Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. As the longest-running labour arts festival in Canada, Mayworks continues to forge new links between artists and workers, encouraging art to inspire labour and labour to incite art.

For our 32nd festival taking place in May 2017, Mayworks welcomes submissions that respond to today’s landscape of precarious work and shared struggles for decent wages and healthy working conditions. From the $15 and Fairness movement, Justice for Migrant Workers’ Harvesting Freedom campaign, to Whippersnapper Gallery’s Do What with Less? research project, we encourage submissions for art projects that address this theme of solidarity against precarity from all disciplines: visual art, film and video, digital media, music, dance, theatre, performance art.

Mayworks provides a platform for emerging artists and established cultural workers to produce new forms of creative resistance that strengthen labour movements and mobilize around ongoing struggles.

Mayworks’ artistic vision commits to diverse programming that includes First Nations people, people of colour, queer and trans people, people with disabilities and young people as audiences and artists. To that end, we highly encourage applicants from members of these equity-seeking groups.

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Mayworks Festival is pleased to co-present Goodwin’s Way at this year’s Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF). We hope to see you there!

Goodwin’s Way
Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 5 p.m. | Carlton Cinema, Toronto
0:55:51 (Canada) Neil Vokey – English
Documentary, Feature
Twitter @goodwinsway


Almost a century after controversial labour activist Ginger Goodwin was shot, residents of Cumberland, B.C. find themselves at a crossroads when highway signs honouring his memory disappear. By removing the signs marking “Ginger Goodwin Way”, supporters claim that the provincial government aimed to erase a powerful legacy of workers’ rights. Meanwhile, his critics argue that Goodwin was nothing more than a lawbreaker, a draft-dodger, and a rabble-rouser. The notorious Cumberland mineworker took part in some of Canada’s most important labour battles of the early 1900s. Blackballed after the bitter 1912 Vancouver Island miner’s strike, Goodwin fought for the eight-hour workday at the height of World War I, while boldly opposing the conscription of his fellow workers. His influence was so great that his death in 1918 prompted Canada’s first-ever general strike. Now, just two kilometres from the road that once bore his name, clouds loom over the site of a newly-proposed coal mine. While Cumberland’s young families dream of transcending their town’s traditional reliance on a boom-and-bust resource economy, the Raven Coal Project threatens to return the region to a era that left boarded-up buildings, slag heaps, and industrial clean-up sites in its wake. Goodwin’s Way examines a town’s grassroots resistance to a coal-powered future, as Cumberland residents reconnect with Goodwin’s legacy of passionate defiance: his “way”.