Mayworks Celebrates Labour Arts in Toronto and Launches the 32nd Annual Mayworks Festival on Saturday, April 1st

Toronto’s top labour artists, activists, organizations will be honoured at the Mayworks Labour Arts Awards Gala on Saturday, April 1, 2017 starting at 6 pm at the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. For tickets please go to This year’s winners are:

Labour Activist:  Pam Johnson
Labour Artist: Syrus Marcus Ware
Labour Organization: USW Local 1998 for STEELwool
Creative Maverick: Graphic History Collective

The winner of this year’s Min Sook Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Labour Arts is Lillian Allen. Known affectionately as Dr. Dub and a two time Juno award winner, Lillian Allen is as a leading influential figure on the Canadian cultural landscape.

Please join Emcee Olivia Chow at our Gala Fundraiser and Festival Launch to celebrate 32 years for Labour Arts in the City. Many artists from this year Festival will be in attendance. Dinner, a cash bar and entertainment by Mama Conway and the Christie Pit Pickers will be included. A highlight of the evening is Mayworks’ spectacular Silent Auction which includes weekend ‘B and B’ and cottage getaways, home-cooked dinner by Councillor Joe Mhevic in his home, yoga and writing classes, certificates from George Brown and University of Toronto for courses, and much much more.

There is another reason to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1st: we will announce our 32nd annual Festival program. This year’s multidisciplinary program captures and expresses the shared experiences of precarious work and collective struggle for decent wages and healthy working conditions. We are very excited to launch the full program … stay tuned!