Toronto celebrates Black History Month

Many programs and events will be held at Toronto historic sites, community centres, libraries and other public spaces throughout the Black History Month.

Community recreation centres have art and poster displays, movie nights, Black history presentations and more. A map of recreation centres is available at

Mackenzie House presents programming every weekend afternoon in February, when you are invited to learn more about the literature and newspapers of the early Black community in Ontario and the Black Victorians of Toronto, including those who published newspapers during that era.

Mackenzie House features the Archives of Ontario exhibition Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada that focuses on their actions to resist servitude.

The Empress Walk at Fort York on Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. profiles the connection between the arts, health and wellness in Toronto’s cultural communities. Also at Fort York, foodies can join tastings, workshops and demonstrations that explore how people thrived during Canada’s bitter winters on Saturday, February 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A Black Canadians in Sports exhibit on display in the Toronto City Hall rotunda showcases Canadian values, culture and identity February 25 to March 1.

Montgomery’s Inn is hosting a beer diversity event on Friday, February 22, 7 to 10 p.m. where participants 19 years of age or older can enjoy a cold pint in a legendary 1840s barroom as craft beer expert Ren Navarro discusses diversity in Canada’s beer industry.

Toronto Public Library celebrates with a collection of programs and special events that consider the historical significance and contemporary contributions of Black activists and artists from around the world.

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Photo: Women in front of YWCA’s Ontario House, ca. 1912. Photographer: William James City of Toronto Archives

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