Five Black History Month Events Guaranteed to Inspire You

For 10 years, TD's Black History Month Events series has featured a diverse lineup of initiatives that shine a spotlight on strong Black voices who changed public opinion, raised awareness and whose strength, creativity and character serve as inspiration all year round.

This month, our colleagues and customers have an opportunity to learn more about Black history, culture, and the contributions that Black Canadians have made, and honor those who have contributed to the fabric of our nation.

Are you ready to be inspired? If so, check out these five events – and see for yourself why they've got us so excited.

Photograph by Nathalia Allen, from the series Fête du Jour (Carnival Morning). Allen is among four photographers to be featured in Of Ourselves, at the Gladstone Hotel for Black History Month.

Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, at the ROM

Why You've Got to Go: This Black History Month and beyond, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)  features an impressive lineup of visual installations that give life to the deep-rooted history of Blackness in Canada, in Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary. Come and explore Black Canadian presence through the eyes of nine Black Canadian artists, in this original art exhibition on now at the ROM. Interactive poetry and performances round out this exhibit's run – making it a must-go for the art-enthusiast.  Here We Are Here runs until April 22nd.

Of Ourselves

Why You've Got to Go: Invoking W.E.B. Dubois' idea of "double consciousness" – Of Ourselves, an exhibit curated by Emilie Croning, Hannah Traore, and Wedge Curatorial Projects – dives into just how complex the Black identity can be. Of Ourselves opens a window into an often dual Black experience, through the photos of four Toronto-based photographers: Curtiss Randolph, Neva Wireko, Nathalia Allen, and Yannick Anton. The exhibit runs until February 24th featuring stunning images, a panel discussion on Feb 9th, and an Artist Talk on Feb 20th that you won't want to miss.

Toronto Black Film Festival

Why You've Got to Go: Showing over 60 films from 20 different countries, this year's Toronto Black Film Festival starts off with the Canadian premiere of Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor – a heart-wrenching assault case investigated by Rosa Parks, and cited by Oprah Winfrey in an unforgettable acceptance speech at the 2018 Golden Globes. Returning for additional screenings during Black History Month – you definitely want to check out this and other films during the six-day festival.

Black Diamond Ball

Why You've Got to Go: If you love Grammy-award winning singer Mýa, you'll love this. The superstar is set to headline the third Black Diamond Ball this year. Get set for night of celebration and a flurry of top musical and dance performances, taking place at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto. It's a formal event, so if you're looking forward to dressing to the nines this Black History Month – you've come to the right place.             

Gift of Jazz

Why You've Got to Go: Gift of Jazz is a production that takes you on a journey from the beginnings of Black music, to Gospel, then to contemporary jazz – uncovering the very roots of jazz itself. Take in a spirited blend of dance, music, and lively storytelling at one of the Gift of Jazz shows taking place this month in Ottawa.

And that's just the beginning! For the full list of TD sponsored Black History Month events near you, check out the TD Diversity Events website.