MayWorks Calendar of Events

Posted April 20th, 2010

MayWorks is pleased to release its calendar of events for the Festival of Labour and the Arts 2010. A programme book highlighting the events and the theme “Bread and Roses” will soon be available at various Winnipeg locations.

All Month Long
Audio Resistance
During the month of May, MayWorks is pleased to continue its collaboration with CKUW. Tune in to Black Mask Radio every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on CKUW 95.9 FM for reports and interviews about MayWorks events.

Wednesday April 28

Day of Mourning
10 am: Canadian Union of Public Employees memorial ceremony, City Hall, 510 Main Street
11:45 am: Leaders Walk with Safe Workers of Tomorrow Union Centre, 275 Broadway
6:00 pm: Manitoba Federation of Labour, Candlelight Vigil
Union Centre, 275 Broadway, Room 2C
Performances by; Hugo Torres-Cereceda and Florence Marquez

Friday April 30
Photo Exhibit: In Their Footsteps
2 pm: Grand Opening
Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street
For the entire month of May, view the historical photos depicting the struggles of women at the turn of the century to more recent times. This exhibit will feature some of our more prominent female leaders in the struggle for justice and dignity for women.

Saturday May 1
Annual Winnipeg Labour Council May Day March
1 pm: Assemble at City Hall, 510 Main Street
Join us to celebrate International Workers’ Day

Saturday May 1
3 pm: Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 91 Albert Street
One of Winnipeg’s best-known worker co-op’s and centre for progressive political and cultural activity, hosts a 24 hour telethon for the A-Zone Building before a live audience with simultaneous international broadcast, featuring non-stop entertainment through the evening and night.

Sunday May 2

11 am – 2 pm: Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 91 Albert Street
Special Vegan Brunch hosted by A.B.C.
2 pm: Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 91 Albert Street
A reprise of the Emma Goldman speech, “An Anarchist Looks at Life” performed, in costume, by the Actress Sharon Bajer.
For more information, contact Mondragon at 946-5241

Sunday May 2
May Day Banquet
Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway
Cocktails: 6 pm, Dinner: 7 pm
Dinner to be followed by a cultural program and dance. Cash bar.
Tickets $25
For reservations and tickets, contact Ken at 479-8089

Wednesday, May 5 & Thursday May 6
Film Screening: Club Native
by Tracey Deer
7 pm
The WFG’s Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street
Regular Admission
Club Native is a candid and deeply moving look at the pain, confusion and frustration suffered by many First Nations people as they struggle for the most important right of all; the right to belong. In Club Native, filmmaker Tracey Deer uses Kahnawake, her hometown, as a lens to probe deeply into the history and contemporary reality of Aboriginal identity. Following the stories of four women, she reveals the exclusionary attitudes that divide the community and many others like it across Canada.

Saturday May 8
Festival of Mandolins
8 pm
Ukrainian Labour Temple, 591 Pritchard Avenue
Free admission
Featuring the Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra,
the Praetorius Mandolin Ensemble and guest artists

Saturday May 8
Winnipeg Labour Choir presents
The Best of the Left: From 1994 to 2009
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Performance at 7:30 pm
Gas Station Theatre, 445 River Avenue
Free Admission
Featuring: Karen Dana and Harry Havey,
Patrick McGuire, Michael Desautels
Joseph and Michael Warbanski
For information and free tickets, phone: 774-8573

Sunday May 9
General Strike Bus Tour and Sokolowski Memorial Service
1 pm
Union Centre, 275 Broadway
Join our tour guides on a chartered bus as they share details about the life of Mike Sokolowski, the Ukrainian immigrant killed during the culmination of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike on “Bloody Saturday”, June 15th, as well as many other sites of interest that have direct connections to that tumultuous time. The tour begins at the Union Centre and makes it’s way to the Vulcan Iron Works where it all began. You will have a chance to see and feel Hell’s Alley where many of the marchers were beaten on that fateful day. You will also bear witness to a memorial graveside service for Mike Sokolowski at Brookside Cemetery before returning to the Union Centre.
Tickets $10 (limited seating, buy early)
Tickets available at the Workers’ Organizing Resource Centre, Mezzanine–280 Smith Street, 947-2220 or at Mondragon bookstore and Coffeehouse, 91 Albert Street, 946-5241

Friday May 14
CANCELLED An Evening with Cuba

MayWorks learned of the cancellation after our printed programme went to press.

Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 91 Albert Street
Join us for an evening of information on the current situation in Cuba and a celebration of Cuban culture organized by the Manitoba-Cuba solidarity committee.
The program includes short presentations on this year’s Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade, the Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan, and an update on the recent political and economic developments in Cuba.
Cuban and other progressive songs performed by Hugo Torres, Grupo Amistad with Victor Bustamente, and a presentation by a group of young, local Cuban children.
Sample some of the Cuban specialties, on the menu for this evening only, such as Cuban soup and congri.
Free admission, but we will pass the hat for contributions towards both the Brigade and the Caravan.
For further information, call Diane at 783-9380 or e-mail

Sunday May 16
Spring Concert

2 pm
Ukrainian Labour Temple, 591 Pritchard Avenue
AUUC School of Folk Dance, Yunist Dancers and other AUUC performing groups
Free Admission
For additional information, call Brent Stearns at 488-1008

Wednesday May 19
Bread and Roses Tonight

7 pm
Aqua Books, 247 Garry Street
New and selected poetry by Ron Romanowski and John Baillie
Songs of bread and roses by Liliana Romanowski
Featuring Ferruccio Moscarda on guitar
Free admission
For more information, call Ron at 667-6802

Saturday May 29th & Sunday May 30th
Mike’s Bloody Saturday Walking Tour

12 pm and 3 pm
City Hall Courtyard, 510 Main Street
Duration, two hours
Join award-winning composer/playwright Danny Schur (Strike! – The Musical) as he shares the fascinating and contradictory details of the last hours of Mike Sokolowski, the Ukrainian immigrant killed on “Bloody Saturday” during the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.

Free admission, but pre-registration is required, please call 227-1167 to reserve your spot.
(maximum 40 people per tour)

Saturday May 29
Winnipeg Labour Council MayWorks Picnic 2010

Noon to 4 pm
Freight House Park, Isabel Street and Ross Avenue
A fun-filled afternoon with free hotdogs and orange drink, inflatable play stations, face painting, a Clown and a free bicycle draw.
For more information call the Winnipeg Labour Council at 942-0522 or