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BLACK HISTORY MONTH BIG BOARD LISTINGS TORONTO 2014

 

THE BIG BLACK HISTORY MONTH BIG BLACKBOARD OF BLACK EVENTS 2014

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1

robert small legacy poster 2014

 

On February 1st, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic LEGACY poster with the greatest public display of African-Canadian achievement in Canadian history.

On the OPSEU building, 31 Wellesley Street East in Toronto, Ontario this 20 foot banner will be on the west side of their building during Black History Month and beyond! Go by their office and take a look at this and the front window. Congrats to OPSEU and the Workers of Colour for making this happen! You can get copies of this landmark poster at www.thelegacyposter.com . The LEGACY Continues!

 

 

 

 

 

    • RUNOKO RASHIDI
    • 1:00pm until 4:00pm
  • AT THE BRAMALEA CIVIC CENTER
  • “It is up to us to tell our story in our way without stuttering, without stammering, without whispering, without apologies.”
    –Runoko RashidiRUNOKO RASHIDI WILL BE IN BRAMPTON SATURDAY AFTERNOON FEBRUARY 1, 2014START BLACK HISTORY MONTH OFF RIGHT!THE THEME: AFRICA AND THE DIASPORASPONSORED BY HERUDITIONAT THE BRAMALEA CIVIC CENTER
    CHINGUACOUSY BRANCH PUBLIC LIBRARY
    150 CENTRAL PARK DRIVE
    LOWER LEVEL – LIBRARY MEETING ROOM

    COST: $10.00 ADMISSION

    AMPLE PARKING!

    CALL 289 233 3027 FOR INFORMATION!

    DOORS OPEN AT 1:00 PM!

    PRESENTATION STARTS AT 1:30 PM SHARP!

    DR. RASHIDI’S BOOKS AND DVDs WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE!

    SO COME JOIN US AND START BLACK HISTORY MONTH OFF RIGHT!

    RUNOKO RASHIDI IN CANADA!

 

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THE MEMBERZ @ MAGIC OVEN 360 QUEEN ST. EAST

 

  • In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create, perform and refine spoken word pieces. The workshop will focus on the development and practice of basic concepts and strategies to support good writing and dynamic performances. In a mentoring environment, writing exercises, short assignments, demonstrations, screenings, discussions, and critiques will support participants’ work. Through experimentation with a variety of innovative spoken word forms and performance practices, participants will learn how to bring passion and power to their words – on both the page and stage.(No classes on Feb 15th)Cost: $325 + HSTInstructor:
    Andrea Thompson, MFAFor more info or to register:
    OCADU Continuing Studies
    https://continuingstudies.ocad.ca/class_details.jsp?offeringId=75&show_past=false

 

MIGRANT WORKERS DEMO PHOTO

    • 3:30pm until 5:30pm
  • What: Panel discussion and workshop with several injured migrant workers who stood up for their right to stay in Ontario for healthcare and workers compensation.When: Saturday, February 1, 2014; 3:30PM to 5:30PMWhere: College Street United Church, 452 College Street, TorontoTTC tokens available. Refreshments will be served. The space is accessible. Free to attend.Migrant farmworkers do some of the most dangerous work in Ontario yet they are heavily precluded from obtaining their rights to workers’ compensation. With limited exceptions, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) “disposes” of injured migrant workers to a life of poverty and ill health even though they were injured as a result of their labour in Ontario. Join us for this great event as we hear from injured migrant workers who have taken a stand to say no one is disposable!This event is part of the “Better Healthcare” Campaign and is organized by Injured Workers Action for Justice and endorsed by IAVGO Community Legal Clinic and Justicia for Migrant Workers.

 

 

 

    • BLACK FUTURE MONTH
    • 6:00pm until 11:00pm
  • BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3014 !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Toronto’s 1st Ever Afrofuturism Group Art Exhibition
    Curated by Danilo M McCallum.The exhibit takes place in the historic month of February at Daniels Spectrum (Regent Park’s newly built cultural arts hub).Through painting, photography, digital/graphic arts, architecture, poetry, audio and video works, several artists explore imaginative visions of our far off distant future as Black people.
    The Black Future Month 3014 Art Exhibition will also have an artist talk opening up conversations around Afrofuturism, Black sci-fi, the artist’s process and the possibilities of our joined futuristic utopias.AFROFUTURIST ARTWORKS FROM:• Danilo M. McCallum – (Painting)
    • SoTeeOh – (Photography)
    • Komi Olaf – (Painting)
    • Chanel Kennebrew (JunkPrints) – (Mixed Media/Collage/Prints)
    • Ola Ojo (Architectural/Graphic Arts)
    • Jordan Clarke – (Painting)
    • Javid JAH (Graphic Arts)
    • XYZ/ Black Iron Giants (Giant Grafix)AUDIO/VISUAL VISIONARIES:

    • Quentin Vercetty (SpokenWord)
    • Chris Ak – (Audio/Video)
    • Samson Brown (Futur-Log)
    • Hillina Seife – (Diasporic Historian)

    Location:
    •Daniels Spectrum (Regent Park’s new Arthub) 585 Dundas St East

    Dates:
    • Opening reception: Sat Feb 1st 6-11pm.
    • Artist talk – Sun Feb 9th 2-5pm
    • Exhibition runs from Feb1st – Feb 28th 3014 (2014)

    THE FUTURE IS LOOKING SO GOOOD.
    Afrofuturistic!
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    Lets go deeper down the wormhole (press release):

    BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3014
    Toronto’s 1st Ever Afrofuturism Group Art Exhibition

    “Afrofuturism in an exploration and methodology of liberation, simultaneously both a location and a journey. The creative ability to manifest action and transformation has been essential to the survival of Blacks in the Diaspora.”

    –D. Denege Akpem, Performance Artist and Educator
    The first ever Afrofuturism group art exhibition in Toronto, BFM 3014 is a month-long show featuring 10 dynamic emerging artists hailing from the city and beyond. Diverse in method, medium and perspective, they all in some way invoke a futuristic and/or surreal aesthetic to present new notions of the self, community, space and time, and what “freedom” might mean and look like for our people. Their probing and visionary work engages Afrodiasporic history while interrogating the present, and suggesting future paths and destinations.

    The exhibit opens February 1, 2014 and runs through to February 28th 2014 and takes place at Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park’s newly built cultural arts hub. On Sunday, February 9th, there will be an artist talk and Q&A session, opening up conversations around the artist’s process, inspiration, and challenges. The major aesthetic and conceptual themes driving their work and the exhibit as a whole will be discussed as well: Afrofuturism, Afrosurrealism, black sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction, utopias and dystopias, the absurd, implications of technology and the digital age, conceptualizations of time and space, and the relationship between history, the present and futures beyond.

 

 

 

 

BARBIE

    • 6:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Black History Month Exhibitions at Daniels SpectrumBuilding Black
    BLK Ken and Barbie: The Dis-Identification Performance
    and Black Future Month 3014Opening Reception
    February 1, 2014 | 6pm – 11pm | FREE585 Dundas Street East, TorontoDaniels Spectrum is celebrating Black History Month by mounting three exhibitions that explore past, present and future narratives of black consciousness.The exhibitions are open to the public daily (Mon–Fri 8 am – 9pm, Sat–Sun 10am – 6pm) from February 1 – February 28, 2014.

    Ekow Nimako: Building Black

    Using over 50,000 LEGO® pieces Ghanian-Canadian sculptor Ekow Nimako uniquely explores themes of history, identity, folklore, and race with his sombre installation Building Black. The sculptures presented in Building Black investigate the notion of “blackness” with the very deliberate intention of exposing the cultural beauties and controversies that denote the black experience.

    Rose-Ann Marie Bailey: BLK Ken and Barbie: The Dis-Identification Performance

    In BLK Ken and Barbie: The Dis-Identification Performance, Jamaican-born photographer Rose-Ann Marie Bailey explores the conceptual identity development in pop culture and in the mainstream media of the representation of beauty and body image of Black men and women. Through the documentation of the daily environments of “Black life”, Black fashion dolls are superimposed into their staged reality.

    Artist Talk & Discussion: Saturday, February 15, 2pm – 5pm, Artscape Lounge at Daniels Spectrum

    Group Exhibition: Black Future Month 3014
    Black Future Month 3014 is Toronto’s first ever Afrofuturism group art exhibition featuring works by Danilo McCallum, SoTeeOh, Komi Olafimihan, Chanel Kennebrew (JunkPrints), Ola Ojo, Jordan Clarke, Javid – JAH, Chris Ak Shadow, XYZ/Black Iron Giants (Giant Grafix), Quentin VerCetty TheArtivist, Samson Brown and Hillina Seife. Through painting, photography, digital/graphic arts, architecture, poetry, audio and video works, these artists explore imaginative visions of our far-off distant future as Black people.

    Artist Talk & Discussion: Sunday, February 9, 2pm – 5pm, Artscape Lounge at Daniels Spectrum

    The Black History Month exhibitions at Daniels Spectrum are curated by elle alconcel.

    Rooted in Regent Park and open to the world, Daniels Spectrum opened its doors in September 2012 after more than seven years of collaboration between Artscape, Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and the Regent Park community. Managed by Artscape, this 60,000 sq.ft. facility hosts a range of culturally diverse programming and is home to seven innovative non-profit organizations: ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Centre for Social Innovation, COBA, Collective Of Black Artists, Native Earth Performing Arts, Pathways to Education, Regent Park Film Festival and Regent Park School of Music.

    www.regentparkarts.ca

DENNIS BROWN FLYER
DENNIS BROWNE TRIBUTE @ THYMELESS, 355 COLLEGE ST.
BUILDING BLACK
BUILDING BLACK …6:00pm until 11:00pm
  • Using over 50,000 LEGO® pieces Ghanian-Canadian sculptor Ekow Nimako uniquely explores themes of history, identity, folklore, and race with his sombre installation Building Black.
    • CONFRONTING INJUSTICE
      CONFRONTING INJUSTICE …..7:00pm
  • According to a recent estimate by the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 400,000 people die every year as a result of human-made global warming. The UN projects that 3 billion additional people may be pushed into extreme poverty by 2050 due to environmental devastation. The scale of this problem makes clear that individualist, lifestyle-centric approaches to activism will not suffice. We need to change the structures of our social system, not our light bulbs. The book, “Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism” seeks to expose the structural roots of the crises we face, and outlines an approach to activism which transcends the hopeless individualism of our time.The book launch event features a reading and talk by the author, as well a discussion – with particular attention to student and community activism.Book available on Amazon: http://amzn.com/1493605402Author
    Umair Muhammad has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is currently pursuing an MA in Political Science at York University. His research focuses on the political economy of climate change. Umair has been involved in anti-poverty and environmental activism for six years. He is currently a member of Jane and Finch Action Against Poverty, where he is helping to organize against the proposed reversal of Enbridge’s Line 9.–
    Need to know:
    – Doors open at 6:50
    – Free admission
    – Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
    – Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivitiesTasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.

THE SOUL MOTIVATORS
THE SOUL MOTIVATORS…….9:00pm until 2:00am
  • (www.eventbrite.com)

  • The date that Toronto goes from hibernation to Motivation! Collective Concerts presents this special night that’s sure to get the city warmed up and jolt it from the winter blues.–The Soul Motivators–
    Celebrate their second year of being a 9-piece deep funk explosion by headlining their first show at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. These eight soul brothas – and one soul sista – have had a great couple years; CD and vinyl releases, regular rotation on CBC, club and festival dates across Ontario and Quebec and opening spots for some legendary acts such as Bernie Worrell, Afrika Bambaataa and Lee Fields.Also joining the celebrations;–The Heavyweights Brass Band–
    Blend the rich legacy of New Orleans jazz with modern funk, RnB and Latin for a high-energy live experience that pulls no punches. Since their formation in 2011 these guys have released two albums, headlined Toronto’s famed Koerner Hall and opened for such contemporary greats as Hypnotic Brass Band and Trombone Shorty.–The Julian Taylor Band–
    Plays “baby-making music” – soul-driven pop-rock inspired by The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers. Mr. Taylor is veteran of the Canadian music scene with seven albums, ten top-forty singles and a wealth of high-profile live shows to his name. This band, his latest reincarnation, is sure to get the dancefloor bumping.Grab your pre-sale tickets now for an unforgettable night of moves, grooves and Motivation!

    DETAILS

    Doors – 9pm

    The Soul Motivators [Deep Funk/Soul]
    www.soulmotivators.com

    Julian Taylor Band [Soul/Pop/Rock]
    www.juliantaylorband.com

    Heavyweights Brass Band [New Orleans Style Brass Band]
    www.heavyweightsbrassband.com

    Cover – $10 at door or online pre-sale, $40 online 5 person group discount pre-sale (5th person free)
    Venue – The Horseshoe Tavern 370 Queen St W (at Spadina)
    Parking on the street or lots located at http://goo.gl/maps/a4tXx
    19+ event – ID REQUIRED

    Have any questions regarding the event or otherwise? Reach out to Nathan at:
    info@soulmotivators.com
    416-807-7552

HOUSE MUSIC TRIBUTE
HOUSE MUSIC TRIBUTE…….10:00pm until 4:00am
  • ✦✦Please Pass this ON✦✦✦$15 before 11pm w/RSVP
    ✦RSVP Full Names to unitedsoul@gmail.com
    ✦Offer Ends 6pm Sat Feb 1st
    ✦$15 Online Tickets:
    http://90shousemusicparty2014.eventbrite.com/
    ✦Promo Video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtKEczwVvW8=================================United Soul proudly presents✦✦The 90’s House Music Tribute Party✦✦A tribute party dedicated to the HOUSE MUSIC that was played by our local heroes in the 90’s.

    Saturday Feb 1st, 2014
    Revival Bar – 783 College St. W.

    featuring HOUSE MUSIC LEGEND:

    ✦BARBARA TUCKER Live✦ (New York)
    Beautiful People, Stay Together, Get Lifted, Deep Inside…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAicP_hZzXs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4XDgIk3d_4

    alongside Toronto DJs:

    ✦Gene King (Polson, Ckln 88.1FM)
    ✦Dave Campbell (Kremlin, Oxford St.)
    ✦Mitch Winthrop (Phoenix, Power Bar)
    ✦Groove Institute (Solid Garage Toronto)

    Hosted by Pedro (Garage 416) & Yogi (United Soul) alongside
    Special Guest Hosts: Randy & Bear (215 Victoria St, 360 Adelaide St. W., 15R Polson – G2NeT)

    Additional Promo Support by Pat Boogie

    Doors: 10pm

    Admission: $15 Adv. (Online Only), $15 b4 11PM w/RSVP, More @ Door

    ✦$15 Online Ticket: http://90shousemusicparty2014.eventbrite.com/

    RSVP / Info: unitedsoul@gmail.com
    www.unitedsoul.ca

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    ✦Biography✦
    (taken from http://www.creativesoulsartists.com/dance_artists/Barbara%20Tucker)

    Writer, Club Promoter and Entertainer Extraordinaire!

    “Once during the lifespan of a musical style comes an extraordinary artist that captures the era. In Dance Music that is Barbara Tucker — entertainer, writer, choreographer, dancer, and singer.”

    The world-renowned, leading diva of dance music is much more than just a vocalist — she lives to bring the spirit of love from the stage to the floor. Strong in her belief of the power of the stage, she performs from her pulpit, singing the message of everyday people, everyday love.

    Once Barbara has blessed the stage, you are guaranteed to be touched, to feel joy, and to move to her inspirational message. The advanced technology that has been added to her live shows allows Barbara to go with the spirit of her audience, never giving the same show twice with nothing short of real. While others memorize every ad-lib, Barbara loves adding new sounds that create excitement to the show, riding on the feeling of the night.

    As the co-founder of The Underground Network, the longest running club night in New York City’s history, Barbara has been a strong force in the New York scene for years. All her hard work networking has also brought the house scene closer together around the world. She consistently promotes the Underground Network by organizing tours and booking/producing up-and-coming artists — from Tokyo and Africa to Chicago and London. As a solo artist she has traveled the world over and over again from Russia to Sweden an as far as Africa. She’s done the Berlin Dance Award & MTV Parties all over the world. And this is just the beginning!

    Barbara has toured with and/or recorded background vocals for Pet Shop Boys, Dave Steward, Deee-lite, Wyclef Jean, George Clinton and Reel to Reel. She has also choreographed and/or danced with Shannon, C&C Music Factory, Jay Williams, Sabel, BWP, Johnny O, Jovann, Butch Quick, Soul System, and Too Nice.

    Barbara is also the creator of the B-Crew project that featured herself, Mone, Dajae and Ultra Nate for which she wrote the hit song “Party Feelin”. She has worked with numerous artists including Byron Stingily, Duane Harden, Inaya Day, George Morel, Mijan, DJ Disciple, DJ Paul Trouble Anderson, Pierre Salandy and the Pasta Boys.

    Barbara has worked with or is currently working with the industry’s top producers including Tommy Musto, Little Louie Vega (Dance Classics such as “Beautiful People/Deep Inside”, “Stay Together “and “I Get Lifted”), Lil Louis, Danny Tenaglia, M&S – London (Soulful songs such as “Keep on loving you” and “Bring You Love”), Mood II Swing, Albert Cabrera (Formerly Latin Rascals), Eric Morillo (“Jazz it Up” and “Party Feelin”), Full Force, DJ Pierre (“Everybody Dance”), Whiplash and Turner (“Stop Playing with My Mind”), Blaze (“Precious Love”) …

    • FIRE AND ICE
FIRE AND ICE…………..10:00pm
  • DAZZLING LOUNGE 291 king street west
  • Birthday Celebration of
    ROUSHELLE KEVIN JAHMEZ JASMINEpresentsFIRE & ICEMusically Orchestrated by:
    Aplus EvaFamousDAZZLING LOUNGE
    291 King Street West$10 Presold DOORS OPEN AT 10PM
    Only 50 pre sold tickets available. More at the door!

    FOR TICKETS please contact
    Raja R’hoyale Rebel
    Kevin A. Ormsby

    19+ event
    Dress Code: Grown & Sexy

TURNING POINT
TURNING POINT: TROPICAL DANCEFLOOR SESSION…….10:00pm until 2:30am
  • The first session of the year 2014
    as this promises to be another thumping session
    of the wildess Tropical vintage sounds anywhere
    music to make you move.TURNING POINT
    Saturday FEB 1stSelector: a man called Warwick
    Special guest: Quantic (S.A)INDO AFRO LATIN CARIB SOUNDS + more
    All from the past for the DANCEFLOORDont miss it !!!

Tracing Your African Heritage in the British West Indies

Sat Feb 01, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

240 mins

North York Central Library Room 2/3

Do you have ancestors of African descent who lived in the British West Indies? If so, this half-day course could help you to trace your African heritage through historical records.
The course will present information relevant to these countries only: Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts, Bahamas, Guyana and Dominica.
Class participants will be introduced to the basic principles of beginning the research, engaging family members in helping the research and key sources in finding the relevant information for their work. The history of slavery will be discussed and participants will be shown how to read and interpret the slave registers in the various islands, since these documents hold the key in helping to trace African ancestry. Historical timelines will also be introduced to help pinpoint the years and locations where Africans were sent. The course will also show how to use vital records, church records, parish registers and much more. Online websites, records available in the GTA libraries, and also the essential information located within the archives in the British West Indies, will also be discussed.

$40 fee ($35 for OGS members.) Online registration and fees payment:www.torontofamilyhistory.org

For registration assistance for those without personal computers:
courses@torontofamilyhistory.org or call 1-800-658-6497

 

 

Black History Month Celebration: Drumming with Amma Ofori

Sat Feb 01, 2014

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

60 mins

York Woods

Family Saturday Special!

Celebrate Black History Month at the York Woods Library! Feel the rhythm and join the fun! Witness the talented Amma and her troop of young percussionists rock the library with traditional African beats.

All ages
Drop-in

1785 Finch Ave. West, Toronto, ON
M3N 1M6

416-395-5980
Branch is Wheelchair AccessibleWireless Access Available at Branch

 

Storytelling with Rita Cox

Sat Feb 01, 2014

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

60 mins

Parkdale Program Room

Join legendary storyteller Rita Cox for family stories in celebration of Black History month. Dr. Cox has been storytelling in Toronto and around the world for over thirty years, and is a recipient of the Order of Canada. This event is sure to delight audiences young and old.

1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

M6K 1L6

416-393-7686
ALICE MAURICE ON WITHIN OUR GATES The English professor discusses the controversy surrounding the pioneering African-American silent film Within Our Gates. 2 pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 50 King W. tiff.net.
CHRISTINA BATTLE Battle’s video installation Dearfield, Colorado focuses on an African-American agricultural community destroyed in the Dust Bowl. To Feb 15. Gallery 44, 401 Richmond W. 416-979-3941.
JON BLAK Wedge Curatorial Projects photo exhibition. Feb 1-28, reception 7-10 pm, launch party 10 pm-1 am Feb 1, panel 2-5 pm Feb 2. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.
DAVID BURNETT Exhibition of photos of Bob Marley runs to Feb 23. Analogue Gallery, 673 Queen W. 416-901-8001.
JÉRÔME HAVRE An installation of sewn creatures, part of Fictions And Legends, references the artist’s Caribbean heritage. To Apr 13. $15, srs $10, stu $6; pwyc Wed 5-8 pm. Textile Museum, 55 Centre. 416-599-5321.
ONTARIO BLACK HISTORY SOCIETY EXHIBITION Feb 1-Apr 19. Market Gallery, 95 Front E. 416-392-7604.

 

Upfront Studio Theatre Presents BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION
1290 Finch Ave West, unit 17. inside keele plaza

Upfront Studio Theatre Presents BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION

Upfront Studio Theatre Presents BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION

Upfront Studio Theatre Presents BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION

FEB 28 2014 LISTING

 
 
 

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