Event Calendar

MayWorks 2018 is here! Below is a listing of the events for MayWorks 2018. 


April 27 • 11:00AM
Day of Mourning Ceremony
Safe Workers of Tomorrow Leaders Walk
Union Centre | 275 Broadway

This year, we are planning to have our Day of Mourning ceremony and ceremonial sod turning at the site of the new Workers/Firefighters/Peace Officers memorials on Friday, April 27 at Memorial Park.


10:50AM – Gather at the Union Centre

11:00AM – Welcoming and opening remarks: Michael Weier and Susan Smerchansky (Chair of MFL Health and Safety Committee)

11:15AM – Walk to Memorial Park

11:25AM – Arrive at Workers Compensation Board and meet students

11:35AM – Arrive at Memorial Park for keynote speeches from Peace Officers, Fire Fighters and Worker’s Representatives chaired by Safe Workers of Tomorrow staff

12:00PM – End of event



May 5 • 8:00PM
Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra
Ukrainian Labour Temple | 591 Pritchard
Guest artist: Jess Reimer

The Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra, under the direction of Annis Kozub, will be performing its annual May Concert. The evening’s concert will be an electic mix with Americana from violinist and mandolinist Peter Ostroushko and klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolinist Andy Statman; the movie scores of Ennio Morricone and Astor Piazzola; classical music by Gabriel Fauré; traditional Ukrainian music and a piece for clarinet by Myron Shatulsky, previous conductor of the Orchestra.

Tickets: $20.00

To reserve tickets: auucwinnipeg@gmail.com



May 5 •  7:30 PM
Al Café
Hotel Royal Plaza | 330 Kennedy
Mayworks marks the revival of the celebrated Al Café the celebrated  political café which dates back to the 1970s. Mobilizing Winnipegers  against the Pallister government is the politics of the evening but we might as well have fun doing it.  On May 5 at 7:30PM the doors will open to an evening of music, comedy and politics. The Café will continue until Pallister is kicked out and beyond. Dancing, drinks, music, dance, comedians from all sectors of Winnipeg’s many ethnic communities. Political discussion from the broad left. All Welcome.


May 7 •  7:30 PM
McNally Robinson Booksellers | 1120 Grant Avenue (Travel Alcove)
Italian Poetry and Humanism

A reading of selected Italian poets in Italian and English by the singer Liliana Moscarda-Romanowski and Ron Romanowski with an introduction by Ron Romanowski, author of the 2017 poetry collection, Butterflies of the North Woods.

Our world culture has inherited many ideas and principles that we have come to value as the basis of civilization from the artists of Italy, specifically its poets. You are cordially invited to come out and enjoy some of their work.

Refreshment will be served.

Admission is free.


May 12 • Doors: 4:00 PM | Concert: 4:30 PM
Association of United Ukrainian Canadians – 100th Anniversary Celebration
Cocktails and dinner to follow
Ukrainian Labour Temple | 591 Pritchard

Formed in 1918 as a cultural, educational and political association of the newly arrived Ukrainian immigrants the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians is celebrating its 100th Anniversary under the theme 100 years of our contributions to Canada with a gala evening featuring a concert and banquet.

The Concert will showcase the performing arts groups of the Winnipeg Branch: Festival Choir, Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra, Yunist School of Folk Dance, Yunist Dance Ensemble. The program also includes a dramatization by Brian Richardson and Kevin Longfield.

Tickets $25.00

To reserve, contact Gloria at 204.467.5043



MAY 17-27
Moving Target Theatre Company & MayWorks Present DESERTER: WORLD PREMIER
7:30pm nightly (Saturdays 2pm & 7:30pm, only 2pm on May 27, no show Monday)
Rachel Browne Theatre | 211 Bannatyne St

Inspired by Joshua Key and American war resisters in Canada, Deserter is a new play by award-winning, Winnipeg-based playwright Daniel Thau-Eleff.

Deserter follows Curtis Colby, a fictional war-deserter who is detained for using a forged passport. He finds himself in a tug-of- war between the holding cell in the present-day, his time in Iraq, and a small town in Manitoba, where he and his wife Jessica are desperately trying to lead a normal life. Deserter explores moral behaviour in a complex world, raising questions about the relationship between civilians and soldiers in countries with (supposedly) volunteer armies. When should a soldier say no? What morality can we hope for in war? And what is the role of ordinary citizens?
Advisory: strong language and mature subject matter.

$25 general admission / $20 for students/seniors/underemployed

More info and tickets available at MovingTargetTheatre.com

With support from: Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council


May 23-27
Boundary Avenue
A One Trunk Theatre Production
Asper Centre of Theatre and Film (University of Winnipeg) | 400 Colony St
See One Trunk Theatre Website for Show Dates and Times
by Andraea Sartison, Caroline Wintoniw and Liam Zarrillo with Razak Iyal and Seidu Mohammed

This May, One Trunk Theatre will present the world premiere of Boundary Avenue – a documentary theatre play that examines the influx of asylum seekers crossing the USA/Canada Border at Emerson, Manitoba over the past two years. This project is created using verbatim text collected from interviews. Featured in the play are the stories of Razak Iyal and Seidu Mohammed, who crossed on Christmas Eve 2016, losing their hands from frostbite. Drawing on the traditions of documentary and verbatim theatre, but with a dramatic edge- this project brings to life a vital story happening in our province right now. The show is in development and set to premiere May 23rd-27th, a double bill with Sarasvati Production‘s New Beginnings. 
For more information visit onetrunktheatre.com 
Tickets are $10-$25 available at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3320798 


May 27 • 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Doors Open
Ukrainian Labour Temple | 591 Pritchard Avenue

The Ukrainian Labour Temple is the headquarters of the Winnipeg Branch and national office of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, a progressive organization that offers cultural, social and educational activities. Constructed in 1918 -1919 it is the largest of the Ukrainian Labour Temples in Canada. The Winnipeg hall was built by volunteer labour and financed by donations from the newly arrived Ukrainian community. For much of its life it was the focus for Ukrainian culture, and worker and farmer activism. It is the only surviving labour hall associated with the events of the Winnipeg General Strike. 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. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes. 


MAY 29, 30, 31 • 7:30PM
Meraki Theatre Productions
The Laramie Project
The Rachel Browne Theatre (School of Contemporary Dancers) | 211 Bannatyne Ave

“The Laramie Project” (written by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project) is a critical play that addresses the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay twenty-one- year-old young man. This documentary-style play takes place in the small town of Laramie, Wyoming, where a hate crime that took the life of Matthew Shepard sparked national debate exactly 20 years ago. Meraki Theatre Productions is donating the proceeds of our performance to both the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Rainbow Resource Centre’s youth programming in Winnipeg. This play is also being presented as a part of Winnipeg Pride 2018.

Tickets • $15 at the door (or from a member of cast) • Cash Only • Limited seating

To reserve tickets, email: merakitheatreproductions@gmail.com



The Young Karl Marx
Directed by Raoul Peck
2017, Germany, 112 min
(French, German, English dialogue)

Cinematheque | 100 Arthur Street
Advance Tickets: Go to Tickets and Merch on the menu on Cinematheque website
Friday, May 18 @ 9 pm
Saturday, May 19 @ 3 pm & 9 pm
Sunday, May 20 @ 7 pm
Thu, May 24 @ 9:30 pm

Friday, May 25 @ 7 pm
Saturday, May 26 @ 3 pm

Fresh off the success of his James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, Haitian-born director Raoul Peck tackles the early days of the friendship between Karl Marx (August Diehl) and Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske) as they struggle to establish the Communist Party and complete the Communist Manifesto. (VIFF) Karl’s wife Jenny is played by Vicky Krieps from Phantom Thread. The Young Karl Marx is a gripping portrait of the legendary political writer based on letters and his friendship with associate Friederich Engels.

“The film gives you a real sense of what radical politics was about: Somehow the spectacle of fiercely angry people talking about ideas becomes absorbing and even gripping. It works due to the intelligence of the acting and the stamina and concentration of the writing and directing.”
– The Guardian

“The Young Karl Marx” highlights what made him such a remarkable thinker: his endless appetite to continue learning and incorporating challenges and critique into his own thinking.”
– The Intercept



Past MayWorks Programs