TAC-powered Black Heritage Activations

Toronto Arts Council values the powerful artistic legacies of our diverse communities, and are often the first funders of many artists and arts organizations in Toronto's IBPOC commmunities We are proud to highlight some TAC-funded offerings recognizing Black Heritage.

Afro-Canadian Art: Since its inception in June 2020, Afro-Canadian Art (ACA) has been dedicated to recognizing and honoring the impact that Black-Canadians have made in art and culture nationally.

Aga Khan Museum: FROM AFRICA: A CELEBRATION FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Streaming on Facebook Live on Saturday, February 27, 12:00 noon, From Africa will feature eight Toronto-area musical acts with rich personal and artistic connections to the African continent and its diaspora.

Caribbean Tales TV: Best of the Fest
Every Friday until March 26, Caribbean Tales revisits curated moments from the 2020 festival, from films to panel discussions, with an interactive chat throughout.

Culture Brew: Culture Brew’s IBPOC Artists Database
These sessions are part of IBPOC Digital Strategy – Phase II: Digital Tools Professional Development Series.

Diaspora Dialogues: DD-TD Black Playwrights Mentoring Program
As part of Black History Month, Diaspora Dialogues will present digital table readings from two of the plays under development which will be free and open to the public.

Elsa Hashemi: Black Hands Project
Iranian-Canadian photographer explores personal experiences of Black Canadian participants through photographs of their hands.

Gallery TPW and Wedge Curatorial Projects: Out of Many 
The exhibition pairs vintage 35mm slides from Jorian Charlton's family archive from the 1970s and 80s in Jamaica, Toronto, and New York with her own photographic practice that explores new visual references around Black aesthetics and Jamaican-Canadian identity. February 6 - April 17, 2021

Harbourfront Centre in Partnership with Citadel + Compagnie: Black Ballerina
Based on Syreeta Hector’s relationship to race and her experiences in classical ballet, Black Ballerina is a powerful exploration of the nuances within one’s identity, and the unconscious ways that we all try to fit in. Performed by Hector, Black Ballerina brings an unbridled energy to the stage. Streaming February 14 - 21

  • Kuumba: Toronto’s longest running Black History Month festival, Kuumba, presented by the TD Ready Commitment, returns for its 26th edition to celebrate the Black community standing in our Blackness, forward-focused and now part of Black Futures Month.

JAYU: Here I Am
An online collection of photography, poetry, and music created by Black youth as part of the iAM program.

  • Soundtracks & Stanzas: Changing Canada’s Black Future: four distinguished Canadian poets take us on a journey through the physical, vocal and material elements of their poems. Featuring Jillian Christmas (Vancouver), Tawhida Tanya Evanson (Montreal), Desiree MacKenzie (Toronto) and Motion (Toronto). Emcee for the event is poet Britta B. (Toronto). presented in partnership with The Toronto International Festival of Authors and Kuumba as part of the  Bergen International Literary Festival on February 12 from 4-5pm. 

Larnell Lewis Live
DC Jazz Festival is proud to present a live performance from world-renowned drummer Larnell Lewis, co-presented by the Embassy of Canada and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The performance will occur on Thursday, February 25th at 5 PM ET and will be available to watch on Facebook Live on the DCJF page.

Music Africa Afrofest Channel

Neilson Park Creative Centre: Black History Month - In Conversation with Treshanna Williams
A three part series, In Conversation with Treshanna Williams focuses on exploring themes in relation to Black history and the contributions of prominent figures to Canadian Arts and Culture.

P.A.N. Pan Arts Network: Producing and promoting the steel pan orchestra concerts, soloists and jazz ensembles; establishing awards of distinction to pioneers in pan, also known as the steel drum.

  • Promoting the Culture of Steelpan: STEELPAN CULTURAL PROMOTERS discuss how to navigate virtual showcases and more!  Review the Feb 6 discussion
  • Power to Teach: STEELPAN EDUCATORS discuss how to successfully navigate virtual learning and more! Review the January 29 discussion

Paprika Festival Hot Topic: Boss Behaviour
Join Weyni Mengesha (Artistic Director, Soulpepper Theatre) and Natasha Adiyana Morris (Executive Director, Piece of Mine Arts) as they share their own individuals paths to leadership and discuss what it is to be a leader in the theatre industry in 2021. Friday, February 12, 2021 Time: 3:00-4:15pm ET

Regent Park Film Festival:

SKETCH Colour Palette: A collection of works by Black Artists at SKETCH that explore many mediums for storytelling. Monday February 1 - Wednesday March 31, 2021

Studio 180 Theatre: 6 x 10 by Rachel Mutombo
An IN DEVELOPMENT Reading Presented by Studio 180 Theatre. Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 7:30 PM EST

The Black Diamond Ball: For the past five years the Black Diamond Ball has brought together the black community, allies and supporters to celebrate our accomplishments, arts and honour individuals in style. Saturday February 27, 7:00 pm

 Théâtre français de Toronto: Francophone Horizons 2021
Théâtre français de Toronto and the Consulate General of France in Toronto have chosen to present four short videos to celebrate Black History Month. This February, discover or rediscover the words and poems of artists who, time and time again, push the limits of our horizons and transgress borders: Djennie Laguerre (Canada, Haiti), Suzy Ronel (Guadeloupe), Simané Wenethem (New Caledonia) and Berekyah Yergeau (Canada, French Guiana) 

Toronto Black Film Festival
The Toronto Black Film Festival is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world. February 10-21.

Toronto Jewish Film Foundation: Jewish Films Online

  • No Silence on Race is a movement borne out of the necessity for racial equity and inclusivity within Canadian Jewish spaces. Dedicated to building a Jewish community reflective of its immense diversity, the movement is committed to advocacy, education, and change.
  • Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana: While working in Ghana, Gabrielle Zilkha discovers the vibrant Sefwi Jewish community.  She brings us along on her journey to better understand what it means to belong to the Jewish people and why some people’s Judaism is questioned while that of others is taken at face value.

Obsidian Theatre: 21 Black Futures
21 playwrights, 21 directors, 21 actors, 21 visions of the future of Blackness. Presented by Obsidian Theatre and CBC Arts, 21 Black Futures premieres Friday, February 12 on CBC Gem.

Theatre Museums Canada: Andrew Moodie Interviews Phil Akin 
Theatre Museum Canada seeks to share the wonder of Canada’s rich theatre legacy with Canadians and theatre enthusiasts everywhere.

Volcano: Shine Your Eye
Video of a live performance from the 2010 World Premiere run of a play by Binyavanga Wainaina.

Workman Arts in conjunction with AROBA, A Room Of Black Artists
Black Mental Health Symposium and Action Event is taking place in association with Workman Arts on March 1 (Black Mental Health Day)