Mayworks Fredericton 2018

Written by Mayworks Fredericton 2018 Organizing Committee on April 30, 2018

Mayworks Fredericton organizers Ernie Caissie and Ruth Breen promoting the festival of working people and the arts. Photo by From the Margins.

Artists and workers invite all to celebrate the fourth annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts in Fredericton on traditional Wolastoq territory.

This year’s festival, that runs from Friday, April 27 to May 5, features the play Marx in Soho, poetry by El Jones, films, labour history, skill-building workshops, a ceremony for workers who have lost their lives while at work, and much more.

Festival goers will learn about the issues facing today’s workers including campaigns for a #Fightfor15, pay equity, migrant justice, #metoo and Black Lives Matter.

Events include:

Fri, April 27 – Film screening of Bread & Roses at Conserver House, 180 St. John St., at 7:00pm. A film about justice for janitors from Mexico working in Los Angeles. A film by Ken Loach. Presented by Cinema Politica Fredericton, Fredericton Feminist Film Collective and No One Is Illegal Fredericton. With Connie Sorio from KAIROS.

Sat, April 28 – National Day of Mourning Ceremony at the Fredericton Fallen Firefighters Memorial next to the Small Craft Aquatic Centre along the south banks of the Wolastoq (St. John River) at 12:00pm.

Sat, April 28 – Mayworks Fair / Launch at James Dunn Hall, St. Thomas University at 6:30pm. Groups are invited to set up tables and bring materials to distributes.

Sat, April 28- Sun, April 29 – Marx in Soho play at the Black Box Theatre, James Dunn Hall, St. Thomas University. Saturday evening show at 7:30pm and Sunday matinee at 2:00pm. Starring Jeff Bate Boerop as Karl Marx. Directed by John Ball.

Mon, April 30 – NB Filmmakers’ Co-operative presents Death of Stalin at Tilley Hall, Room 102, University of New Brunswick, at 7:30pm. Regular admission: $8. Member admission: $5.

Tues, May 1 – Mayday! Building union solidarity with progressive social movements: a panel discussion at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre at 6:30pm. With Jeff Brown, UNB History, on the history of of May Day, Ron Tremblay, Chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council, Michel Boudreau, past president New Brunswick Federation of Labour, Tracy Glynn, NB Media Co-op & No One Is Illegal Fredericton and Abram Lutes, Chair, Fight for $15 Fredericton.

Fri, May 4 – El Jones on Poetry, Anti-Prison Activism and the Black Power Hour Radio Show. McCain Hall, St. Thomas University, Room 203. Friday, May 4 at 1:30 pm. Everyone Welcome. Organized by Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at St. Thomas University.

Fri, May 4 – “WE ARE HERE!” Award-winning poet El Jones will perform on Friday, May 4 at 7:00pm at Wilmot United Church Sanctuary in Fredericton. Featuring the poetry of Melissa Beek and Chevelle Malcolm, violin by Harsvardhinee Chady and voices from the NB Immigrant Women’s Association and Filipino-Canadian CommUNITY of New Brunswick. This Mayworks Fredericton 2018 event is presented by No One Is Illegal Fredericton, the Women’s March Committee, the NB Immigrant Women’s Association, Filipino-Canadian CommUNITY of New Brunswick and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at St. Thomas University.

Sat, May 5 – Organizing for the World We Want: A day-long workshop on how to mobilize, strategize and organize at BMH 202, St. Thomas University. Lunch provided. RSVP to

Labour unions supporting Mayworks 2018 include: AUNBT (Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers), CUPE 508, Canadian Union of Postal Workers CUPW, Fredericton & District Labour Council, FAUST (The Faculty Association of the University of St. Thomas), Fredericton Firefighters Association/IAFF 1053, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 37, PIPSC-IPFPC, Public Service Alliance Public Service Alliance of Canada PSAC – AFPC Atlantic, Unifor Atlantic, Unifor Local 219, Unifor Local 4504 and the Union of Graduate Student Workers (PSAC Local 60550).

Community groups/businesses supporting Mayworks 2018 include: Cinema Politica Fredericton, Filipino-Canadian CommUNITY of New Brunswick, Fredericton Feminist Film Collective, Fight for $15 – Fredericton, Fredericton Women’s March Committee, Higgins Insurance, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-op, New Brunswick Immigrant Women’s Association, NB Media Co-op, No One Is Illegal-Fredericton, and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at St. Thomas University.

*If your organization would like to support Mayworks (financial support, in-kind support, suggesting an event to our festival), please contact us at

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