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January 29, 2003
City of Toronto announces events and exhibits for Black History Month
The City of Toronto today announced a series of events and exhibits scheduled
for Black History Month, inviting the public to explore and celebrate the
heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians.

"River of Life" art exhibit
In using colour, textiles, paint, incense and other objects, Toronto-based
Artist Winsom invokes the senses of the viewer, while transforming a gallery
space into something very sacred. Winsom will guide visitors through her
exhibit on selected dates and times, sharing stories and mythologies that are
represented in her images and symbols.

Until March 29, Tuesday to Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, end of Pottery Road, east of
Bayview Avenue, 416-396-2819
Meet the artist:
February 1, 1 to 2 p.m.
February 8, 1 to 2 p.m.
March 15, 1 to 2 p.m.

"Meet Mary Ann Shadd Cary" theatrical performance
A first-person performance based on the life of historical figure Mary Ann
Shadd Cary - teacher, journalist, suffragette and lecturer. Shadd Cary became
the first Black woman newspaper publisher in North America through her work
with the Provincial Freeman, a newspaper promoting temperance, racial equality,
education and moral reform.

February 2, 9, 16 and 23; during regular tours, starting at 12:15, 1:45 and
3:15 p.m.
Mackenzie House Museum, 82 Bond St., 416-392-6915

"Remembering the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia" exhibit
Discover the history of the Black Loyalists and learn about African-Canadian
contributions to Canadian society. Travel back in time from the American
Revolution to the Civil War era. Celebrate some of the scientific contributions
of several African-Canadian inventors and scientists from the 1900s to the
present. This exhibit will be on display at Toronto City Hall and Civic Centres
from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibit at Mackenzie House
will be available for viewing Saturdays and Sundays only, from noon to 4 p.m.

February 4-7, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
February 10-12, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
February 13-14, Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
February 15-18, Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
February 22-March 23, Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St.

"Remembering the Black Loyalists: the pursuit of knowledge" lecture

Dr. Henry Bishop, curator and director of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova
Scotia will share his expertise and insight on African history and the Black
Loyalist period. School groups are welcome to attend and take part in this
interactive learning opportunity. Advanced registration is required. Please
call 416-338-5061. Admission is free.

February 4, 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
February 5, 2:45 p.m.
February 6, 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Presentation to Toronto City Council
Members of Community Unity Alliance will be presenting Mayor Mel Lastman and
members of City Council with the 2003 Black History Month poster in recognition
of their support to Black History Month.

February 6, 9:30 a.m.
Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 Queen Street West

A Welcoming Tradition: The Story of Black Settlers in Toronto

Black heritage in Ontario has roots in the earliest days of the province. In
fact when the town of York was founded in 1793, Black settlers were among its
first inhabitants. This exhibit chronicles the experiences of Ontario's Black
residents. Admission is free.

February 7 - 23, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

Toronto artist Natalie Wood will create an original piece of artwork by
combining media (print, wax and pastel) and inspiration from this historic
site. She will regularly visit the site to work on her artwork and will be
available to discuss her work.

February 8 and 15, afternoons (Please call for exact times)
Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910

Musical performance by Joe Sealy
Juno Award winner Jazz Pianist Joe Sealy and his band will be playing a
selection of music, including highlights from his CD Africville Suite. Sealy
has enjoyed a successful career as a musician, actor, composer, music director
and recording artist. He was recently featured in the Bravo television "Jazz
Man" series and in Adrienne Clarkson Presents, "The Spirit of Africville".
Admission is free.

February 9, 2 to 4 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

Traditional Storytelling
Join us for "Stories, stories, stories!" Enjoy multicultural stories from
around the world as popular storyteller Phyllis Walker enchants visitors with
her unique style of traditional storytelling.

February 22, 12:30, 2 and 3 p.m.
Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910

Black History Celebration
Enjoy an afternoon of activities for the whole family, including a marketplace,
musical entertainment and a variety of games for adults and children. Admission
is free.

February 22,1 to 5 p.m.
North Kipling Community Centre, 2 Rowntree Rd., 416-394-8679

Medley of Musical Performances
This medley of gospel, jazz and Caribbean music will have you dancing in the
aisles. Bands from Henry Hudson Senior Public School and Claude Watson School
for the Arts will be performing. The afternoon will conclude with sounds from
Pan Fantasy Steelband, operating under the umbrella non-profit organization,
North York Inter-Community Youth Group. Admission is free.

February 23, 2 to 4 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

For more information on Black History Month events, visit

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