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Call for Submissions MayWorks 2020: Time for Change – Time to Organize

Posted November 20th, 2019

MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts is now accepting submissions to the 2020 Festival: Time for Change – Time to Organize. MayWorks is a multi-disciplinary festival concerned with social justice in all its forms. It celebrates the contributions of working people to this struggle. The Festival takes place in the month of May but can include events in late April and early June. All artists, organizations or anyone proposing an event is requested to submit a description of their event by January 17, 2020 to Applicants will be notified if accepted into the Festival.

Terms and conditions:

There are no fees associated with being part of the Festival;

Organizer(s) of an event are responsible for venue, tickets and any support required for holding the event and are required to promote the event independently;

Events are also expected to promote the MayWorks Festival at their event;

MayWorks provides overall publicity for the Festival and will:
• promote your organization and event in our online and print calendar;
• include you in our event listings and large festival media release which is launched in May;
• offer advice in promoting your event(s);

Please provide the following details:

Name (artist or organization which is making the submission);
Contact information (email and telephone number);
Description of project/event (please explain how your project addresses how it fits the overall mandate of MayWorks);
The following is for the promotion of your event (the information you provide here will be how the event is advertised in MayWorks promotional material so please ensure it is accurate);
Day(s), date(s) and time(s) of event;
Event name or title;
Event description (not to exceed 150 words – though we reserve the right to edit);
Event location;
Ticket price and, if applicable, where tickets can be purchased in advance;
For more information; (provide a reliable way you can be contacted about the event)

Send the above information to

MayWorks 2015 Call for Submissions

Posted January 19th, 2015

We are looking for artists of all disciplines to be part of MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts 2015.

The theme for MayWorks 2015 is Celebrating Labour History, the struggles and the victories and the changes made possible through the union movement. Mayworks draws on both the historical and contemporary experience of art that reflects the working class and the struggle for social change.

MayWorks was first established as a Festival of Labour and the Arts in Winnipeg in 1994. There are MayWorks Festivals in other Canadian cities in May and all celebrate the contributions of working people through various forms of artistic expressions, displays or other relevant expressions.

MayWorks is open to all who share this vision.

All artists, organizations or anyone proposing an event are asked to submit their proposal by February 6, 2015 to MayWorks at To receive a proposal form contact MayWorks at

MayWorks This Week

Posted May 12th, 2014

The success of the Pete Seeger Tribute concert and the Festival of Mandolins rounded out last week. Coming this week is the launch of the book “Winnipeg’s General Strike: Reports from the front lines” at McNally Robinson on Thursday, May 15th. For those interested in the history of the Strike there is also the 1919 Strike Tour on Sunday, May 25th. Full information on these and other events can be found in the calendar of events or you can download the calendar.

MayWorks Festival Begins – Exciting week ahead

Posted May 2nd, 2014

MayWorks is off to a great start with the holding of the annual May Day March followed by a successful May Day Cabaret at the King’s Head Pub.

An exciting week is in store and it features one of the highlights of the Festival – the tribute concert to the late Pete Seeger featuring some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians on Friday, May 9. And on Saturday, May 10 MayWorks features one of its signature events: The Festival of Mandolins.

Monday, May 5
Cinco De Mayo Poetry

7 p.m.
McNally Robinson Booksellers in the Atrium
1120 Grant Avenue
Admission is free

A people’s holiday event featuring Mexican Poetry read in Spanish by Liliana Romanowski and in English by John H. Baillie. Also new and selected poetry by Winnipeg activist poet Ron Romanowski author of Incantations from the Republic of Fire

For more information contact Ron Romanowski at 204-667-6802.

Thursday, May 8
Open House: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba office

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Social Enterprise Centre
765 Main St.
Refreshments served

Celebrate CCPA’s community-based and labour research and new location! CCPA is pleased to join Winnipeg’s social cluster at the Social Enterprise Centre. The Social Enterprise Centre, is an innovation cluster for social enterprises (SE), formed and operated by the three social enterprise partners: BUILD, Manitoba Green Retrofit, and Pollock’s Hardware Cooperative.

Thursday, May 8 (and other dates – see below)
“Labour of Love” Art Exhibit and Musical Performances
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Featuring Jamil the DJ
Studio Wall
8-791 Wall Street
Free Event

Celebrate the works of West End Artists in their “Labour of Love” with the blank canvas, songbook and dance floor. Featuring Artwork by Sue Hoang and Wai Tien and Musical Performances from Jamil the DJ, Jonathan Seburn and local guest DJs and musicians.

“Labour of Love” continues with performances on:

Friday, May 9 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 10 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with Jamil the DJ;
Thursday, May 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Jamil the DJ
Friday, May 23 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 24 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with DJ Jonathan Seburn

For more information 204-807-6989

Friday, May 9
Pete Seeger Tribute Concert

Doors at 7 p.m. Concert at 8 p.m.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Muriel Richardson Auditorium
Tickets $20 available at Organic Planet, Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store or at the Door

Featuring: Heather Bishop, Leonard Podolak, Nathan Rogers, Sweet Alibi, Jessee Havey, Red Moon Road, Keith Dyck

Saturday, May 10
Festival of Mandolins

8 p.m.
Ukrainian Labour Temple – 595 Pritchard
Tickets $15 at the door

The Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra and guest performers present the Festival of Mandolins at one of Winnipeg’s most historic and unique venues.

For more information contact Brent Stearns at 204-488-1008


Posted May 2nd, 2014

All of MAY
Millennium Library
251 Donald Street
Free Admission

The MAIL ART exhibit is part of the world’s largest collection featuring the theme of work. MAIL ART is a worldwide cultural movement started in the 1960’s. The idea behind the movement is to bypass the elitist gallery/museum system of art. There are no hierarchies, no rules, all participants work is shown to the public. MAIL ART is non commercial, no entry fees, no sales and the yearly call is universal.