Big 3: Activist art for May Day

NOW editors pick a trio of this week's can't-miss events


1. ACTIVIST ART FOR MAY DAY

The interdisciplinary Mayworks Festival features workshops, concerts and actions celebrating working-class culture. One of the artistic centrepieces is Benjamin McCarthy‘s art/work installation, which combines documentary, sound and technology and is based on recorded conversations with Toronto artists. The exhibition runs from Saturday (April 30) to May 14, with an artist’s talk May 5 at 7 pm. United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil. Free. More on Mayworks at mayworks.ca.

2. MAY DAY MARCHES ON

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women activist Wanda Whitebird leads opening ceremonies at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sunday (May 1) to kick off the annual May Day rally and march in support of International Worker’s Day for migrant and workers’ rights and indigenous peoples’ struggles. 1 pm. Free. 1 Dundas East. toronto.nooneisillegal.org.

3. MAYWORKS MOURNING 

Larry Sefton Park, the green space next to City Hall dedicated to the long-time Steelworkers’ union leader, hosts a National Day of Mourning on Thursday (April 28) to remember all those killed in workplace accidents. Noon. Free. 500 Bay. mayworks.ca. 

For more May Day events, see listings.

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