Black History Month Events – 2010

City of Toronto Black History Events

In honour of Black History Month, the City of Toronto will conduct several events including Beyond the Rhythm, an art exhibition presented by the Association of African Canadian Artists. The exhibition, held in the Rotunda of Toronto City Hall, will conclude on Wednesday, February 10.

The City’s recognition of Black History Month includes exhibits, poster launches, concerts and readings. The Toronto Public Library will feature authors, musicians and storytellers showcasing Toronto’s Black community.

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Kuumba Festival

The Kuumba Black History Month festival will be held on Saturday, February 6, Sunday, February 7, Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. A variety of activities will be held this weekend, including a workshop on cooking Caribbean food, learning how to play the African djembe drum and salsa dance lessons. In addition, this weekend’s events will feature a vendors market, a film screening and a performance by singer Saidah Baba Talibah.

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St. Lawrence Community Celebration

A celebration of Black History Month with the St. Lawrence community will be held at the St. Lawrence Market, 93 Front Street East, on Saturday, February 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Caribbean brunch will be served in the market kitchen on the mezzanine level. The event will feature guest speakers, a historical overview, arts and crafts on display for sale, music, drumming and dance. A craft gallery on the lower level will feature hand-made jewellery and art. Donations will be used to benefit the people of Haiti.

Performing Diaspora

In honour of Black History Month, the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples will present “Performing Diaspora 2010: Celebrating Black History Month Through Expressive Culture – Afro Diasporic Women In Focus.” Throughout the month of February, a series of presentations, workshops, artist talks and community events will be held. Performing Diaspora is the flagship project of the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University.

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