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January 29, 2010
Beyond the Rhythm, art exhibition at City Hall during Black History Month
In honour of Black History Month (February 1 to 28), the City of Toronto will host the acclaimed art exhibition, “Beyond the Rhythm” presented by the Association of African Canadian Artists from February 1 to 10, in the Rotunda of Toronto City Hall.

The theme of the exhibition stems from the poem "Beyond the Rhythm" by exhibition curator Joan Butterfield, a renowned African Canadian artist. A larger version of “Beyond the Rhythm” was on display at the Royal Ontario Museum during 2009, where it was seen by several thousand visitors during the annual Caribana celebrations.

This is part of a series of “COLOURblind” exhibitions organized by the Association of African Canadian Artists to give profile to the work of artists of African Canadian heritage. Additional information about these exhibitions can be found at

During the month of February, the City’s 2010 recognition of Black History Month includes exhibits, poster launches, concerts, presentations and readings. More information is available at

As part of the events that are taking place, the Toronto Public Library will have authors, musicians and storytellers focusing on the traditional and new voices of Toronto’s Black community. Details can be found at

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North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,
David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542,
Joan Butterfield, Association of African Canadian Artists, 905-458-8289,



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