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The first annual Hamilton Mayday Festival happening from Monday April 23 to Saturday May 5. There is an incredible list of events to take in and the whole festival culminates in a day-long street party on May 5.

The Mayday festival is organized by the Sky Dragon Community Development

Cooperative in partnership with Arts Hamilton, the Hamilton District

Labour Council, The Hamilton Artist's Inc, The Workers Arts and Heritage

Centre, and the Well LGBTQ Wellness Centre.

Festival Sponsors include: Reeves Financial (the Ethical Investors), CUPE

3906, OSSTF Local 21, and the Hamilton Wentworth Elementary Teacher's Local

Mayday; A Festival of Liberation!

Why we want it to happen: A message from the planning committee

We hope the Mayday festival will act as a catalyst for raising awareness

of our commonalities as Hamilton community members and global citizens.

Through the festival events participants will be able to create

progressive spaces where they can dialogue and collectively address our

political, social, economic and environmental concerns. It is our hope

that individuals and organizations who are not normally in contact with

each other will connect and be inspired to embark on new projects of


The Festival will also reassert our presence on the streets of Hamilton

and take back the original history of Mayday. The festival will enable us

to connect with the struggles of previous movements and bring awareness to

the struggles of today and the possibilities for progressive change.

Mayday also brings us together to celebrate progressive culture and the

many talents existing in our community. Through the street festival we

will create another world for a day – a place where we can live out the

possibilities normally silenced by classist, racist, militaristic and

patriarchal society. Of course, we also plan on having a damn good

time.... Come join us for the party!

Street Festival on Saturday, May 5th, 2007

During the festival, a multitude of activities, events, performances,

workshops, art endeavors and bonding will occur! Hightlights include:

ß An amazing lineup of local musicians playing throughout the day on our

main stage

ß A drum circle

ß Night-time entertainment to be held at Skydragon and Pepperjack Café

o Poetry and Spoken Word

ß Interactive Art Making

ß The incomperable DADA Dance Company

ß Random acts of revolutionary weirdness

ß Local organizations hosting information tables and workshops on their

good work

ß Arts, craftwork, and textiles to be sold

ß Local, organic and fair trade markets

o Kids Play Area

o Plus lots more festival fun!

After-party Anyone?

After all that goodness, we will lead participants directly into the

Skydragon centre and Peper Jack Café for a night full of jamming, dancing,

and merriment.

Pepper Jack's:

Ultra Magnus (Hard hitting Afrobeat from Toronto)


DJ Donna Lovejoy

10pm, $5


Skydragon Centre hosts Conscious Grooves!

gravitygrrl & xxxtra productions presents

the culmination of the mayday street festival and another phat first

saturday party:

conscious grooves 5 ~ progressive music for progressive minds

focus on fair trade

saturday may 5th, 2007

10pm - late

5$ at the door, 19+ event

dj Harrison ~ house ~ 10-11

Lodian ~ minimal techno electro ~ 11-12

Prophylantix (xxx girth & undun) ~ electro-hop ~ 12-1am

Mason Thunderstorm ~ techno ~ 1-2am

- Check out the May issue of Mayday for finite details on above events



Contact Email: maydayfestival@ecologyfund.net

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Here's a couple more related events:

Friday, May 4th: Down and Dirty with the Women's Movement

Ever wonder where the Women's Movement in Hamilton is going? Have thoughts on where it is today? In conjunction with the Mayday: A festival of Liberation discussion series, local women activists have planned a night of discussion and dancing on the most prevalent issues impacting local women and their movements today. The panellists represent a diversity of ages, backgrounds, interests and ideas of where the women's movement is headed. Prior to, and following the discussion there will be lively performances by local female singers and dancers, as well as a women's bash at the Skydragon Centre with local female d.j's. As a finale to the Mayday pre-festival events, this event promises to be an exciting energizer that stimulates and prepares you for the street festival. There will also be ample time for discussion and networking!

Panelists: Robyn Ocean, Vilma Rossi, Cathy Ferreira, Patricia Grunauer-Spinner, Priya Verma, Nikki Gately, Meaghan Ross, (Fida Hindi)

Cost: Free

Time: 7pm

Location: Hamilton Board of Education, 100 Main St.

Sponsored by: McMaster University School of Social Work

Friday, May 4th: Down and Dirty Women's Bash

GEAR up for the Festival with the Down and Dirty bash to follow at Skydragon Centre! (Rumour has it that a very talented belly dancer will be performing prior to the bash!)

Female DJ's will keep you moving all night long!

Cost: $5 cover

Time: 9pm-Belly Dancer, DJ's to follow

Location: Skydragon Centre

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