MayWorks 2011: A Festival of Labour and the Arts in Winnipeg, MB : News - news

By: Mayworks  09-12-2011

MayWorks 2011: A Festival of Labour and the Arts in Winnipeg, MB : News

Thursday, April 28

National Day of Mourning – SAFE Workers of Tomorrow Annual Leaders’ Walk
11:45am, April 28, 2011
Depart from Union Centre entrance, 275 Broadway, Winnipeg

Join labour and community leaders in the Annual Leaders’ Walk to the Legislature to honour the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.
Contact: Allan Beach, SAFE Workers of Tomorrow, 992-2988.

National Day of Mourning – MFL Candlelight Service
6:00pm, April 28, 2011
Room 2C, Union Centre, 275 Broadway, Winnipeg

A candlelight service to remember those who have lost their lives earning a living, and those who have become disabled from work.
Contact: Jean-Guy Bourgeois, Manitoba Federation of Labour, 953-2563

Sunday, May 1

MayWorks MAIL ART
All of May
Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street
Free Admission

The MAYWORKS 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.

May Day March
Assemble at 12:30pm – March at 1:00pm, May 1, 2011
City Hall, 510 Main Street

Celebrate International Working Class Day.
The annual May Day March organized by Winnipeg Labour Council takes place in recognition of International Working Class Day. Come and be part of May Day and the struggle for Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities and Progress for All.
For more information contact Winnipeg Labour Council at 942-0522

Monday, May 2

Music From the Ghetto
7:00pm, May 2, 2011
Chevra Mishnayes Synagogue, 700 Jefferson Avenue
Free Admission

The United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) will explore Music from the
Ghetto at its annual Holocaust Commemoration. Musicologist Jane Enkin will
speak about music that was written during that dark time and will sing
selected pieces. The UJPO choir-The North End Jewish folk Choir- will also
perform.

Tuesday, May 3

A Film Festival: Struggles – Justice – Rights
7:00pm – 9:00pm, May 3, 2011
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street
Suggested donation $5.00

Mayworks, Canadian Dimension Magazine and Cliff (labour) film festival with the Support of the Millennium Public Library proudly present A Film Festival: Struggles – Justice – Rights.
A selection of features and shorts from the 2010 Cliff film festival will be featured, in addition to other notable films from 2010. Featured films will be screened on May 3, May 16 and May 24.
Featured Film:
Beneath Black Skies
In 1902, Australia’s largest industrial disaster killed 96 men and boys and left 120 children fatherless. This labour history tracks how Australia’s first mineral export, coal, shaped the men and women who lived the mining life… beneath black skies.
Hosted by David Camfield

Wednesday, May 4

The Big Book of Canadian Poetry
Music at 7:30pm ~ Reading at 8:00pm, May 4, 2011
McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park, 1120 Grant Avenue
Free Admission

The new book of poetry by the New Festival crew: Ron Romanowski, June Summer-Jones, John G. Carmody, Marina Stepanova, Ruth Rachel Cyprian and Siegfried Jerusalem.
Hosted by Nurit Drory and music by Sam Knacker on harmonica.
For more information contact

Thursday, May 5

Canadian Labour in Crisis: Reinventing the Workers’ Movement Book Launch
8:00pm, May 5, 2011
Mondragon Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 91 Albert Street
Free Admission

Though many of us think of ourselves as middle class, most of us are, in fact, working class: we work for a wage. And though many of us are members of unions, most people do not understand themselves to be part of this movement. Canadian Labour in Crisis asks why this is so. Through an analysis of the contemporary Canadian working-class movement and its historical development, Camfield offers an explanation for its current state and argues that reform within the movement is not enough.
Please see more information about the book at: http://www.fernwoodpublishing.ca/Canadian-Labour-in-Crisis/

Saturday, May 7

May Day Banquet
Cocktails at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm, May 1, 2011
Hotel Fort Garry
Tickets: $30.00

Dinner and a political/ cultural programme and dance. Cash bar.
For reservations and tickets contact Ken at 479-8089

Sunday, May 8

1919 Historical Bus Tour and Memorial Service for Mike Sokolowski
1:00pm, May 8, 2011
Union Centre, 275 Broadway
Tickets $10.00
Free admission for mothers who are accompanied by children of any age

Join our knowledgeable tour guides on a chartered bus as they share details and answer questions about the sites of interest that have a direct connection to the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. Learn about the life of Mike Sokolowski, the Ukrainian immigrant who was killed during the culmination of the strike on “Bloody Saturday”, June 15, 1919. The tour begins at the Union Centre and makes its way to the Vulcan Iron Works when it all began. You will also visit Hell’s Alley where many of the marchers were beaten on that fateful day. Before returning to the Union Centre, you will also bear witness to a memorial graveside service for Mike Sokolowski at 2:00pm at Brookside Cemetary.
For tickets contact: the Worker’s Organizing Resource Centre, Mezzanine – 280 Smith Street, 947-2220; Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 91 Albert Street and The Park Theatre Cafe, 698 Osborne Street.

Saturday, May 14

Building the A-Zone Co-op: 24 hour Marathon Fundraiser
3:00pm, May 14 – 3:00pm, May 15
Mondragon, 91 Albert
A-Zone Co-op pledges accepted at 1-204-942-6994

MayWorks and CKUW 95.9 fm present the 2nd Annual “Building the A-Zone Co-op” 24hour Marathon Fundraiser.
Come and enjoy nonstop live entertainment for 24 hours with a webcast live at www.a-zone.org
Please support co-op ownership of this unique heritage building!

Festival of Mandolins
8:00pm, May 14, 2011
Ukrainian Labour Temple, Pritchard & McGregor
Tickets: $15
The Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2011.
The Mandolin Orchestra, one of Manitoba’s artistic treasures, performs at the Ukrainian Labour Temple as part of MayWorks. The Mandolin Orchestra is Manitoba’s oldest orchestra – it pre-dates the Winnipeg Symphony – and the oldest one of its kind in Canada. The Mandolin Orchestra, under the direction of Annis Kozub, will present “Festival of Mandolins” an evening of music that should not be missed.
For more information contact: Ukrainian Labour Temple at 582-9269

Sunday, May 15

AUUC Spring Concert
2:00pm, May 15, 2011
Ukrainian Labour Temple, Pritchard & McGregor
Tickets: $10

The Association of United Ukrainian Canadians celebrates the arrival of spring in dance and song with AUUC School of Folk Dance, Yunist Dance Ensemble, the new adult dance group and the Festival Choir under the direction of Vasilina Streltsov with music by the Mandolin Orchestra.
For more information contact: Ukrainian Labour Temple at 582-9269

Monday, May 16

A Film Festival: Struggles – Justice – Rights
7:00pm – 9:00pm, May 16, 2011
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street
Suggested donation per evening is $5.00

Mayworks, Canadian Dimension Magazine and Cliff (labour) film festival with the Support of the Millennium Public Library proudly present A Film Festival: Struggles – Justice – Rights.
A selection of features and shorts from the 2010 Cliff film festival will be featured, in addition to other notable films from 2010. Featured films will be screened on May 3, May 16 and May 24.
Featured Film:
Home Safe Toronto
This film examines the threat and reality of homelessness facing the working poor, in the context of economic and job insecurity that has eroded the manufacturing sector.
Hosted By Shauna MacKinnon

Tuesday, May 17

UJPO Meeting, “Jewish Radicalism: The Role of Women in the Struggle”
7:30pm, May 17, 2011
Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street
Free Admission

In honour of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day the
United Jewish People’s Order (UJPO) will be holding a meeting on “Jewish
Radicalism: The Role of Women in the Struggle”. UJPO President, Roz
Usiskin, will examine the lives and work of two important Winnipeg activists, Freda Coodin and Kitty Harris and their role in the labour struggles of the 1920′s and 30′s.

Wednesday, May 18

Making Connections: Communities and Labour

May 18, 2011
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Carol Shields Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Millennium Library

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives with the support of the Joseph Zuken Memorial Association present:

Together We Have CLOUT
A CCPA-MB film by Carole O’Brien about the uncommon working methods of an inner-city coalition. CLOUT is a unique coalition of nine community-based organizations who tell a different story of Winnipeg’s north end and inner city. The 15 minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from CLOUT, CCPA and the labour movement.

25 Years Later – Remembering Joe
A presentation to celebrate of the legacy of Joe Zuken

Thursday, May 19

Victoria Park 1919 Cabaret
7:00pm, May 19, 2011
Ukrainian Labour Temple, Pritchard & McGregor
Tickets: $28

Hosted by Friends of Victoria Park this 1900’s style cabaret reminiscent of the Winnipeg General Strike era will take place in the Ukrainian Labour Temple one of Winnipeg’s National Historic Sites. It will feature a variety show and a buffet supper. This exciting event kicks off an 8 year count down to the 100th anniversary of the General Strike in 2019. Proceeds go to establishing a heritage site to commemorate the national historic significance of the Winnipeg General Strike, the early laborers and the Park where they rallied. With comedian and emcee Paul Rabliauskas, magician Joe Kaufert and music by Dan Frechette, Emma Cloney, What’s Left and Three Blind Mice.

For tickets: Glenn Michalchuk 479-7026 or Sandra Gessler 770-9298. Tickets are also available at Winnipeg Labour Council 942-0522, Workers Organizing Resource Centre 947-2220 or Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 91 Albert.

Friday, May 20, 21, 22, 25

Film Screening: There but for Fortune
Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22 – 7:00 PM
Also Playing: Wednesday, May 25 – 7:00 PM
Winnipeg Film Group’s CINEMATHEQUE, 100 Arthur Street (Arthur and Bannatyne in the Artspace Building)
Tickets: www.winnipegcinematheque.com | Box Office line 925-3457

PHIL OCHS: THERE BUT FOR FORTUNE By Kenneth Bowser (2011) (98 MIN)

In conjunction with Mayworks, The WFG Cinematheque presents “Phil Ochs:
There But For Fortune” – a superbly researched new documentary about Phil
Ochs, a forgotten folk singing legend from the United States and a friendly
rival of Bob Dylan. Wielding only a battered guitar, a clear voice and some
razor sharp songs, he tirelessly fought the “good fight” for peace and
justice throughout his short life. Standing up for worker’s rights and
resisting the war he wrote political songs like “Draft Dodger’s Rag” and “I
Ain’t Marching Anymore and traveled afar including a visit to Chile during
the time of president Salvador Allende to meet Chilean singer Victor Jara.
Featuring rare archival concert footage and interviews with Billy Bragg,
Pete Seeger, Tom Hayden, Christopher Hitchens and Joan Baez the film is also
an exciting illumination of the political movement of the US in the 1960′s.
His life ended tragically when he committed suicide in 1976 at the age of
35.

“A poignant portrait of an uncompromising artist. Ochs’ songs spoke
forcefully and directly to racial injustice, political oppression and the
horror of war, to the struggles of striking miners and beleaguered unions.”
Hollywood Reporter

“An ESSENTIAL PORTRAIT of an artist who ought to be far better known.
Filmmaker Kenneth Bowser does an admirable job of conveying why Ochs’ music
continues to mean so much to his fans. A MUST-SEE.” -Simon Vozick-Levinson,
Entertainment Weekly

This screening of Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune is generously sponsored
by MayWorks.

Saturday, May 21

Pie in the Sky: Songs of the People
8:00pm, May 21, 2010
The Park Theatre Cafe, 698 Osborne Street
Tickets $10.00

May works Proudly Presents “PIE IN THE SKY” Songs of the People with Greg Crowe and the Scarlett Union and Ian La Rue.

Tuesday, May 24

A Film Festival: Struggles – Justice – Rights
7:00pm – 9:00pm, May 24, 2011
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street
Suggested donation per evening is $5.00

Mayworks, Canadian Dimension Magazine and Cliff (labour) film festival with the Support of the Millennium Public Library proudly present A Film Festival: Struggles – Justice – Rights.
A selection of features and shorts from the 2010 Cliff film festival will be featured, in addition to other notable films from 2010. Featured films will be screened on May 3, May 16 and May 24.

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?
A film about terrorism against Cuba, produced and directed by US academic Saul Landau, is being presented at the 32nd International New Latin-American Film Festival. Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? is one of the 515 competing in the event and premiers at the Charles Chaplin Movie Theater on December 11th, 2011.
The film deals with 50 years of terrorism against the Caribbean island and presents the case of the Five Cuban anti-terrorists who tried to prevent subversive actions against their country and have been unjustly locked in US jails for 12 years. The documentary includes interviews with renowned terrorists Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, José Basulto and others, who freely walk down the streets of Miami, supported and protected by the government of the United States.
A writer, journalist, documentary maker and academic, Landau has received awards such as the Emmy, George Polk, First Amendment, Letelier-Moffit and Bernardo O Higgings.
Hosted by Cuba Solidarity.

Saturday, May 28

Winnipeg Labour Council MayWorks Picnic
12:00noon – 4:00pm, May 28, 2011
Freight House Park, Isabel St. at Ross Ave.

Sunday, May 29

Ukrainian Labour Temple – Doors Open Festival
10:00am – 4:00pm, May 29, 2011
Ukrainian Labour Temple, Pritchard & McGregor
Free Admission

On May 29, the Ukrainian Labour Temple – designated a National Historic Site in 2009 – will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Doors Open Festival. Tours will take place on the hour so please make sure to arrive about 10 minutes before the following times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. with last tour at 3 p.m. Consult the Doors Open programme for more information.
For more information contact: Ukrainian Labour Temple at 582-9269

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011