Event Calendar

MayWorks 2017 is here! Below is a listing of the events for MayWorks 2017. 


APRIL 28 • 11AM
Mourn the Dead, Fight for the Living
National Day of Mourning
Union Centre • Second Floor Auditorium
275 Broadway Winnipeg

Light refreshments will be served beginning at 10:30 am. 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. The service will end at 11:45 am and be followed by the Safe Workers of Tomorrow’s Leaders Walk.


May 1 • 6PM
May Day March

Say No to the Agenda of Austerity, Privatization and Cuts to Jobs and Social Spending

Assemble at 5:30 pm at Memorial Park. March begins at 6 pm.

Winnipeg Labour Council marks International Working Class Day with the May Day March. People are getting organized against the cuts to jobs and social spending being planned by the Pallister government. Come out on May 1st and add your voice to the resistance. Duration of the march is about one hour. The march returns to Legislature for a short rally.


MAY 1 • Screening 6PM & 9PM
Black Space Winnipeg & Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque Present
Free Angela Davis
Winnipeg Cinematheque • 100 Arthur Street

In anticipation of Dr. Angela Davis’ visit to Winnipeg on May 6, 2017 – Black Space Winnipeg and Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque are pleased to present a cinematic tribute to Angela Davis. Free Angela and all Political Prisoners is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s. Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers, and becomes a principle spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement. As a result, she finds herself fighting to keep her job, and in the national media spotlight characterized by her many detractors as a dangerous subversive menace, and by her supporters as a strong leader challenging authority and boldly advocating for “Power to All People”

We will offer a double-screening of a documentary film focused on the iconic Black activist, as well as a panel discussion and reception between the two screenings. Join us at either screening time (6 pm or 9 pm) and stay for a panel curated by Black Space Winnipeg, where we will discuss race, racialized imprisonment and woman-led activist movements. Community members are welcome to participate in this educational evening where we will explore the work of Dr. Davis.

Panel Discussion & Reception • FREE

Screening • $10 in advance • $15 at the door

To purchase tickets or for more information visit:


MAY 3, 5 & 6 • 8PM
A One Trunk Theatre & MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts Production
Prairie Theatre Exchange • Gendis Studio

Embargo is a daringly theatrical, and highly physical performance inspired by the underground punk-rock music scene in Cuba, but set within our own political landscape. A timely piece that tackles globalization after the recent lifting of the Cuban embargo, this show is dirty, loud, and low-fi, the play is about the lengths we will go to be free-thinkers and dreamers. Embargo follows the journey of two sisters as they are gradually pulled apart while attempting to move beyond the parameters of their reality. The play will be presented as a work-in-progress, and we invite and encourage feedback from the audience as we continue to develop the piece.

Tickets • $10 at the door • Cash Only


MAY 5 • 7:30PM
Butterflies of the North Woods
A book launch for Ron Romanowski’s new collection of poetry.
McNally Robinson Booksellers • Travel Alcove
1120 Grant Avenue

Butterflies of the North Woods, Ron Romanowski’s 7th book of working-class poetry is in response to the wholesale transfer of power to bullies and tyrants that is going on. Butterflies of the North Woods answers the outrages of the right-wing with a book of peace, anti-violence, and imagination.

“Poetry can, with the other arts, provide a vision of the possible alternative to the “Bad” and “the Ugly” of our current regressive powers.” – ron romanowski

Refreshments will be provided.

Admission • FREE

For more information:
Ron Romanowski • 204.667.6802


MAY 6 • 2PM
Memorial Service
Brookside Cemetery

On this the ninety eighth anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, please join us 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.

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


MAY 6 • Doors 7PM • Program 8PM
Dr. Angela Davis
Race, Resistance & Revolution: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Knox United Church • 400 Edmonton Street
Wheelchair accessible

Hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives –Manitoba (CCPA MB) in partnership with Black Space Winnipeg and Queer People of Colour Winnipeg, internationally-renowned activist and scholar Dr. Angela Davis will be speaking on the role of social movements in the Trump-era in Winnipeg this May 6, 2017.


General Admission • $30

angeladaviswpg.eventbrite.ca; blackspacewpg.ca; policyfix.ca and McNally Robinson Booksellers.

Student • $20

University of Winnipeg Info Booth; University of Manitoba Answers; CCPA Manitoba office at 204.927.3200

Ticket and post-talk reception with Dr. Davis • $100

(Includes $50 tax deductible receipt from CCPA)

Limited number of reduced rate tickets are available for those whom which cost is a barrier.

Please call CCPA MB for availability.


MAY 8 • 7PM
CPP Investments – Making a Killing: Evening with Richard Sanders
Millennium Library • Carol Shields Auditorium
251 Donald Street 

Thanks to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), millions of Canadians are being forced to invest their retirement savings in many of the world’s largest war industries, from those making nuclear weapons, to major contractors for the infamous F-35 warplane. CPP investments include eight of the world’s top-ten weapons manufacturers. Besides investing in the deadly tools of war and repression, the CPP’s portfolio includes many of the world’s largest oil, mining, tobacco and sweatshop profiteers. 

Richard Sanders is the writer and researcher of Press for Conversion, a highly informative newsletter published by the Ottawa-based Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT) which was formed in 1988. His research is unique and highly regarded.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Admission • FREE

Donations accepted to help defray costs.

You can find out more at:

Sponsored by Peace Alliance Winnipeg, in partnership with: Council of Canadians–Winnipeg, Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties, Canadian Dimension magazine, Wolseley Greens Constituency Association


MAY 13 • 8PM
A Festival of Mandolins
Ukrainian Labour Temple 
591 Pritchard Avenue

The WINNIPEG MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA in concert, playing traditional and contemporary music. The concert features 3 movements from “Pictorial Sketches for Orchestra” by Ben McPeek, a Canadian composer/arranger, which was commissioned for the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra in 1976.

Guest artist Nation of Two

Tickets available at the door

Admission • $20 | Students • $15

For more information please email
Koren Kaminski at koren.kaminski@gmail.com


MAY 17 • 7–9PM
Panel discussion with David Camfield, Mark Hudson, Lynne Fernandez, Evan Bowness

Millennium Library • Carol Shields Auditorium
251 Donald Street

What will capitalism’s current trajectory mean for different aspects of our lives, and what can we do about it? This forum will feature four short presentations followed by a discussion.


Evan Bowness (PhD student at the University of British Columbia) on capitalism and agriculture.

David Camfield (Associate Professor, Labour Studies and Sociology, University of Manitoba) on capitalism and work.

Lynne Fernandez (Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues) on capitalism and public services.

Mark Hudson (Associate Professor, Sociology and Global Political Economy, University of Manitoba) on capitalism and climate change.

Admission • FREE


MAY 28 • 11AM–5PM
The Ukrainian Labour Temple

591 Pritchard Avenue

The Ukrainian Labour Temple is the headquarters of the Winnipeg Branch and the national offices of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, a progressive organization which 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 political 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.


AUUC Festival Choir • 1pm

Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra • 2pm

Yunist Dance Ensemble and AUUC School of Folk Dance • 3pm



University of Manitoba

In the 100th anniversary year of the Russian Revolutions, which inaugurated the series of revolutions that marked and defined the twentieth century, our conference focuses on the theme of revolutions. We want to speak to the widespread and widely varying causes, contexts, conditions and consequences of modern revolutions. There are many types, of course, but we are primarily interested in the often-spectacular political, social or economic events that confront particular institutional, social and ideological regimes and the unfolding consequences and actions in the days and years that follow. The revolts of colonized, enslaved and indigenous peoples from Tyrone, Toussaint, Tupac and Tecumseh, through the revolutions which defined the West like the English and the French to today’s Bolivarian, Arab Spring, and colour revolutions, revolutions have transformed politics, state structures, economies, cultures and societies. Revolutions require imagination: ideologies motivate actors and, events confound them – prompting new explanations. By some accounts, we are still living in an age of revolutions; others question their possibility today.

Within this broad framework the conference will consider past and present revolutions, their causes, characters and consequences. We will consider revolutions beyond those primarily within the political, social and economic spheres (Scientific, technological, artistic etc.) in terms of their association with watershed moments in social, political or economic life.


Julia Buxton of the Central European University who has written extensively on the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela and 21st Century Socialism in Latin America,

Ruslan Dzarasov of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Department of Political Economy, an expert on the Soviet Experience and post-Soviet Russia

Domenico Losurdo of the Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo, Departments of Philosophy, History and Politics who almost uniquely combines philosophical and historical interests in the theme of revolutions

Gong Yun of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Department of the Development of Marxism, whose work focuses on the Chinese revolution and its fate.

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