Toronto History Museums Celebrate Black History Month

Explore the richness of Toronto’s local Black History with a variety of events and performances throughout February.

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The Story of Us: Sharing Black Torontonian Stories

Celebrate Toronto’s local Black history past and present, during February weekends, through the works of artists and storytellers. Listen to slam poetry and Jamaican Patois-style storytellers on February 17 and 23. Watch a short film from the Regent Park Film Festival. Check out the Story of Us displays and learn about Chloe Cooley, a young black woman enslaved in Fort Erie and Queenston, Upper Canada in the late 1700s whose resistance sparked the beginning of emancipation in Ontario. Don’t leave without trying some hearty foods such as rice and peas with jerk sauce, Somali malawah and spice buns.

When: February Weekends
Where: Scarborough Museum, 1007 Brimley Rd
Cost: Pay What You Can

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Girl Power’D: A live performance

Girl Power’D teaches creativity, confidence and self-expression through an understanding of heritage for girls 5-16 years old who identify as black. With a focus on cultural dance led by community elders, the program includes live drumming, African dancing, and Dunham style technique. Join us at Colborne Lodge this February for a free performance celebrating where these talented young performers have come from and be inspired by the creative future they are cultivating for their peers.

When: February 16 & 23, 2020
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Drive
Cost: Pay What You Can

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The Singing of Birds

Created by renowned educator Dr. Warwick Dobson, this unique theatre-in-education program exposes audiences to the joys and struggles of two young immigrants: Rose, a servant who fled the Irish famine, and Clara, an African American, who escaped American slavery with the help of the Underground Railroad in the 19th century U.S. with its terminus at the Canadian border. Audience members will follow the drama as the two women find friendship and hope in a new country. Viewers will also get a chance to be active collaborators with program techniques such as thought tracking and questioning strategies.

When: February 15 & 16, 2020
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W
Cost: Child $10, Youth $15, Adult $20
Advance tickets required: montgomerysinn.streamintickets.com


About Toronto History Museums

Toronto History Museums are a group of 10 museums owned and operated by the City of Toronto that bring Toronto’s history to life for residents and visitors. They include Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Market Gallery, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills and Zion Schoolhouse. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/museums, or follow Toronto History Museums on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Contact: tohistoricsites@toronto.ca