2017 Festival Program

We are pleased to announce that the 32nd edition of Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts will take place from April 28 – May 7, 2017*, at various locations in Toronto. This year’s multidisciplinary program captures and expresses the shared experiences of precarious work and collective struggle for decent wages and healthy working conditions.

*Some events have earlier start dates, and some events continue past the end of the festival period.

 

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Event Details

  • A DAY’S WORK

    Film

    A film about the case of Day Davis who was killed on his first day of work as a temporary employee at the age of 21.

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  • JOURNEY TO BELONG

    Exhibition, Film, Performance

    Journey to Belong features the drag performance Sarap, the short film The Sunflower Man, and the visual exhibit My Journey on the "Pathway".

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  • ART & TOMATOES

    Exhibition

    Art and Tomatoes is a visual exhibition and public installation that highlights and reflects on the Harvesting Freedom campaign, one of the most important workers' rights, anti-racist, migrant justice mobilizations of 2016.

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  • THE STORY OF ALBERT JACKSON

    Book Launch, Panel Discussion

    Racialized workers experience higher rates of unemployment and precarious work. We are making a link between the Albert Jackson story of 1882 and the intersection of racism and precarious work today, as Canada celebrates 150 years in 2017.

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  • STRIKE A CHORD

    Exhibition

    In this exhibition, artists respond to times of peril by presenting scenarios of violence, responding with the action of protest and healing while conjuring an atmosphere of resistance.

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  • WRITING WHILE BLACK

    Workshop

    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.

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  • PACKINGTOWN

    Performance

    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.

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Events Calendar

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PROGRAM GUIDE

 

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Want to pick up a copy of the 32nd Mayworks Festival program guide? Program guides will be available at all of our festival venues as well as the additional locations listed below, starting April 10, 2017.

FESTIVAL VENUES

  • A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst Street
  • Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road
  • Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street
  • Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane Street
  • Sur Gallery, 100-39 Queens Quay West
  • The Public, 58 Lansdowne Avenue
  • Whippersnapper Gallery, 594b Dundas Street West

ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS

  • 401 Richmond, 401 Richmond Street West
  • Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
  • CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street
  • CSI Spadina, 215 Spadina Avenue
  • CUPE 4400, 1482 Bathurst Street
  • Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St W
  • Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, 1137 Dupont Street
  • The Ontario Federation of Labour, 15 Gervais Drive
  • OPIRG University of Toronto, 563 Spadina Avenue
  • OPIRG York University, 4700 Keele Street, Student Centre Room 449C
  • Parkdale Toronto Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West
  • Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street at main lobby, 2nd floor reception, USW 1998 reception (3rd floor) and Mayworks office (4th floor)
  • Toronto Public Libraries and Community Centres (Various locations downtown, Lawrence Heights and Falstaff)
  • Workers’ Action Centre, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223