EVENTS CALENDAR

MayWorks 2021 is here! We look forward to celebrating with you this year together but apart.
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MayWorks 2021 will again consist of online events due to the gathering restrictions imposed by the provincial health authorities. We have put together an amazing programme. The confirmed events are listed and new ones may be added so watch this website or our Facebook page for updates. We are especially pleased to offer a concert in tribute to the late Anne Feeney that brings together artists from both Canada and the U.S. in an “hootenanny” style live stream event. MayWorks is proud to continue its Festival dedicated to the art and culture of working people. Now in our 27th year of programming we hope you enjoy the events.

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May Day

May 1, 2021

Happy May Day  from all of us at May Works                                         
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

Troublemaker

© Maria Dunn, 2001

Inspired by more recent struggles in the lives of working people in Canada. I tend to change up the words depending on the occasion and the issue of protest at hand. Get in touch with your inner troublemaker!

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They call me troublemaker ‘cause I’m finally saying “no”
I’ve been working hard and yet my pay is still so low
But when I speak my mind, they say:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”

Troublemaker, Troublemaker

They call me ‘greedy worker’ ‘cause I want my rollback back
In my employer’s time of need I tried to help them get on track
Now I ask to share in the profits, they say:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”

Troublemaker, Troublemaker

They call me troublemaker ‘cause I want the same as you
But they’re afraid I love someone I’m not supposed to
And when we seek the right to marry, they say:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”

Troublemaker, Troublemaker (2x)

They call me scaremonger ‘cause I won’t agree
To someone making profits from the healthcare that we need
And when I ask who’s making the money, they say:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”

Troublemaker, Troublemaker

They call me troublemaker ‘cause I’m gonna demonstrate
Make sure treaty rights don’t take a back seat to world trade
But as I block their pipeline, they say:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”

Troublemaker, Troublemaker (2x)

They call me an idealist ‘cause I wanna close the gap
The poor are getting poorer in our country’s ample lap
So next time I cast my vote, I’ll say:
“Troublemaker’s gotta go”

Troublemaker, Troublemaker
Troublemaker, Troublemaker

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Troublemaker (studio version) is on Maria Dunn’s 2004 album We Were Good People, available digitally everywhere and on physical CD through your local record store or by mail order from: www.mariadunn.com

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Mike’s Bloody Saturday

May 1 – 31, 2021 on YouTube

Winnipeg composer Danny Schur hosts this 25-minute documentary about the enduring mystery surrounding Mike Sokolowski, the central character of his stage musical Strike! – which was adapted to the movie musical Stand!. Warning:  major spoiler alert!

Watch here for free:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muOq6A-PGq4&t=166s

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MayWorks ~ May Day Hootenanny

Celebrating the lives and history of working people, and the spirit of Anne Feeney.
May 2, 2021, 7:00PM
Link to YouTube Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2bAYRt5RLE

A Live-Stream “Hootenanny” style performance by Jessee Havey, Maria Dunn, Joe Jencks, David Rovics and members of Red Moon Road.

DONATIONS WELCOME!  All donations will be split 50/50 between MayWorks and the Anne Feeney Hell Raiser Fund. Donate now via:
PayPal: PayPal.Me/MayworksMB
Etransfer: MayworksManitoba@gmail.com
Cheque: MayWorks, ℅ 338 Seven Oaks Ave, Winnipeg MB, R2V 0L3

About The Anne Feeney Hellraiser Fund, managed by the Labor Heritage Foundation:
Anne Feeney was “the best labor singer in North America,” according to Utah Phillips, “a fearless and formidable force,” according to Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, and “rocked the house” according to Dar Williams. She was also a mentor who generously gave her time and support to help jump-start the careers of many young and up-and-coming songwriters, activists, and artists who carry on the tradition of using music and art as a tool and a weapon in support of movements for social, economic, and environmental justice. She especially supported young women, queer and trans artists, working class artists and artists of color by sharing her wisdom, her contacts, and the stage. The Anne Feeney Hell Raiser Fund is a fund managed through the Labor Heritage Foundation that will carry on Anne’s work of constantly passing the torch and lifting up the voices of emerging activist musicians. Each year the fund will provide small grants to artists carrying forward Anne Feeney’s rabble rousing legacy. Grants between $500 – 1,000 will be used to support a recording project, subsidize a tour, or support in the creation of original music or artwork that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.

This concert is sponsored by Manitoba Government Employees Union and Manitoba Federation of Labour.

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World’s Best Protest March: Bella Ciao 

Performed by Liliana and Ron Romanowski
May 10, 2021 at 1PM on MayWorks Facebook & YouTube 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHAxww1z7AU

The song Bella Ciao was created by the female rice workers of Italy’s Po River Valley as a protest song to help fight for better working conditions. Left Wing movements in WWII and throughout the world took up its extraordinary tune.

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.

Launched at 2019’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. Ron won the 2020 Lake Winnipeg Writers Group Poetry Contest.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021) Memorial 

Performed by Ron Romanowski
May 17, 2021 at 1PM on MayWorks Facebook & YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwsJ3S1-HP0

Winnipeg Poet Ron Romanowski reads a special poem to commemorate the life of the great poet and cultural icon Larry Ferlinghetti, whose work has inspired countless poets and writers over decades.

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Stand!

May 18, 2021 available for rent or purchase on Apple TV, iTunes & Google Play

Danny Schur’s award-winning stage musical Strike! – set against the 1919 Winnipeg General Strikewas adapted to the movie musical Stand!, becoming the #1 Canadian movie at the box office in December, 2019. Timed to coincide with the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Winnipeg General Strike, Stand! comes to digital in Canada on May 18th. Rent or buy on Apple TV, iTunes, Google Play and others. Watch the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSMDHfBP5rQ&t=16s

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Solidarity is for Everyone

Facilitated by Marianne Cerilli
May 19, 2021 at 7PM on Zoom (Email eventmanager@fetejockey.com to register)

Workers with diverse social identities will talk about their experience followed by an interactive session exploring various forms of oppression from sexism and racism to transphobia and anthropocentrism as well as tactics and impacts of exploitation and marginalization. The interactive activity debrief will focus on building worker identity and working class identity as a needed part of union building, worker engagement and empowerment. 

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Elegy for Our Pandemic Dead

Performed by Ron Romanowski
May 24, 2021 at 1PM on MayWorks Facebook & YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZPsBezc0r4

Winnipeg poet Ron Romanowski’s poem for the victims of this Great Pandemic, whose intent is to grieve, and, if possible, find healing amidst our great loss.

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Green Labour

Facilitated by Marianne Cerilli
May 26, 7PM on Zoom (Email eventmanager@fetejockey.com to register)

A Guide for Workers Organizing for A Just Transition will be launched during May Works through this hands on session. Marianne Cerilli is championing Green Labour as the politics we need to integrate social justice, Indigenous Rights, intergenerational rights to ensure future generations have a habitable planet as well as worker rights for green jobs at living wages. Marianne will outline her experience and ideas about Green Labour then introduce participants to her tools in a group activity. The Green Labour Change Matrix is a tool workers and activists can use after the session to ensure we are making the most of our hard won labour rights and tools to advance a climate justice agenda.