25th Annual Mayworks Festival Launches This Weekend

April 24-May 2 www.mayworks.ca

Artists are available for interview, images available at: http://www.mayworks.ca/gallery.html

TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Critically acclaimed visual artist, musical artists, and spoken word artists join up-and-coming artists at the 25th Annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts starting this weekend. The Festival presents a medley of diverse art across the GTA from April 24 to May 2 with a program of spoken word, dance, storytelling, visual arts, theatre, music and more. Full program and artist bios are available at: www.mayworks.ca. Many events at the festival are free and no is turned away for an inability to pay. All venues are wheelchair accessible. Festival highlights include:

    -   Homage to the Heart by Brenda Joy Lem, is about her grandfather's
        hand laundry business in Oshawa 100 years ago, meditating on themes
        of memory, class, family history and the enduring heart; Scouring
        City, Brushing Sky by Red Tree Collective is about a community arts
        project with women cleaners about their work. Showing at Beaver Hall,
        opening on Saturday April 24 from 2-4 pm, with an artist's Q&A at 3

    -   From Margin to Centre, featuring performances by Karine Silverwoman
        and Alexis Mitchell, Zena Lord, Belladonna and guest artist from the
        U.S. the critically acclaimed Ami Mattison on Friday April 30 at
        Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

    -   So The Story Goes by SweLL- notorious Vancouver-based queer
        performance troupe that co-authored Boys Like Her: Transfictions
        (Ivan E. Coyote, Anna Camilleri, Lyndell Montgomery). Tuesday April
        27, 8:00pm Buddies in Bad Times (advance tickets Toronto Women's
        Bookstore). $12-20 s/s

    -   Family Funday, a morning of storytelling and drumming for the whole
        family! On Sunday April 25 from 10-12, at Fixt Point Studio.

    -   It Will Work May 1 (closing night) bash with LAL, Deidre "DLishus"
        Walton, MataDanZe, Mamad, Roberto Riveron, Marinda and Solari, Sred
        Slam Collective, Humble The Poet, Amai Kuda, Deena Ladd at the
        Garrison doors 7:30, Show 8:30 $10-$15 s/s. co-organized by No One Is
        Illegal Toronto and CLC Ontario region

The Mayworks Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival that celebrates working class culture recognizing artists as workers and workers as artists.


For further information: For further information: Matthew Adams, Publicist, (416) 762-0260, publicity@mayworks.ca

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