Black History Month, February 2014
About Black History Month
In 1995, the Government of Canada designated February as Black History Month, to celebrate the contribution of people of African descent to the
Canadian mosaic. The theme for 2014 is “Our Canadian Story: Making Our
Voices heard!” Black History Ottawa wishes to use the celebrations to
highlight the need for African Canadians to engage in the political process by running for office at the municipal, provincial, or federal level. We can also make our voices heard by voting at each and every election and choosing the right people to represent our needs and interests, advocating for change through community meetings, newspaper articles, and lobbying those in positions of power and influence and taking initiatives to create other opportunities to make our community and our city a better place in which to live.
This theme will be highlighted in all Black History month 2014 activities, which also serve to highlight those programs, services and initiatives that speak to our role in education, sports, civic engagement, politics, law, sciences, technology and military. All residents and visitors to our great city are welcome to join the celebrations.
Black History Ottawa acknowledges the support of the Library &
Archives Canada, Global Community Alliance (Yomi & Kelly Pratt), Ottawa
Public Library, CTV Ottawa, CHUO 89.1FM, BlackOttawa411.com and Rogers Television, for Black History Month 2014.
Please Note: All events are in English unless otherwise stated.
Theme: Our Canadian Story: Making Our Voices heard!
Saturday, February 1
Black History Month Launch & Opening Ceremony
Library& Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Donations to Black History Ottawa gratefully accepted.
An afternoon of inspiration and entertainment reflecting the theme “Our Canadian Story: Making Our Voices Heard!”, to highlight the importance of civic participation and community advocacy. Highlights:
Proclamation of the 2014 Black History Month by the Mayor of Ottawa,
presentation of 2014 Black History Ottawa Community Builder Awards and salute to the events of 1994 in South Africa.
February 3 - March 15, 2014
Merci Pour Les Souvenirs: Group Art Exhibition
Vernissage (Opening): February/ Février 6th, 2014 at 6pm
The Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery, 1233 Wellington St. West (at Holland
Ave.), Second floor
The works in this contemporary art exhibition engage with the idea and celebration of memory and experience. Showcasing the works of 5 local artists, Dominique Dennery, Evelyn Duberry, Prea Zwarych, Marjorie Lubin and Jane Ladan. The paintings, photographs and sculptures will address the notion of identity and memory, exploring both the individual journey as well as the collective memory we all hold. With a focus on the idea of heritage and history and the importance it plays to the fundamental
understanding the present "self", this exhibition celebrates the month of Black History with an intriguing look into the memories, experiences and culture that shapes who we are. This exhibition challenges the artist to delve into their experiences and express the essence of memory in an exciting visual format. The title "Merci Pour Les Souvenirs" (thank you for the memories) evokes the idea of memory while addressing the idea of contemplation, acceptance and finally gratefulness, all of which help to create a healthy sense of identity and a space of resistance. Altogether this show will be a celebration of memory, of the self, of culture and of the black women and their art. Gallery Hours: Monday - Closed; Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday, Noon-4pm.
Wheelchair access is provided with the elevator located in the theatre’s main lobby
Wednesday, February 5
Making your Money Work for You!
Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Too often have month left over at the end of your money and budget??
Come and hear how to make your money work for you! Topics covered
will include budgeting, saving and investing, insurance, retirement planning and RRSPs. The session will feature presentations by local financial planning, wealth creation and management, and insurance professionals (English and French sessions).
Admission: $5 per person (includes an information package and light
Contact : M. Ifill
Thursday, February 6
Sweet Brown Sugar Baadasssss Black Power
Hintonburg Public House, 1020 Wellington Street West
Organised by Art for Justice, the event is a celebration of the black counter-culture of the 1970s. The works presented in this vernissage hone in on icons of the Black Power and Black is Beautiful movements. Join
us and enjoy a night filled with jazz, soul and funk music, a Black Power
montage projection and some raw and funky art work.
Admission : Free. Donations accepted for ALSO, a not-for-profit organisation promoting adult and family literacy
Saturday, February 8
Bilingual breakfast talk on Nelson Mandela
Acres Rd, Ottawa, Ontario
9:00 am -11:30 am
Cover charge: $5
Talk presented by Adler Aristilde on the theme of "The legacy of Nelson Mandela: 10 key lessons of a life of personal achievement and refinement". Mr. Aristilde considers himself primarily an admirer of Mandela who would like to see the vision and legacy of the South-African icon out-live his recent passing on December 5, 2013. For the speaker, Mandela’s spiritual belief had much to do with the way the leader conducted his life. Equally important, he believes that each one of us, not just the politicians, should endeavour to carry the fundamental message of Mandela in our respective life undertakings. Adler Aristilde has been a member of CEFO for six years. He holds a Master’s degree in public policy and public administration from Concordia University. He also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and journalism at New York
University and Concordia. His work experience includes journalism and strategic policy. The speaker is fluent in French, English, and Creole.
613-749-6922 or 613-314-6804
Saturday, February 8
"Aint That Good News"
Ottawa Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2200 Benjamin Ave. (free parking)
Gospel concert celebrating the journey of peoples of African descent
through music. Presented by the Ottawa Seventh-day Adventist Church
and Fourth Avenue Baptist Church.
Admission: Free. Light Reception to follow. Donations toward the Black Scholarship Fund will be accepted.
Pastor’s Office: 613-728-8178 Church: 613-728-3558
Saturday, February 8
CONCERT: Black Violin
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7
Ticket price: $28.75 each.
Black Violin has created the ultimate synergy between classical and
Hip-Hop music and with it an incredible opportunity to reach young children. Black Violin has been given an Award by the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts for their Outstanding Contributions to Middle & High School Performing Arts Students. Kev Marcus, and Wil B, both graduates of Dillard Performing Arts High School, used their musical talents to earn full scholarships to college. Now Black Violin wants to make sure that young people get the same exposure to the arts, and therefore the same opportunity that they did.
Centrepointe Theatre Box Office, Tel.: 613-580-2700 T.D.D. 613-580-2715
Toll-free: 1-866-752-5231 Email email@example.com
Saturday February 8
A Roots Rock Reggae Night of Education, Entertainment &
Jim Robillard Centre, 1505 Carling Ave.
8.00 pm – 2.00 am
Organised by Chalè Entertainment, this event pays tribute to reggae icons Jacob Millar, Sugar Minott & Delroy Wilson. Documentary presentation on the impact of reggae music, entertainment featuring local musicians followed by an Irie Vibes Dance.
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Sunday, February 9
Black History Sunday Church Service Celebration
Fourth Avenue Baptist Church, 109 Fourth Ave
Featuring great gospel music by 4th Ave. Baptist and Ottawa Seventh-Day Adventist Churches combined choirs
Contact: Rev. Cheryle Hannah or Vanessa London Lumpkin
Sunday, February 9
Reconciliation Day in Ottawa 2014
St. Albans Church, 454 King Edward Avenue, corner of Daly Ave., Sandy
In 2014, Reconciliation Day in Ottawa is a Black History Month tribute to the vision and work of President Nelson Madiba Mandela (1918-2013) of the Xhosa People & Elder William Ojigkwanong Commanda OC, (1913-2011) of the Algonquin People Kindred Spirits. Hosted by Rev. Mark Whittall, St. Albans Church with M.C. Adrian Harewood, C.B.C. News; and Tribute Givers: Every Woman's Drum, SIFA Choir, Douglas Cardinal OC, Architect, Canadian Museum of Civilization; Grace Cele, South Africa Rainbow Nation Association (SARNA); Ms. Romola Vasantha Thumbadoo, South Africa and Canada, Co-ordinator of Elder William Commanda's Circle of All Nations Culture of Peace; Mykal Bakker-Westeinde, Every Child is Sacred (JDEC).
June Girvan – 613-241-0743, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 9
Cathedral Arts presents: Impressions: a Celebration of Music and Black History, a piano recital by John Kofi Dapaah in honour of Black History Month. Music has taken John Kofi Dapaah on a voyage from Ghana, to Japan, to Canada, and to Austria. It has taken him through a range of styles including, jazz, gospel and classical piano. He began his
classical piano studies at the age of 7 with Tabuchi Masako in Muroran, Japan. In 2009, he composed a work for string quartet that was performed with choreography at the National Arts Centre, and he has performed for receptions hosted by Governors-General Michaëlle Jean and David Johnston at Rideau Hall. John graduated with high honours in Music from Carleton University in 2012, and now teaches and performs, in addition to his studies with Marina Mdivani for a masters in piano performance at McGill University. John was one of the Young
Rising Stars at the Young Artists’ Showcase presented by Cathedral Arts during Black History Month 2013. He also accompanied soloist jazz singer Roxanne Goodman at the Christmas at the Cathedral concert in December 2013. Admission: $10 students (with valid I.D.), $20 General. Info and tickets: The Cathedral Arts Box Office. Office hours are: 11:00 – 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Lauder Hall at Christ Church Cathedral, 439 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: 613-567-1787
Sunday,, February 9
Children’s Stories in the Diaspora
Ottawa Public Library, Nepean Centrepointe Branch, Childrens Program Room 101 Centrepointe Drive
2.00 - 4.00 p.m.
Listen to readers from the black community share children's stories written by black authors from the diaspora. Books from the library will be on display and a local bookseller will have books for sale on site. All are welcome to attend this family event. A partnership between the Ottawa Public Library and Black History Ottawa.
Thursday , February 13
Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School, 149 Berrigan Drive
A documentary 14 years in the making, “American Promise” provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parents and educating their sons. Public Screening with Q&A to follow film . Sponsored by ONABSE and a network of local Black educators. Admission: $5 (light refreshments)
Saturday, February 15
Honoring and Celebrating Our Pioneers
Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa
6pm to 8pm
A video documentary on the journey of some Black domestic workers who
migrated to Ottawa from the Caribbean, from the late 1950s to the late
1970’s. Produced by Jaku Konbit. Tickets: $10.00
Sunday, February 16
Following the footsteps of black gospel music
University of Ottawa - Alumni Auditorium, main campus
This bilingual show, that combines theater and music, originates directly from the black American gospel repertoire. Regis Ferline, a well-known gospel singer from the national capital region, and her guest artists present a memorable evening filled with strong emotions and intended to spark the imagination of all.
Contact: Angeline Bernadin, email@example.com
613 899 7078 ; Ferline Reigs firstname.lastname@example.org 613 808 6885
Facebook: Ferline Regis
Monday, February 17
The Underground Comedy Railroad: Ottawa
Absolute Comedy, 412 Preston (heart of Little Italy)
3rd annual Underground Comedy Railroad! The tour’s lineup is steadfast, accomplished Canadian comedians who are truly outstanding homegrown celebrities, who offer a remarkable perspective which is uniquely Canadian. The Cross Canada tour includes: Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Brampton, and finally, Montreal.
The Ottawa comedians are: Rodney Ramsey, Andrew Searles, Daniel Woodrow, Keesha Brownie, and Trixx. Tickets: $15. Reserve your tickets by calling Absolute Comedy at 1-613-233-8000
Organizer contact: Andrew Searles email@example.com
9-city tour dates & ticket info: http://undergroundcomedyrailroad.com/2014-tour-dates/
Facebook: The Underground Comedy Railroad
Tuesday, February 18
Annual African, Caribbean and Black Health Symposium for Service
River Jordan Ministry, 36 Bentley Ave, (Merivale & West Hunt Club)
9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Organised by Somerset Community Health Centre and partners
Theme: Community Development in Practice: Improving Service Delivery through Partnerships. The ACB symposium for service providers brings together service providers who provide services to the African Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities in Ottawa to deliberate on the health and social issues affecting the health and wellbeing of the ACB people
in Ottawa and to explore how best service providers can work together to improve service delivery to the ACB people. The symposium also provides service providers with the opportunity to network.
Specifically the goals of the symposium include exploring
ways - a. To improve the health outcomes of the ACB communities
b. To improve access to services by the ACB communities c. To increase knowledge and awareness of the social determinants of health
d. To improve service delivery through the Ottawa Service Providers’ Hub (OSPH) and to facilitate collaboration, sharing of resource and best practices
Contact: Hector Addison 613-290-2556; 613-238-8214 x2291 firstname.lastname@example.org www.swchc.on.ca
Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22
The Black Youth Conference # BorderlessVisions Edition
Location: To be announced
Friday February 21: 8.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, “Dear Ottawa Project”: 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
The BeMore Academy of 3Dreads and a Baldhead invite youth young adults and adults to the space to RE-imagine, RE-image and Rejoice in the power of our visions without boundaries and DECLARE that we are enough to BE our visions fulfilled. This is a safe space of clearing designed to support, empower and inspire the “YOUth” in us all to overcome ANY and ALL challenges that may face us in being our vision fulfilled as we take a stand to BeMoreCommUNITY!
Admission: $20 for Students, $25 for Young Adults and Adults
Contact: email@example.com; www.3dreads.com
Saturday, February 22
Speaking Black Hockey
Alumni Auditorium, University of Ottawa, University Centre, Main
Organised by the Black Law Students Association of the University of Ottawa, and RevWord Productions, with the generous support of” TD Presents Then and Now Black History Month Series – 2014 Program” in collaboration with the Black Artists Networks Dialogue. Speaking Black Hockey celebrates, though slam poetry and video, Black Canadian contributions to hockey. The event features Ottawa’s top spoken word slam poets, a screening of an ESPN documentary on Canada’s historic
Coloured Hockey League, visual art by Black artists, and words from a rising young Ottawa area hockey star. Featured spoken word poets include Ottawa Legends Slam Champion Just Jamaal, spoken word troubadour John Akpata, and celebrated lyricist Doretta Charles, with a special video multimedia performance by recording artist, nth digri. The event is hosted by CHUO 89.1FM radio host, Sarah Onyango. Historian and former St. Mary’s University hockey player, Bob Dawson, will present the video “Frozen Out," an ESPN documentary on the Coloured Hockey League in the Maritimes, based on the book "Black Ice" by Darril and George Fosty. Speaking Black Hockey is also proud to present Nicholas
Ngwafusi, who plays in the Central Canada Hockey League, along with talented Black visual artists who will be exhibiting their work.
Contact: Anthony Bansfield 613-219-2401 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday February 22
Global Community Alliance Gala Night & Award Ceremony
Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street
6.00 p.m. – 1.00 a.m. (Cocktails @ 6:00 p.m. and dinner @ 7:00 p.m.)
Admission: $65 per person (with complimentary cocktails). Advance tickets only.
An annual event to highlight the diversity within the Ottawa community and recognize individuals, associations, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference within our diverse community.
Featuring a keynote speaker, award recipients, and enlightening entertainment for the evening. We look forward to celebrating our fifth anniversary with you. Proceeds to be donated to Black History Ottawa.
Yomi or Kelly Pratt Yomipratt@hotmail.com or email@example.com 613- 824-6392
Sunday, February 23
The Ottawa Church of God, 1820 Carling Ave at Maitland
Presented by the Ottawa Church of God. A reflection of our diverse
church membership; this is to show-case performances, fashion show of various fashion worn in different parts of the world, storytelling of traditions followed in various cultures, cultural arts display and much
Contact: Carol Campbell 613-729-3172
firstname.lastname@example.org ; http://www.ottawaocg.org/
Tuesday, February 25
Auditorium of Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa
Worker’s History Museum presents: The Cal Best Project. As a boy, Calbert Best and his mother were expelled from their theatre’s
Whites-Only section. Cal devoted the rest of his life to dismantling
segregation. Through panel discussions, interviews, archival footage and contemporary news accounts, The Cal Best Project analyzes the impact and celebrates the legacy of this extraordinary activist.
3 Dreads Arts Education program
John Akpata - 3Dreads and a Baldhead Poet in Residence
Kalkidan Assefa - 3Dreads and a Baldhead Mixed Media Artist in Residence
Both of our Art Educators are certified and trained to deliver programs through the Arts. They are available throughout the month
for schools, institutions, community organizations etc interested in engaging youth through the Arts. Contact them directly for bookings and booking fees.
About Black History Ottawa
Who we are:
· Registered Canadian charitable organization
· Recipient of the 2009 Community Partner award from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
· Member of Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa
What we do:
· Celebrate the contributions of Black People to the Canadian mosaic;
· Support local artists, designers, writers and innovators;
· Organize child and youth-centered mentorship and leadership programs;
· Organize community centered activities.
As a non-profit organization, Black History Ottawa depends entirely on membership fees and donations to carry out its work and does not receive government funding.
Black History, a legacy worth preserving!
Board of Directors
President: Godwin Ifedi
Vice President: June Girvan
Community Relations Officer: Sarah Onyango
Treasurer: Jean-Marie Guerrier
Youth Coordinator: Tayo Olafimihan
Membership & Events Coordinator: Joanne Robinson
Ex-Officio: Lula Adam
Charitable Business Number: 85368 6952 RR0001
All events are in English unless otherwise indicated. Please note that this
information was correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change without notice. Updates will be available at www.blackhistoryottawa.org. Black History Ottawa will not be responsible or liable for any accidents, injuries, property damage or other untoward incidents that may occur during any of the events of Black History Month.
Dan Hill song-writing workshop & concert ,Feb. 8 & 9 in Winchester ON
Saturday 8 February
Dan Hill in concert
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Sunday, February 9
Dan Hill in song-writing workshop
Time: 1.00 - 4.00 p.m
Winchester Old Town Hall, 478 Main Street,
Winchester is located a half-hour drive from South Keys
in Ottawa, down Bank Street (Hwy 31).When you reach Winchester, turn left at the Tim Hortons on Main Street, and head east for another 3 minutes.
Admission: $40 for concert; $60 for song writing
workshop. Tickets are available by calling Gina Welch at the Township of North Dundas, 613-774-2105.
The North Dundas Arts Council and the Township of North Dundas are pleased to present Juno and Grammy award-winning Canadian recording artist and author, DAN
HILL, in concert in a song-writing workshop on The Old Town Hall Theatre seats 100, allowing a wonderful opportunity to meet Dan Hill in an intimate setting and enjoy his music and superb storytelling. This also marks the very first time in the history of Township of North Dundas that Black History Month is being recognized there. Contact:613-774-2105 ; email@example.com