Check Out These Black History Month Events in Vancouver for 2019

February is Black History Month in Vancouver and the rest of Canada. It's a time to celebrate, recognize, and remember the historical contributions and culture of Black Canadians. Here's how you can join:

Events & Entertainment

Proclaim February as Black History Month

You can join Mayor Kennedy Stewart and the Vancouver City Council in proclaiming February as Black History Month in Vancouver. There will be a lightly catered reception from 7-8 PM. The Bank of Canada will be present, exchanged old $10 bills for new ones featuring Viola Desmond.

When: Feb 1, 6-8 PM
Where: Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Third Floor, Council Chamber.

Kirikou and the Sorceress

A free screening at VIFF shows Kirikou and the Sorceress. The film is described by Ted Shen from the Chicago Reader as an “animated feature (1998) by Michel Ocelot [who] adapts a West African folktale about a fearless, inquisitive boy who breaks a beautiful sorceress’s spell over his village.”

When: Feb 2, 12:30PM
Where: VIFF, 1181 Seymour Street.
Tickets: Free

Booker Prize-Winning Author Marlon James in Conversation with Ian Williams

Marlon James, winner of the Man Booker Prize, speaks on his eagerly-awaited new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf with host Ian Williams, author and UBC Creative Writing Instructor. The complex novel is a mesmeric tale written with mythic overtones. While the reading is focused on James’ novel, James himself has been widely outspoken about accurate Black representation in the world of fiction literature.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf has been described by the New York Times as “a fantastical vision of the continent that would invert the monolithic “Africa” invented by the West.”

When: Feb 17, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30PM
Where: Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street.
Tickets: $31.50

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Supa Modo

Screened at VIFF, Kenya’s submission to the Academy Awards, Supa Modo, tells the tale of Jo, a girl with terminal cancer with very special powers.

When: Feb 11, 6:30PM
Where: VIFF, 1181 Seymour Street.
Tickets: Free

If you live in Vancouver, Victoria is just a ferry ride away. The city comes alive during Black History Month with events like those listed below:

Concert at the Belfry Theatre (Victoria)

Adelene da Soul Poet, a direct descendant of BC black pioneers, opens the show. Pianist Pablo Cardenas is the main act. His style has been described as Classical, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Fusion & Improvisation.

When: Feb 4, 7PM
Where: Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria.
Tickets: By donation

Heritage Day and the BC Black History Society Celebrates its 25th Anniversary (Victoria)

The BC Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) is a rich cultural artefact full of Black history in BC. They have been operating and informing the public of Black history for 25 years and are celebrating their anniversary on February 17th.

The Old Cemeteries Society, the Victoria Genealogical Society, the United Empire Loyalists, and the Saanich Pioneers Society will be in attendance.

Featured Speakers include members from the BCBHAS and the Oak Bay Jazz Band will be playing live music. Attendees can expect a by-donation tea service and bakery items and beverages donated by Thrifty Foods.

When: Feb 17,
Where: Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook St #1, Victoria.
Tickets: By donation.

Ross Bay Cemetery Tour (Victoria)

This guided tour, hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society, takes attendees to the graves of Black pioneers. The migration of the Black Pioneers to B.C. in 1858 was designated as a National Historic Event by the Government of Canada in 1997.

When: Feb 24, 2-3:30PM
Where: Ross Bay Cemetery 1516 Fairfield Rd, Victoria
Tickets: $5.00/person or $2.00 for Old Cemetery Society Members & BCBHAS Members