February is the month of celebrating and honouring the legacy of Black Canadians. There are some incredible Black History Month events in Toronto that you can attend that combine interactive entertainment and valuable education for people of all ages.

Here are eight of the best Black History Month events in Toronto that you’ll want to put on your calendar this February.

KUUMBA

Toronto’s largest Black Futures Month celebration is back this February, with “stimulating and thought-provoking” discussions and performances taking place all month long.

The program features dance, music, workshops, and literary events that highlight contemporary artists and thought leaders from the Afro-diaspora in Canada.

When: February 1st to 28th, 2023
Where: See all events

The Black Diamond Ball

For seven years running, this glamorous gala brings together the Black community and supporters to celebrate and honour individuals who have excelled in their respective fields.

The event will be held at the Fairmont Royal York and will be recorded live for a nationally televised future broadcast. There will also be a series of workshops held in the days leading up to the event.

When: February 25th, 2023
Where: Fairmont Royal York

Everbloom Music Festival

An all-Canadian mini music festival is coming our way this month. This event will celebrate and showcase Black artists across the country.

Everbloom will feature performances from Canada’s Black musicians, drag queens/kings, and more. It will also have a vendor market focusing on Black-owned businesses in Toronto.

When: February 25th, 2023
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West

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Black History Month Celebration and Fundraiser

Celebrate Black History Month with Jean Augustine, the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to Canada’s House of Commons.

This fundraising event will include a film screening, dance performance, food, and a Q&A session with Augustine.

When: February 11th, 2023
Where: Cineplex Cinemas Queensway & VIP, 1025 The Queensway

Toronto Black Film Festival

TBFF is back this February to showcase powerful and thought-provoking Black films.

This festival aims to “give unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world,” and spark meaningful discussion about today’s cultural, social and socio-economic issues.

When: February 15 to 20th, 2023
Where: Online

Black-Owned Toronto

The Art Gallery of Ontario is hosting a special vendor market on the final weekend of Black History Month.

The market will feature 25 Black owned local businesses, with a range of products including candles, hair care, children’s books, scents and more.

Do some shopping and support local businesses, and then spend the rest of the day exploring the gallery.

When: February 25th, 2023, 11 AM to 4 PM
Where: The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

 

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Black History Month at Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library is hosting a series of events, workshops, and lectures throughout Black History Month.

Learn about the legacy of the slave trade in Canada, participate in an African drum workshop, enjoy a live steelpan performance, and much more.

The library also has an extensive list of podcasts, videos, and recommended reading for all ages on the theme of Black history.

When: February 2023
Where: See all events

Black History Month Concert Series

Celebrate the African Canadian community in Toronto with a live performance featuring the artists who represented Toronto at AFROFEST Africa 2022 in Tanzania.

The best part is that admission to this event is completely free. However, donations are always welcome.

When: February 25th, 2023
Where: 1000 Finch Avenue West