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BLACK HISTORY MONTH BIG BOARD LISTINGS TORONTO 2013

 

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH BIG BOARD LISTINGS

a comprehensive day-by-day listings of events in Toronto for Black History Month 2013

 FEB I

                        Fri, Feb 01, 2013 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Music Africa and the Gladstone Hotel present yet another concert series featuring some of the African best talent in Toronto and the diaspora. Tonight we welcome Donné Roberts. Donné Roberts is a passionate and highly skilled guitarist and vocalist with a very unique sound and style; his songs are mainly in Malagasy his mother tongue from his birthplace of Madagascar. Donné came to wider recognition after he released his first album “Rhythm Was Born” and for his contribution as one of the members of the African Guitar Summit project, which won a JUNO in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007. Donné raised and educated in Moscow Russia and now lives in Toronto. In Moscow, he was the first black VJ on MTV Russia. His brand new record INTERNATION was released in 2012. With friends and collaborators, he makes something entirely original and uniquely Canadian that is imbued with a Donné Roberts sound.

February 1, 2013

FILM: “THE STORY OF LOVERS ROCK”

 

Often dubbed “romantic reggae,” lover’s rock is a unique genre of British music, developed against a backdrop of racial tension, the Brixton riots and sound systems in the late ’70s and ’80s. It went from being a small UK scene to become a global phenomenon that defined a generation through artists such as UB40 and Maxi Priest.

Directed by award-winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz, The Story Of Lover’s Rockcombines comedy, live performance, interviews and archival footage to shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Contributors to the documentary include UB40, Maxi Priest, Levi Roots, Linton Kwesi Johnson, comedians Angie Le Mar, Robbie G and Eddie Nestor, alongside new artists such as Ava Leigh and Lovella Ellis.

Best known for his award-winning feature film Burning an Illusion, Menelik Shabazz is one of the pioneers of black British cinema. The Story of Lover’s Rock marks his return after a 30-year absence from cinema.

Directed by Menelik Shabazz
96 minutes | UK | 2011

In partnership with CaribbeanTales Film Festival.

Don’t miss our other Late Night Kuumba Films screening over the weekend: I’m Santana The Movie.

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Friday, February 1, 2013

10:00PM – 12:00AM

Studio Theatre

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West


 

An Evening with Dwayne Morgan

 

February 1, 2013

 

Friday, February 1, 2013

8:00PM – 10:30PM

Brigantine Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Dwayne Morgan will release Everyday Excellence, an inspirational memoir, as part of the Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba festivities, followed by an evening of soul music and spoken word performance.

 

 

Wedge Curatorial Projects
Reggae or Not: The Birth of Dancehall Culture in
Jamaica and Toronto – Photographs by Beth Lesser
February 1 – 28, 2013
[Opening February 1st 2013; Music Performance February 2nd 2013; Panel Discussion February 3rd 2013; Guided Tours February 10th 2013]
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
FREE
http://www.wedgecuratorialprojects.org/

Reggae or Not: The Birth of Dancehall Culture in Jamaica and Toronto – Photographs by Beth Lesser documents the history of reggae and dancehall music, celebrating the history of Jamaican musicians of the 1970s and 80s.

 

Lesia Bailey with Fourth Eye Gallery and Helping
Hands International
The Visual Evolution of Dancehall Culture within Toronto
February 1 – 16, 2013
[Opening Reception & Discussion February 2nd; Closing Reception & Discussion February 16th]
Fourth Eye Gallery, 438 Parliament Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 3A2
Exhibition: FREE, Opening & Closing Receptions & Discussions: $10, sliding scale pay-what-you-can
http://fourtheyegallery.com/

This photography exhibition chronicles Dancehall culture in Toronto over the past two decades. Captured on 35mm and digital format, this exhibition will provide a visual documentation of the changing landscape of the players/promoters, their growth, the artist and the launch to stardom, and the numerous lives that have been lost on many party floors.

 

Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month
February 2013 | Weekends 12 to 5 pm
Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
www.toronto.ca/museum-events

Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February and learn more about the early Black community in Toronto, including those who published newspapers. Print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the re-created 1850’s printshop. Included with admission.

Plus, Mackenzie House is open on Family Day, Monday, February 18! Visit the museum to learn about Black Life in Victorian Toronto. Children can try illumination – colouring previously drawn and printed pictures – which was a popular practice in the 19th century. Included with regular admission.

 

 

Celebrating Stories with Olunike Adeliyi

Fri Feb 01, 2013 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Queen/Saulter

Join Queen/Saulter Library and local actress, Olunike Adeliyi, in bringing stories to life. Olunike Adeliyi is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She has performed in theatres throughout Can…

 

Clement Virgo with The Canadian Film Centre
CELEBRATING BLACK, BOLD, RISK TAKER
February 1, 2013
TIFF BELL Lightbox 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
Ticket Price: $20
www.ryerson.ca/ric

CELEBRATING BLACK, BOLD, RISK TAKERS offers the public a moderated and intimate discussion with an internationally recognized Black artist, known to be a culturally or creative trail blazer, and whose work in film is representative of the Black experience. This project also includes a Master Class with the guest of honour and up to 15 emerging artists from Black communities.

 

 

 

FEB 2

                                                                                                                                 On Saturday February 2, 2013 Harbourfront Centre During its annual KUUMBA Festival remembers The Trane Studio. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of The Trane Studio.The celebration includes performances of Ursula Rucker (Philadelphia), Waleed Abdulhamid and The Freedom Live Band (featuring Neil Brathwaite, Alexander Brown, Michael Shand and Aaron Ferrera -Toronto), Vocalist Sharron McLeod (Toronto) and Ernest Kabeer Dawkins and The New Horizons Ensemble ( featuring Junius Paul, Isaiah Spencer, Willerm Delisfirt Chicago/New York), followed by DJ Carl Allen with the after party starting at midnight.

3 great concerts with such talents and an after party is a complete steal at $15.

First Concert begins at 8pm.

Oware: African Board Game Lessons and Tournament

February 2 – 3, 2013

LEARNINGFAMILY

 

Learn to play the hugely popular traditional board game Oware, the oldest African board game still widely played in the world today. Kofi Sankofa, who is one of the driving forces of Oware Canada, will host the workshops and tournaments for all to enjoy.

owarecanada.com

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

3:30PM – 5:30PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

3:30PM – 5:30PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Word Up!!! Bring On Da L.O.V.E.

February 2, 2013

LEARNING

 

Word Up!!! is an exciting, exploratory spoken word and performance showcase that brings together youth from different neighbourhoods in the GTA.

Developed by professional writer, multidisciplinary artist and youth arts advocate Anne-Marie Woods, the third edition of Word Up!!! – Bring On Da L.O.V.E. (Letting Our Voices Evolve) – explores writing and performance as a form of expression and healing for young people. The event will look at the obstacles and triumphs of youth looking for love, living with or without love and showing how love can change communities and lives. The six featured young poets each come from different backgrounds with different life experiences, but when it comes to their writing and creativity, they are all on the same page.

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

7:00PM – 8:30PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West


 

Late Night Kuumba Films: I’m Santana the Movie

February 2, 2013

FILM

 

The Trinidadian muppet web sensation that went viral online before being made into a theatre-packing feature film.

Directed by Roger Alexis and Ian Pantin.

In partnership with CaribbeanTales Film Festival.

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

10:00PM – 12:00AM

Studio Theatre

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West


  

Cameron Bailey on Killer of Sheep
Saturday, February 2 at 1pmTo mark the beginning of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, introduces this special screening of Charles Burnett’s 1977 masterpiece.Get tickets now

 

  • Bush Mama w/ Daydream Therapy
  •  
  • Haile Gerima’s powerful, shockingly realistic portrait of inner-city poverty traces an impoverished single mother’s journey from apathy to activism.
Saturday February 2
4:15 PM

 

 

A Journey through African Dance with Esie Mensah

 

February 2, 2013

 

Instructor Esie Mensah takes you on a journey of the genres, cultures and icons of African dance.

A Journey through African Dance with Esie Mensah

February 2, 2013

DANCEMUSIC

Instructor Esie Mensah takes you on a journey of the genres, cultures and icons of African dance.

The event showcases big name artists such as Fela Kuti (Nigeria), Miriam Makeba (South Africa), moving to the current movement of mainstream media with artists like D’Banj and Fuse ODG.

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

9:00PM

Lakeside Terrace

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

 

The Return of Soca on Ice with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince

February 2, 2013

 

Dr. Jay De Soca Prince brings his soca beats to The Natrel® Rink for what promises to be this winter’s hottest night on ice. Skate rentals available. Co-presented  with DJ Skate Nights. Anne-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond, co-hosts of CBC News Toronto, weeknights starting at 5pm on CBC Television, will host.

The Return of Soca on Ice with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince

February 2, 2013

MUSIC

Dr. Jay De Soca Prince brings his soca beats to The Natrel® Rink for what promises to be this winter’s hottest night on ice. Skate rentals available.

Co-presented with DJ Skate Nights.

Hosts: Anne-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond, co-hosts of CBC News Toronto, weeknights starting at 5pm on CBC Television.

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

8:00PM – 11:00PM

 

235 Queens Quay West

 

Let’s play OWARE

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm on recurring dates listed below
York Woods

Play one of the world’s oldest board game, OWARE. Brush up on your skills and challenge other teens to compete with you during African History month. Register in person or call 416-395-5980. Teen Area

 

Kuumba Drumming Circles

 

February 2- 3, 2013

 

Learn the history of various drums and the numerous sounds                                                                             they make. Bring your own hand drums to join in on the experience!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

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2:00PM – 3:00PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

View Map

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

 

The Known Unknown: Top 10 Emerging Artists Unplugged Edition

 

February 2- 3, 2013

 

An unplugged and intimate showcase featuring some of the best urban music stars of tomorrow. A different artist takes the stage every hour. Hosted by Tika Simone.

 The Known Unknown: Top 10 Emerging Artists Unplugged Edition

February 2 – 3, 2013

MUSIC

The Known Unknown, hosted by Tika Simone(MTV’s The Hills Aftershow, hip pop singer-songwriter),  represents the best of Toronto’s black independent artists, showcasing the urban music stars of tomorrow. All performances are unplugged with the power of the voice being the focal point of the show. A different artist will be featured on the hour between the allotted times each day.

Featuring Savannah Ré, Derek Wise, Jelly TooFly, and others.

Performance times:

Saturday, February 2

2-2:30pm — Xolisa Jerome
3-3:30pm — Adria Kain
4-4:30pm — Pheonix Pagliacci
5-5:30pm — Savannah Ré
6-6:30pm — L The 12th Letter
7-7:30pm — Brendan Philip

Sunday, February 3

2-2:30pm — John River
3-3:30pm — JellyTooFly
4-4:30pm — Derek Wise
5-5:30pm — Sean Leon

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

2:00PM – 8:00PM

Marilyn Brewer Community Space

235 Queens Quay West

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

2:00PM – 6:00PM

Marilyn Brewer Community Space

235 Queens Quay West


Defining Canadian Urban Fiction

Sat Feb 02, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Malvern

In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a special panel discussion on Canadian Urban Fiction led by urban Canadian writers, educators, and cultural advocates. Readers, writers, and book lovers will have the …

 

 

 

 

FEB 3

 

Kuumba Gospel Lounge

 

February 3, 2013

 

 

 

A two-hour gospel extravaganza featuring a full choir, choral groups and four soloists                                                                                 including Karen Jewels, Jermaine Shakespeare and The Mount Zion Fellowship Choir (pictured).

Kuumba Gospel Lounge

A two-hour gospel extravaganza featuring a full choir, choral groups and four soloists including Karen Jewels, Jermaine Shakespeare and The Mount Zion Fellowship Choir (pictured).

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Sunday, February 3, 2013

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Brigantine Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

 

Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund
Syncopation: Life in the Key of Black
February 3 – March 2, 2013
Opening Reception February 2 | 3:30 pm– 7:30pm
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
www.aasf.ca

Black musicians are oftentimes at the vanguard of the Canadian music industry, yet knowledge of their accomplishments is underrepresented within the larger community, and risks becoming a lost history.Syncopation…Life in the Key of Black brings the historical achievements of Black musicians into focus through a photographic exhibition celebrating their influence.

 

 

Kuumba Drumming Circles

 

February 2- 3, 2013

 

Learn the history of various drums and the numerous sounds they make. Bring your own hand drums to join in on the experience!

 PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

View Map

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

View Map

Sunday, February 3, 2013

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

View Map

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Miss Lou’s Room

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

 

 

Hiplife Showcase

 

February 3, 2013

 

What’s hiplife you ask?                                                                                                                                                                                       An innovative West African fusion of highlife and hip hop that you won’t want to miss!                                                                                  Featuring performances by Kobè (pictured) and Stevano UGO from UGO Crew.

Hiplife Showcase

February 3, 2013

MUSIC

Hiplife music is an innovative, West African fusion of highlife and hip hop. It can also be compared to a mix of reggaeton, dancehall, reggae and West African highlife music. Hiplife is rapidly gaining popularity throughout West Africa and abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Germany.

This is a performance you won’t want to miss!

Featuring Kobè and Stevano UGO from UGO Crew.

Hosted by Jungle Boy Entertainment.

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Sunday, February 3, 2013

4:00PM – 5:00PM

Lakeside Terrace

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

View Map

 

 

The Known Unknown: Top 10 Emerging Artists Unplugged Edition

 

February 2- 3, 2013

 

An unplugged and intimate showcase featuring some of the best urban music stars of tomorrow. A different artist takes the stage every hour. Hosted by Tika Simone.

 

The Known Unknown: Top 10 Emerging Artists Unplugged Edition

February 2 – 3, 2013

MUSIC

The Known Unknown, hosted by Tika Simone(MTV’s The Hills Aftershow, hip pop singer-songwriter),  represents the best of Toronto’s black independent artists, showcasing the urban music stars of tomorrow. All performances are unplugged with the power of the voice being the focal point of the show. A different artist will be featured on the hour between the allotted times each day.

Featuring Savannah Ré, Derek Wise, Jelly TooFly, and others.

Performance times:

Saturday, February 2

2-2:30pm — Xolisa Jerome
3-3:30pm — Adria Kain
4-4:30pm — Pheonix Pagliacci
5-5:30pm — Savannah Ré
6-6:30pm — L The 12th Letter
7-7:30pm — Brendan Philip

Sunday, February 3

2-2:30pm — John River
3-3:30pm — JellyTooFly
4-4:30pm — Derek Wise
5-5:30pm — Sean Leon

PRICES

Everyone: FREE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

2:00PM – 8:00PM

Marilyn Brewer Community Space

235 Queens Quay West

View Map

Sunday, February 3, 2013

2:00PM – 6:00PM

Marilyn Brewer Community Space

235 Queens Quay West


 

FEB 4

Obsidian Theatre Company
Shakespeare’s Nigga
February 4 – 6 2013 (previews) | February 7 -23 2013
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue Toronto, ON M5T 2P3
Ticket Prices: $15 – $35
www.obsidiantheatre.com

Two iconic Black characters in Shakespeare’s work are brought to life in this visionary play. The piece takes you on a journey into the hearts and minds of Othello and Titus Andronicus’s Aaron as they confront their creator. This play is subversive and poetic. It will dare you to see Shakespeare in a whole new light.

 

Young People’s Theatre
The Power of Harriet T!
February 4 – 22, 2013
Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4 Canada
Ticket Prices: $10 – $20
www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

This is the powerful, true story of Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of slaves to freedom and inspired hope for thousands more. Born a slave in Maryland in 1820, Harriet escaped to freedom at the age of 29. Not content just to be free, she risked her newfound liberty again and again to lead more than 300 slaves to freedom in the Northern States and Canada. Playwright Michael Miller (Touch the Sky) uses fact, speculation, and deft theatricality to tell the riveting story of the Underground Railroad’s most famous “conductor”.

 

 

Underground to Upper Canada

Mon Feb 04, 2013 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre

A historical discussion for Grades 4-6, touching on slavery in North America, the challenges of runaways on the Underground Railroad and some of the settlements in Southern Ontario where escaped slaves established new lives a..

 

 

FEB 5

Tuesday Night Movies

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on recurring dates listed below
Malvern

Celebrate Black History Month by joining us every Tuesday for a free movie featuring black actors or directors:…

 

 

Celebrate Black History Month with Jody Nyasha Warner

Tue Feb 05, 2013 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Bendale

Come meet Golden Oak nominated author, Jody Nyasha Warner, as she discusses her book, Viola Desmond Won’t be Budged. This is the incredible story of a woman who took a courageous stand against racial segregation in Halifax, N…

 

 

Drumming with Muhtadi

Tue Feb 05, 2013 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
York Woods

Black History Month Celebration! Enjoy a live performance by master percussionist Muhtadi. Hear the rhythms and learn the history of traditional Caribbean and African drums….

 

 

  • My Brother’s Wedding w/ A Little Off Mark
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  • Charles Burnett’s long-delayed follow-up to Killer of Sheep follows an aimless young man who seeks solace in a nostalgic childhood friendship in the face of a diminished future.
Tuesday February 5
9:15 PM

 

 

 

FEB 6

 

Dan Hill: Up Close and Intimate. In Conversation with Joe Sealy

Wed Feb 06, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
North York Central Library

In the late 1970’s, Dan Hill rocketed to stardom as a singer-songwriter with his hit song “Sometimes When We Touch”, and he has never stopped writing hugely successful songs. Come and hear Dan talk about being Dan Hill. Limit…

Celebrate Black History Month with Tamsir Seck – dance extraordinaire

Wed Feb 06, 2013 | 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Woodside Square

French Performer, Tamsir Seck, from Senegal, performs “Sons et Legendes des conteurs en Herbe”.

 

 

Storytelling with Gail Nyoka

Wed Feb 06, 2013 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Jane/Sheppard

Celebrate Black History Month with children’s author Gail Nyoka. Enjoy a lively discussion and a reading from one of her books. For more information visit the branch in person or call 416-395-5966.

 

 

Njacko Backo

Wed Feb 06, 2013 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Morningside

Njacko is a percussionist, singer, storyteller, choreographer, songwriter/composer who has been performing for children and adults since his childhood in Cameroon. Local classes from nearby schools are invited to attend this …

 

Black History Month Celebration: Drum Making

Wed Feb 06, 2013 | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
York Woods

Dance to the beat of your own drum! Make your very own drum to keep and participate in an interactive story….

Toronto Public Library
Black History Month
February 6 – 26, 2013
Various Toronto Public Library Branches
FREE
www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/blackhistory

This year’s Black History Month programs include author readings, theatrical presentations, musical extravaganzas, storytelling, dance, history, poetry, and drumming from across the African Diaspora. For info about our exciting and free programs, visitwww.torontopubliclibrary.ca/blackhistory.

 

 

FEB 7

 

  • Bless Their Little Hearts w/ The Pocketbook
  •  
  • Set in the same Los Angeles community depicted in Killer of Sheep, Billy Woodberry’s feature debut is both the pinnacle and endpoint of the neorealist strand within the L.A. Rebellion.
Thursday February 7
9:00 PM

 

AfriCan Theatre Ensemble – The Meeting

Thu Feb 07, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Swansea Memorial

What might have happened if Malcolm X had met with Martin Luther King Jr in a hotel room in New York? Find out in this exciting play by Jeff Stetson in a co-sponsored event with Swansea Town Hall.

 

 

FEB 8

Black History Month Concert Series presents Ruth Mathiang & Waleed Abdulhamid

 

Fri, Feb 08, 2013 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Event Type

Venue Melody BarCover FREE

Music Africa and the Gladstone Hotel present yet another concert series featuring some of the African best talent in Toronto and the diaspora. Tonight we welcome Ruth Mathiang & Waleed Abdulhamid.

Waleed Abdulhamid and Ruth Mathiang are both from Sudan. They sing in Arabic, Nuer, and Kiswahili. Ruth Mathiang comes from a musical family, where both her parents were musicians in their youth. In Kenya, she performed with local musicians, in styles ranging from traditional music to hip hop. Her dream of having her own CD came true when she immigrated to Canadato attend the University of PEI and in 2002 released her first CD My Cry, Peace, a collection of gospel/peace songs. In 2005-2006, she recorded her second album Butterfly, a mixture of her favourite styles of music, from hip-hop, reggae, afrobeat, to gospel. It received great praise, reviewers invariably noting Mathiang’s soaring voice, her great versatility and her ability to find intimacy even in songs intended for huge crowds. “I believe freedom is in the heart and when we let love in, freedom awaits our invitation. I sing and write about the struggle of the human heart to open and let freedom shine,” she says.

Middle of Nowhere
Opens Friday, February 8A young woman brings anguish to herself and those around her through her blind devotion to her imprisoned husband, until a chance encounter leads her to reclaim the life she had almost given away. Writer-director Ava DuVernay won the Best Director prize at Sundance for her elegant, emotionally complex second feature.Get tickets now

 

 

Capoeira: An Afro-Brazilian Art

Fri Feb 08, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Spadina Road

Join Master Marcio Mendes from Muiraquita Capoeira as he takes you through the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.

 

 

FEB 9

 

  • L.A. Rebellion Shorts I
  •  
  • Four short films from directors S. Torriano Berry, Jacqueline Frazier, Gay Abel-Bey and Alile Sharon Larkin.
Saturday February 9
1:00 PM

 

 

  • Compensation w/ Dark Exodus
  •  
  • Zeinabu Irene Davis’ first feature depicts two tragic love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man, one taking place at the dawn of the twentieth century, the other at the turn of the twenty-first.
Saturday February 9
4:00 PM

The Ontario Black History Society and Heritage Toronto
Discover Black History in Toronto
February 9, 2013 | 9am – 12pm
www.heritagetoronto.org

Did you know that Toronto had a Black Mayor or that Black businesses flourished in this area long before Caribana was ever created? Did you know that the largest convention of Black free men was held in Toronto? Join the Discover Black History in Toronto tour to learn more about these events and numerous others through this guided tour with several opportunities to visit historic sites that connect Black History to important people, events and contributions that will add to your appreciation of Toronto’s early and current diversity, then and now.

 

Black History Month Family Storytime

Sat Feb 09, 2013 | 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Malvern

In celebration of Black History Month, join us for stories, songs, and rhymes about the Caribbean, Africa and other parts of the world.

 

Tricks and Wisdom: Tales from Africa with Gail Nyoka

Sat Feb 09, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Richview

Celebrate Black History Month with storyteller, playwright, author Gail Nyoka. Enjoy a lively afternoon of stories and music. Bring your own drum or shaker to join the fun! Free tickets available at the Childrens Reference De…

 

Mystic Drumz

Sat Feb 09, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Elmbrook Park

Drumming workshop for ages 6 and up….

 

 

One More River To Cross: A musical journey

Sat Feb 09, 2013 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Malvern

Join us for a musical retelling of Bryan Prince’s latest book, One More River To Cross. Author Bryan Prince and Curator Shannon Prince are joined by soloist Denise Pelley and pianist Stephen Holowitz in the epic adventure of …

 

Author Visit: Dalton Higgins

Sat Feb 09, 2013 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
North York Central Library

Dalton Higgins (@daltonhiggins5) discusses his latest book, “Far from Over”, about Drake and the growth of the Canadian hip hop community. This program is part of Black History Month at the library….

The Spirit Of Dance Akwaba

Sat Feb 09, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lillian H. Smith

Children 5 years old and up are invited to an interactive program of West African dance, music and song

 

Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Drum Beats
January 14 – February 25, 2013
Various Schools
FREE
www.muhtadidrumfest.comThe Muhtadi International Drumming Festival presents Drum Beats – a series of performances and drumming activities for communities in Greater Toronto Area libraries, community venues and schools by eight professional performing artists or groups involving children, youth, and adults during Black History Month 2013. The program features Black artists and drumming traditions of Africa and the Caribbean.Jan. 14 Njacko Backo Humewood PS, Toronto
Feb. 9 Njacko Backo TPL-Morningside Branch, Toronto
Feb. 11-20 Njacko Backo West Prepatory Public School, Toronto
Feb. 20 Beyond Sound Empijah TPL-Parkdale Branch, Toronto
Feb 25-Mar. 1 Njacko Backo Corpus Christi School, Mississauga

 

 

 

 

FEB 10

 

  • Jacqueline Stewart on L.A. Rebellion Shorts II
  •  
  • Noted film scholar and series co-curator Jacqueline Stewart offers an introductory talk on the L.A. Rebellion restoration project prior to the screening of our second shorts programme.
Sunday February 10
5:00 PM

 

Jacqueline Stewart on L.A. Rebellion Shorts II
Sunday, February 10 at 5pmNoted film scholar and L.A. Rebellion co-curator Jacqueline Stewart offers an introductory talk on the L.A. Rebellion restoration project prior to the screening of our second shorts programme.Get tickets now

 

 

Sunday February 10
8:00 PM

 

 

FEB 11

 

FEB 12

 

Tuesday February 12
9:30 PM

 

 

 

Black History Month: Caribbean Music with Roger Gibbs

Tue Feb 12, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Parliament Street

Music and stories tracing the Caribbean folk roots of calypso and how the music spread to the world and to Canada. Roger Gibbs, former Artistic Director of the Scotiabank Caribana Festival, sings, strums, drums, dances and n…

 

Black History Month: Author Visit by Rosemary Sadlier

Tue Feb 12, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Agincourt

Meet Rosemary Sadlier, author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Seeker, Freedom Leader; The Kids Book of Black Canadian History and several other books! Everyone is welcome. For more information call: 416-396-8950. Location: Program…

 

We Are One Jazz Project
We Are One Jazz Project: In Concert.
February 12, 2013
The George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8
Ticket Prices: General $20- $50, Students/Seniors $10, Angel $100 (tax receipt on request)
www.WeAreOneJazzProject.com

The We Are One Jazz Project: In Concert is the culminating choir performance for 300 children from grades 3 – 6 from eight schools in north Scarborough. While the children’s choir is the centerpiece of the performance, a big band, a string section, a teen choir and special guest artists provide accompaniment. Joining this year is legendary pianist and senior project mentor, Dr. Barry Harris, and the great alto saxophonist, Charles McPherson. Experience the power and beauty of 300 voices in concert!

 

Tuesday Night Movies

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on recurring dates listed below
Malvern

Celebrate Black History Month by joining us every Tuesday for a free movie featuring black actors or directors:…

 

Underground to Upper Canada

Tue Feb 12, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
College/Shaw

A historical discussion for Grades 4-6, touching on slavery in North America, the challenges of runaways on the Underground Railroad and some of the settlements in Southern Ontario where escaped slaves established new lives a…

 

 

FEB 13

 

Meet Author Phyllis Walker

Wed Feb 13, 2013 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Maria A. Shchuka

Come listen to Phyllis Broom-Walker present “Keeper of the Anansi Flame.” Hear the story of Anansi, the spider whose victories and obstacles symbolizes that of the African Canadian struggle.

 

 

Author Visit: Dalton Higgins

Wed Feb 13, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Annette Street

Dalton Higgins (@daltonhiggins5) discusses his latest book, “Far from Over”, about Drake and the growth of the Canadian hip hop community. This program is part of Black History Month at the library….

 

Journey into Me

Wed Feb 13, 2013 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Yorkville

Anne-Marie Woods shares her journey as a spoken word artist, writer and performer. A storytelling presentation interlaced with songs, spoken word and movement. Real stories about race and identity and how she turned negative…

 

 

FEB 14

 

Duke & Monk: Beyond Cateogory: The Music of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk

Thu Feb 14, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
North York Central Library

 

Pianist Mboya Nicholson from the TorontoJazzBuzz company, will demonstrate how stride pianists and ragtime music influenced the musical styles of jazz greats Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk….

 

 

  • Passing Through w/ When It Rains
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  • An ex-con jazz musician seeks guidance from his old mentor to rediscover the soul of the music he loves, in director Larry Clark’s stunningly stylized fusion of fiction, documentary and concert film.
Thursday February 14
6:15 PM
The Great Black North
February 14, 2012 | 7 to 9 pm
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George StreetThis Black History Month event is a celebration of contemporary African Canadian poetry celebrating the first ever collection of such work, The Great Black North, edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron, with an introduction by George Elliott Clarke (published by Frontenac House).
  • L.A. Rebellion Shorts IV
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  • Five short films from directors Elyseo J. Taylor, Julie Dash, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Alicia Dhanifu and Don Amis.
Thursday February 14
9:00 PM

 

 

 

FEB 15

Black History Month Concert Series presents Jabulani

 

Fri, Feb 15, 2013 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Event Type

Venue Melody Bar Cover FREE

Music Africa and the Gladstone Hotel present yet another concert series featuring some of the African best talent in Toronto and the diaspora. Tonight we welcome Jabulani.

Jabulani: the Zulu word meaning “we are happy”. Jabulani: the name of the band whose music makes one feel happy. Jabulani, based in Toronto, has been performing their unique brand of World music for eight years in Canada. The band, led by Brian Litvin, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, plays a blend of Township Jive, Zulu Maskande, traditional Zulu music and South African Jazz.

Before coming to Canada, Brian was a successful performer in his native South Africa. Together with his band, Fireflies, and as a solo act, Brian was a well-known entertainer at venues and festivals across the country. He was one of a select few musicians that brought traditional Zulu music to white audiences in the days of apartheid South Africa. He also delighted both black and white audiences, with his blending of indigenous musical styles. After numerous musical collaborations, Brian Litvin has found his nucleus. With the contributions from well known musicians, Mafata Lemphane, from Lesotho, on bass guitar and vocals, the versatile George Morellato on drums and vocals, Mafa Makhubalo from Bloemfontein, South Africa, on percussion and vocals, and Gideon Litvin on guitar, the sound of Jabulani has matured and is now a tight, melodic group who sings in both English and in Zulu.

This is true world class, world music at its happiest.

 

Mystic Drumz

Fri Feb 15, 2013 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Main Street

Mystic Drumz will be taking children on a world music safari adventure featuring incredible African percussion instruments….

Chinedesign & Afrotropolis Arts Collective
Masquerade
February 15, 2013
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Doors open: 9pm Fashion Presentation: 10pm
Ticket Price: $25
http://chinedesign.com/masquerade

Masquerade as it is performed all over Africa, is a complex and often clandestine ritual that is interwoven into the religious, political and social fabric of the people. Masquerade is a fashion show fused with an art exhibition and elements of a masked ball party. It features the presentation of a couture collection designed by Chinedu Ukabam of Chinedesign. This collection will explore the overlap or relationship between African Masquerade and Caribbean “Mas” and will traverse the gradient from darkness and secrecy to brightness and gaiety.

 

 

 

FEB 16

Let’s play OWARE

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm on recurring dates listed below
York Woods

Play one of the world’s oldest board game, OWARE. Brush up on your skills and challenge other teens to compete with you during African History month. Register in person or call 416-395-5980. Teen Area

The PaMoja Project
An(other) Antilles:
The Sir George Williams Affair
and the Black Caribbean Experience in 1960’s Montreal
February 16, 2013 | 5pm – 11am
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Street East, Suite 260, Toronto, ON, M5A 2B7
Ticket Rice: $25

Through a documentary showing and visual media exhibit, An(other) Antilles explores the experiences of Black Caribbean peoples’ and their arrival stories during the 1969 Sir George Williams Affair in Montreal, Canada. The stories shared, wind through immigration, race, and the small but formidable Black Power movement in Montreal.

Dalton Higgins
Drake, Race and The New Publishing Biz
February 16, 2013
BAND Gallery, 1 Wiltshire Ave., Unit 134, Toronto, ON M2N 2V7
www.daltonhiggins.wordpress.com

Author Dalton Higgins discusses his book Far From Over about actor/rapper Drake. FAR FROM OVER: The Music and Life of Drake is the first biography of the platinum-selling hip-hop artist to hit shelves. In this book, award-winning journalist Dalton Higgins examines Drake’s transition from heartthrob Canadian actor, Aubrey Drake Graham, to the hip-hop superstar famous around the world. Featuring original interviews and insights surrounding the history of Canada’s hip hop scene, and detailing the background cultural conditions in Toronto that helped create the Drake phenomenon, this one of a kind biography / Toronto hip hop history book reveals the still unfolding story of an artist whose star continues to rise.

 

 

African Canadian Roots Series

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm on recurring dates listed below
Malvern

In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a two-part series on African Canadian Roots led by genealogist and historical researcher Hilary Dawson. In the first part, learn about Ontario Black History and source…

 

 

 

FEB 17

 

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FEBRUARY 19, 2013

 

ART BAR POETRY SERIES BLACK HISTORY NIGHT OF READINGS

Tuesday February 19, 2013 8 pm to 11 pm                                                                                                                                        Q Space 382 College St. Toronto, ON M5T 1S8

On February 19, we present our annual Black History Night at Art Bar. This year’s show features Afrakaren, Victoria Grant, Whitney French, Ian “Creo” Walters, Iyah and Ian Keteku! Curated and hosted by Greg “Ritallin” Frankson. Come and join us for this amazing line-up of some of Toronto’s best emerging and established poetic voices!

AFRAKAREN stands and recites with such eloquence and grace that the African spirits of her ancestors manifest on stage. Her poetry vibes with the inflections of the Caribbean blended with introspective, hard-hitting and real lyrics about the issues that impact Black women.

IAN “CREO” WALTERS began making music at the age of 13, and hasn’t looked back since. Continuing his artistic exploration on a more serious level, Creo was a cornerstone member of Donald A. Wilson High School’s spoken word club, serving as the club’s host and regular performer. Now 19, Creo competes in poetry slams throughout Ontario regularly, drops new music on a regular basis, and doesn’t plan on slowing down.

WHITNEY FRENCH is a writer based in the Toronto area although she does most of her eating, sleeping and actual writing in her hideout north of the city. Her writing interests include character-driven fiction, children’s literature, screenwriting, poetry, speculative fiction and essaying. She recently graduated from Concordia University for Creative Writing and Child Psychology and works as a freelance writer.

IAN KETEKU is a poet, musician and journalist. He is a member of The Recipe, the acclaimed spoken word poetry troupe that claimed the 2009 Canadian slam championship, and was also the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion. He has performed all over the world and for former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean on three occasions. He released his debut album Lessons From Planet Earth: Re-Evolution in 2011.

Writer, performer, spoken word artist, erotic poet, devout lover of love – VICTORIA GRANT has shared her emotional, raw and earnest poetry at open mics and in featured sets at various events in the GTA over the past few years. Currently, Victoria is recording and editing her first spoken word album.

IYAH has been sharing his evocate, personal poems in local shows, including poetry slams, since debuting at Clinton’s in 2010. The Jamaican-born poet is a key member of the Bill Brown’s 1-2-3 Slam community, winning a spot on its first-ever slam team and competing at the SLAMtario provincial championships in summer 2012. A lover of nature, his poetry focuses on the beauty that surrounds us while also critically discussing our broader social context.

L.A. Rebellion Shorts V 

  • Five short films from directors Haile Gerima, Shirikiana Aina, O.Funmilayo Makarah, Carroll Parrott Blue and Melvonna Ballenger.
Tuesday February 19
9:00 PM

 

The Meeting: A Play by Jeff Stetson

Tue Feb 19, 2013 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Maria A. Shchuka

Imagine a meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. What would they say to each other? Join the African Theatre Ensemble for a riveting examination of two powerful philosophies.

 

Celebrate, Calypso Style with Roger Gibbs

Tue Feb 19, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Kennedy/Eglinton

Roger strums, drums and sings while he shares the Calypso story. Musical fun for children and families. All are welcome.

Underground to Upper Canada

Tue Feb 19, 2013 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Eatonville

A historical discussion for Grades 4-6, touching on slavery in North America, the challenges of runaways on the Underground Railroad and some of the settlements in Southern Ontario where escaped slaves established new lives a…

 

Tuesday Night Movies

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on recurring dates listed below
Malvern

Celebrate Black History Month by joining us every Tuesday for a free movie featuring black actors or directors:…

 

Tue Feb 19, 2013 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Humberwood

Celebrate the Black History Month with craft. Create your own drum….

 

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2013

 

 

Bill Brown’s 1-2-3 Slam February Edition

Presents Whitney Greenaway

Wednesday February 20, 2013      8 pm to 10:30 pm

 

Toronto’s ONLY $100 SLAM welcomes Nuyorican Poets Café veteran Witness as our feature performer! Poets drop 1-minute, 2-minute and 3-minute poems in successive rounds to win the right to take Bill Brown home!

Q Space, 382 College Street, Toronto

Doors 7pm | Sign-Up 7:30pm | Show 8pm
All Ages | $7 at the door| Open Mic

**View the updated rankings at http://cytopoeticsevents.com/bb123slamtoronto/rankings **

ABOUT OUR FEATURE

Whitney ‘Witness’ Greenaway is a Caribbean poet who channels her pain and passions through pen and voice. She is the winner of the 2012 Gypsy Poetry Slam in the Women Writer’s Conference of Lexington, Kentucky. She was a member of the 2011 Nuyorican Slam Team, ranked second in the nation and winners of the 2012 Ink Slam Competition of Los Angeles, California. She was also a co-coach of the 2012 Nuyorican Slam Team, ranked 3rd in the nation, and she placed 6th at the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She has facilitated writing workshops for young adults throughout the New York City area as part of school curriculum and outside of it. She was also part of One Hundred Thousand Poets for Change: Jamaica Chapter. She’s performed in numerous U.S. cities and is the author of Reasons I Will Leave my Lover, a chapbook dedicated to spreading love, self-acceptance and the beauty of living with words. Whitney is constantly inspired by memory, the stigma of hiding emotions, and the undeniable freedom that comes with her voice.

 

 

 

IFT (It’s a Freedom Thing) Theatre
nightmareDREAM
February 20 – 24, 2013 | 8pm
Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West,
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3H3
Ticket Prices: $15 – $30
http://www.ifttheatre.com/

nightmareDREAM is a site-specific multidisciplinary project exploring the historical encounter of the African with the ‘other’. Set in the Campbell House Museum, a historical western building in downtown Toronto, this unique installation series will feature performance installations of sound, movement and poetry.

 

Echoes and Legacies: Music of a People’s Experience

Wed Feb 20, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Barbara Frum

TorontoJazzBuzz.com jazz pianist/raconteur, Mboya Nicholson takes a break from his ongoing jazz salon tour of Toronto homes, to present an immensely engaging concert in honour of Black History Month. True to the blues & swi…

 

Rethinking Black Identity and Black Spaces

Wed Feb 20, 2013 | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
North York Central Library

Black history and Black women express myriad connections across local, national and international boundaries. Join author Rosemary Sadlier as she presents details about the legacy of Black women readily recognized and less we…

 

Riverdale Community Arts and Letters Club

Wed Feb 20, 2013 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Riverdale

Elizabeth Abbott, author, historian, and Riverdale resident, will discuss her new revision of “Haiti: a Shattered Nation – the Duvaliers and their legacy”. Presentation and book signing.

 

 

Beyond Sound Empijah: The Rumble of the Drums

Wed Feb 20, 2013 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Parkdale

Toronto-based drummer Muhtadi has assembled an awesome, thunderous circle of young drummers and dancers. Culled from some of the GTA?s best arts and dance companies, Beyond Sound Empijah will thrill you with their energy.

 

 

Caribbean Folk Songs & Calypso with Roger Gibbs

Wed Feb 20, 2013 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Amesbury Park

Music and stories tracing the Caribbean folk roots of calypso and how the music spread to the world and to Canada. Roger Gibbs sings, strums, drums, dances and narrates an interactive jam session presentation of traditional Caribbean musics.

 

 

 

FEB 21

 

Always Modern: The Music of New Orleans Jazz Masters

Thu Feb 21, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
North York Central Library

It is well known that New Orleans is where jazz became what its listeners know and love. In this concert, pianist Mboya Nicholson from the TorontoJazzBuzz Company, demonstrates the diversity of this music in the Big Easy jaz…

 

 

Black History Month: Caribbean Folk Music & Calypso with Roger Gibbs

Thu Feb 21, 2013 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Gerrard/Ashdale

Celebrate Black History Month with Roger Gibbs, Barbadian-born singer/guitarist and recording artist who composes, arranges, and performs Caribbean Acoustic and Calypso. This interactive presentation will be on Caribbean folk…

 

CAPOEIRA: Afro-Brazilian Martial Art

Thu Feb 21, 2013 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Maria A. Shchuka

Somewhere between flight and dance, you find Capoeira. It is a blend of different elements of dance, music and Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts. Learn the Art of Capoeira movements and history with master Marcio Mendes. Watch a li…

 

Tell Me a Story! with Storyteller Sandra Whiting

Thu Feb 21, 2013 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Palmerston

Hear the rich oral traditions of West African mythologies and folklore from the Caribbean with authentic patois and assorted dialects from Sandra?s native Jamaica….

 

 

FEB 22

Black History Month Concert Series presents Njacko Backo

 

Fri, Feb 22, 2013 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Event Type

Venue Melody Bar Cover FREE

We’re thrilled to welcome “the King of Kalimba” Njacko Backo to finish off our celebration of African Liberation Month. This will also be a CD release party for Njacko’s TENTH album!

Njacko Backo left his native Cameroons in his teens, to the great benefit of Toronto’s music scene. One of the most renowned percussionists in the city, he plays several other instruments including the bass, thumb piano and African harp. Njacko is also an acclaimed composer (now with 10 CDs to his credit), dancer and choreographer, who in addition contributes tirelessly to local fundraisers and philanthropic causes. See Njacko leading his band live and discover why he’s called “the King of Kalimba”.

Afrofest is celebrating its 25th anniversary on July 6 & 7, 2013, returning to Woodbine Park, Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Avenue. As a part of the celebrations, Afrofest will be saluting Black History Month this February for its 6th annual series of Friday night concerts. The series features a diverse selection of top African artists living and working in the city – Discover Africa in Toronto! Each week there will a different line-up of African talent performing live, so get ready for a night of dancing and celebrating Africa!

Schedule:
February 1 – Donne Roberts
February 8 – Ruth Mathiang and Waleed Kush
February 15 – Jabulani
February 22 – Njacko Backo CD release party: Njacko’s 10th album, which includes tenor banjo and cello banjo tracks by Ken Whiteley, soprano sax by Jane Bunnett, trumpet by Larry Cramer, djembe by Mohamad Diaby, in addition to tracks from Kalimba Kalimba.

Co-presented by CIUT-FM

Music Africa wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

 

 

FEB 23

Black History Month Celebration: Freedom Quilt Program

Sat Feb 23, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
York Woods

Discover the secrets of the Underground Railroad. Learn to decode maps and messages in quilt blankets. Together, create a Freedom Quilt to remember the past…

 

Soul Influence. Award winning a cappella ensemble

Sat Feb 23, 2013 | 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Deer Park

Celebrate Black History Month with the exuberant sounds of the award winning musical group Soul Influence. This a cappella ensemble with members from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia with its African rhythm and beat and i…

 

African Canadian Roots Series

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm on recurring dates listed below
Malvern

In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a two-part series on African Canadian Roots led by genealogist and historical researcher Hilary Dawson. In the first part, learn about Ontario Black History and source…

Lost: A Play by Modupe Olaogun

Sat Feb 23, 2013 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maria A. Shchuka

When fifteen-year old twins Kaza and Kurima get separated from their family who are returning home to Burundi after living as refugees in Tanzania, things look pretty bad for them. A forest critter helps them to navigate thei…

 

 

 

FEB 24

 

FEB 25

In Conversation With… Geraldine Moriba and Don Lemon: Documenting the Black Experience
Monday, February 25 at 7pmTIFF and the Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (BAND) present this unique onstage conversation featuring Geraldine Moriba, Emmy Award–winning executive producer of CNN’s In America, and Don Lemon, CNN news anchor and journalist.Get tickets nowPresenting Sponsor: Audi
Funding for In Conversation With…
is provided by The Brian Linehan Endowment Fund

 

 

FEB 26

Tuesday Night Movies

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on recurring dates listed below
Malvern

Celebrate Black History Month by joining us every Tuesday for a free movie featuring black actors or directors:…

 

 

One More River To Cross: A dramatic reading

Tue Feb 26, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Toronto Reference Library

Award-winning historians and authors Bryan & Shannon Prince discuss – One More River To Cross – the true story of Issac Brown, an escaped Maryland slave. After an internationally famous legal case,Brown was liberated and whis…

 

 

 

FEB 27

 

Meet Author Dirk McLean

Wed Feb 27, 2013 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Annette Street

When Dexter’s temper gets him kicked off the ball team, he finds himself playing cricket, a sport he thinks is for losers. Join Dirk and hear about his new young adult novel.

 

 

Author Visit: Dalton Higgins

Wed Feb 27, 2013 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
York Woods

Dalton Higgins, award-winning Journalist, Broadcaster and Author,reads from his recent work, “Far from Over: The Music & Life of Drake”. Hip hop music will be featured and a Q&A session follows. Max. 100 registrants. Regis…

 

Hands-on Drumming with African Drums

Wed Feb 27, 2013 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Don Mills

In celebration of Black History Month, this Mystic Drumz workshop will feature demonstrations on African instruments including Djembe Drums, Talking Drums, Agogo Bells and more. Join us for an interactive learning celebration…

 

 

FEB 28

Andrew Craig Productions
with Lula Music and Arts Centre
The Brothas Concert
February 28, 2013
Lula Music and Arts Centre, 1585 Dundas St. W.,
Toronto, ON M6J 1T9
Ticket Prices: $20 show only, $55 dinner & show
http://andrewcraig.me

The Brothas Concert brings together 14 of Toronto’s Black keyboard players on one stage, for one extraordinary night of music! In a wide range of musical styles, and in everything from solo to full group numbers, the Brothas will put three generations of virtuosi from Toronto’s Black community on full display!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black History Month 2013

Recommended reading for adults, teens and children in celebration of Black History Month.

 

Daughters who walk this path : a novel

Kilanko, Yejide, 1975-

A young girl, who comes of age in a culture where her abuse is treated with silence by her family, finds safety, support and the will to overcome her negative experience. (adult)

 

Directions home : approaches to African-Canadian literature

Clarke, George Elliott

This collection of essays on topics such as the Canadian slave narratives, church histories and contemporary drama provides a comprehensive analysis of African-Canadian texts and writers to date. (adult)

 

“Go to school, you’re a little black boy” : the honourable Lincoln M. Alexander : a memoir

Alexander, Lincoln M. (Lincoln MacCauley), 1922-

The events that shaped his life and the message of the power of education are at the core of this autobiography of the late Honourable Lincoln Alexander. (adult)

Also available in these formats:

 

Harriet Tubman : freedom seeker, freedom leader

Sadlier, Rosemary.

The achievements and contributions of Harriet Tubman, former slave and well-known abolitionist, are presented in this new biography which includes contributions from Harriet’s Canadian and American descendants. (adult)

 

I am my father’s son : a memoir of love and forgiveness

Hill, Dan, vocalist.

Award winning singer-songwriter Dan Hill discusses his relationship with his father.  Sometimes painful, sometimes humorous, this autobiography lays bare the personal life of one of Canada’s greatest artists. (adult)

Also available in these formats:

 

In the black : new African Canadian literature

This mix of short fiction, poetry, dub poetry and hip-hop combines to form a collection of “fresh” writings by eleven African-Canadian authors. (adult)

 

Jamaicans in Canada : when ackee meets codfish

Produced in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, this collection of biographical sketches profiles the Canadian contribution of prominent Jamaican-Canadians. (adult)

 

One more river to cross

Prince, Bryan, 1951-

This biography of fugitive slave Isaac Brown chronicles his quest for freedom and his eventual settlement in Chatham, Ontario via the Underground Railroad. (adult)

 

The power of a promise : life lessons encountered on my journey from illiteracy to lawyer

Martin, Lesra, 1963-

The author shares the secret of his success and the keys that will help you realize your dreams. His experiences are featured in the National Film Board of Canada’s documentary, The Journey of Lesra Martin. (adult)

 

The stone thrower : a daughter’s lessons, a father’s life : a memoir

Richardson, Jael Ealey, 1980-

The author traces the life of her father, former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey, from Portsmouth, Ohio to the Canadian Football League in the early 1970s and reveals the truth about her identity. (adult)

 

Chasing freedom : a novel

Wesley, Gloria.

In this historical fiction, Sarah and her grandmother, Lydia, arrive in Birchtown, Nova Scotia. Hoping to start a new life they struggle in a place that offers them few opportunities. Can they survive under these conditions? (teens)

 

Basodee : an anthology dedicated to Black Canadian youth

This collection of youth poems, essays and stories explores what it means to be young, Black and Canadian. (teens)

 

Far from over : the music and life of Drake, the unofficial story

Higgins, Dalton.

Toronto rapper and multi-talented entertainer, Drake, is front and centre in this unofficial biography about his phenomenal rise to success from starring in Degrassi: The Next Generation to international superstardom. (teens)

 

Jarome Iginla : how NHL’s first Black captain gives back

Mortillaro, Nicole, 1972-

Trailblazer and role model, Jarome Iginla, inspires Black youth in this quick read about his life as an elite athlete in the National Hockey League. (children)

 

Not out

McLean, Dirk, 1956-

Having been recently tossed from his school baseball team, Dexter decides to try out for cricket, only to encounter difficulties due to his jealous squad captain. (children)

 

The city speaks in drums

Grant, Shauntay.

In dub poetry style, this book takes you on a journey through the splendid sounds of an urban jungle.  With rhythm and rhyme, you can almost feel the beat in your feet and in your heart as you read each page. (children)

 

The mighty Miss Malone

Curtis, Christopher Paul.

Twelve-year-old Deza and her family leave home in search of her father who has been looking for work in another city.  A heart-wrenching story about an African-American family struggling to overcome hardship during the Great Depression. (children)

Also available in these formats:

 

Viola Desmond won’t be budged!

Warner, Jody, 1969-

In 1946, unsung hero, Viola Desmond stood up to racial segregation by refusing to give up her seat on the main floor of a movie theatre in Nova Scotia.  Her struggle for equality is exemplified in this simple picture book. (children)

 

When I get older : the story behind “Wavin’ flag”

K’Naan

Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, singer, and songwriter K’naan tells his own story about Wavin’ Flag, the international anthem that shot to mega popularity during World Cup 2010. (children)

 

 
 
 

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