May Day March! THIS SUNDAY 12:30 pm City Hall

Posted April 29th, 2016


Join us in this years MayWorks May Day March –
“Protect the Human and Natural Environments”

Come down and meet with fellow supporters to engage the discussion around this years theme – environmental stewardship and the labour movement.

Meet 12:30 @ City Hall
Including presentation of the Bruce MacKay Solidarity Award

Welcome to MayWorks 2016

Posted April 19th, 2016

Welcome to MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts 2016, in this 22nd year for MayWorks. The Festival’s first year was 1994 – the 75th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike. It was those anniversary celebrations that prompted a number of trade union activists to launch MayWorks. Now, twenty-two years later we are looking forward to and planning for the 100th anniversary of the General Strike in 2019.

MayWorks is unique in that it is dedicated to celebrating art and ideas which emerge from working class struggles. As before MayWorks offers a mix of events and something of interest to everyone. We have some events that are part of the calendar every year such as those that honour the history of the Strike or unique cultural gems such as the Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra. This year MayWorks theme exposes racism and how it is used to divide, control and distract from the real issues and problems that we face as a society.

We have all experienced how this works. We saw the attempt to divide Canadians in the federal election last year. Efforts were made to inflame opinion around issues such as the hijab. Appeals were made to “Canadian values” and “old stock Canadians” and the tone was distinctly anti-immigrant. The issue of inflaming public opinion along cultural, religious, ethnic and national lines has emerged front and centre in the U.S presidential primaries.

On this note the Festival will feature events that build understanding and the program book will feature short essays exploring the issue of racism from various perspectives.

The MayWorks program has become an integral part of the Festival not only as a guide to the events but an artistic and literary contribution to the Festival in its own right. The program is available on-line at this web site and in printed form at various locations. We are quite proud of the program and its development over the years. In this regard we owe a great deal of thanks to the union support that makes it possible. You can also find a list of all our events in the calendar

Whatever your interest we invite you to come and participate in the events that are part of this year’s MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts.

We also ask you to consider supporting the Festival by following us on Facebook, volunteering for MayWorks events and contributing financially to help us build the Festival.

Glenn Michalchuk,
MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts

My Name Is Rachel Corrie – Crowd funding campaign

Posted April 5th, 2016

MayWorks needs your help!

“My Name is Rachel Corrie”
A play created from Rachel’s own journals is struggling to meet production costs in order for it’s debut performance for MayWorks.
• As edited by actor Alan Rickman and journalist Katherine Viner
• Directed by Andrea Sartison
• Performed by: Gwendolyn Collins, Heather Russell, Gislina Patterson, Liz Whitbread, Brittany Thiessen & Erin Schwartz

In the spirit of artistic expression, freedom of speech and the spirit of Rachel herself, we are asking you to donate what you can to help MayWorks’ successfully share Rachel’s life story.

This is where YOU come in! We have established a fundraising goal of $7,500.00 (CAD), which, with your generosity and commitment to festivals and works which speak to the relationship between working peoples and the arts, is tenable over the course of the next 4 weeks. Even the smallest amount can help offset many critical production costs, including: actors’ wages, set design expenses and venue rental fees.

Please take a moment to visit our campaign to find out more. MayWorks thanks you in advance for your generosity!–3#/

Interview CKUW: People Of Interest – Festival of Mandolins & Angela Fama

Posted May 6th, 2015

Tune in to interviews from this morning’s show on CKUW –
People If Interest with Dave Quanbury:

Interviews with Myron about the history of the Ukrainian Labour Temple

Highlights on the upcoming show of The Festival Of Mandolins (This Saturday!!)
8:00 PM Ukrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Avenue)
Tickets: $20 ($10 for children 14 years and under; free for children 5 years and under)

This year will be the twenty-second annual Festival of Mandolins.

Interview with Angela Fama about her upcoming pop up photo project “WHAT IS LOVE”
TOMORROW 11am-3pm @ Old Market Square

“A Reader’s Guide to the Unnameable” by Ron Romanowski

Posted May 4th, 2015

MayWorks is in full swing!

Tonight’s event – a book launch and literary thrill-ride for poetry fans and everyone else by one of Winnipeg’s most experimental poets – Ron Romanowski.


A Reader’s Guide to the Unnameable is avant-garde Winnipeg writer Ron Romanowski’s sixth poetry collection. His first, Sweet Talking, was published in 2004. His work has appeared in journals and in numerous anthologies. His poetry has been read on national CBC Radio. Ron continues to work with, among many other cutting-edge themes, definitions of authorship and identity in his latest collection.

TONIGHT 7pm McNally Robinson (1120 Grant Ave), free event

Check out the poetry video by Winnipeg’s renowned young filmmaker Dylan Baillie: