Check Out These Black History Month Events in Toronto for 2019

February is Black History Month in Toronto 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

Black Opera: Uncovering Music History

Reliving the history of pioneering African artists entering the operatic world, the audience experiences the fight for acceptance and recognition, the eventual triumph and successes. Jessye Norman, the winner of the Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize, will be hosting a talk following the opera.

When: Feb 16, 11AM-5PM
Where: Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tickets: Free

EBONY EXPRESSIONS: Black History Month Celebration

Ebony Expressions showcases the arts, fashion, music, and history for Black History Month. Attendees will experience raffles, live painting, an art exhibit, African inspired fashion shows, live music, and Afro-Caribbean food and drink.

When: Feb 24, 3-8PM
Where:The Vault, 366 Queen St. East, Toronto
Tickets: Free

Parting The Roots

Parting of The Roots is described as “both an art project and an exploration of the history of black hair”. The temporary exhibition shares the history, the politics, the diversity, and the art behind black hair. It deconstructs misconceptions and celebrates uniqueness, normalizing and empowering black individuals and their hairstyles.

When: Jan 29, 4-9PM
Where: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto
Tickets: $10-30

WoC in Social Media

This Black history month workshop focuses on the social identity of Women of Colour. The workshop discusses the way WoC are portrayed in the media, bringing to light the ways they are misrepresented through negative stereotyping and highlighting positive examples of inclusivity.

When: Feb 9, 12-1:30PM
Where: Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Tickets: Free

2019 Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch

Hosted by the Ontario Black History Society, the Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch recognizes Black Canadians and their achievements in the community. They provide a four-course meal, a shoppers market, and entertainment. The keynote speaker is Dr. Afua Cooper.

When: Jan 27, 12PM
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto
Tickets: $135.00

Black Canadian – A Black History Month Experience with D.O. Gibson

This Black history presentation focuses on Black Canadian History, speaking on historic heroes like Viola Desmond and Josiah Henson. The event is described as “part talking, part rapping, part motivation, part interactive, part audio, part visual.”

When: Feb 16, 3PM
Where: Rivoli Pool Hall, Toronto
Tickets: $15, kids are free