February is Black History Month, so you’ll find fantastic Afro-specific programming in venues across the city. Take the time to learn about and celebrate the heritage, traditions, and cultures of Afro-Canadians with your family! Likely, your little ones will come home from school with plenty of information on the topic.
The Toronto Public Library– Don’t overlook your local library branch for fun, free activities- there’s always engaging child, teen, and family programming going on! This Black History Month, take advantage of the Libraries’ African drumming, storytelling, and movie events and celebrate Black history and culture! The South African Gumboot dance workshop looks especially fun… Events run from January 30th- February 28th.
Harbourfront Centre– Harbourfront has so many events happening for BHM that it’s hosting TWO weekends of programming! This February 2nd-4th and February 10th-11th, catch family events like Kuumba family crafts, screenings of short films from the National Film Board on Afro-Canadian culture, Kuumba drumming circle workshops, and more!
City of Toronto– The City of Toronto has compiled a list of the many BHM events hosted at community centres in the GTA this year. Highlights include the Scarborough Village Black History Celebration Event which features traditional foods and a theatrical performance, Family Story Time at the Jones Avenue Library, and the Mackenzie House Black History Month weekend celebrations!
NOW Magazine– NOW’s site and weekly publication details tons of events going on in the city. They’ve got an awesome online list of Black History Month events. If I were you, I wouldn’t miss Djembe Playday, which is aiming to break the world record for the most Djembe drummers playing simultaneously! You’ll get to “learn the history, legacy, and playing technique for West Africa’s most famous drum!”
Black History Month shouldn’t only be celebrated in February: Catch UofT’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Campaign happening this March 20th-21st. Its conference, on the theme “What’s Anti-Racism Good for Now?,” is being held on Monday, March 20th.