|From left: Thomas Olajide, Stephen Jackman Torkoff and Tawiah Ben M'Carthy, actors in the play, "Black Boys," which will tour Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto from January to March. Presented by Buddies in Bad Times and Saga Collectif.|
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents its ROM-original exhibition Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art. Opening Saturday, January 27, 2018, the exhibition, which features the works of nine artists, explores contemporary art, race and historical identity in Canada. The exhibition runs until April 22.
The artists are: Sandra Brewster, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Chantal Gibson, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Bushra Junaid, Charmaine Lurch, Esmaa Mohamoud, Dawit L. Petros and Gordon Shadrach."Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art” is an important exhibition that grapples with current and historical interpretations of Black culture and identity in this country," says Josh Basseches, the ROM's Director and CEO. "The work represented in this exhibition not only encourages visitors to re-examine their idea of what Canada is, but offers a broader telling of the Canadian story through the Black Canadian experience."
ONTARIO BLACK HISTORY SOCIETY will present its 2018 Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. Keynote speaker: Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel. Call 416-867-9420 or contact email@example.com
|Karolyn Smardz Frost, historian, archaeologist and author, will be among those honoured at the Ontario Black History Society's 2018 Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch.|
Black History Month at the Toronto Public Library https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes/featured/black-history-month.jsp
KUUMBA, HARBOURFRONT CENTRE, Feb. 3-24www.harboufrontcentre.com
1st FRIDAYS – BLACK HISTORY MONTH EDITION – will be held on Friday, Feb. 2.
Presentation opportunities available: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 416-441-0792
A BLACK GIRL IN LOVE (WITH HERSELF) – TREY ANTHONY
|Photo contributed. Trey Anthony, playwright and author of "A Black Girl In Love (with Herself)."|
Saturday, Feb. 3 – Harbourfront Centre
Playwright, Trey Anthony, has embarked on a new enterprise with a publication.
Her first book, “A Black Girl In Love (with Herself)” is a “sexy lifestyle planner” that “celebrates diversity and speaks to the challenges and triumphs contemporarily recognized as #blackgirlmagic.”
Father and Son DUELING PIANOS Montreal - Eddie & Quincy Bullen
Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:30 p.m.
Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 7141 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Concordia University, Montreal.
The 11th annual Durham Black History Month celebration “Back to the Future: Reclaiming our heritage” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 5:00-9:00 p.m. at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, 1355 Harwood Avenue North, Ajax. A free event presented by Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. in partnership with the Durham District School Board, Durham Black Educators' Network and the Congress of Black Women (Ajax/Pickering). For details contact 905-427-2412Obsidian Theatre presents the Canadian premiere of British playwright debbie tucker green’s remarkable work, “hang,” Feb. 6 – 25 at the Berkeley Street Theatre – Upstairs, 26 Berkeley St., Toronto.
Co-directed by Philip Akin and multi-Dora-nominated choreographer, Kimberley Rampersad. “hang” is a powerfully compelling play that brings us into the heart of a woman’s unthinkable decision.
University of Ontario Institute of Technology presents the panel discussion "The Trajectories of Black Youth Achievement" to celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7:00-9:00pm at Regent Theatre, 50 King St. East, Oshawa. uoit.ca/blackhistorymail
A Message from Historica Canada:
Hello! In celebration of Black History Month, Historica Canada is hosting "Raising our Voices - Sharing Black Canadian Stories," an evening of cocktails, canapés and storytelling.
Speaker lineup includes Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri, Canadian hip-hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes, Pride Toronto Executive Director Olivia Nuamah, youth activist Aisha Addo, social justice advocate Anthony Morgan, and human rights educator and writer Kim Katrin Milan. Historica Canada is thrilled to welcome back City News Anchor Tammie Sutherland to host this free event.
We hope you enjoyed last year's event, "Black Canadian Trailblazers - Then and Now," and would like to invite you to join us once again for a special evening on Thursday, February 8 at the Isabel Bader Theatre.
You can RSVP at this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/raising-our-voices-sharing-black-canadian-stories-tickets-42053224326
The Black Daddies Club and Harboufront Centre present the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium as part of Kuumba on Feb. 9 & 10 at Harbourfront Centre. www.harboufrontcentre.com
Eddie & Quincy Bullen "Father & Son Dueling Pianos" on stage at the Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto. Saturday, Feb. 10, 4:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets: Adults $50/Youth $20. Available at: Ticketgateway.com/eddiebullen
"Father & Son Dueling Pianos" dedicates these two shows from the 2018 Black History Month Tour to raise funds to benefit the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and the Diaspora at York University. Special Benefactor Tickets: $150. $100 tax receipt from York University Foundation. Benefactor Ticket: email@example.com
HAMILTON BLACK HISTORY COMMITTEE presents the 22nd annual Rev. John C. Holland Awards on Saturday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. at Liuna Station Banquet and Conference Centre, 360 James Street North, Grand Central Ballroom, Hamilton.
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Join Canadian icon Afua Cooper for an interactive poetry performance in support of the ROM original exhibition Here we are Here. Inspired by the African Canadian experience, Cooper's poetry delivers rich nourishment for the imagination.
CARIBBEANTALES will be co-hosting several screenings and events around Toronto, all in celebration of Black History Month 2018.
So I Might Be a Vampire Book Launch – Feb. 13 TBD
Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary – Feb. 16, The Royal
Brown Girl Begins screening – March 3, Cineplex Yonge/Dundas
6th annual Toronto Black Film Festival, Feb. 14-19. torontoblackfilm.com
The Racialised Students' Collective presents "Queering Black History Month 2018" on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7-10pm at Thomas Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St., Toronto. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/queering-black-history-month-entrepreneurial-black-queer-activism-tickets-41216142592
February 28 - March 11
Buddies in Bad Times + Saga CollectifA raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male Blackness. Black Boys is created from the lives of three people seeking a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world. As they explore their unique identities on stage, they subvert the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed. Theatrical and intimate, Black Boys weaves together the ensemble’s own personal stories in search of an integrated self and a radical imagination.
The play features actors: Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, Stephen Jackman Torkoff and Thomas Olajide
The smash hit production from 2016 comes back to the Buddies stage after embarking on a nation-wide tour to theatres in , Calgary, and .
The tour dates for Black Boys:
- Vancouver (The Cultch): Jan 16-20
- Calgary (High Performance Rodeo): Jan 23-26
- Montreal (Espace Libre/Black Theatre Workshop): Feb 13-17
- Toronto (Buddies): Feb 28-Mar 11
Brock African Heritage Renaissance Committee presents ‘Babe I’ve got to go’: Screening & panel discussion with filmmaker Andrew Moir, migrant labour advocate Andre Atlyn and Jamaica’s Consul General Lloyd Wilks on Thursday, March 1, 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, MW156 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines.
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Operation Black Vote Canada will hold some municipal boot-camps from January to April for those running in the elections.
SOME FILMS TO CHECK OUT
|Filmmaker, Alison Duke, with mic, talking about her new documentary, "Mr. Jane & Finch."|
Alison Duke and Frances-Anne Solomon were on a panel at the National Black Canadians Summit, Dec. 4-6 at the Toronto Reference Library and spoke about these films.
Frances-Anne Solomon (Director/Producer/Writer)
HERO is a feature docudrama inspired by the life of Trinidadian war hero, judge and diplomat Ulric Cross, whose long life spanned key moments of the 20th Century including the Second World War, independence movements in Africa and the Caribbean, the rise of a new brand of Black leaders around the world, the coming of age of Caribbean and African societies in the eighties and nineties – – incidents and shifts that defined our present reality.
Ulric’s story intersected with that of many of the great leaders of his time, including George Padmore, CLR James, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Julius Nyerere of Tanzania.
The film follows Cross, as he lives through the sweep of history, from colonialism to independence, and the evolution of Pan Africanism, an ideology first created by Caribbean intellectuals, that aimed to unite and strengthen people of African heritage worldwide.
MR. JANE & FINCH
Alison Duke (Cowriter/Producer). Ngardy Conteh George (Writer/Director)
A documentary about the black history hidden in an endangered archives of over 7000 hours of footage filmmed by amatuer documentarian Winston LaRose aka Mr. Jane & Finch over the past 60 years
December 28, 2017
For Immediate Release
Jamaican- Canadian actor inches closer to his big break
On December 22nd 2017 moviegoers had a chance to see a familiar local face on the big screen. As scenes unfold in the new movie “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon, be on the lookout for our own Damiãn Garth Brown.
Damiãn Garth Brown is a Jamaican-Canadian actor. His journey to this point has had some interesting turns. A child of Jamaica’s harsh neighbourhoods he has followed his dreams of making an impact into acting. While pursuing acting in Toronto he was also very active as a Restorative Justice practitioner at a Youth Court and was even accepted to one of the Top 10 Law Schools in England before choosing
(film)acting as a full-time pursuit only 2 years ago. He is proud of having had the opportunity to blend both roles and is certain this informs his ethics and approach to his craft.
He is now known for his performances in Doggy Daycare: The Movie (2015), Kim's Convenience (2016) and soon Downsizing (2017). Damiãn is also passionate about theatre, and has performed in several highly acclaimed productions in Toronto, Canada. He is a proud graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Theatre Arts (‘09). He has also received a Certificate in The Principles and Practice of Social Work from the University of the West Indies.
Currently Damiãn is bi-costal living in and working on projects in Toronto and Vancouver. While in Vancouver, Damian recently had the opportunity to stand
- in and photo double for Idris Elba in his latest movie “The Mountain between Us”.
When asked about this current principal role Damiãn whose mantra is; “in life there
are no small roles ” is excited to say the least. He simply cannot express enough how honoured he was to work with acclaimed writer and director Alexander Payne who personally selected him from a pool of qualified actors. There is also the added bonus of working in a movie with such acclaimed actors as Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Neil Patrick Harris and more.
He is truly grateful to mentors like Marcia Brown who got his name into this audition and his agent Dean Osmon for making this and other deals possible.
Be sure to get your tickets “Downsizing” which is now playing in theatres
globally is certain to be a hit.
Danae Peart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Official Trailer — “Downsizing”: