Black History Month – For this year’s Black History Month celebrations in Montreal, the focus will be that history within the city’s Black community is not only made on special annual occasion, which is why the theme for the 27th edition is “Black History is Made Every Day!”
Throughout the month, there will be over 100 events and activities of a cultural and social nature across Montreal, that will mark the achievements of Black communities around the world, as well as expose people to the many facets of Black culture.
Black History Month festivities are officially kicked off on February 3 with the 2nd annual Gala Dynastie at the TOHU, Hosted by multidisciplinary artist Gardy Fury, the Gala Dynastie will highlight the many achievements of members of the Quebec Black community. There are over 100 nominees who are up for awards this year, and have made their mark in media, business, music, visual arts, sports and social media. As well, Doudou Boicel, best known for his legendary downtown Montreal jazz club the Rising Sun, will receive the Dynastie Grand Prize; and Wilson Sanon, president and executive director of the Sickle Cell Anemia Association of Quebec will receive the Philanthropy Grand Prize. And the general public will have an active role in selecting which personality will receive the Personality of the Year Award, by simply submitting their nominee on the gala’s website (www.galadynastie.com) before January 31.
Other 2018 Black History Month highlights include: the International Black Economic Forum at the Montreal Science Centre (February 3 and 4); the second annual Eat and Laugh comedy showcase at the Sala Rossa (February 25); Performances of the play “Race” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, which deals with racial conflict in contemporary America (February 17 at the Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde, February 13 and 20 at the Salle J. Antonio Thompson, and February 23 and 24 at the Salle Odyssee); “Dreams Garden” an evening of poetry and classical music with Marie-Josee Lord and Doudou Boicel at Victoria Hall (February 10); and the Balcon Cabaret Music Hall at Le Balcon in downtown Montreal, in which nine separate shows will celebrate such music genres as soul, R&B, Motown, disco, jazz, pop and funk (February 2, 3, 8, 10, 14, 17, 22 and 24).
For more information about these and other Black History Month events and activities.
Emerging indie pop music artist Ella Vos, who recently launched her self-released album “Words I Never Said”, will be performing in Montreal on March 11 as part of her first full length tour of North America. The show will take place at Petit Campus on Prince Arthur Street.
Vos, who is an emerging singer/songwriter/visual artist from L.A., recorded the album based on her personal challenges she faced not only as a new artist on the indie music scene, but also as a new mother. The songs on the album deal with such relevant subject matters as Postpartum depression, abortion and women’s reproductive rights, as well as hope and empowerment. In fact, two of the songs from the album – “White Noise” and “You Don’t Know About Me” – have so far gotten over 45 million and 10 million streams, respectively.
Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development David Lametti were on hand at the offices of Kids Code Jeunesse on January 24 to announce a $6 million investment to aid young Canadians with obtaining the necessary skills and knowledge in coding and digital media, so that they will possess important in-demand digital literacy and problem-solving skills that are now – and will be – in demand by employers.
This major investment is being distributed via CanCode, a federal program that will be able to give the opportunity to almost a million young Canadians from kindergarten through grade 12 of learning how to code, amongst other digital skills. The newly-formed Kids Code Jeunesse project – which is a Canadian non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating digital skills communities, as well as empower children, educators and parents to thrive in a technology-driven world – will benefit about 70,000 students and over 1,800 teachers.