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Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library marks Black History Month with song, film and literature that celebrate the African diaspora. The Toronto Public Library also holds more than 16,000 items in the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection.

Toronto Museums

Moving Mountains: The No. 2 Construction Battalion and African Canadian Experience During the First World War

Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Fort York

Join Lt Danielle Pittman, Canadian Armed Forces, as she explores the history of the No. 2 Construction Battalion CEF during the First World War. The No.2 Construction Battalion, a predominantly Black unit, served with distinction overseas during "The Great War." Admission is free.

Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month

Weekends in February, 12 to 5 p.m.

Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February and learn more about the early Black community in Toronto, including those who published newspapers. Print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the re-created 1850's print shop. Free with admission.

Mackenzie House is open on Family Day, Monday, February 18. Visit the museum to learn about Black life in Victorian Toronto. Children can try illumination – colouring previously drawn and printed pictures – that was a popular practice in the 19th century. Free with admission.

82 Bond Street

Market Gallery
The City of Toronto's Market Gallery is now presenting an exhibition on the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) through April 19, 2014.

For 35 years, the OBHS has expanded the public's awareness and an appreciation of black history. In1979, they successfully petitioned the City of Toronto to recognize February as Black History Month, which the City continues to proclaim annually.

The exhibition provides an overview of OBHS from its inception using photographs, artifacts and historic materials. The exhibition also tells the story of black history in Ontario and the efforts by the OBHS to study, preserve, and promote this important heritage.

For details, visit Toronto's Museums Featured Events

Heritage Toronto

Tuning up: Archie Alleyne, Ada Lee, Brooke Blackburn and Saidah Baba Talibah

Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence Hall (157 King St E, 3rd Floor)

Join Heritage Toronto for a moderated conversation with four outstanding Black musicians. Interspersed with performances, the evening will explore the experience of Black musicians in Toronto over the past 60 years. Moderated by CBC music columnist Errol Nazareth. Sponsored by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Limited Seating, Registration Required. Visit to register or click here.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

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Malvern Community Recreation Centre

30 Sewells Rd.
Michelle Greene: 416-396-4395

  • ONE LOVE - Open Mic - Bob Marley Tribute - February 6, 2 - 9 p.m.
  • 3 on 3 Basketball Tourney - February 22, 2 - 9 pm.
  • AFRO-TASTE / CULTURAL SHOW - March 1st, 3 - 7 pm
  • Black History Month poster series (honouring Black-African Canadians) on display

Burrows Hall Community Centre

1081 Progress Ave.
Deb Dunk: 416-396-4527

  • Movie Night - date to be determined
  • Nelson Mandela Tribute - display
  • Black History Month poster series (honouring Black-African Canadians) on display

Stephen Leacock Community Recreation Centre

2500 Birchmount Rd.
Front Desk: 416-306-4040
Black History Month display


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