Black History Month (Canada) Calendar/Le Mois de l'Histoire des Noirs

[Gary Pieters]
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February 2010

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 African Heritage/Black History Month 2010

AHM - Central Region Launch, New Glasgow Town Chambers, Provo St., New Glasgow. Info: 902-893-4428. Additional Calendar of Nova Scotia BHM Events

LORRAINE KIMSA THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE presents El Numero Uno By Pam Mordecai Directed by ahdri zhina mandiela [Ongoing to Feb. 25], 165 Front Street E., Toronto. Info: 416-862-2222 or

Documentary Screening: The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu, 10:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario). Author Aminatta Forna goes in search of Africa's hidden literary treasures in the awe-inspiring landscapes of Timbuktu.


 Caribbean Tales Youth Film Festival [Ongoing to Feb. 26] - A unique screening series of classic & contemporary Africentric films, aimed at high school & university students & educators, William Doo Auditorium 45 Willcocks St., Toronto. Info: Times, Location & Ticketing

"Beyond the Rhythm" Art Exhibition presented by the Association of African Canadian Artists (Ongoing to February 10), 8:30 am - 7:30 pm., Toronto City Hall, City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. w. Toronto. “Beyond the Rhythm” is a visual art presentation celebrating survival and accomplishment beyond the bounds of hardship and sorrow. See online link for more info. or call 416-392-7542

... The Spirit of Harriet Tubman', a one person play written and performed by Leslie McCurdy, 10:00 and 1:00 pm., City Playhouse Theatre, 1000 New Westminster Drive Vaughan, ON. Info: 905-882-7469

York University Tubman Institute "Slavery, Memory, Heritage and Contemporary Forms" [Ongoing to February 5]. Times and Locations TBA

Government of Canada official launch of Black History Month 2010 including an unveiling of a commemorative stamp of William Edward Hall, 5:30 pm., Room 200, West Block Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario. Info: 613-952-1650

CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival Celebrating Black History Month 2010 [ongoing to Feb. 25] William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St., Toronto

The Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia unveils the William Hall Canada Postage Stamp, 2:00 p.m., the Black Cultural Centre, # 7 Hwy at Cherry Brook Road, 1149 Main St., Dartmouth. Info: 902-434-6223

An evening with Angela Davis, 7:00 - 9:00 pm., Bronson Centre, 221 Bronson, Ottawa.

African Caribbean Association of McMaster’s Annual Culture Week Celebration [Ongoing to Feb. 3]. Info:

University of Windsor AfroFest Ongoing to Feb. 7. See link for detailed events schedule

Film Screening: Nollywood Babylon as part of WinterCity, 7:00 pm., NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St [at Richmond St. W], Toronto. Directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, Nollywood Babylon is a feature documentary about the explosive popularity of Nigeria's movie industry.

Nollywood Babylon, 19h à 22h, CinéRobothèque de l'ONF, 1564 rue Saint-Denis. Renseignements: 514-496-6887

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale in Concert, 8:00 pm., First Baptist Church, 2241 Victoria Ave., Regina, Saskatchewan. Info:

Groundhog Day


 Lab/Exhibit Combo Lesson: Royal Ontario Museum Early Black Ontario and the Underground Railroad Mobile Planetarium/Lab Lesson Click on link for schedule and booking info.

2010 Black History Month - Justice Hugh Fraser February 3, 11:30 - 1:00, FTX 147, Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis Pasteur St, Ottawa. Info: 613-562-5794

Noches de poesia featuring performances from Shauntay Grant, Juan Mildenberger, and David Delisca accompanied by bassist Mark Haynes, 5:30 pm., Le Dépanneur Café, 206, rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, Quebec. Info: 514-271-9357 or

Cours de langue créole haïtien à Montréal, 19 h à 22 h, Kepkaa 2000, boul. Saint-Joseph-Est, Montréal. Renseignements : 514 802-0546 ou More Events in Montreal Online at

Historian of Ontario's African-Canadian Heritage Karolyn Smardz Frost, winner of the Governor General's Award for I've Got a Home in Glory Land, talks about one of Canada's first chroniclers of African-Canadian history, 7:00 pm., North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St., Toronto.

In honor of Black History Month the York Federation of Students (YFS) presents a Lecture/discussion with Professor and Civil Rights Activist Angela Davis, 6:00 - 9:00 pm., Price Family Cinema - Accolade East- York University, 4700 Keele St. Toronto. Info: or call 416-878-5877

Spirituality & Justice - The Experience of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 6:30 pm., Music Room, Hart House, University of Toronto. Info:

The African Heritage Centre presents Sauti Yetu (Our Voice)—an evening of traditional music, dancing, drumming and more, in celebration of Black History Month, 7:30 pm., Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa. Info: 613-860-3022

EGALE How About Us 2010 Poster and Recognition of LGBT people of African Canadian descent


 Conference: Combating Hatred in the 21st Century: Legal Remedies, 89 Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St., Toronto.

CBC Black History Month Event, With moderator Garvia Bailey in conversation with a panel of talented CBC employees including Nick Davis, Senior Producer, Metro Morning, Radio One 99.1 FM, Andrew Craig, Host, Canada Live, Radio One and Radio 2, Kim Brunhuber, CBC News Reporter, The National, Molly Johnson, Host, Radio 2 Morning and Edwin Terry, Broadcast Technician, CBC Television, 12:00 noon, Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Toronto, 250 Front St. W., Toronto. Info:

The University of Toronto Faculty of Physical Education and Health, launch event and display to recognize achievements of the Black Community with keynote by the Hon. Margaret Best M.P.P., Minister of Health Promotion, Government of Ontario, 2:00-3:00 pm., U of T Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. (Harbord and Spadina), Toronto.

The Ottawa Police Service is hosting a Black History Month celebration with music and refreshments, 4:30-5:30 pm., Ottawa Police Service Headquarters, 474 Elgin St., Ottawa. Info: 613-236-1222 ext. 5014

In honor of Black History Month the University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU) presents a Lecture/discussion with Professor and Civil Rights Activist Angela Davis and Professor Melanie Newton, 6:30 - 9:30 pm., Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street W., Toronto.

Conference: Africa's New Frontier: Innovation-Technology-Prosperity (Ongoing to Feb. 5). Organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the International Development Research Centre, Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa.

Big Voices - New Voices, Austin Clarke and George Elliott Clarke introduce New Voices Yvette Trancoso and Stacey Marie Robinson who join author and journalist Dalton Higgins for a discussion about being black and writing in Canada, 7:00 pm., Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. (Bloor & Yonge), Toronto. More Events at Toronto Public Libraries

Black Talk 2010 24 hours of Your Voice, Your Stories. Black Talk is an exciting one day event. For 24 hours we will broadcast on CHRW 94.9 FM. It will be news, talk, music, live interviews and more... Info: 519-659-2173 or

Jully Black The Black Book Tour Dates. Calendar Editor's Note: My Favourite Single from the Album is "Running".


Book Talk with Austin Clarke, 7:30 pm., St. Jerome's University, Siegfried Hall, (University of Waterloo Campus), 290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON

 Toronto Mass Choir presents EVOLUTION OF GOSPEL MUSIC, 8:00 pm., Global Kingdom Ministries, 1250 Markham Road, Scarborough. Info:

Congress of Black Women of Canada Daughter to Mother, Mother to Daughter Conference, Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hill Parkway, Dartmouth, NS. Info: 902-435-3949

Screening the Caribbean: Friday Night Film Series [ongoing every Friday], 7:00 - 9:00 pm., Room 201, Bricker Academic Building, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener ON. FREE (except two screenings to be held on Feb. 5 and Mar. 3 at the Princess Cinema).

Film Screening: Nollywood Babylon as part of WINTERCITY, 7:00 pm., NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St [at Richmond St. W], Toronto.

Theatre Archipelago presents I Marcus Garvey By Edgar Nkosi White [Ongoing to Feb. 6], 7:30 pm., Papersmill Theatre, 67 Pottery Rd. Toronto. Info: 416-750-1764 Ext 1

City of Barrie BHM Events with motivational speech by Cabbie Richards, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, City Hall Rotunda, Barrie. Info: 705-739-4299

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale Presented by EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, 8:00 - 11:00 pm., Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8th Avenue S.E. Calgary, Alberta. Info: 403-294-7455 or

Comedy Showcase Fundraiser Featuring Darryl Lenox, 10:00 pm., Rumors Comedy Club , 190-2025 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg. Tix available at Caribbean Shield and African Pot

To be free: A Celebration of Black Heritage on Salt Spring Island - Book Launch, 'Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: a photo narrative of black heritage on Salt Spring Island ' by Evelyn C. White and Joanne Bealy. Discussion and signing, 7:00 pm., Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver.

Documentary Screening: Invisible City, (Ongoing Feb. 5, 7 pm; Feb. 6 at 4:30 pm and 7 pm; Feb. 8 at 7 pm; and Feb. 9 at 7 pm), Royal Cinema, 608 College St. W., Toronto.

Africville Productions presents live and direct from Kingston Jamaica Mutabaruka backed by Mixed Emotions also featuring Klyde Broox and Peterborough's own The Resolutionaries Marimba Band, 7:00 pm. - midnight, Market Hall, 336 George St. N., Peterborough.


 Kuumba, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Info: 416-973-4000 or See detailed list of events Online

North Kipling Community Centre Black History Month Celebration, 2 Rowntree Rd, Toronto. Info:416-394-8679

African History Makers in Aviation, 1:30 pm., 4065 Jean Talon West in Montreal. Info: or 514-341-9494.

Children's Stories in the Diaspora by black authors, 2:00 - 4:00 pm., Centrepointe Library, Children's Program Room, 101 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa.

Wintercity presents Carnaval, including the award-winning mas band Tribal Knights; the Afro-Brazilian  percussion group Maracatu Nunca Antes, stilt dancers and more , 6:00 - 10:00 pm.,   Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street W., Toronto.

Black History Month Documentary Film Festival [Ongoing every Saturday and Sunday throughout February], Grey Roots Museum & Archives, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. 102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4 Owen Sound. Grey Roots additional events

HSDC Black History Month kick-off, 2:00 – 7:00 pm., 400 McCowan Road, Ground Floor, TCHC Recreational Room [Eglinton East/McCowan Road & Danforth Avenue], Toronto. Info: 416-45-1613 or

Celebrate Excellence at the 14th Annual Rev. John C. Holland Awards, Michelangelo’s Banquet Centre, 1555 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton. Tickets/Info. 905-527-5651 or 905-381-0264

The YMCA Greater Toronto Celebration of History, Culture and Life, 6:30 – 9:30 pm ., North York YMCA, 567 Sheppard Ave. E. Toronto.

Bob Marley Birthday Tribute 2010, 9:00 pm - 3:00 am., The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St W. (southeast side of Queen & Dovercourt), Toronto. Info: 416-537-0803

Film Screening: Nollywood Babylon Directed by Ben Addelman, 7:00 pm., Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. W., Hamilton

Toronto artists Alexis Finch, Ashley Mckenzie-Barnes and Kalmplex bring three unique perspectives to "the shortest month: A Black History Month Exhibit" [Ongoing to Feb. 28], Sutherland Gallery, First Unitarian Church, 175 St.Clair Ave. W., Toronto. Info: 416-924-9654 Ext. 221


 Theatre Archipelago presents I Marcus Garvey By Edgar Nkosi White, 2:30 pm., William Doo Auditorium, New College, University of Toronto, 45 Willcocks St. Toronto. Info: 416-750-1764 Ext 1.

Eldon House 175 Lecture Series: Celebrating Black History Month University of Western Ontario Faculty of Education Doctoral candidate Claudine Bonner presents stories of "home", 481 Ridout St, London ON. Info: 519-661-0333

The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) Black History & Heritage Day, 1:30 – 4:30 pm,, James Bay New Horizons Center, 234 Menzies, Vancouver, British Columbia. See Additional Events Listings Online

Award-Winning Paul Robeson Play "Call Mr. Robeson" A life, with songs. Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko, with Diane Lines, Piano, 3:00 pm., Vancity Culture Club, The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver. Info: 604-251-1363

Documentary Screening: The Big Night In - Endgame – TVO premiere, 9:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario), Directed by Peter Travis A Daybreak Pictures Production. Based on Robert Harvey’s acclaimed book The Fall of Apartheid, this gripping political thriller from director Peter Travis (Vantage Point) reconstructs the highly secret meetings held in the late 1980s that would lay the foundation for peace and democracy in South Africa, and lead to the release of political prisoners including Nelson Mandela.

Black History Winnipeg Official Opening Ceremony, 7:00 pm., JAM Hall, 1098 Winnipeg Ave., Winnipeg.


  Lincoln Alexander Day - Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Obsidian Theatre Company presents Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage [February 8th – March 6th] Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street E., Toronto. Info: or 416-463-8444

Historian Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost, a Governor General's Awardee and author of I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad is a top 20 finalists for TVO's 2010 Best Lecturer Competition. The top 10 finalists will be announced today. Keep up-to-date on the TVO Web site. Listen to her presentations online

Cheryl Foggo presents a talk on Black History month, followed by tales of the underground, 7:00 pm., Fish Creek Public Library, 11161 Bonaventure Dr. S.E. Calgary Alberta.

Documentary Screening: Black Soldier Blues, 10:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario). American soldiers stationed in Australia during the Second World War found a warm welcome – unless they were Black. Sixty years after the war, American and Australian veterans recall the often painful experiences of U.S. Black soldiers stationed in Australia in the time of the country’s White Australia policy.


  The Montreal Children's Hospital Celebrates the knowledge, sights, sounds and flavors of Montreal's Black Diversity With a talk entitled: "A Vision for Health Education Initiatives in the Afro-Canadian Population" moderated by Stephane Timothee, Associate Director, Program Support, MCH with Speakers: Dorothy Williams, Historian, Program Director, Black Community Resource Centre and Joan Legair, Nurse Manager, Internal Medicine, Montreal General Hospital, Noon - 12.30 in D -162 and televised at RVH (Room A1.05); at MGH (Room D6.190). Info: 514-412-4400 ext 22225 or 23005

The University of Waterloo Panel Discussion on challenges facing the black community, portrayals of the black community in the media versus real life, and the relevance of Black History Month, 4:30 - 6:00 pm., SLC Great Hall, University of Waterloo. Info:

Operation Black Vote Canada (OBVC) workshop on joining board of directors of an agency, board or commission, 8:00 pm., North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 4, 5100 Yonge St. Toronto. Info: 416-395-6475. Related Article Time is Now for Bigger Role for Blacks

Vaughan Public Library Black History Month Author Visits, 10:00am., Maple Library, and 1:00 pm., Dufferin Clark Library. Click on link for schedule and additional author visits

Documentary Screening: A Walk to Beautiful – Canadian premiere, 10:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario), Directed and produced by Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher

Celebrate the "Black Experience in Cinema" with African-Canadian award winning filmmaker, Clement Virgo & Academy Award® nominated filmmaker and CFC founder Norman Jewison, 7:00 pm., In Conversation and 8:30 pm., Special Screening "IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT", Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W., Toronto.


 Exhibition: Posing Beauty [Ongoing to May 9, 2010], Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. W., Hamilton. Posing Beauty examines contemporary understandings of beauty by framing the notion of aesthetics, race, class and gender within art, popular culture, and political contexts.

Diversity Spotlight, Pier 21 in partnership with “We Can Build a Bridge” Youth Project and the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Presents a special screening of the powerful documentaries "We Can Build a Bridge" and "Weaving the Story", 7:00 pm., Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax. Info: 902-425-4104

LSUC/CABL Panel Discussion and Reception that will focus on The Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Development in Africa. Speakers include, Hon. David MacDonald, Former Canadian Ambassador to Ethiopia and Sudan and Canadian African Famine Coordinator; Dr. Obiora C. Okafor, Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School; Mark A. A. Warner, Legal Director, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade and Ministry of Research & Innovation; and Kim Bernhardt, Barrister and Solicitor (moderator) with a keynote address from Dr. Dambisa Moyo. 4:00-6:00 pm, at the Law Society of Upper Canada Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. West, South Entrance.

Tourism Toronto and the Ontario Science Centre are presenting a salute to Toronto's rich Black heritage via an exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre. Over 55 artifacts and photos will be on display tracing the region's earliest African-Canadian families back 10 generations with the Official opening of special exhibition, "Northern Lights: African- Canadian Stories" - curated by Toronto historian Dr. Sheldon Taylor (exhibition runs until March 2), 10:00 am - 5:00 pm., Proctor & Gamble Great Hall, Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Info: Northern Lights: African-Canadian Stories details online

TVO asks: can inner city teens beat the odds? With Documentary Screening: Invisible City - a film chronicling three challenging years in the lives of two teenage boys from Toronto's Regent Park Community Housing Neighbourhood, 10:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario), Directed by Hubert Davis, Produced by Industry Pictures/Shine Films in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada in association with TVO. Special Live webcast Cheryl Jackson will be joined by a guest panel who examine how where children live - and who they live with - impacts their growth and development. The panel will also answer viewer questions.


  International African Inventors Museum [Ongoing to Feb. 14], 9:00 am - 5:00 pm., The Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa.

Film Screening: Prom Night in Mississippi as part of Black History Month, 7:00 pm., NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St [at Richmond St. W], Toronto. Presented in collaboration with the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS).

A Loyalists Tale with Doug Robinson as Shaymus Gunn, “Pioneer Story Teller”, 7:00 pm., Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre, 75 William Street North Chatham ON. "A Loyalist's Tale": Travel from the American Revolution, through the Loyalists' settlements, to the beginning of the War of 1812, with this first person story of struggle, courage, and friendship in early Upper Canada. Refreshments included. Info: 519-354-8338

AGH talks host a Talk with Dr. Deborah Willis Curator of Posing Beauty in African American Culture [Ongoing to May 9, 2010], 6:30 pm., Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. W., Hamilton. Info: or 905-527-6610, ext. 241

Award-Winning Paul Robeson Play "Call Mr. Robeson" A life, with songs. Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko, with Diane Lines, Piano (Feb. 11 - 13, 8:00 pm), Vancity Culture Club, The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver. Info: 604-251-1363


 Opening of 2010 Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler [Ongoing to Feb. 28]. Did you know? Canada is synonymous with winter sports including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hockey, ice fishing and related activities. Watch the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, the amazing events facilities, and Olympic Public Art.

Black History in British Columbia and Vancouver

"The Spirit of Harriett Tubman" with Leslie McCurdy, 7:00 pm., Parks Canada Discovery Centre, 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton. Info: 905-526-7356 or 905-526-0918


 Kuumba, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Info: 416-973-4000 or

Job Fair Hosted bY A.C.A.M., 10:00 am - 4:00 pm., University Of Winnipeg (Riddell Hall)

Urban X-posure: SoWhatChuSayin’? a multi-platform event focused on conscious wordsmiths and raptivist rhymers for social change, 2:00 pm., The Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto.

BLACK CULTURAL CENTRE for Nova Scotia presents The Rev. Dr. William P. Oliver Night of Honour, 7:00 pm., the Black Cultural Centre, # 7 Hwy at Cherry Brook Road, 1149 Main St., Dartmouth. Info: 902-434-6223

Gospel Concert, 7:00 - 9:00 pm., Truth and Life Worship Centre, 51 Richfield., Winnipeg

The National Black Coalition of Canada Society, Calgary Chapter Annual "Black Gospel Concert", 7:00 pm., Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary AB. Info:

Mackenzie House - City of Toronto Historic Museum - Hosts a re-enactment of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 pm.,,) Mckenzie House, 82 Bond Street, (2 blocks east of Yonge St., south of Dundas Street East), Toronto. Info: 416-392-6915. Learn about Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first woman to publish a newspaper in Canada. Her newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, included articles about the anti-slavery movement and advice to Blacks interested in moving to Canada.


 Lunar New Year

Valentine's Day

Banquet of Love II: a Tribute to Black Music, 2:00 pm., University Centre Farquhar Auditorium 3800 Finnerty Road, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Documentary Screening: Invisible City, 10:45 pm, TVO (TVOntario), Directed by Hubert Davis, Produced by Industry Pictures/Shine Films in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada in association with TVO

City of Barrie presents Recording Artist Robert Lowe, 7:00 - 10:00 pm., Southshore Centre, Barrie


 Family Day (Ontario)

Heritage Day (Alberta)

National Flag Day of Canada

Louis Riel Day (Manitoba)

Vancouver Olympic Winter Games Cultural Olympiad Event: Spirit of Uganda, 8:00 pm., The Orpheum, Smithe Street at Seymour Street, Vancouver. Spirit of Uganda presents riveting music and dance programs for audiences of all ages. To the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, a vibrant cast of young performers — orphaned by either AIDS or civil war — bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa and raise awareness and funds to support the displaced in their homeland.

Documentary Screening: Little Black School House, 10:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario). Nova Scotia filmmaker Sylvia D. Hamilton examines the history and experience of segregated schools in Canada through the voices of students and teachers who attended them. Filmed on location in Ontario and Nova Scotia.



Canada Post Marks the 2010 Black History Month with a Postage Stamp honouring Nova Scotian-born war hero William Hall, VC

Documentary Screening: Walter’s War, 9:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario). A tale of bravery and success, of friendship and prejudice, Walter’s War tells the true story of Walter Tull (O.T. Fagbenle), the first black officer to be commissioned by the British army during the First World War.


 Voices of the Diaspora… Gullah Voices! presented by The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, 8:00 pm., Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street W., Toronto

Book Talk with Rona Arata author of Working for Freedom, a Story of Josiah Henson and Courage and Compassion, 10:00 - 11:00 am., Central Library, 1 Atkinson Street, Richmond Hill (Yonge Street & Major MacKenzie Drive), Ontario. Info: 905-884-9288

Documentary Screening: Hardwood, 10:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario). Hubert Davis’s Oscar-nominated 2004 directorial debut opens up old family wounds to explore what life was like growing up without his father, legendary Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis.

Documentary Screening: Cheating Death, 10:35 pm, TVO (TVOntario). Filmmaker Eric Geringas’s inspiring and compelling story of a former Toronto gangbanger who broke free of the street and transformed his life through choices, second chances and spirituality.

Trey Anthony Studios presents “ From ‘da streets to ‘da ear”. So your students are tired of the “same old” black history month assembly? You’re desperate for something to inspire, entertain and get your youth excited! Come out and see a new and innovative show for Black History Month! We’ve put together a great show that features several of Canada’s well-known black artists and entertainers. The line up includes trey anthony from Global Television’s ‘da Kink in my hair, Darren Anthony, Samson Brown, from the hit play Secrets of a black boy. Jemeni from Much Music Video on trial and the hip hop music sensation from CHRY Radio, DJ O, who will have your students cheering for more from their seats! The show will feature thought provoking monologues and the soundtrack from Darren Anthony’s hit play Secrets Of A Black Boy, as well as an inspirational speech from trey anthony and spoken word and an inspirational talk from Jemeni. This is guaranteed to be a great experience for the kids as it is both educational and fun! After the show there will be a question and answer feedback session where the students will have an opportunity to interact with the cast and ask questions, which may have been raised while viewing the show. This production is most suited for students in grades 9 – 12. School Matinees: Wed Feb 17th , Thur Feb 18th & Fri Feb 19th, 2010 at 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Ticket Prices for school matinees - $18.75 per/ticket (*discount available for groups of 30 students or more) Location: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. Toronto, ON We anticipate a great demand for youth tickets, so please reserve your tickets early. Group tickets must be reserved in advance and paid for by cheque. All cheques must be addressed to the Toronto Centre for The Arts. For bookings and more information on the show, please call (647) 347-1899, (647) 347-1896 or the box office at (416) 733-0545.


 Book/Readings: The Hanging of Angélique with author Dr. Afua Cooper and director-writer Nadine Valcin includes viewing of the film, Fire and Fury, 7:00 pm., Royal Ontario Museum, Level 1B Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Toronto. Info: 416-586-5797

The Black Law Students' Association of Canada Annual Conference "Partnering for progress and unprecedented possibilities" [Ongoing to February 21st]. McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Global Dialogue on Diversity - Youth Empowerment for Racial Justice, presented by the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations (IRERR) , 7:00 - 10:00 pm., 460 Sainte-Catherine W., Montreal.

An Evening with Dan Hill, 8:00 pm., Showplace Peterborough, 290 George St. N., Peterborough. Info: 705-742-7469.

Panel Discussion on Race, Police and Justice in Montreal, , 7:00 - 9:00 pm., Best and Western Hotel, 3407 Peel St. Montreal. Info: 514-939-3342


 African Nova Scotian Quilt Exhibition Vale Quilters Ass’n/Black Artists Network, 12:00 noon - 9:00 pm., Highland Square Mall, 689 Westville Rd, New Glasgow. Info: 902-695-2426 or

Exposition: Les MEMOIRES HAÏTIENNES DE LA SHOAH, 10h à 17h, Centre Segal situé au 5170, Chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine. Renseignements : 514-845-0880

Film Screening: Aristide and the Endless Revolution (2006) - Directed by Nicolas Rossier, 7:00 pm., Room 2-211, 2nd floor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West (next to the St. George subway station), Toronto. Info: 416-978-2403

Toronto Poetry Slam, 8:00 pm., Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W., Toronto, Ontario

Submission Deadline for the 2009-2010 Mathieu Da Costa Challenge

Calgary Public Library Presents “What is Black History?” A Panel Discussion with Dr. David Este, University of Calgary; Francis Boakye, University of Calgary; Derrick Shirley, motivational speaker and community organizer; and Jamilah Joseph, United Way, 8:00 – 9:30 pm., 2nd floor +15 level, John Dutton Theatre, Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary AB

BLACK WOMEN AND WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT (BWWAD) present: DJ's for HAITI - A community fundraiser for Haitian Women's Organizations, 7:00 pm., Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto.


 Book/Readings: Home in Glory Land Special Event for Black History Month with Karolyn Smardz Frost, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm., Royal Ontario Museum, Level 1B Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Toronto. Info: 416-586-5797

Northern Terminus Journal Launch, 1:30 pm., Grey Roots Museum & Archives, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. 102599 Grey Road 18, RR 4 Owen Sound.

Cultural Expressions Art Gallery invites you to celebrate the history and achievements of people of African decent through arts and music, food and education, 4:00 - 7:00 pm., Ajax Town Hall, Council Chambers, 65 Harwood Ave South, Ajax. Info: 905-427-2412 or 647-998-2787

Film Screenings, including Kirikou et la sorcière (Kirikou and the Sorceress) all day, NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St [at Richmond St. W], Toronto.

Voices of the Diaspora… Gullah Voices! presented by The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, 8:00 pm., Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street W., Toronto

TVO Saturday Night at the Movies and The Interviews - Malcolm X (1992), 8:00 pm., TVOntario. Saturday Night at the Movies marks the 45th anniversary of the African-American activist’s death with Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic starring Denzel Washington. In “By Any Means Necessary,” the evening’s installment of The Interviews, civil rights lawyer Kikeola Roach and actor Richard Schiff discuss the controversial leader and Lee’s film.

Dramatic Theatre Presentation, “THE BIG BUS”, 7:00 pm., Deaf Centre, 285 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg.

Evening with the Author: Lawrence Hill who will read from his award-winning novel, "Book of Negroes", 7:00 pm., Parks Canada Discovery Centre, 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton. Info: 905-526-7356 or 905-526-0918.

"The Journey" - In order to create the new future we must first go thru’ the journey!, Join us as we commemorate African Heritage Month at TCHC and celebrate Black Canadians and Our diverse Community, 4:00 - 7:00 pm., Oakdale Community Centre, 350 Grandravine Drive, Toronto.


  Operation Black Vote Canada (OBVC), the TNT Eagles, and Second Chance Foundation presents a Black History Month Event themed "YOUTH, FAMILY, COMMUNITY" with Keynote Speaker Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Service, Peter Sloly, 1:00 - 4:00 pm., Grand Baccus Banquet Hall and Conference Centre, 2155 McNicholl Avenue, Toronto (Kennedy and McNicholl). Info:

The Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus presents 'Voices of Africa', a journey that features the beat, rhythm, melodies and harmonies of Africa through songs, drums and dances, 3:00 pm., McDougall United Church, Edmonton

BHM Concert with World Voices Choir, 3:00 pm., Library and Archives Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa

Beth Emmanuel church Annual Black History Month Celebration, Holiday Inn London, 864 Exeter Road, London ON.

Identité Noire et foi chrétienne dans le Canada d’aujourd’hui : Contribution de l’Église au développement du Québec et du Canada, Conférence-Causerie avec Dr Lezoka Mwinda, Ph.D (Président de l’Institue de formation multiculturelle ABC de l’Université de Montréal), 15h à 19h, 211 Henri-Bourassa est., Montreal. Renseignements: 514-334 4449

Film Screening: Refugees of the Blue Planet and Borderless [Eco-refugees from the Maldives to Alberta are the subject of this moving documentary], 7:30 pm., Wu Centre, Dunn Building, Mount Allison University, York St. at Salem , Sackville NS

BHM Luncheon, 12:00 pm., Caribbean Spice, 613 Sargent Ave., Winnipeg

The Roots lounge Open Mic and Poetry Slam, 8:00 - 11:00 pm, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture, 167 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON


  Visions of Science Youth Science Clubs Program is open to youth from Grade 4 to Grade 8 and high school students are recruited as Assistant science club facilitators in the program. The facilitators are university and college students in the sciences, engineering and teaching programs. Info:

Spotlight on Africville Africville dispute may be settled Read more: Halifax offers $3M payout to former black community


 Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts presents Binti’s Journey, Adapted by Marcia Johnson from the novel The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis Produced by Theatre Direct [Ongoing to Feb. 26], 10:00 am., Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 10268 Yonge Street Richmond Hill, Ontario. Info: 905-787-8471 x225 or

Racialized Poverty and Education: Meeting the Challenges of Social Inclusion for All with Dr. Grace-Edward Galabuzi, 11:30 - 1:00 pm., Humber College North Campus - Rm. B308, 205 Humber College Blvd. [near Finch and Hwy 27], Toronto.

Sun TV Canoe Live Panel on how black culture is portrayed in the media, 5:30 pm., Sun TV [Ch. 15 in some locations]. Listen live as a panel discuss some of the biggest issues that are being faced in Black Communities today, the impact, and the need for community based programs and interventions.

Theatre Direct brings to life Deborah Ellis’s award-winning novel The Heaven Shop with the Dora Nominated Binti’s Journey. After losing her home and family to AIDS, 13 year-old Binti Phiri finds her way to her Grandmother’s village and discovers a deeper understanding of the power of family and community. This acclaimed novel is brought to life through the power of drama, storytelling,dance and music in an inspiring theatrical production.

The Congress of Black Women Inc. (MB Chapter) hosts a Cultural Awareness Workshop, Registration: 8:30 am, Workshops 9:00 am - 4:30 pm., Viscount Gort, 1670 Portage Ave. Winnipeg. Info:


 Dub In Dubb Out: International Dub Poet Festival [Ongoing to Feb. 26 and 27], Peterborough - various venues. A Peterborough Black History Month Event exploring dub poetry in the context of postcolonial society and neoliberal ideologies. Workshop themes explore issues of human rights, environment, diverse communities. Details to come.

Writing How You Speak (Miss Lou 2022, Remixed), Black Hipster and hip hop culture with host Garvia Bailey in discussion with writer and actor Trey Anthony and author and journalist Dalton Higgins, 7:00 pm., Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. (Bloor & Yonge), Toronto. More Events at Toronto Public Libraries

Les Blues presents Granny Boots enlightening the crowd with performances, music and art - Celebrating the people of Africa and the diaspora, 8:00 - 10:00 pm., Gladstone hotel 1214 queen st W. Toronto.


 Children's Museum Black History Month Celebration! Celebrate with special performances, activities and more [ongoing Feb. 26 5-8 p.m. - Feb. 27 10-4 p.m. ], 21 Wharncliffe Road South, London, Ontario. Info: 519-434-5726

SWAY Magazine presents: BLACK HISTORY FOREVER, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am ., WIDEawake LIBERTY STUDIOS, Liberty Market Building, 171 East Liberty St. - Suite 310 (entrance at east end of building), Toronto. Info/RSVP:

The Etobicoke Historical Society presents Historian Hilary J. Dawson lecture on Slavery in the Town of York, 7:30 pm., Etobicoke Historical Society, Montgomery's Inn, 4709 Dundas Street W., Etobicoke, ON.

Malton Neighbourhood Services will be presenting 'Everyday Heroes,' A Black History Celebration, 7:00 pm., Malton Community Centre, 3540 Morning Star Drive, Mississauga.

Vancouver Olympic Winter Games Cultural Olympiad Event: K’NAAN & Tinariwen, 8:00 pm., The Orpheum, Smithe Street at Seymour Street, Vancouver. Together, this double-bill crosses generations and continents, promising an unforgettable evening of music and a flowing exchange of ideas.


 COBA (Collective of Black Artists) - Diasporic Dimensions World Premiere! Feb. 26 – 27, 8 p.m. & Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Fleck Dance Theatre

Stewart Memorial Church – A Hamilton Landmark in Black History, 7:30 pm., Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street E., Ancaster. Evelyn Auchinvole, a historian and choir member of Stewart Memorial Church takes us on a tour through the history of this church and its people.

Couleur Gospel 1re Fusion, 7:30 pm., Centre Des Loisirs, 1375, Rue Grenet, Montreal. Couleur Gospel 1re Fusion Drawing its origins from black culture, Couleur Gospel offers a vibrant show that is sure to bring the audience to its feet. 1re Fusion brings a perfect blend of colour and magnificent costumes that will transport spectators to another dimension with its colourful rhythms and unique gospel performances.

Celebration hosted by London Childrens Museum [Ongoing Feb. 26 5-8 p.m. and Feb. 27 10-4 pm.], London Ontario

Toronto Community Housing celebrates African Heritage Month by hosting a fundraising dinner & dance, 6:30 pm., Grand Baccus Banquet & Conference Centre, 2155 McNicoll Ave., Toronto. All proceeds will go to support the Jean Augustine Scholarship Fund and Second Chance Foundation Bursary.Tickets/Info: 416-981-6473

J. Clarke Richardson’s Diaspora Collective presents The Nappy Routes - A Hair Peace, an African Heritage Month Event, [Feb. 26-27, 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 28, 4 p.m.], J. Clarke Richarson Collegiate, 1355 Harwood Ave. N. Ajax. Info: 905-619-9571 ext. 439

Allan Gregg in Conversation with Afua Cooper/Lawrence Hill, 10:00 pm, TVO (TVOntario).


 UWI Inaugural Toronto Gala, 6:30 to 11:30 pm., Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Road, Toronto. Info: 416-214-7578 or

Lecture Series: Dr. Karolyn Smartz Frost will share the story of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn, two runaway slaves who escaped to Canada and whose story was uncovered at an archaeological dig at a school in downtown Toronto, 1:00 - 2:00 pm., Beaver Valley Community Centre, 81 Victoria St., Thornbury, ON.

Community Awards Banquet, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm., JAM - 1098 Winnipeg Ave., Winnipeg.

The Legacy Festival Finale & Closing Party, A Tribute to Artists Past & Gone, 10:30 pm - , Empire Lounge, 50 Cumberland St., Toronto. Info: : 647-438-5395


 Arc en ciel d’Afrique (African Rainbow) presents Massimadi: LGBT afro-caribeens of Montreal, 12:00 - 9:00 pm., Montreal CinéRobothèque, 1564 rue Saint-Denis à Montréal. Info: or 514-708-1003

Eastview Community Centre BHM event, 1:00 - 4:30 pm Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre, 86 Blake St., Toronto

Abbotsford's Black History Month Celebration - Anaspora: Always Home, Hosted by The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Opening at 12:15 pm), The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford , 32388 Veterans Way (Off of Trethewey Street behind Clearbrook Library), Abbotsford BC. Info: 778-552-6317 or

 This 2010 Black History Month (Canada) Events Calendar was compiled from various sources and published online by Gary Pieters, an educator and black history scholar. This calendar provides a comprehensive national listing of activities, programs and events that spotlight the rich cultural heritage of African Canadians from coast to coast. This African Canadian specific listings include a focus on the performing arts, education, public lectures, festivals, film screenings, exhibitions, documentary specials, book launchings, theatre, entertainment, recognition awards, community, commemorations, workshops, professional and music events. This calendar is revised and updated regularly to serve as a culturally relevant and accessible place for information on African Heritage/BHM events across the Greater Toronto Area and other areas of Canada. Please contact Gary Pieters, site administrator of this web calendar to add your event(s), provide feedback/comments or to have your event covered by this website. Gary Pieters is now available to speak at a variety of events.

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