There’s always something to do in The Six! Check out my curated event list for Black professionals in Toronto this week.
1. BEFORE THE 6IX: NORTHERN TOUCH
Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Rascalz’ song, “Northern Touch.” Rapper, Thrust, MC/author/radio show host Motion, and music producers, Mr. Attic and Nick Holder, discuss the history of Toronto’s hip-hop vinyl scene that led to the song’s recording, its impact, and its legacy. Moderated by Polaris Music Prize juror Del Cowie. Learn more HERE.
2. DALTON HIGGINS – A HISTORY OF HIP HOP WORKSHOP
Monday, February 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Canada’s foremost expert on hip-hop, Dalton Higgins, will discuss aspects of hip-hop culture, for a special Black History Month series from the Toronto Public Library. Learn more HERE.
3. AN AFRICAN STORY WITH AUTHORS DWAYNE AND UCHENWA GENUS
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
In a candid and captivating retelling of a volatile and significant event in African history, Dwayne and Uchenwa discuss their first novel and share the historical biography of Nkechi Iroaga’s life growing up in Nigeria, including her experience during the Nigerian-Biafran civil war in the 1960’s and how she escaped to Canada with her young child. Learn more HERE.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
SHADE is a comedy show that celebrates and showcases comedians of color, comedians from the LGBTQ+ community, and comedians who identify as women. This show feautures Benett Carlton, Qaly Surer Deria, Definition Of Knowledge, Brendan D’Souza, Drag by Whatshername, is headlined by Elvira Kurt and hosted by Anasimone George. Learn more HERE.
5. BLACK GOLD CELEBRATES BLACK PANTHER: THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BLADE
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
BLACK GOLD is back at it again! Celebrating the best of Black cinema and its icons from then ’til now. Black Gold celebrates the February release of Black Panther with a 20th-anniversary screening of the original OG Marvel badass: BLADE! Learn more HERE.
6. THE 6TH ANNUAL TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES: TBFF KIDS FILM FESTIVAL
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
TBFF Kids Film Festival will open with the amazing animated feature film BILAL: A New Breed of Hero by Ayman Jamal, Khurram H. Alavi (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia). TBFF Kids Festival’s mission is to empower kids to find their voice through filmmaking and expose and educate children about Black history and stories. Learn more HERE.
7. TORONTO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Monday, February 19, 2018,
The festival will screen a vast selection of films representing storylines about Black people from various countries around the globe including films from Nigeria’s growing film industry. TBFF is the first film festival to feature Nollywood films as part of their regular programming. Learn more HERE.
8. BLACK BRILLIANCE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Saturday, February 19, 2018
Auset Luxor, in her debut photography show, shares 12 powerful portraits inspired by the Black Brilliance Conference, developed, programmed and run by youth for youth and held last November at Downsview Secondary School. The strength and honesty of these images will demand your engagement. Learn more HERE.
9. AFROBEATS TO
Friday, February 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 3:16 a.m.
Come out and celebrate the culture! An event held in Toronto to showcase African music, arts, and dance culture. Join the guest list for free entry. Learn more HERE.
10. CHRISTIAN DIOR: THE NEW LOOK WOMAN 1947
Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Alexandra Palmer, curator of the ROM original exhibition Christian Dior, presented by Holt Renfrew, undresses the sources and designs of Dior’s New Look – with its corsets and layers of petticoats – to explore what it was about it that “made women feel like women again” after the Second World War. Learn more HERE.
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