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Last year's site can be found here: MAYWORKS 2012
April 26 - May 29, 2013
"MAYWORKS WINDSOR 2013"
A Festival of International Workers' Solidarity, Social Justice and Community Cultural Projects
Reception Friday May 3, 2013, 7:30 PM at ARTCITE
For MayWorks 2013, Windsor Ontario's labour and arts communities join with other cities across Canada to present our third annual MayWorks festival in Windsor, celebrating Labour, Arts and Community. Artists, workers, and students have met over many months to organize a collection of exhibitions, projects, events, a rally and a parade, to celebrate our creativity as a community, our dedication to the values of workers' solidarity, social justice and human rights.
The various activities will highlight our support for our city and our history
of solidarity, concern for social justice and our tradition of labour arts.
2013 will mark our fourth annual MayWorks celebrations and follows in the ten year tradition of past Artcite/ University of Windsor Labour Studies program Labour Arts Festivals that took place during February from 2002 on.
Download the full resolution version (3,1M) of our poster/ schedule
Susan Gold talks with CBC Windsor' s Bob Steel about mayworks Windsor 2013, April 2, 2013 (8.25)
MayWorks Windsor 2013 Events so far:
April 10, 17 & 24 and May 1, 8 & 15
Craft Lab Series: Beginner Quilt Intensive workshops, Wednesdays from 5:30–9 pm @ Ten Thousand Villages, 624 Chilver. Reservations required; some cost to participate. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
"May Day Fundraising Dinner " 7–9pm @ Acapulco Delight Restaurant, 656 Pitt St. W. A fun evening of food and drink to raise money for the May Day after-parade celebrations.
At the fundraising dinner
"Fridays Live!" 7–9pm @ Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Dr W. Reception for exhibitions The Walter Carsen Gift, Zeke Moores "Dispose" and Hajra Waheed "fieldnotes". Exhibitions run to June 2. Contact: 519-977-0013 or email@example.com
"MayWorks Press Conference", 1–2:30 pm @ Artcite Inc., 109 University W., introducing the MayWorks 2013–2014 Quilt Project MayWorks Festival artists and events and Artcite’s Precariat installation-in-progress. Contact: 519-977-6564 or artcite.ca/mayworks
Watch the full press conference presentation (25min) on Youtube
also at: http://youtu.be/fo5iB9aizS4
Read the coverage in The Windsor Star:
Our Flickr photo set, also at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mayworkswindsor2013/sets/72157633443886310/
"Precariat", [definition] a group exhibition opens at @ Artcite Inc., 109 University W., featuring installations by Nadia Ionta, Sasha Opeiko & Megan Press and Urban Field Workers (aka Teresa Carlesimo & Mike DiRisio), Reception and Mayworks 2013 celebration May 3, 7:30 pm @ Artcite. Exhibition runs April 26–May 23. Contact: 519-977-6564 or www.artcite.ca
Please see the full show listing in our "current" section
"Workers’ Day of Mourning Ceremony" honouring workers injured or killed on the job, 2 pm @ St Augustine Church Hall (Wyandotte & Westminster); 3 pm Procession to Injured Workers Monument @ Coventry Gardens (Riverside & Pillette).Refreshments afterwards. For transportation and more information call WOHIS 519-254-5157 or OHCOW 519 973 4800
Screen print bandanas, pennants and signs for the May Day Parade. Screens provided. Pre-parade printing party at BCL's Civic Space 411 Pelissier. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
screen print your sign for the parade
See also: http://www.justseeds.org/blog/2013/05/justseeds_silkscreening_at_win.html
May 1 May Day
“Living Museum”, Look to the Past! Fight for the Future! @ 5 pm, corner of Riverside Dr & Drouillard Rd. Re-enactments, Rally & March w/ Music and Food to follow at Banja Luka Restaurant. Contact: email@example.com or may1windsor.wordpress.com
Here's a video of the parade (2:47) from rpaSURDigital on youtube, also at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZyYZZVv_Ko
Nice music mix and still montage!
See the coverage, pictures of the re-enactments in The Windsor Star
Which included this video clip
Another youtube clip from Blackburn News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScdAadHFqio
A preview in The Lance: http://uwindsorlance.ca/2013/04/29/windsor-prepares-for-may-day-living-museum-remains-a-main-attraction/
BCL's Artist in Residence Mary Tremonte Printing at the Windsor May Day Parade:
See also: http://www.brokencitylab.org/blog/artist-in-residence-mary-tremonte-printing-at-the-windsor-may-day-parade/
May 1 – May 18
"International Mail Art Exhibition of Collected Labour Images", 24 hr window display @ one ten park: a working space,110 Park St W. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
"History of Basket Making", a talk by Nancy Hagen, 7 pm @ Duff-Baby Interpretation Centre, 221 Mill (in olde Sandwich Towne). Contact: Windsor’s Community Museum, 519-253-1812 or email@example.com
"Precariat" [definition] Reception for the exhibition and MayWorks Windsor 2013 at Artcite Inc., 109 University W., featuring three installations: "Collective Lather" by Nadia Ionta, "Meta-etcetera-hovercraft 1.0" by Sasha Opeiko & Megan Press and "Workspace" by Urban Fieldworkers aka Teresa Carlesimo & Mike DiRisio, 7:30 pm @ Artcite. Exhibition runs April 26–May 23. Contact: 519-977-6564 or www.artcite.ca
Our Flickr set of setup and reception for PRECARIAT, also at
Please see the full show listing in our "current" section
Campus Community Garden Project Celebrates MayWorks, 12–4 pm in the Campus Community Garden 380 California. Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
May Day Aftershow, featuring Travis Reitsma & the Industrial Rose Band + Three Little Birds @ FM Lounge 156 Chatham W. No cover; doors open @ 9 pm (show @ 10 pm). Contact: email@example.com
"Proletariat", Vince Kogut exhibition reception 7:30 pm @ Common Ground, 3277 Sandwich W (Mackenzie Hall). Exhibition runs May 1–15. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
And a fine time was had by all... Center with blue plate, the artist
"(NO) Time to Care, Health “Care” Panel Discussion, w/ Katha Fortier, Shelley Smith & Josie Watson 7 pm @ Phog Lounge, 157 University W. Contact: email@example.com
"Uprisings: Images of Labour" by Justseeds. Exhibition opening, 7 pm @ Broken City Lab Civic Space, 411 Pelissier. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.brokencitylab.org
Downtown Windsor Culture Crawl, live music & visual art exhibitions and events, starts 7 pm @ participating galleries & businesses in Windsor’s downtown core. Website TBA check back here for latest news!
"We’re working on it": a participatory project linking arts, work and culture, featuring Elaine Carr, Susan Gold/Smith, Mike Marcon, Mary Ann Mulhern, Tom Provost and A.G. Smith.
All welcome! 10 am–5 pm @ SB Contemporary, 1017 Church(off Erie W.).
Wrap up discussion from 4–5pm. Contact: email@example.com
"Wrapped Rocks 2007, 2009, 2013", interactive performance/installation by Alana Bartol 3–5pm @ Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Dr W. Contact: 977-0013
Photo: Douglas MACLELLAN , Wrapped Rocks, from a performance at The AGW,
See also: http://www.artgalleryofwindsor.com/event/629
Basket Making Workshop w/ Nancy Hagen, 9 am–4 pm @ the Duff-Baby Interpretation Centre, 221 Mill (in olde Sandwich Towne).Reservations required, some cost to participate. Contact: Windsor’s Community Museum 519-253-1812 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"Industrial Passages: Punching Time", Collette Broeders exhibition reception 1–3 pm
@ Continental Tool, 1885 Blackacre Dr, Oldcastle. Contact: email@example.com
Canada Cuba Friendship Association-Windsor, Cuban Consul General Presentation, 5 pm Cuban Film, 7 pm @ Acapulco Delight, 656 Pitt W.; Dinner available. Contact CCFAW @
519-991-4167 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
"The Artist and the Role of Ethics", community roundtable, 6:30 pm @ ACWR, 1942 Wyandotte E. Topics for discussion will be curated from a list of topics submitted by the public prior to the event. The ACWR encourages anyone wishing to include a topic or question of discussion to fill out a postcard at any of the Mayworks activity locations (postcards will be picked up by May 14, 2013) or online at acwr.net/news/the-artist-and-the-role-of-ethics/
The role of this panel discussion is not to define the role of the Artist or what role Ethics has in the creation and presentation of artwork but to orient and to engage in an open discussion of Ethics and Art. This panel discussion is part of a bi-monthly series of activities every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month where artists and community organizations come together to facilitate discussions and create connections. The ACWR invites everyone to come and JOIN the Conversation, EXCHANGE ideas and CONNECT with others. Contact: 519-252-2787 or email@example.com.
Justseeds Closing Event, w/ DJ Mary Mack, 7 pm @ BCL Civic Space, 411 Pelissier. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.brokencitylab.org
Media City 19 – International Film Festival, screenings @ Capitol Theatre & Arts Centre
121 University W. Contact: 519-973-9368, email@example.com or
"2+2", Readings by poets Len Gasparini, Michael Mirolla, Lisa Pike & Karen Ouelette.
7 pm @ Artcite Inc., 109 University W. Contact: 519-977-6564 or www.artcite.ca.
Lisa Pike talks with CBC Windsor' s Bob Steel about mayworks Windsor 2013, May 29, 2013 (8.55)
A lot of pix of the reading on our Flickr set! See also:
Len Gasparini is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, five short-story collections, including The Snows of Yesteryear (Guernica, 2011), two children's books, a work of non-fiction, and a one-act play. In 1990, he was awarded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for poetry. In 2010, he won the NOW Open Poetry Stage event. Born and raised in Windsor, Ont., he now lives in Toronto. His book of poetry and lyrical prose, Mirror Image, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions.
Lisa Pike was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Re: Generations: Canadian Women Poets in Conversation (Black Moss), ditch, the poetry that matters, CV2, The Writer's Block, The New Quarterly, and Whisky Sour City. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Policeman's Alley (Cranberry Tree Press, 2012). Her first novel, My Grandmother's Pill, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions. She lives in Toronto, and is at work on a second novel. Born in Italy, and arriving in Canada at the age of five,
Michael Mirolla calls himself a Montreal–Toronto corridor writer (because he spends so much time travelling between the two cities). An accomplished novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright, Michael Mirolla’s publications include: a punk-inspired novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; two novels: Berlin (a Bressani Prize winner) and The Facility, which features, among other things, a series of cloned Mussolinis; three short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion (translated in Italian as La logica formale delle emozioni), Hothouse Loves & Other Tales and The Giulio Metaphysics III; and three collections of poetry: Light and Time, the English-Italian bilingual Interstellar Distances – Distanze Interstellari, and The House on 14th Avenue. A new collection of short stories, Lessons In Relationship Dyads, is scheduled for publication in 2016 with Red Hen Press in the U.S. Mirolla is also Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at the nonprofit press Guernica Editions in Toronto.
The poetry of Windsor native Karen P. Ouellette is influenced by her work with the disabled and by years of ballet studies. As a member of The League of Canadian Poets and Literary Arts Windsor, Karen has read her poems at the Wayzgoose readings, on CBC Radio, and at various schools and other venues throughout Ontario and Michigan. Some of her poetry is published in Kaleidoscope, Windsor Review, Quills Magazine, The Saving Bannister (HM) 2008, 2010, The CV2 2 - Day Poetry Contest (H.M.) 2010, and by Black Moss Press, Leaf Press and Cranberry Tree Press. Karen is one of the "five poets" presented in A Thousand Yellow Leaves (Cranberry Tree Press, 2004) and Tongues of Whitewashed Stone (Cranberry Tree Press, 2008.) Her poem “Falling” is featured in The Globe & Mail BLOG “In Other Words” by Judith Fitzgerald (2010.)
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MayWorks Windsor 2013; Precarious Work
The fourth annual MayWorks Windsor Festival fills the last week of April and the month of May 2012. The Festival builds on the successes and experiences of the years of University of Windsor Labour Arts Festivals and the creativity and collaborative spirit of Windsor’s students and workers.
Windsor’s MayWorks Festival allows us to represent our struggles and concerns in art work and performance and build labour culture and solidarity. The issues and themes expressed in this year’s events include: creative collaboration, art in the work place, community activism, precarious workers, job loss, injustice, environmental activism, history of labour, and the nature of work.
MayWorks Windsor partners with artists, workers, youth, educators, activists, retirees, and the following organizations and businesses:
Arts Council Windsor and Region
Art Gallery of Windsor
BCL Civic Space
Canada-Cuba Friendship Association
CJAM Campus Community Radio
Common Ground Gallery
Ford City Business Improvement Association
one ten park ; a working space
SB Contemporary Art,
Ten Thousand Villages
Windsor Community Museum
Windsor District Labour Council
Windsor Workers’ Action Centre
The MayWorks Windsor 2013 programme thanks our friends and supporters:
OSSFT (Ontario Secondary School Federation of Teachers)
CAW 444 Retirees
University of Windsor SACI (School for Arts & Creative Innovation)
Labour Studies Program, University of Windsor
WUFA - Windsor University Faculty Association
Windsor Community Museum
We thank the union locals, organizations, and individual cultural workers for their continuing generosity and trust in the value of creative expression coming out of our community.
Big thanks to Artcite Inc., Windsor’s Artist Run Centre for the Contemporary Arts, modeling the best practices of Canadian cultural values and to the leadership and members of the Windsor District Labour Council, the conscience of our city.
MayWorks Organizing Committee 2013
MayWorks Windsor 2013 Programme Poster Design and Layout: Christine Burchnal
Illustration by Vince Allen Kogut
MayWorks Windsor past:
Past Labour Arts Festivals:
Artcite gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays
. . . and members and volunteers like you!