UFCW 832
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Free event

Parade will start at 11:00 am in the Exchange District and make its way to Memorial Park to be followed by a Community Concert

For more information or to register a Float or Walking Group in the parade, call 204-947-1400


Saturday, May 25
Solidarity Forever Community Concert
Presented by CUPE Manitoba / Programming by Mayworks
Memorial Park
2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Free event

Performances by Bruce Steele (Host), Sierra Noble, James Keelaghan, David Rovics, Heather Bishop, Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson, Red Moon Road, Nathan Rogers, and Joe Jencks.

Family Fun Zone, brought to you by The Manitoba Teachers’ Society
Food Court, brought to you by MAHCP

 For more information call 204-947-1400


Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
Doors Open at the Ukrainian Labour Temple
It’s Our 100th Anniversary!
Ukrainian Labour Temple
591 Pritchard Avenue
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tours from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free event

 The Ukrainian Labour Temple is again proud to be part of Doors Open Winnipeg’s annual look inside historic and unique structures.

The Ukrainian Labour Temple was constructed in 1918-1919 and had its official opening in February 1919. It is the only surviving Labour Hall associated with the events of the Winnipeg General Strike.

Come join us for some Ukrainian hospitality and entertainment.  We will also be conducting some exciting guided tours of our 100 year old building….  opening some long closed rooms, poking into some dusty corners, and reviling some long lost secrets of this historic building with a somewhat controversial past history!

The Ukrainian Labour Temple holds heritage designations from all three levels of government.  The building continues to be a vibrant centre for progressive culture and politics and remains a focal point for the Ukrainian community.


Sunday, May 26
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$15 for employed adults – no charge for students, seniors, or those unemployed.
Reserve a seat: or call/text 204-793-3289.

In May 1919, over 30,000 workers shut down Winnipeg in one of the most important moments in our political history. For six weeks, inflammatory social conditions and relations ignited into a major protest over wages, rights, inequality and revolution.

The Tour will go through highlights of what happened in 1919, exposing the social and economic conditions that led to and followed the Strike. The tour reflects on how the echoes of the Strike can be heard in Winnipeg of today – both inspiring some people and threatening others.

The Strike Tour starts in the north end of Winnipeg, goes to the residential area south of the Assiniboine River and then ends in the Exchange area of the city, particularly on the Red River at Victoria Park.

The tour has been fully booked for the last four years so register early.  Confirmation and location to meet will be sent to you after you register and provide an e-mail.


Thursday, May 30
Joe Hill Roadshow Featuring the Shelby Bottom Duo
Ukrainian Labour Temple
591 Pritchard Avenue
Doors 7:00 p.m. | Show 8:00 p.m.
Tickets $10 available at the door or Organic Planet Worker Co-op (877 Westminster Avenue)

Nashville-based acoustic folk artists Shelby Bottom Duo will bring their acclaimed multi-media Joe Hill Roadshow to Winnipeg on Thursday, May 30th, 2019.

Perhaps best known through Joan Baez’s stirring singing of “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night” at Woodstock, the Swedish-born Joe Hill was an activist and songwriter for the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) or Wobblies. His best-known song “The Preacher and the Slave” introduced the phrase “pie in the sky” into the English lexicon. He is the precursor of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Joe Hill was framed for two murders he did not commit and executed by a firing squad in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1915. There is little doubt today that Hill was framed for the crimes because he was a foreigner and a well-known labour activist. The case drew international attention and appeals for clemency from U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, the Swedish Ambassador, the American Federation of Labor, and many others. After his execution, Hill became a labour icon.

Shelby Bottom Duo’s entertaining, educational presentation includes early labour history interspersed with live music and a slideshow. The duo encourages audience participation and will hold a post-concert discussion on art and activism and the relevance of this history to what is going on in North America today. All are encouraged to attend, including creative artists who are seeking to understand how art can influence social change.

The duo’s companion CD Joe Hill Roadshow will be available at this show.

Event sponsored by Unifor.


Saturday, June 8
Rise Up 100: Songs for the Next Century Concert
Presented by MGEU / Programming by The Winnipeg Folk Festival
The Cube
Old Market Square
2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Free event

Performances by Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, John K Samson, Leonard Sumner, Sweet Alibi, and Two Crows for Comfort.

1919 Tavern, brought to you by LiUNA and Little Brown Jug
Food Court, brought to you by Assiniboine Credit Union

For more information call 204-947-1400


Thursday, June 13
Women Strike! 1919- 2019, The Winnipeg General Strike
Written & directed by Norman Nawrocki
Ukrainian Labour Temple
591 Pritchard Avenue
7:00 p.m. Doors
7:30 p.m. Performance of traditional Ukrainian folk music
8:15 p.m. Play
Ticketed event

“Women Strike! 1919–2019, The Winnipeg General Strike” is a documentary play based on the lives of nine courageous Winnipeg immigrant working women from 1919 involved in the general strike. They represent a few of the thousands of nameless and faceless “foreign” women from the city’s North End who participated somehow in this historic event. Domestic workers, sweatshop workers, single moms, fearless women all– their stories were never told. They made history as much as the striking men, but because they were women – “foreign, alien women”– they never got the recognition they deserved. Rad women from yesterday for today. Since working conditions for many women – especially marginalized, poor, immigrant or migrant workers – still haven’t changed, their fight for justice continues. The play addresses this.

The Babushka Theatre production stars three Winnipeg actors: Karam Daoud, Lorraine James and Merri-Lou Paterson. One-act, 45 minutes long, “Women Strike! 1919–2019,” is written and directed by Montreal playwright, author, actor and musician Nawrocki. It’s produced by Babushka Theatre, a new Montreal/Winnipeg theatre troupe formed for the project.

The opening act for the play is Nawrocki’s exciting new violin and ukulele duo with his sister Vivian: ‘The Nawrockis.’ They play traditional, upbeat Ukrainian folk music. She’s a Vancouver-based singer and musician; he is a Montreal-based violinist who tours internationally.


Monday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. Student Preview Matinee (tickets $15.00 each)
Tuesday, June 18 to Friday, June 28
Tuesday, July 2 to Friday, July 5
Music & Lyrics by DANNY SCHUR
7:30 p.m. evening performances
2:00 p.m. matinee performances (for days see
Tickets from $25 up to $65 all in taxes and fees included.
Tickets are available on-line or by calling 204-989-0888

If you think you’ve seen it before…think again.

Based on true events and staged one hundred years to the day of the climactic conclusion of the Winnipeg General Strike,

Re-imagined by a visionary creative team, STRIKE! THE MUSICAL will not only feature extraordinary performers who act, sing and dance… but performers who play the score with our musicians at the same time!

Manitoba’s rich history of acting, singing, dancing and musicianship combine to create a production of

STRIKE! THE MUSICAL that defines commUNITY!


Friday, June 21
‘Bloody Saturday’ Sculpture Unveiling
A public art work by Bernie Miller and Noam Gonick
Corner of Market and Main
Time: TBA
Free event

A memorial to the 100th anniversary of the 1919 General Strike will be launched in Pantages Plaza. This permanent installation replicates the streetcar which was tipped and burnt at the climax of Bloody Saturday, June 21, 1919.

The artwork was commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council with additional support from the Government of Canada, the Manitoba Federation of Labour and Manitoba’s Unions, Centre Venture, the Winnipeg Foundation, the Amalgamated Transit Union and IATSE Local 856.



Past MayWorks Programs