City of Toronto Black History Events

In honour of Black History Month, the City of Toronto will conduct several events including 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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 Women’s Health Forum

The Congress of Black Women of Canada – Oshawa Whitby Chapter – will hold a “women’s health forum” in honour of Black History Month on Saturday, February 20 at 1252 Pentland Street (in the Common Room), Oshawa (one block south of Ritson at Taunton) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Topics will include diabetes screening, HIV and clinical research testing. All are welcome.

For more information, call 905-409-4309 or email:

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.


BHM Concert

The Peel United Cultural Partners (a collaboration between the United Achievers Club and the Congress of Black Women-Brampton Chapter) will present the Ninth Annual Black History Month concert on Saturday, February 20 at the Lester B. Pearson Theatre (Bramalea Civic Centre), 150 Central Park Drive, Brampton, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Elizabeth Sinclair-Artwell, Superintendent of Education with the Peel District School Board, will be the keynote speaker.

Entertainment will feature comedy, dance, music and poetry. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students under age 10. Patrons will have an opportunity to make a goodwill donation to the Haiti Relief Fund through the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

For tickets and more information, call 905-455-6789, 905-459-1942, 905-789-1551 or 905-454-4956.

BHM Exhibit

The Ontario Federation of Labour, SEIU Local 1 Canada and the Ontario New Democratic Party will co-host an exhibit created by the City of Toronto Culture Division celebrating Black History on Tuesday, February 23 at the OFL Building, 15 Gervais Drive (East corner of Don Mills and Eglinton Ave.) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Gospel Celebration

In commemoration of Black History Month, the New Dawn Moravian Church will hold a celebration of gospel music on Saturday, February 27 at 7 Glenora Avenue at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 416-656-0473 or 416-652-7175.

T&T Seniors BHM event

The Trinidad and Tobago 50 Plus and Seniors Association of Canada will hold a Black History Month celebration on Sunday, February 28 at Birkdale Community Center, 1299 Ellesmere Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Early registration is advised.

For more information, call 647-401-1608.


BHM Awards Ceremony

The British Methodist Episcopal Church Christ Church St. James’s 11th annual Black History Month Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 28 at 6 p.m. at 1828 Eglinton Ave. West (at Dufferin).

The event, hosted together with the Toronto Police Service’s (TPS) 13th Division, will pay tribute to officers from the TPS, firefighters, the Toronto Emergency Medical Services, the RCMP and leaders in the Black community. The event will feature musical presentations by Emmanuel Agyekum and the Ghanaian Choir and Letna Allen-Rowe of Jamaica. The keynote address will be given by Sergeant Kevin Juror, a Canadian Army reservist who took part in Operation Sculpture in Sierra Leone in 2007.

Dr. Eric Pierre of the Consulate of Haiti in Toronto and MPP Mike Cole will be among several special invited guests.

For more information, call 416-534-3831, 416-808-1311, 416-237-6502.

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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