Presented by the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council
In association with Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax

Program Schedule

Bios further below

Labour7 by Zuppa Theatre Co.

A new app guided journey developed by Zuppa Theatre Co. – the makers of Vista 20


Labour Day Poem by Deirdre Lee

Deirdre Lee delivers a new poem for Labour Day 2020


The True Cost of Coal

Streamed family read along of a rhyming storybook from the Beehive Design Collective. Recommended for ages 9 and up.


Aquakultre + Friends

Join Aquakultre and special guests for a special Labour Day concert recorded at the Bus Stop Theatre.





Aquakultre & Friends

Working in a genre self-described as “aquavibe”, 28 -year-old Lance Sampson displays a preternatural gift for individuation and inspiration. After a smattering of Soundcloud singles, including the effortless vibe-inducer `1 Spring Garden`,  Lance Sampson opted to make Aquakultre a collective of musicians, and dropped their first LP, Legacy early March. Touching on nu-blues, R&B and spacious neo-soul, Aquakultre’s distinctive, captivating persona is felt throughout. Sampson has displayed s natural gift for  production, and an ear for sound since he was a child, and uses music as a means for spiritual focus. Fed up with his former  musical persona, Lex, a hardcore street emcee, Sampson opted instead for Aquakultre, a title that brings with it a renewed source  of energy and exploration. In the early stages of a full and startling blossom, Aquakultre is Halifax’s most exciting act.

Deirdre Lee

Poet, performer & maker of art & food, medicines & magic. Her art is intertwined with her complicated & sometimes confusing  reality as a racialized, neurodivergent woman, & explores her perspectives on identity & healing. Deirdre has shared her poetry  across Turtle Island, including numerous appearances at both the Verses Festival of Words & the Canadian Festival Of Spoken  Word. She was the co-creator of the Nocturne Beacon project “Mi’kma’ki Nights” & a top 10 finalist at the 2019 Canadian  Individual Poetry Slam. Deirdre has appeared at Word On the Street as well as performing in Zuppa Theatre’s production “This Is  Nowhere”. When she is not writing, Deirdre sews & beads, sings to her cats & bakes the best dang granola you’ve ever had. She is  currently at work on a series of short stories & that’s all she’s sharing about that right now. A poet auntie & honorary, adopted  member of the Bagombe of Uganda, Deirdre lives in Kjipuktuk in Mi’kma’ki, the traditional & unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq &  the home of Black arrivants for over three centuries.

The True Cost of Coal

The True Cost of Coal is a rhyming storybook from the Beehive Design Collective. Fun and educational for ages 9-99, it also  features lessons and activities related to the story’s themes of ecology, colonial history, workers rights, extreme extraction,  community organizing, and regenerative futures alongside Beehive Collective graphics designed specifically for coloring on. The  story explores important history often left out of classroom curriculum, inspires the reader to question present-day decision-  making systems, and encourages us all to envision our own role in moving towards a sustainable and regenerative future.

Zuppa Theatre Co.

Zuppa will deliver a brand new walking tour app similar to the acclaimed Vista 20 released last spring in response to COVID 10.  Zuppa Theatre Co, an ensemble theatre company based in Halifax, prioritizes questions over answers, and the discovery of  possibility over the depiction of what is. This compels them to experiment with new forms and grapple with relevant questions of  our time. Zuppa attempts to do this as generously as possible, and has developed a unique collaborative process that favours the  intuitive over the formulaic and thrives on the play between the imagined and the real.

Praise for Vista 20 developed for  Mayworks:

“Take a look at Zuppa’s stunning Vista. The theatre company leads you to yet another life-changing sight with a play that’s also an  app.” – The Coast