Archive for April, 2010

MayDay Weekend, May 2nd schedule

April 18th, 2010

Sunday May 2:

at Jack Purcell Community Centre

12:30pm – Opening

– Sex Activism (discussion)
– Silk-screening (workshop) note: best to bring your own shirt to screen onto

– Transforming or Ignoring Municipal Politics? (discussion)
G8/G20 Huntsville/Toronto meetings and community mobilization of resistance: What are we fighting for, and what are we up against? (workshop)

3:00pm – Just Voices choir

– Building a Local Activist Community (discussion)


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MayDay evening activities – Sat May 1st

April 18th, 2010

There are two other events going on Saturday (day) that we think people should know about:

The following are events we support and encourage Organizing For Justice partipants to check out on Saturday night…


It’s the radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom that you never had. It is a FUNdraiser for local creative resistance initiatives – including Organizing For Justice.


  • The Sexual Overtones
  • DJ Hobo and DJ Sweet Cheeks, DJ Daisy, DJ Chris International and Mr. Caffrey
  • The Infamous Kissing Wheel
  • Cash Bar 19+
  • and more !

8:30pm-1:00am (last call)

at Saint Brigids Centre for Arts and Humanities, 310 St. Patrick
Sorry, the venue isn’t fully accessible.

Tickets: Lower-income accessible tickets: $5. Rest of tickets: sliding scale $10-$20 (or more — it’s a FUNdraiser). Or want to get in free? Volunteer!
* note it will likely sell out, so make sure to get your tickets early!
Tickets available at Venus Envy (320 Lisgar St) and Octopus Books (116 Third Ave)


May Day Celebration & Benefit for Vale-Inco Strikers [USW 6500]

7:30pm at the Royal Oak (Upstairs) 221 Echo Dr. (@ Pretoria Bridge on the canal)

Featuring speakers: Leon Portelance [Vale-Inco striker/ USW 6500], Rosemary Warskett
… and singers: May Day Singers, Poetic Speed

Sponsored by the Socialist Project


Capital Slam Semi-FInals

The twelve top poets from the Capital Slam season have been invited to throw down their best spoken word magic to try to advance to the finals!

$10, all ages

Doors open at 6:30pm – expected to sell-out so get there early!
at Alumni Auditorium, Jock Turcot University Centre, University of Ottawa


Contra Dancing

Contra is a fun form of community dance where you begin and finish one dance (about 10min) with the same partner, progressing up and down the hall in long lines while you dance with different sets of other couples, repeating a sequence of moves guided by the caller. Essentially it’s lots of fun AND excellent exercise.

Dance 8:00pm-11:00pm with free beginner lesson at 7:30pm where basic moves are taught.

at Churchill Rec Centre in Westboro, 345 Richmond Road – side door

$12 general ; $10 members & students (with ID); free for youth 16 and under.
First-time contra dancers receive a card to attend their second dance free*

Note: this is a regular event, the first and third Saturday of every month Sept-June.


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MayDay Weekend, May 1st schedule

April 18th, 2010

Saturday May 1 :

at Jack Purcell Community Centre

12:30pm – Opening

– Labour and Work-place Organizing (discussion)
– Community- and Guerrilla-Gardening (workshop)

2:30pm – Singing4Justice with Maura Volante

– Collective Environmental Action (discussion)
– Indigenous Solidarity (workshop)

– Tenants’ Rights and Housing Alternatives (discussion)
– Spoken Word Poetry (workshop)

5:00pm – Spoken Word Performance

5:20pm – Community Dinner

link to evening activities


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