Black History Month

2017 Events



Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON., M4W 2G8

February 1

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Kickoff Black History Month at the Toronto Public Library with a candid discussion on the achievements of Toronto's Black communities, the Black Lives Matter movement, and race-relations in Canada.

This event will also be hosted on February 10 at the York Woods Library Branch.


Black History Month Film Festival 2017

Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Road

January 30to February 23

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

19 Days of Films, Documentaries, TV Dramas, and Series

Pathways to Healthy Life Choices: Teen Development Series

York Woods Library Branch – Meeting Room 2

January 31, February 7

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A series about relationships and partner abuse, self-identity and how to communicate with police authority. 


February Features Films

Jane/Sheppard Library Branch

January 30, February 6, 13, 27

1:00 p.m.

Enjoy a different popular feature film celebrating Black History Month.


Caribbean Carnival Art Exhibit

Morningside Library Branch

Larger-than-life artwork depicting the colour and beauty the

Caribbean offers. Hosted on reoccurring dates.

Complete Schedule



Mini Film Festival

Barbara Frum Library Branch

February 1

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.          

In partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, Toronto Public Library presents two films that celebrate Black History Month: Michaelle Jean: A Woman of Purpose, as well as Ninth Floor.



Black History Month Display Board

L'Amoreaux Community Centre, 2000 McNicoll Avenue

February 1 to February 28

Open all day

Large display board showcasing Canadian Black History, famousquotes, upcoming events and promotional posters.



Black History Month Posters/Art Pieces

O’Connor Community Centre, 1386 Victoria Park Avenue

February 1 – February 28

Open all-day

Youth Advisory council will be creating posters/art pieces of black role models they admire. The posters/ art will be displayed in the centre for the month of February, role models can be historic icons or members of the community.



Black History Month Posters

Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane Street

February 1 – February 28

Open all day

Preparing Posters of various figures to post around the centre aswell as for the dinner.



Black History Movie Nights

Falstaff Community Centre, 50 Falstaff Avenue

Tuesday Nights in February

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Family and youth-oriented movies about Black History.




Celebrate Black History Month with an introduction to the origins and basics of South African Gumboot dance. Hosted at various branch locations on a variety of dates and times.

Complete schedule


From Skin to Steel and Beyond – The History of Steelpan

A general understanding of steelpan, its history and present cultural contributions.

Complete schedule


Island in the Sun: Barbados in Song with Roger Gibbs

Parkdale Library Branch

February 3

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Barbadian folk songs and a slide show present the island's history and its people, superstitions and life.

This event takes place again on February 15 at Locke Library Branch.

Black Empowerment Celebration

Rathburn Area Youth (RAY) Enhanced Youth Space, 500 The East Mall

February 3

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join RAY, Living Black Genius and our partners in celebrating Black History Month with a kick-off event. Food, activities, DJ, guest speakers and more.


Films Celebrating Black History Month

Cedarbrae Library Branch

February 3, 10, 17, 24

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Movies and documentaries that contribute to black history and culture.


Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month

Mackenzie House

82 Bond St., Toronto, ON M5B 1X2

Each weekend starting February 4 (excluding Family Day Monday)

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February, excluding Family

Day Monday, and learn more about some of the Black Victorians of

Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during that era.


Hands On Drumming Workshop

Maria A. Shchuka Library Branch

February 4

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A workshop that introduces participants to the art of drumming.


African Folk Tales with Kwanza Msingwana

Pape/Danforth Library Branch

February 6

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Vibrant African folk tales told by poet/storyteller Kwanza Msingwana. Registration required.


Before the Six: And Now the Legacy Begins

Toronto Reference Library

February 6

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Producers Joh Bronski, K-Cut and DJ Agile discuss Toronto's historical hip-hop scene and classic rap albums from the last 25 years.


Black History Puzzle Activity

Cedarbrae Library Youth Hub, 545 Markham Rd

February 6

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Fun and creative Black History Month-themed games.

Hoza! A Musical Journey

Bloor/Gladstone Library Branch

February 7

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

A musical journey of interactive songs and rhythms performed on the West African djembe drums.


Dwayne Morgan: Living a Life of Passion

Palmerston Library Branch

February 8

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Jamaican-Canadian spoken word artist, poet, speaker, social entrepreneur Dwayne Morgan inspires.

Black History Month Discussion Series

Cedarbrae Library Youth Hub, 545 Markham Rd

February 8 & 9

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

February 8 - the discussion will be on the topic of "What Does Peace Look Like to You?" February 9- the discussion will be on the topic of "What does being black mean to you?"


Jazz Valentines for Austin Clarke

Toronto Reference Library

February 9

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Canada's Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke pays homage to the great, late Austin Clarke.


African Drumming Workshop

Steeles Library Branch

February 10

10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Enjoy the Mystic Drums program, The Legend of Marshmallow Island, which will feature African and Afro-Cuban instruments.

This program repeats on February 13 at Don Mills Library Branch and February 18 at the Main Street Library Branch.

Games and Movie Night

Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark Blvd

February 10

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Black History-themed games. The film, "Hidden Colours" will also be shown.


Black History Month Family Story Time

Jones Avenue Library Branch

February 11

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A special family/kid story time in celebration of Black History Month.

This event will take place again on February 17 at the Pape/Danforth Library Branch and February 25 at the Parliament Street Library Branch.


Come Let Us Sing

Deer Park Library Branch

February 11

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Toronto Mass Choir performs       


Before the 6ix: Ladies First

Toronto Reference Library Atrium

February 13

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A panel discussion that explores female hip-hop artists and the role they have played in the history of Toronto's music scene..

Black History Month: Ancient to Now Exhibit  

Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Road

February 13 - February 23

12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

What if you could time travel; who would you want to meet? Meet them at our Black History Month Exhibit. Includes: Ancient Age, Medieval Age, Modern Age and Contemporary Age.


Finding 19th Century Black History in Toronto

Maria A. Shchuka Library Branch

February 15

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Learn about families of African-decent who lived in Toronto and Etobicoke in the 19th Century.


NGOMA by Carnival Spice

Cedarbrae Library Branch

February 15

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fusing modern and traditional forms of Caribbean Folk and African dancing.


In the Zone with Dwayne D.O. Gibson

Evelyn Gregory Library Branch

February 15

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Discussion with Guinness World Record-setting rapper Duane D.O.


This event will be hosted again on February 21 at McGregor Park Community Recreation Centre.


Andrea Scott Talk about Viola Desmond

Danforth/Coxwell Library Branch

February 15

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The remarkable story of Viola Desmond as told by Andrea Scott.



Black History Month Presentation

Teesdale Community Centre, 40 Teesdale Road

February 15

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Youth-led presentation, show and trivia.

Black History Month Musical Timeline

Cedarbrae Library Youth Hub, 545 Markham Rd

February 15

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

A musical timeline of Black History.


Beverley Salmon: Never Stop Fighting Systemic Discrimination

Downsview Library Branch

February 16

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Meet Bev Salmon, the first black female commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and Co-Founder of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations.


An Ordinary Man

Brentwood Library Branch

February 16

10:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

The extraordinary story of Joshua Glover as told by historian Hilary Dawson.



Black History Month Presentation

Warden Hilltop Community Centre, 25 Mendelssohn Street

February 16

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Youth-led presentation, show and trivia.

Black History Month Activities

Centennial Community Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Road

February 17

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Games and trivia night about Black History.



Black History Children's Carnival

Morningside Library Branch

February 18

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Photos of the Children's Carnival of Trinidad & Tobago.


Black History Presentation by a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL

Malvern Library Branch

February 22

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL makes a presentation that goes "beyond slavery".


Black History Month Presents Dance with Zakiya

Barbara Frum Library Branch

February 22

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Learn about Caribbean culture through dance.


Black Veterans Affairs: A Day Dedicated to African-Canadian Veterans

Barbara Frum Library Branch

February 22

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Dean Turner and Derek Salik will share tales of African-Canadian veterans.

African Drumming

Sanderson Library Youth Hub, 327 Bathurst Street

February 22

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Instructional African drumming to youth in immediate areas as part of Black History Month.

Everybody's Free: A Performance By the Toronto Children's Concert Choir

Yorkville Library Branch

February 23

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A cultural presentation that features various Gospel and inspirational choral, dance and drum pieces.


Afternoon at the Movies – Motherland

Barbara Frum Library Branch

February 23

2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Motherland is considered to be the best documentary about Africa ever done.

Village Black History Celebration Event

Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Road

February 23

5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Celebration Black Culture and achievements, Traditional foods, drumming, head wrapping, and the "N' word theatre performance.


Black History Month Closing Event
Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Road
 February 24
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Dinner, live band and performances. Contact for additional details.


Black History Month Movie Night

Jimmie Simpson Community Centre, 870 Queen Street East

February 24

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Youth will watch the story of Martin Luther King.

Black History Month Showcase

Oakdale Community Centre, 350 Grandravine Drive

February 24

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Open to members of the local community, an Africanized fashion show as well as various talents and speakers (on entrepreneurship, leadership and building wealth etc.).

TIFF presents Dope

Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne Street                

February 24

5:00 p.m.

A movie screening followed by a Q&A discussion about the film with a film maker.

Taste of the Caribbean

Malvern Community Centre, 30 Sewells Road

February 26

1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Taste of the Caribbean will explore the Caribbean Islands; its food, music and delicacies.  This event will provide community members the opportunity to sample a variety of food from the islands while learning some of its rich history.  



Moving Forward – Looking Ahead

Stephen Leacock Community Centre, 2520 Birchmount Roads

February 27

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cultural event showcasing talent in the community, discussions on Black history, table activities, music and a light dinner.




Black History in Toronto

Donald Moore: Caribbean Connection: One Man's Crusade