January 21, 2015 7:43 pm
Updated: February 9, 2015 5:19 pm

Celebrating Black History Month in Calgary

Black Artists Network in Dialogue, TD Then & Now Hosts Black History Month Series

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CALGARY – February is Black History Month and exciting events are already being planned to celebrate it.

TD Then & Now: Black History Month series – will be showcasing artistic and cultural contributions of Canadian black artists, both past and present.

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The series features 60 events in six major Canadian cities.

Here’s how you can participate in Calgary:

Ellipsis Tree Collective Theatre Company: The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God

 In the years following the death of her daughter, Rainey Johnson is still wrought with guilt. Navigating through the heartache of pending divorce and a disconnected relationship with her ailing father she seeks meaning, purpose and salvation. Set in Negro Creek (a historically accurate and lesser known Black Community in Ontario), Adventures is about the power of forgiveness and the inherent relationship between living and dying. The use of dynamic movement and a rich soulful soundscape bring this extraordinary world to life, and the ancestral force that is the pulse of this land can be heard babbling in the water that runs through it. By Djanet Sears. Directed by Marilyn Potts.

February 26-28, 7:30 PM, March 1, 2:00 PM

Arrata Opera Centre

1315 7th Street SW

Tickets – $25

Online Box Office opens Monday, January 19th at 8 AM


The Revolution will be Televised: films, poetry, photography and comedy at the Folk Festival hall in Inglewood

This multi-disciplinary program begins with an art exhibit of Calgary photographer Sean Dennie’s work, which will be exhibited at Festival Hall beginning February 19 – March 9th.  On the weekend of March 6th and March 7th, blues vocalist Shakura S’Aida and soul/R&B/blues guitarist Brooke Blackburn will teach vocal and guitar boot camp to local artists and students.  The March 7th grand finale evening is a diverse cultural program that celebrates some of Alberta’s finest black artists: Sean Dennie, comedianne Aora Nwofor, Calgary’s hip-hop duo DragonFli Empire, visual artist and jazz/beat poet Malcolm Mooney and funky roots-reggae and vintage pop singer Lynn Olagundoye. The evening’s host will be Ugandan-Canadian model and activist Sunday Omony.

March 7, 8:00 PM

Festival Hall 1215 10 Avenue SE

Tickets – Exhibit FREE, Concert $25 Advance,  $30 Door


Revolution will be televised

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