Monthly Archives: March 2009


WELCOME TO THE 24th ANNUAL MAYWORKS FESTIVAL OF WORKING PEOPLE AND THE ARTS! April 25th – May 3rd, Come check out Shameless (that’s me!), on April 25th, opening night, with LAL, Vox Sambou, La Loba, MataDanZe and Climbing PoeTree! (details below) ********************************************************* IN THE RED: REVOLUTION FOR OUR HEARTS Saturday April 25, 8 pm, $10-$15 s/s The Blue Moon Pub, 725 Queen Street East This year’s opening night features a medley of artists and performers who are guaranteed to pick up your spirits in this economic downturn. As independent artists these performers are intimately familiar with making the most out of lean times. Bring your friends, your loved ones, even your ex-boss and enjoy an evening of performances that will make you feel like you’re in the black again! Featuring: LAL, a collective of musicians that include vocalist Rosina Kazi, laptop musician Nicholas “Murr” Murray and bassist Ian de Souza. The group fuses South Asian roots, West Indian fruits, and melancholic vocals with jazz sensibilities, hip-hop influences, down tempo grooves, broken soul and electro. Prepare to be intoxicated! Born in the town of Limbé in Northern Haiti, hip-hop artist VOX SAMBOU has been writing and performing since age 14. A founding member of the international crew Nomadic Massive, he desires to bring light the injustices taking place worldwide and particularly in Haiti. Critical, powerful, fulfilling: just some of the words audience members have used to describe CLIMBING POETREE’s performances. With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn, and their flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism tell powerful stories. Poet and spoken word performer LA LOBA is an educator/agitator/artist whose work aims to challenge and provoke community discussion on gender, the environment and the ‘visible minority’ experience. SHAMELESS brings hip hop like you’ve rarely seen it, busting up the system’s binaries, bigging up the marginal and the magical. Dynamic lyrics blend with hot, sexy vocals to create this artist’s unique flavour, a vibe that is all about tearing down what tears us apart. MataDanZe is an independent Toronto based interpretative dance group that will perform La Raza Cozmica (The Cosmic Race), an anti-racism choreography with live music that interprets the European conquest of Latin America. Not to be missed! Shameless


Leave a comment

Filed under 1, events

the MAD the BAD and the SAD

On Monday March 30 at 7pm Bonnie Burstow’s class Creative Empowerment with the Disenfranchised will be hosting a showcase in the Peace Lounge at OISE. 
the MAD the BAD and the SAD… a showcase of creative projects produced in solidarity with disenfranchised groups
We are a group of activists, counsellors, and educators who work in solidarity with disenfranchised groups. The groups involved in these projects include psych survivors, people who are homeless, people who have been imprisoned, people who use illicit drugs, sex trade workers, and undocumented persons. Our goal is to use arts to raise consciousness in solidarity with these groups. We all look forward to sharing these projects with you. 

The event is Free * Free refreshments * Wheelchair Accessible * Fragrance Free Event!
OISE’s Peace Lounge 7TH Floor 252 Bloor St W at St George Subway
For more information email
Amy Cross

Leave a comment

Filed under 1

MAYDAY 2009: a global mayday call

****MAYDAY 2009****

To All Those Who Fight 4: Anarchy, Autonomy, Ecology, Queerness

To all media activists, creative workers, radical artists, union
organizers, immigrant and precarious youth

In 2009, as millions are made unemployed by stupidity and greed, we
call onto all insurgent people and networks out there to unite on the
1st of May for a global mayday against financial capitalism and state
repression, and for social redistribution and self-emancipation.


YOU, the financial and political élites, we’ll make YOU pay for your crisis.

The economic and moral collapse of capitalism is for all to see. But
it’s us who’s paying for the crisis with our money and jobs. They’re
robbing us blind! States are throwing trillions at bankers, while
jobs, wages, incomes, services are savagely cut, and millions are
thrown into poverty.

We can fight and reverse this process. The Great Recession, the
biggest crisis of capitalism in 80 years, opens up opportunities for
social conflict and radical transformation.

We the Precarious, We the Unemployed, We the Immigrants, We the
Antiracist, We the Antiauthoritarians, we are already fighting
together from Athens to Reykjavik, from Capetown to Gaza, from Los
Angeles to Buenos Aires, to Tokyo, from Shanghai to
Mumbai, and across all seas and states where migrants risk their lives
and freedom, in all the cities where dissident and discriminated
people are fighting for social equality, autonomous culture, a better

Let’s unite in an ideal world brotherhood all our actions and
demonstrations on the 1st of may in all the cities large and small
around the globe. Let’s make our states and corporations know that at
least on that day we are ONE against their capitalist crisis that
threatens us all.

Let’s make’em pay on the 1st of May, and in London (vs G20) and
Strasbourg (vs NATO) in the coming weeks.

MAYDAY: make’em pay…
PGA_europe_resistance mailing list
Euromayday mailing list
To unsubscribe:

Leave a comment

Filed under 1