From Kuumba Fest and Toronto Black Film Festival to music and literary events, Black History Month is going virtual this year
Four young Black Canadian artists perform the music of Black composers from the 17th-21st century in this free online concert series. February 1-28. See website for times and to RSVP. joybullen.ca.
This online concert (via Twitch) features the Human Rights, RZee Jackson, I-Sax, House of David Gang, DJ Questquecest and others. In support of Parkdale Community Food Bank. 8 pm. Free. nufunk.ca.
The associate professor of English at U of T discusses a recently released anthology with author/poet Kellough and host Ismail Alfa of CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. 7 pm. Free. Pre-register at tpl.ca/blackhistory.
The rapper-turned-music executive marks the 20th anniversary of his album Quest For Fire: Firestarter Volume 1 by chatting with journalist Del F. Cowie. 7 pm. Free. Pre-register at tpl.ca/blackhistory.
This online film festival features more than 150 titles from 25 countries, including Youssef Delara’s drama Foster Boy and Mia Donovan’s Dope Is Death, plus panel talks and kids’ programming. February 10-21. Various prices, all-access pass $69. torontoblackfilm.com.
Three years after Black Panther, writers Antoine Bandele, Stephanie Chrismon and Rashid Mohiddin chat about Wakanda’s enduring impact. 6-8 pm. Free. Online via Zoom. Pre-register at harthouse.ca.
Obsidian Theatre presents an anthology of 21 filmed monodramas from 21 Black playwrights, directed by 21 Black directors and performed by 21 Black actors. Streaming on CBC Gem. February 12-26. See Facebook event page or visit 21blackfutures.com.
The author discusses her debut novel, How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, with poet/author Britta Badour. Online event. Noon. Free. Pre-register at tpl.ca/blackhistory.
The annual festival celebrating the city’s Black community moves primarily online save for a few on-site outdoor art installations. This year’s programming features Syreeta Hector’s dance show Black Ballerina and a collaboration with Wavelength on a series of livestream concerts (see below) and more. Free. February 14-27 (installations to April 11). harbourfrontcentre.com/kuumba.
Artist/designer Mark Stoddart unveils his project celebrating Black History Month and Family Day by sharing the importance of loved ones through art, poetry, music and positive images of Black families. Available from noon, February 15. beloved68.com
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, Buxton National Historic Site and Museum and Chatham-Kent Black Mecca Museum participate in a conversation with creators and researchers from across the province. Available from February 15-28. heritagetrust.on.ca.
The indie music showcase’s first concert of the month in partnership with Harbourfront’s Kuumba Festival features Polaris Prize winner Backxwash, Zoon and Maryze. 7 pm. Free. wavelengthmusic.ca.
Second online concert in partnership with Harbourfront’s Kuumba Festival with Hannah Georgas and Clerel. 8 pm. Free. wavelengthmusic.ca.
Artist talk with Lisa Jackson, Stephanie Chrismon and Adeyemi Adegbesan. 4-6 pm. Free. Online via Zoom. Pre-register at harthouse.ca.
Third online concert in partnership with Harbourfront’s Kuumba Festival featuring the OBGMs and Kali Horse. 8 pm. Free. wavelengthmusic.ca.
Fourth and final online concert in partnership with Harbourfront’s Kuumba Festival with Shabason/Krgovich/Harris, Witch Prophet and Beverly Glenn-Copeland. 7 pm. Free. wavelengthmusic.ca.
The annual gala fundraiser in support of #SafeSpace 365 and OCADU’s Black Youth Design Initiative goes virtual and features music by Jermaine Jones and Jully Black, Mark Stoddart’s Beloved Project and more. 6 pm. Free, VIP packages available. blackdiamondballto.com.