Commemorate! Black History Month with Scarborough Arts!

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In commemoration of Black History Month, Scarborough Arts presents Commemorate!, a series of free and open-to-all events that encourage the remembrance and honouring of the significant contributions of Black Canadians and of the African Diaspora to our city, country, and to the rest of the world. Happening on several Tuesdays throughout the month of February, these events will feature evocative artists and their works, plus great conversations and great food.

Drop by one or all of these events! Here are the details:

Commemorate! A Visual Arts Exhibition
February 9 to March 4, 2015
Works that honour the legacies of Black Canadians and explore the diverse creative expressions of the African Diaspora and its identities and cultures will be showcased. Exhibiting artists include: Mitzy Blair, Wendy Carmichael Bauld, Janice Hardacre, Karen Harkins, Gabrielle Lasporte, Charmaine Lurch, Danilo McCallum, and Petrose Tesfai.

Gallery Winter Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm

Commemorate! Beginnings
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us as we commemorate beginnings with the Opening Reception of our visual arts exhibition and an Open Mic Night, with musical and spoken word performances by poet and musician Duane Hall and singer, writer, and poet HuNu. The night will be hosted by Jordon Veira, Founder and Creative Director of Spoke N’ Heard. This evening also offers the culinary craftsmanship of Carribean Flair Catering, where guests can explore the great tastes of Carribean cuisine.

We are looking for participants for our Commemorate!-themed Open Mic Night! Do you want to try out a new spoken word piece in front of a live audience and/or perform a song that you’ve been writing or practicing? Register for a spot now! Email with your name and the title of your piece by Monday, February 9 at 5 pm. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Commemorate! Creation (This event is cancelled due to our facilitator’s illness.)
Saturday, February 14, 2015, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Let your imagination run wild with artist and Art Gallery of Ontario educator Karen Harkins for a day of creating colourful collages and building “Real McCoy” machines from found objects, as inspired by the abstract and densely coloured works of African-American artist Alma Thomas, and the revolutionary inventions of Canadian-American inventor and engineer Elijah McCoy.

Commemorate! Theatre
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Watch and participate as award-winning multi-disciplinary artist, producer, and director Amani animates the Gallery with a series of theatrical and poetic vignettes from her one-woman performance piece, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, with exciting interactive elements.

Commemorate! Music
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Be inspired by professional musician and social activist Archie Alleyne and artist, TV personality, and “The Known Unknown” Founder Tika Simone – two music icons, both in Toronto and internationally, as they engage in candid and insightful conversations about their careers as seasoned musicians and as champions of emerging youth talents.

To follow the latest updates on these events and to RSVP, join our Facebook event page.
You can also RSVP by emailing or by phone at 416-698-7322.


For more information, contact:

The Bluffs Gallery
Scarborough Arts
1859 Kingston Road
Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3


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