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Mayworks Festival. Artwork by Coco Guzman.

Workers Appeal for their Future at Mayworks Festival
April 25 – May 5, 2018

The 33rd edition of Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts presents the theme of Workers Futurism, and includes 8 events spanning visual and multimedia art, live performances, workshops, film, and music.

As we celebrate the workers’ victories secured by the $15 and Fairness and Make It Fair campaigns, Mayworks 2018 anticipates the futures that could exist when labour and grassroots social movements work together for our collective liberation. Indebted to the work of revolutionary cultural movements such as Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurism, the 2018 edition of Mayworks connects our past and current struggles for decent work with our dreams for a better world in the future.

This year’s festival program showcases the vital work of emerging Indigenous artists, racialized artists, queer and trans artists, and artists with disabilities, as well as those who intersect with these identities. All events are free. Register at www.mayworks.eventbrite.ca


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Cruising Utopia: Superbutch Jukebox. Logo by Jayme Spinks, photo by Janet Kimber.

View the festival program online.

THE FUTURE IS CAREGIVING | exhibition
Kara Manso is a temporary worker turned migrant activist turned contemporary artist. The Future Is Caregiving showcases drawings and an interactive installation that document the “robotizing” process of the Canadian Live-in Caregiver program, while inviting participants to engage in the future act of “de-robotizing.”
Exhibition: April 19 – May 5
Whippersnapper, 594 Dundas St W

RESOURCED | exhibition
In this new exhibition by Ben McCarthy and Jonathan Carroll, virtual reality and sound design come together to document the stories of marginalized workers, including social workers, nurses, sex workers, temporary foreign workers, and hotel workers. Through a VR helmet, users enter into an immersive interaction with 3D body scans and expressionistic animation, raising questions about how we access the working subject in an encompassing techno-capitalist ecosystem.
Opening Reception: April 25, 7pm – 9pm
Exhibition: April 25 – May 5
Trinity Square Video, 401 Richmond St W, Suite 121

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN | exhibition & workshop
Jesse Purcell and Paul Kjelland (Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative) build on Martin Luther King Jr’s original 1967 Poor People’s Campaign with a screen printing exhibition and workshop. Thinking about and using the images produced for the Poor People’s Campaign portfolio, participants can learn screen printing basics and create prints on paper and fabric.
Workshop: April 25, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
The Education Centre room at St. Luke’s Church, 353 Sherbourne St
Exhibition: April 26 - May 5
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St

FUTURE CONDITIONS | workshop
In this three-hour workshop hosted by Sheila Sampath, participants will be introduced to the practice of conditional design: an adaptive, game-based process of analogue visualization that uses input, logic and creativity to respond to environmental changes. Through discussions and small group activities, we will propose idealized and speculative conditions, resulting in new visualizations that imagine a more just and equitable future for working peoples.
April 29, 1pm – 4pm
The Public Studio, 58 Lansdowne Ave
Registration is required.

MAY DAY GATHERING | reception
In the face of global shifts that threaten workers’ rights, the May Day Gathering is a celebration of labour arts and the work of the labour movement as a whole. We welcome everyone to join us for a free reception which includes exhibitions of The Poor People’s Campaign and Future is Caregiving.
May 1, 7pm – 9pm
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street

DREAMWEAVERS | film screening in partnership with imagineNATIVE
The short films in this program weave together surreal landscapes, evocative meditations and luminescent cinema to bring on screen Indigenous people living, working and dreaming. The futurity in these works is deeply rooted in their connection to traditional knowledge, the land and community. Featured filmmakers include Perun Bonder, Michelle Latimer, Samay Arcentales Cajas and Asinnajaq.
May 2, 7pm – 9pm
Alliance Francaise Theatre, 24 Spadina Road

STANCE: DESIGN AGAINST FASCISM | exhibition
Curated by Rodrigo Barreda, STANCE: Design Against Fascism brings together nine Toronto-based artists and designers who reinterpret the 1973 Chilean poster art exhibition Por la Vida, Siempre! and explore intersections of contemporary social issues and the resurgence of fascist tactics. Featured artists include Monique Aura, Kaiatanoron Bush, Vanessa Eckstein, Coco Guzman, Nancy King, Laura Lecretia, Noel Nanton, Fidel Peña and Setareh Shamdani.
Opening Reception: May 3, 7pm – 9pm
Curator + Artist Talk: May 5, 1pm – 3pm
Exhibition: May 3 – June 16
Sur Gallery, 39 Queens Quay E, Suite 100

CRUISING UTOPIA: SUPERBUTCH JUKEBOX | closing party
In our love of queering labour, and what has become one of Mayworks Toronto’s traditions in recent years, the Festival is queering the future of labour with its 2018 closing party, Cruising Utopia. Join us for a film screening, live band inside a giant jukebox, and dance party.
May 5, 8pm – 1am (19+)
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W


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Three Thousand by Asinnajaq, 14 min, 2017. Part of Dreamweavers film screening.

About Mayworks Festival

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class cultures. 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.

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts
(416) 599-9096
www.mayworks.ca
Media contact: jyudelman@mayworks.ca

Facebook: @MayworksToronto
Twitter: @MayworksToronto
Instagram: @mayworkstoronto

Mayworks Festival venues are partially accessible.

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