The Mayday Club Youth Choir from British Columbia, Canada, performs popular and classic songs in a variety of genres, that express their message of ending bullying and promoting equality for people with neurodiversities. The choir is made up of forty-two young people from around British Columbia affected by autism and other neurodiversities. Many of the choir members have had significant traumatic experiences in the forms of social exclusion, bullying, or mental health.
The choir was founded in 2015, and has since opened for such acts as Temple Grandin and The Harlem Globetrotters. Mayday Club has sang live on CKNW News, was featured in a Lynda Steele podcast, was the subject of a documentary by Vancouver-Based production company Cutterpillow Productions, that premiered at New York Mental Health Film Festival. The choir presents lectures at UBC for aspiring professionals, and recently appeared live on Global TV to open the 2019 Variety Club Show of Hearts.
Performances by the choir feature choral renditions of popular and classic songs by the likes of Lady Gaga, Ozzie Osbourne, and Shakira, as well as the talents of soloists, rappers, beat-boxers, drummers, and pianists, all of whom are affected by various challenges in their daily lives. The songs are all centered around overcoming obstacles, having perseverance in the face of affliction, and rising above limitations.
The group believes that by educating the public through music on neurodiversities such as autism, they can reduce the stigmatization and exclusion of neurodiverse people from schools and workplaces. Additionally, performances offer choir members the chance to have significant positive social experiences, be in new situations and meet all different kinds of people – expanding their world-views, and helping them overcome mental barriers.