MayWorks 2020 is here! We look forward to celebrating with you this year together but apart. Below is a listing of our online events for 2020. Thanks to our sponsors who helped us make this online event possible including:

WLC – UFCW – Unifor local 7 – ATU 1505 – CUPE National CUPE 500 – CUPE Manitoba – MGEU – UNIFOR National – American Income Life – Canadian Labour Congress – Manitoba Federation of Labour


May Day Webinar

Join Radhika Desai, Dimitri Lascaris, Nigaan Sinclair, Ajit Singh and Maria Victor for a Mayday Webinar, organized by Winnipeg Venezuela Peace Committee

Date/Time: Friday, May 1, 11 a.m. (Central Time) 5pm (UTC)
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May Day 2020 comes as capitalism is rocked by its most severe crisis since the Great Depression, possibly ever. Not just financial markets and banks are collapsing, but entire economies. Meanwhile the social contract forged in the advanced capitalist countries is now strained beyond capacity by decades of cuts in health care and social services.

The crisis has placed new demands on us, but opens new prospects. The Medical Internationalism of countries like China, Venezuela and Cuba, putting solidarity and care of people above all else, and their success against odds and in the teeth of grotesque Western attempts pursue regime change goals by doubling down on sanctions, is indelibly marked on the experience of this period. In contrast, neo-liberal strategies in pursuit of maximum profit are exposed daily as anti-people, regressive and life threatening in the face of the pandemic.


  • Radhika Desai, Director Geopolitical Economy Research Group
  • Maria Victor, President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre
  • Dimitri Lascaris, lawyer, activist, journalist and candidate for leadership of the Green Party of Canada
  • Nigaan Sinclair, Professor of Native Studies, University of Manitoba; columnist at the Winnipeg Free Press and commentator for APTN, CBC, CTV
  • Ajit Singh, lawyer, independent journalist and contributor to The Grayzone

Host: Alan Freeman, research affiliate of the University of Manitoba’s Geopolitical Economy Research Group

Moderator: Glenn Michalchuk, Chair of Peace Alliance Winnipeg, labour and social justice activist/Winnipeg May Day organizer


Friday, May 1st, 2020
May Day Comments with Paul Moist
Broadcast at 1pm on the MayWorks Facebook Page and on YouTube.

Paul Moist is President Emeritus of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).  He served as National President of CUPE from 2003 until his retirement in 2015.

A CUPE member for 40 years, Paul worked for his union full-time for 32 years.  He served as President of the Winnipeg Labour Council, President of CUPE Manitoba and on the Executive Boards of the Manitoba Federation of Labour (20 years) and the Canadian Labour Congress (12 years).

He serves on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba.  Since 2016 he has served as a part-time member (Worker Representative) of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).

He previously held positons as Treasurer of the United Way of Winnipeg, Vice-Chair of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation and Co-Chair of the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council.

In 2012, Paul was awarded the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Arts Distinguished Alumni Award.  In 2015, the Public Policy Forum awarded him the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy.


Friday, May 1st, 2020
Poetry Reading with Ron Romanowski, videography by Liliana Romanowski
Broadcast at 1pm on the MayWorks Facebook Page and on YouTube.

Launched at last year’s MayWorks Ron Romanowski’s poetry collection If 30,000 Strikers Marched Today commemorates the strikers’ part in the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 on its centennial.  Ron was featured poet at the Winnipeg International Writers Festival Speaking Crow reading series last July and was one of the artists who participated in the Manitoba Museum’s innovative performance evening dedicated to the 1919 Strike last June.  Ron’s poem “When One Cataclysm Melts Into Another” was published in the Winnipeg Free Press April 18th Writes of Spring poetry section.

Winnipeg-born soprano Liliana Romanowski has enjoyed a diverse and dynamic singing and reading career.  Liliana has participated in MayWorks as a singer and reader for over twenty years, reading poetry and prose in English, Spanish and Italian  She has sung for her church, the Italian community, and the Sokol Polish Folk Ensemble.  She has sung solos at the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music and Jazz nights at Joe Black’s Café.


Friday, May 1st, 2020
Clip from the movie Stand with Danny Schur
Broadcast at 1pm on the MayWorks Facebook Page and on YouTube.

Danny Schur is the composer/producer and co-writer of the critically-acclaimed stage musical “Strike!” – set against the Winnipeg General Strike – and the its award-winning film adaptation, “Stand!”. 

Danny’s contribution to Mayworks 2020 is a clip from “Stand!” of the song “Fifty Dollars”. During this COVID era, which harkens back to the era of the 1919 Influenza depicted in the movie , the song is timely metaphor about low-wage essential jobs, gender wage disparity and uncertain hopes for the future.


Friday, May 8th, 2020
Poetry Reading with Ron Romanowski, videography by Liliana Romanowski
Broadcast at 1pm CST on the MayWorks Facebook Page and on YouTube.

Ron Romanowski shares a poem from his 2019 bestselling poetry book, If Thirty Thousand Strikers Marched Today.


Friday, May 15th, 2020
Poetry Reading with Ron Romanowski, videography by Liliana Romanowski
Broadcast at 1pm CST on the MayWorks Facebook Page and on YouTube.

Ron Romanowski shares the poem, ‘Manu Dibango Died Today’.


Friday, May 22nd, 2020
David Rovics Concert
Broadcast at Noon CST on Twitch.

To donate to David’s performance please visit his PayPal page, here.

David Rovics is a songwriter, musician, blogger and podcaster based in Portland, Oregon.  Since the 1990’s, David has been touring regularly throughout North America, Europe, and occasionally elsewhere, playing on stages large and small, at protests and festivals as well as in squatted social centers and folk clubs.  He has recorded dozens of albums and had millions of his songs viewed, streamed and downloaded.  He hosts two regular podcasts — Song For Today and This Week with David Rovics — and writes regularly for Dissident Voice, Counterpunch, and Fifth Estate.


Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
Joe Jencks Solidarity Concert
Broadcast LIVE at 8pm CST on YouTube.

To donate to Joe’s performance, please visit his PayPal page, here.

Joe Jencks is a 21-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter and a celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area. He is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Joe Jencks is also a dual US-Irish citizen, and draws on many cultural and artistic reference points in his concerts. A co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Jencks has penned several #1 Folk-songs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, and has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond.  For more info, also visit:


Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
Nation of Two Concert
Broadcast at 8pm CST on our Facebook page and YouTube.

To donate to Nation of Two’s performance, please visit their PayPal page, here.

Founding member of The Duhks, fierce songbird Jessee Havey and partner Nathaniel Good have found so much to see inside each other that they have formed a musical Nation of Two. Their partnership in life is mirrored in their musical lives as they perform as two halves of the same whole. The music that results comes from such a place of trust and adoration that listeners can’t help but be entranced by the magic unfolding before their eyes.


Sunday, May 29th, 2020
1919 Winnipeg General Strike – Brookside Cemetery Walking Tour

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike – Brookside Cemetery Walking Tour was a 2019 commemorative project on the centenary of the general strike.

The guided tour takes about two hours and participants will meet 15 citizens connected to the general strike, still the seminal event in Canadian labour history.

Plans for this year include the following dates:

  • Sunday, May 29th, 2020 @ 12:00 noon
  • Sunday, June 28th, 2020 @ 12:00 noon
  • Sunday, July 26th, 2020 @ 12:00 noon
  • Sunday, August 30th, 2020 @ 12:00 noon

Participants must pre-register prior to the above scheduled dates by contacting, Paul Moist at (204) 793 7285.


Saturday, May 30th, 2020
The Joe Hill Roadshow by Michael and Nell
Broadcast LIVE at 8pm CST on YouTube.

To donate to The Joe Hill Roadshow please visit here.

Michael & Nell (Michael J. August and Nell Levin) continue the tradition of entertaining, irreverent social commentary, humanity and humor that they manifested in the “formidable” (Nashville Scene) Shelby Bottom String Band in 2008 and Shelby Bottom Duo in 2016. They have attracted fans with originals like “East Nashville Rag”, “Displacement Blues”, named by the Tennessean as “Nashville’s newest social justice anthem” and “Fat and Bald”, an audience favorite about life’s unintended consequences. They also delight listeners with some obscure, quirky songs that deserve a wider audience. Their upcoming album, Welcome Home, comprised mostly of original songs, will be released in early 2020. 

Michael & Nell have performed at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and at many venues, including festivals, house concerts and benefits for environmental, community and social justice organizations. They created the acclaimed multi-media Joe Hill Road Show in 2016 and have performed it 27 times for colleges, unions and community groups. In October 2016, they released a companion CD. They have received Humanities Tennessee, Metro Nashville Arts Commission THRIVE, TN Arts Commission and Puffin Foundation funding for their Road Show. 

Michael J. August is a songwriter and was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Shelby Bottom String Band for 7 years. He has played as a solo fingerstyle guitar act in bars & coffeehouses. He hosted an acoustic music radio show on WRFN for eleven years. Nell Levin has played with Americana artist Tom Roznowski, Buffalo Gals, Cadillac Cowgirls, Goldrush and bluegrass pioneer Earl Taylor. She was voted Most Promising Female Songwriter by Tennessee Songwriters Association. She was the primary songwriter, fiddler and back-up vocalist for Shelby Bottom String Band for 7 years.


Past MayWorks Programs