Art Against Precarity | April 28 – May 7, 2017

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We are pleased to announce that the 32nd annual Mayworks Festival program is now live. We invite you to look through our 2017 events, encourage your friends and family to attend the Festival, and register for the events we have programmed for you. We hope Art Against Precarity will inform, provoke, inspire and celebrate you!

Film Screening | A Day’s Work

Friday April 28, 7 pm – 8:30 pm (Doors open 6:30 pm)
Carlton Cinema Auditorium 9, 20 Carlton St
Wednesday May 3, 6 pm – 8 pm
Driftwood Community Centre Room 6, 4401 Jane St
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About the case of Day Davis who was killed on his first day of work as a temporary employee at the age of 21, A Day’s Work provides a strong analysis of the $100-billion temporary staffing industry that is putting millions of workers at risk in the U.S. Through a multitude of experts’ opinions, it offers a closer look into the industry, along with an incisive critique of the many corporate employers driven by profit over responsibility, and their complicit politicians. Balancing its traditional documentary storytelling is the film’s gripping portrait of Day’s family in their earnest search for answers, as narrated by his 17-year-old sister Antonia.
Multi-Art Presentations | Journey to Belong
Sunday April 30, 2 pm – 4 pm
Alliance Française Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd
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Journey to Belong features the drag performance Sarap by Patrick Salvani aka Ms. Nookie Galore, the short film The Sunflower Man by Monica Gutierrez, and the visual exhibit My Journey on the “Pathway” by Kara Manso, aka Kristina Torres. These bold and beautiful works are brought together for their common thread of migrant activism, their shared investigation of the power of art to empower, express, and create change, and their connection to our deep desire to belong. Following the presentations is a panel discussion facilitated by Monica Gutierrez, featuring Patrick Salvani, Heryka Miranda, Juan Luis Mendoza de la Cruz, and Kara Manso.
Exhibition | Art and Tomatoes
Opening Reception Festival Party:
Monday May 1, 7 pm – 10 pm, Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St
April 8 – May 30, The Public Window Gallery, 58 Lansdowne Ave
April 24 – May 19, Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St
May 1 – 28, Whippersnapper Gallery, 594b Dundas St W
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Art and Tomatoes is a visual exhibition and public installation that highlights and reflects on Justice For Migrant Workers’ Harvesting Freedom campaign, organized to mark the 50th year in which migrant farmworkers come to Canada to feed our families yet have no access to citizenship. Exhibiting at three distinct spaces – a contemporary art gallery, an activist design studio and a workers union hall – this fluid intersection of art, design and activism carries a deep intentionality about the artworks and their impact.
Book Launch and Panel | The Story of Albert Jackson
Wednesday, May 3, 7 pm – 9 pm
A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst St
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This event will see the launch of a new picture book by and for children about the story of Albert Jackson, Toronto’s first black postal worker who faced racism from the other postal workers. Following the book launch is a panel discussion moderated by Itah Sadu (A Different Booklist) and featuring Maryama Ahmed (Jane Finch Action Against Poverty), Mark Brown (Canadian Union of Postal Workers), and Kingsley Kwok (Ontario Public Service Employees Union).
Art Exhibition | Strike A Chord
Opening Reception & Performance:
Thursday May 4, 7 pm – 10 pm
April 13 – June 3
Gallery Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday: 10 am – 2:30 pm, Thursday & Friday: 12 – 6 pm, Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sur Gallery, 39 Queens Quay E, Suite 100
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Curated by Tamara Toledo, Strike a Chord presents multiple perspectives and offer the possibility of change through the use of various tools to activate social integrity, social justice, and respect. Montreal-based artist Claudia Bernal, Toronto-based artists Coco Guzman, Julieta Maria and David Salazar use performance, video, installation, sculpture and drawing to position themselves as activists in a society that has revealed its ultra-right wing ideology.
Workshop | Writing While Black: Exploring Urgency Access and Intersectionality
Workshop 1: Saturday May 6, 11 am – 1 pm
Workshop 2: Saturday May 6, 2 pm – 4 pm
The Public Studio, 58 Lansdowne Ave
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Part group discussion, part reading salon, part creation lab, Writing While Black engages participants in a discussion on zines written by people of colour and specifically the means in which indie print-culture can galvanize movements for racialized people. This workshop is facilitated by Whitney French, founder ofFrom the Root.

Live Music & Performance | Packingtown
Sunday May 7, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St
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The video ballad Packingtown shares the vibrant people’s history of North Edmonton through original songs and video interviews with people who worked at the meatpacking plants and lived in the community during the height of the meatpacking industry there (early 1900s to 1980s). The 60-minute live music and video performance weaves music and lyrics written by Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn, with video footage, historical photographs, and video interviews collected and edited by videographer Don Bouzek of Ground Zero Productions (GZP) and historian-curator Catherine C. Cole with the support of northeast resident Janice Melnychuk. The performance will feature Maria Dunn accompanied by Shannon Johnson and Jeremiah McDade of the Juno award winning Celtic-world fusion band, The McDades.

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. This year, we are celebrating the following winners Pam Johnson (Labour Activist), Syrus Marcus Ware (Labour Artist), USW Local 1998 for STEELwool (Labour Organization), Graphic History Collective (Creative Maverick), and finally, Lillian Allen (Min Sook Lee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Labour Arts). For tickets please go to