Vancouver May Day Social Justice Information Day

2023 MayDay poster

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Sunday April 30 2023 - Information tables, music, community interaction

Grandview Park - 1200 block of Commercial Drive, Vancouver

2-4 pm

The Vancouver Mayday Social Justice Information Fair has been held in Grandview Park in Vancouver for several years - it's an open invitation to a broad range of social justice groups to come down, set up an information table and talk to the community.

This year, as before, Social Justice groups are invited to come, set up a table, bring literature, snacks, what have you, and chat with people wandering down the Drive!

COVID 19 is not over: Please wear a mask when you’re not able to physically distance. We will have a supply of  N95 masks for anyone who needs one. Please do not attend any in-person events or meetings if you are feeling unwell.

We acknowledge that these events are taking place on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱w7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation)

MayDay Image

Workers March
Start your May Day Sunday (Apr 30) off with a parade!

Starting at Spartacus Books (1983 Commercial Drive, at 4th Ave) at 1.30, and heading North along Commercial Drive to meet up with the May Day Social Justice Info Fair at Grandview Park.

Led by the fabulous Carnival Band!

May 1st rally
Other related Vancouver Events:

Monday May 1st 5 pm
Rally at Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12th, Vancouver
organized by the Vancouver & District Labour Council (VDLC)
more info:

"This May Day let’s all stand together for a city that works for all of us. Let’s stand up for living wages, renter rights, affordable housing, and real action on Reconciliation, equity, the opioid crisis, and climate!
Let’s send a powerful message that we will not accept our coworkers, neighbours, and communities being left behind.

Please attend, bring a friend, and share the event with others."

Apr 23-May 5
Democratic Socialists of Vancouver series of events
DSOV Maydays Events Calendar

"This year, the Democratic Socialists of Vancouver are working with the Vancouver MayDay Social Justice Information Fair and other organizations and individuals to restore May 1 to the prominence it deserves in our city and in our movements for justice. 

Chip Wilson, the billionaire class, the real estate barons, and the police lobby may hold political power in Vancouver for now - but workers and tenants are getting organized and fighting back. May Day is a time to remember whose labour makes the city and the world run, and to celebrate working class resistance and struggle.

Because May 1st is not a statutory holiday, we’ve decided to call this initiative May Days - and we’ll amplify events taking place for the full week around May Day.

This year’s humble effort is a nod to the many and diverse working class traditions of marking May Day in Vancouver, including the Mayworks festival of arts, culture and resistance which took place for many years."

VinesFest Mayday
Monday May 1st, 3-6 pm: MayDay event, Oppenheimer Park
Music, food, speeches to commemorate labour struggles and wins across the globe.

"Join us in celebrating International Workers Day– also known as May Day– with music, food, and good company as we remember the hard won victories and ongoing struggles of workers of all stripes.
Whether you're a sex worker, an ethical substance use navigator, farm worker, artist, educator, caregiver, home maker or a healthcare worker, join us as we reaffirm our solidarity with the masses of the world, and with our neighbours right here; reaffirm our struggle against settler-colonialism plaguing these lands and wreaking havoc world over; reaffirm our conviction to destroy the borders and prisons that kill and restrict us; reaffirm our desire to create a prosperous world that values life not profits, and that puts the power in the hands of people not corporations or politicians.
What: A celebratory afternoon of music, food, and speeches to commemorate labour struggles and wins across the world
When: Monday May 1st, 2023 | 3-6 PM
Location: Oppenheimer Park, Downtown Eastside, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səlilwətaɬ and Sḵwx̱w7mesh Nations"

Organized by Vines Arts Festival, Defund604 Network, Fig.Tree.Palace, Pivot Legal and others

Organize the Unorganized, May 1
Monday May 1st: Worker Solidarity Network: Organize the Unorganized 3:00 - 9:00 pm.
Grandview Church, May 1st, 3pm to 9pm. There will be tabling, workshops and events, very likely food, solidarity and community all around. The major theme is Organize the Unorganized.

Saturday May 6: May Day Freeskool
10.30 a - 5 pm

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford St, Vancouver
FB event page:  May Day Freeskool - Worker’s Rights and the Rights of Mother Earth

Freeskool features words, stories and workshops from fascinating and inspiring individuals within grassroots movements and underscore the need for organizing our communities to uphold justice in the workplace and our environment.

Mayworks BC
All of May: Mayworks BC

The Mayworks Festival of Working People & the Arts celebrates diverse artists and working people at the intersection of art, social justice, and labour. Mayworks festivals take place in communities around the world. Mayworks Vancouver last took place in 2012 through a volunteer steering committee. The Union Coop Initiative has been working towards relaunching the festival since the Spring of 2022.

The festival brings together artists and workers from a diverse range of organizations in the visual & media arts, community arts, cooperatives, and labour movement to celebrate the rich history of working people in British Columbia.

2023 Toronto Mayworks
Meanwhile, in Toronto:
The Mayworks Festival of Working People & the Arts
Apr 28-May28, multiple events, cool poster!

Some of our past posters - all designed by David Lester: thanks, David!

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