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Black History Month in Toronto

Events and Programs Celebrating Black History


Black History Month takes place every February in Canada and the US. According to the city's website, Toronto was the first municipality in Canada to officially recognize Black History Month. That was back in 1979, but it wasn't until 1995 that the House of Commons voted to officially recognize Black History Month across Canada.

Here are a few of the organizations that offer special events in recognition of Black History Month in Toronto:

Black History Month at the Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library always has numerous Black History Month events planned throughout February. Events always include speakers, author visits, arts presentations, hands-on workshops and more.

The full line-up of events can be found on the website or in the Black History Month event guide available in libraries. The website and local branches also offer a recommended reading list for the month.

The Kuumba Festival at Habourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre celebrates Black History Month with the all-ages Kuumba Festival, offering performances, discussions, family crafts, gallery exhibits, films and more. The Kuumba Festival usually takes place during the first weekend of February, from Friday to Sunday. The best part is, much of the festival is free!

TD's Then and Now

TD Bank Financial Group sponsors numerous special events during Black History Month in Toronto, and also offers events in Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax. Explore the online calendar for information on the various performances and exhibitions.

Black History Month with TIFF

Special Black History Month programming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox may include screenings of documentaries and dramas, or talks with featured artists. Visit the tiff.net/blackhistory to explore this year's programming.

Black History Month at the ROM

The Royal Ontario Museum generally offers Black History Month themed exhibits during the month of February, along with family-friendly events and activities.

City Celebrations for Black History Month

Traditionally, the City of Toronto makes formal proclamations recognizing both Black History Month for all of February and Bob Marley Day on February 6. There are also featured events at some of the city-run historic museums.

Learn More from the Ontario Black History Society

The Ontario Black History Society is a non-governmental non-profit organization based in Toronto.  Along with many other services, the website offers profiles of historical and contemporary figures and a calendar of events for Black History Month and beyond.

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