With Black History Month well underway, Imagine A City is taking a look this week at just a handful of this month’s goings-on. Since the big events will get all the press, we thought we’d present a few under-the-radar events happening in communities across the city.
Of course, we can’t possibly list everything, so we’re sticking to a few that caught our attention—share what you’re looking forward to in the comments!
Ekow Nimako: Building Black
Ghanian-Canadian sculptor Ekow Nimako will use 50,000 LEGO pieces to build striking art pieces that explore history, race, folklore and identity. It’s one of three Black History art shows hosted at Daniels Spectrum this month.
Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month
Every weekend this month, the museum housed in the historic home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, will feature an exhibit on the reporters and newspapers who covered the city’s burgeoning Black community in the Victorian era. Visitors can print out their own copy of The Provincial Freeman, an 1850s newspaper that served as a landmark voice in the anti-slavery movement, and was co-published by Mary Ann Shadd, the first Black, female publisher in North America.
The Bluffs Gallery hosts “Akwaaba,” a month-long celebration comprised of three week-long exhibits by African-Canadian artists with roots in Scarborough—including Robert Small, creator of Canada’s first Black History Month posters.
Urban Book Expo
On February 8, the Malvern Community Centre will see the first-ever exposition of fiction focusing on the Black urban experience in Toronto.
York Woods Library
Jane-Finch’s York Woods Library will host a number of events, including a childrens’ story afternoon on February 8, and a screening of a new, feature-length documentary about Bob Marley on February 20, including a post-film discussion.
And there will also be a whole host of other Toronto Public Library-hosting events, all across town. Check their website to see what’s near you.