Black History Month in Toronto: family events

February is Black History month, and there are events running all month long with lots of family-focussed activities from storytelling and crafts to drumming and dance. No matter what your heritage, what a great excuse to celebrate, learn and participate in Toronto’s vibrant and long-standing Caribbean and African communities.
Kuumba

 

Toronto’s longest-running celebration of Black History Month has been going for over 20 years! It takes place all month at Harbour Front Centre with loads of family and kid-friendly activities including Gumboot dance and Afro-Fusion workshops; crafting where kids create their own black culture-inspired heroes and sheroes; Family Storytelling, Djembe Drumming Circles and a series of short films aimed at kids from the NFB that showcases the activists, survivors and everyday people who make up the rich history of Afro-Canadian culture.

Drumming, Dance and Stories at the Library

Drumming, dancing, stories! Fun programs that celebrate black culture and traditions from around the world including a concert with Toronto Mass Choir. Hear the courageous stories of Joshua Glover and Viola Desmond. Learn about carnival and Caribbean traditions.

Village Black History Celebration Event

The Scarborough Village Recreation Centre is hosting a celebration of Black culture and achievements, traditional foods, drumming, head wrapping, and the “N’ word theatre performance.

Kids Books

The library has put together a list of great books for children (and adults) that tell stories of black children. Here are few recos.

Malaika’s costume

A little girl, separated from her mother, struggles with disappointment when she has to use her grandmother’s hand-me-down costume for the Carnival parade.

Nana and me
Based on the experiences of Ghanaian children, this book tells of the universal bond between grandparents and grandchildren.

Oscar lives next door : a story inspired by Oscar Peterson’s childhood
When young Oscar contracts tuberculosis, his weak lungs can no longer support playing the trumpet. Unable to give up music, he starts playing the piano, eventually becoming an international sensation.

Image credits: City of Toronto (top), Kuumba website 

Harriet Fancott

COMMUNITY MANAGER AT CRISPMEDIA. SHE'S AN URBAN MOM TO A CUTE (BUT WILD) LITTLE BOY WHO LOVES TO RUN, JUMP, PLAY AND EAT. THEY CAN BE FOUND IN CAFES, ICE CREAM SHOPS, AND FUNKY NEW RESTAURANTS AROUND TOWN ... WHEN THEY AREN'T AT THE BEACH, IN THE WOODS OR AT THE BALL DIAMOND!

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