Event Calendar

MayWorks 2016 is here! Below is a listing of the events in MayWorks 2016. Downloadable program book coming soon!

THURSDAY, APRIL 28 • 11:45AM-12:45PM
Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace
275 Broadway Ave

Route: The walk starts at Union Centre and will travel West along Broadway to the Manitoba Legislative Building (450 Broadway).
More information: 204-992-2988 / presentations@workersoftomorrow.com

Prairie Theater Exchange, 393 Portage Avenue – 3rd Floor

Arabic Heritage Celebration presents the beauty of a culture and a civilization on stage, showcasing peace-minded dances from every country in the Arab World. It aims to promote ongoing awareness and appreciation of Arab values that Arab Canadians brought to Canada through arts, music, dance and cuisine. https://www.facebook.com/Arabicheritagecelebration/
Tickets: Available @ Second Cup (Downtown or Osborne location)
For more information: Rana – abd@istar.ca

SUNDAY, MAY 1 • 12:30PM
MAY DAY MARCHCelebrate International Working Class Day
City Hall  12:40 Greetings /12:50 Presentation of Bruce MacKay Solidarity Award / 1:00 March

The annual May Day march is organized by Winnipeg Labour Council in recognition of International Working Class Day. This year’s march marks the importance of protecting the natural and human environments.

McNally Robinsons Booksellers – (1120 Grant Ave) – In the Travel Alcove

Poetry readings, including work from Nobel Prize winners, in English (singer Liliana Romanowski), and in Polish (writer Margaret Kellerman McCullouch), as well as new and selected poetry from Ron Romanowski. Discussion to follow. If poetry can inform about some very serious topics in world history then surely the poetry of Poland can add to the discussion. Our selection of the poetry will enlighten the audience as to modern problems and their relationships in the unique voice of poetry.
For more info: Ron Romanowski – poetryisparadise@shaw.ca / 204-667-6803

MAY 5-7, 13 & 14 • 7:30PM
Theatre production presented by Derek Black & Andraea Sartison
Presented with the assistance of the Irish Association of Manitoba & Tara Players (654 Erin St)

Director Andraea Sartison (One Trunk Theatre) uniquely stages this one woman show with an ensemble of top Winnipeg performers encapsulating the many sides to Rachel Corrie. The script is taken from excerpts of Rachel’s journals and correspondence over the last decade of her life. The picture it paints is of a young woman who has a “fire in her belly”— an unquenchable thirst for justice, for hope and a poignant belief that a single person can change the world. She is both ordinary and extraordinary, a regular American GenX-er, yet set aside from her generation because of her talent and worldview.
Tickets $25 at Organic planet / http://www.mayworkswpg.brownpapertickets.com/
For more info: drblack@mymts.net / andraealaurensartison@gmail.com

MAY 8 – tentative 11 am
Heroes and Heritage: Victoria Park & The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

Walk commences at NW corner of James Street & Waterfront Drive
Come walk in the footsteps of the 35,000 men and women who participated in the General Strike of 1919. Banned from demonstrating on the city’s streets, the Strikers and their supporters met each day for six weeks to rally in Victoria Park a river-side park, located off Main Street, along what is now Waterfront Drive. The 1919 Strike is considered by many to be the single most important social and political event to have taken place in our city and Victoria Park is its symbolic heart. Walk in the path of the “Strikers” for a brief time and consider what the Strike of 1919 means for all of us today.
Details: www.janeswalk.org/Canada/Winnipeg

MAY 12-14 • 7:30PM
SALT OF THE EARTH – a play by Theatre Anywhere Productions
Rory Runnells Studio: 504-100 Arthur Street (Artspace)

One person play about William Henry Cliffe, a child labourer who left England for Winnipeg in 1911 to escape the class system. This production is a remounting of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival play written and performed by Kevin Longfield about his grandfather who was a child labourer in the Cheshire salt mines before apprenticing as a blacksmith and emigrating to Canada in 1911. He worked on the Winnipeg Aqueduct before enlisting with the Royal Engineers in World War I and serving in Baghdad. During the play he tries to reconcile the attempts he made to make a better life with the economic system that held him back.
Tickets: $10 @ the door
More info: Kevin Longfield @ 204 489-2236 / kevin@theatreanywhere.ca

The Legacy of the Winnipeg General Strike
Brookside Cemetery (3001 Notre Dame Ave)

Steve Szczerbanowicz was one of two workers killed on Bloody Saturday June 21st 1919. He actually died on the 23rd of June from the gunshot wounds and was buried on the 29th.
Last year through the efforts of MayWorks board members and the support of Brunet Monuments and Councilor Brian Mayes a stone was finally placed on his final resting place. Please join us Saturday May 24th @ 2 pm, to pay our respects and honour the memory of this victim of Bloody Saturday.

Ukrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Avenue)

The orchestra will perform a variety of selections including Ukrainian, contemporary, and some of a more popular nature. An arrangement of a Ricky Skaggs piece featuring mandolin, fiddle and guitar solos by orchestra members will be premiered at the concert. Special guest artist: Lindsey White
Tickets $20

SUNDAY, MAY 15 • 2-4 PM

On May 15th, 1919, the Winnipeg General Strike began in support the Metal Trades and the Building Trades Councils demands for fair wages and basic union rights. Over 30,000 workers shut down the city in one of the most important political moments in our culture and history. The 1919 General Strike Tour will go through highlights of what happened in 1919, with a focus on the social and economic conditions that led to 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 tour starts in the north end, goes to the residential area south of the Assiniboine River and then ends in the Exchange area of the city, at Victoria Park.
$15 for employed adults / Free – students, seniors, unemployed
To reserve a seat – commgroup@mts.net or call 204 793 3289

Ukrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Avenue)
Admission by donation

The annual Spring Concert will be part of the Ukrainian Labour Temple’s participation in Doors Open. Featuring performances by the Winnipeg Festival Choir; Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra; the AUUC dance groups Yunist Ensemble and the School of Folk Dance.

They’re Taking It Away
By Ian Robb

Oh, they’re taking it away,
Yes they’re taking it away
They are taking all the good things
You can hear the people say
And they’ll take it all tomorrow
If they don’t take it today
From the poor and sick and helpless,
They are taking it away.



Past MayWorks Programs