MayWorks Festival

May 08 - May 31

  • Admission: free


May 1 - 31, 2021 on YouTube

Winnipeg composer Danny Schur hosts this 25-minute documentary about the enduring mystery surrounding Mike Sokolowski, the central character of his stage musical Strike! - which was adapted to the movie musical Stand!. Warning: major spoiler alert!

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Celebrating the lives and history of working people, and the spirit of Anne Feeney.

May 2, 2021, 7:00PM

A Live-Stream "Hootenanny" style performance by Jessee Havey, Maria Dunn, Joe Jencks, David Rovics and members of Red Moon Road. Sponsored by MGEU and MFL.


Performed by Liliana and Ron Romanowski

May 10, 2021 at 1PM on MayWorks Facebook & YouTube

The song Bella Ciao was created by the female rice workers of Italy’s Po River Valley as a protest song to help fight for better working conditions. Left Wing movements in WWII and throughout the world took up its extraordinary tune.

Winnipeg-born soprano Liliana Romanowski has enjoyed a diverse and dynamic singing and reading career. Liliana has participated in MayWorks as a singer and reader for over twenty years, reading poetry and prose in English, Spanish and Italian She has sung for her church, the Italian community, and the Sokol Polish Folk Ensemble. She has sung solos at the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music and Jazz nights at Joe Black’s Café.

Launched at 2019’s MayWorks Ron Romanowski’s poetry collection If 30,000 Strikers Marched Today commemorates the strikers’ part in the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 on its centennial. Ron was featured poet at the Winnipeg International Writers Festival Speaking Crow reading series last July and was one of the artists who participated in the Manitoba Museum’s innovative performance evening dedicated to the 1919 Strike last June. Ron’s poem “When One Cataclysm Melts Into Another” was published in the Winnipeg Free Press April 18th Writes of Spring poetry section. Ron won the 2020 Lake Winnipeg Writers Group Poetry



Facilitated by Marianne Cerilli

May 12, 2021 at 7PM on Zoom (Email to register)

Workers with diverse social identities will talk about their experience followed by an interactive session exploring various forms of oppression from sexism and racism to transphobia and anthropocentrism as well as tactics and impacts of exploitation and marginalization. The interactive activity debrief will focus on building worker identity and working class identity as a needed part of union building, worker engagement and empowerment.


May 17, 2021 at 1PM on MayWorks Facebook & YouTube

Winnipeg Poet Ron Romanowski reads a special poem to commemorate the life of the great poet and cultural icon Larry Ferlinghetti, whose work has inspired countless poets and writers over decades.


May 18, 2021 available for rent or purchase on Apple TV, iTunes & Google Play

Danny Schur's award-winning stage musical Strike! - set against the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike - was adapted to the movie musical Stand!, becoming the #1 Canadian movie at the box office in December, 2019. Timed to coincide with the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Winnipeg General Strike, Stand! comes to digital in Canada on May 18th. Rent or buy on Apple TV, iTunes, Google Play and others. Watch the trailer:


May 24, 2021 at 1PM on MayWorks Facebook & YouTube

Winnipeg poet Ron Romanowski's poem for the victims of this Great Pandemic, whose intent is to grieve, and, if possible, find healing amidst our great loss.


Facilitated by Marianne Cerilli

May 26, 7PM on Zoom (Email to register)

A Guide for Workers Organizing for A Just Transition will be launched during May Works through this hands on session. Marianne Cerilli is championing Green Labour as the politics we need to integrate social justice, Indigenous Rights, intergenerational rights to ensure future generations have a habitable planet as well as worker rights for green jobs at living wages. Marianne will outline her experience and ideas about Green Labour then introduce participants to her tools in a group activity. The Green Labour Change Matrix is a tool workers and activists can use after the session to ensure we are making the most of our hard won labour rights and tools to advance a climate justice agenda.