Black history month: Family events in Toronto

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.

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.

Ubuntu Drum and Dance Theatre

Live in the Library celebrates Black History Month! Join us for an exciting performance of Caribbean and African rhythm and dance, performed by the kids of Toronto’s own Ubuntu ensemble.

Friday, Feb 02, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. 60 mins
Parkdale library, 1303 Queen Street West

Black History Month Celebration

Join us for stories and activities celebrating Black History Month

Sat Feb 03, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. , 30 mins
Elmbrook Park, 2 Elmbrook Crescent

Programming at Recreation Centres

Free programming and events for adults and children will take place at community centres across the city and includes art and poster displays, movie nights, Black history presentations and more. Info: Recreation Centre

Exhibit at Civic Centres

The exhibit Through Your Eyes featuring the work of young artists as well as a poster series profiling contributions of prominent Black Canadians, will be on display at civic centres throughout February.

  • North York Civic Centre: February 5-9
  • Scarborough Civic Center: February 12-15
  • Metro Hall: February 16-21
  • Toronto City Hall: February 26 – March 1

Kuumba 2018 – Celebrating Black History Month

Kuumba is Toronto’s longest-running celebration of Black History Month. It does not appear to have a lot of family friendly events this year but of note. This series of events that runs throughout the month of February features the work of photographers, filmmakers and community leaders from Canada, the Americas and the UK.

The ROM

What is the Black Canadian presence and history in our country? Explore these ideas, and the issues of belonging, in the ROM original exhibition, Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, presented by TD Bank Group, through the contemporary works of nine Canadian artists.

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 

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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