There’s always something to do in The Six! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Toronto this week.
1. TORONTO FASHION WEEK
Monday, February 5, 2018 – Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The exclusive three-day festival will roll out in style in our chic new home in Yorkville, Toronto’s most prestigious luxury retail neighborhood, along Hazelton Avenue and Yorkville Avenue this February. Shining a spotlight on fashion, art, and culture with a global twist, the re-imagined bi-annual celebration will include a speaker series with internationally renowned designers and industry experts, runway shows and special presentations. Learn more HERE.
2. FREE AFROFUSION DANCE CLASSES
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Experience a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with a multitude of dance styles such as Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Soca, Contemporary, House and more. No previous experience is required and all levels are welcome to join. Learn more HERE.
3. UNION STATION CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month, Union Station will host FREE feature acts including Soul and R&B superstar Jully Black, five-time JUNO Award Exco Levi, the celebratory dance style of the Esie Mensa Dance Collective, and an evening of Spoken Word performances. Learn more HERE.
4. IFOA CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with the IFOA and Harbourfront Centre during Kuumba 2018! Kuumba 2018 is a series of artistic events taking place February 3-24 that addresses today’s international struggle for Black liberation. Showcased voices include photographers, filmmakers and community experts from here at home and beyond our borders. Join them in connecting and strengthening the Black community! Learn more HERE.
5. HERE WE ARE HERE: BLACK CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY ART
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Discover groundbreaking research and fascinating advances in art, culture, and nature as our experts share their cutting-edge work in this engaging series of daytime lectures. The exhibit is free with Museum Admission. Learn more HERE.
6. BEATS AND BENTS: TELEPORT TO THE CARIBBEAN
Friday, February 9, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Escape the deep freeze and teleport to the Caribbean for a Friday Night skate party. Beats and Bents bring together a mix of reggae, dancehall and soca sound curated with tracks so hot by UforChange alumni DJ Money Jane and DJORK. The sun will have no choice but to shine. Learn more HERE.
7. THE COOKOUT
Friday, February 9, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It’s improv, with a side of food. Director Nigel Downer mixes comedy and cooking in this brand new unscripted show. Each week, the cast welcomes a special guest cook, inviting them to share and prepare a signature dish live, onstage. Learn more HERE.
8. BARRE3 TORONTO POP UP CLASS
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Come out for a free 45-minute barre3 class designed to balance and tone your entire body. Bring a water bottle and yoga mat and get ready to move! No pre-registration required, just drop by! Be sure to arrive a few minutes early to grab a spot and sign the waiver. Learn more HERE.
9. AFROSPACE: CREATIVE ART SHOWCASE – AFROFUTURISM
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The BSA is back for the second edition of Black History Month Art Show! This year’s theme is… AFROFUTURISM! Featuring artists from all different areas of art including poetry, dance, musical instruments, photography and many more! Come out to William Doo Auditorium for a night of good vibes, positive energy and a collection of powerful artwork. Small snacks and refreshments will be provided at no cost!! Learn more HERE.
10. HEART OF A POET, AN AFTERNOON WITH AFUA COOPER
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join Canadian icon Afua Cooper for an interactive poetry performance in support of the ROM original exhibition, Here we are Here. Inspired by the Africa Canadian experience, Cooper’s poetry delivers rich nourishment for the imagination. Learn more HERE.
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