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January 17, 2003
Black History Month events and exhibits announced by City of Toronto Culture Division
  
Toronto Culture - The City of Toronto's Culture Division today announced a
unique roster of events and exhibits for Black History Month celebrations that
will take place at the City's Historic Museums.

"Meet Mary Ann Shadd Cary"- Returning to Mackenzie House Museum
February 2, 9, 16 and 23 (during regular tour hours, starting at 12:15, 1:45
and 3:15 p.m.)
Join us at Mackenzie House for a first person performance by theatre
professional Dawn Roach. In response to the popularity of her portrayal last
summer, Ms. Roach will revive her popular vignettes based on life of historical
figure Mary Ann Shadd Cary - a 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. Shadd Cary was also one of the
first black women to complete a law degree in the United States.

Adults: $3.50; Seniors/Youths: $2.75; Children: $2.50. Mackenzie House is
located at 82 Bond Street, two blocks east of Yonge St., just south of Dundas
St. McKenzie House Museum: 416-392-6915.

"Remembering the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia - An Exhibit at Mackenzie
House Museum
"
Saturdays and Sundays from February 22 to March 23 (Noon to 4 p.m.)
This exhibit explores and highlights the challenges and triumphs of black
Loyalists as they migrated to the Maritimes in search of freedom. Many people
who supported the Crown cause against the Rebels (Loyalists) moved to Canada as
refugees during the American Revolution and its aftermath. Between 1776 and
1785, Nova Scotia's population nearly tripled with the arrival of some 40,000
Loyalists. Of these, 3,500 were people of African origins. Many had been
slaves in the former Thirteen Colonies; others were free men and women.

This exhibit offers a unique opportunity to discover the story of a group of
people who contributed significantly to equality and diversity in Canada.
Their descendants now live throughout Canada, including Toronto.

Adults: $3.50; Seniors/Youths: $2.75; Children: $2.50. Mackenzie House is
located at 82 Bond Street, two blocks east of Yonge St., just south of Dundas
St. McKenzie House Museum: 416-392-6915.

This exhibit was produced by the Nova Scotia Museum History Section in
co-operation with the "Remembering Black Loyalists, Black Communities" Advisory
Team, jointly funded by Department of Canadian Heritage Multiculturalism and
the Province of Nova Scotia. Presented by the following City of Toronto
Divisions: Parks and Recreation, Culture, Chief Administrator's Office -
Diversity Management & Community Engagement, in partnership with Scadding Court
Community Centre.

"Traditional Storytelling at Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens"

Saturday, February 22 (12:30, 2 and 3 p.m.)
Join us for "Stories, stories, stories! Laugh and sing and do a little spin to
stories from around the world. Hear 'bout Anansi, the first Spider-man from
Africa, Sedna, the beautiful Inuit girl and 'nuff more...come listen!"
- Popular Storyteller Phyllis Walker

Enjoy multicultural stories from around the world, as Phyllis Walker enchants
visitors with her unique style of traditional storytelling. Family-friendly for
ages four and up. Tour the museum after Ms. Walker tells her tales.

Adults: $5; Seniors/Students: $3.25; Children: $3. Spadina Museum is located at
285 Spadina Road, next door to Casa Loma. Spadina Museum: 416-392-6910.

"Artist-in-Residence - Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens"
Saturdays, February 8 and 15 (Afternoons)
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 piece and will be available to discuss her work.

Adults: $5; Seniors/Students: $3.25; Children: $3. Spadina Museum is located at
285 Spadina Road, next door to Casa Loma. Spadina Museum: Historic House &
Gardens: 416-392-6910.

"River of Life - An Art Exhibit at the Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and
Arts Centre"

January 25 to March 29 (Gallery Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; noon to 3
p.m. Saturday)
(Note: Please call ahead to confirm hours.)

An exhibit by the artist Winsom in the newly refurbished Paper Mill Gallery.

Meet the Artist:
Saturday, February 1 (1 to 2 p.m.): Winsom will guide visitors through her
exhibit, sharing some of the stories and mythologies that are represented in
her images and symbols.

Saturday, February 8 (1 to 2 p.m.): Winsom will welcome visitors to the exhibit
and discuss her body of work.

Saturday, March 15 (1 to 2 p.m.): Winsom will guide visitors through her
exhibit, and discuss her work, motivation and art.

Adults: $3.00; Adults 60 plus/Students: $2.25; Children six to 12: $1.50;
Children five and under: Free. Located at the end of Pottery Rd., east of
Bayview Ave. Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre: 416-396-2819.


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