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Brampton Celebrates Black History Month

Flag Presentation

Friday February 1, 2019
12 pm – 1:30 pm
West Tower Conservatory, 41 George St.
Hosted by Black Women Honors and Empowerment.

​Taste of Black History Month

Friday February 22, 2019
12 pm – 2 pm
West Tower Conservatory, 41 George St.
In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Brampton will be hosting Taste of Black History Month alongside Don's Caribbean Jerk Restaurant, Drupati's, and Golden Stool. Drop by the West Tower Conservatory and purchase delicious food from these local restaurants.


Don’s Caribbean Jerk Restaurant - $5
Jerk Chicken with Rice & Peas and/or Festivals

Drupati’s - $6
Chicken Roti and $2.50 Doubles
Golden Stool - $6
Jollof Rice with Sweet Plantain Fritters

Closing Event

Thursday February 28, 2019
4:30 pm – 8 pm
City Hall Atrium, 2 Wellington St W.
To mark the conclusion of Black History Month, the City of Brampton will be hosting a closing event. Free refreshments, vendor booths, kids activities along with stage performances that will include dance, poetry, spoken word and music will be taking place at City Hall.
This year's Black History Month celebrations include stage entertainment from 6 pm, including:
  • spoken word
  • dance and musical performances
  • a special officer recognition of Deputy Chief Marc Andrews and Ingrid Berkeley, and
  • Mayor Brown’s Making Black History Award Ceremony
Join us as The City of Brampton celebrates Black History Month. Additional activities include:
  • Viola Desmond Bill Exchange – Bring in a $10 bill and trade it in to get a framed $10 Viola Desmond bill in an official City of Brampton 2019 Certificate
  • Community Booths
  • Wakanda themed face painting
  • Art exhibits on display in the Atrium and Conservatory
  • Free refreshments


Black History Month Events in the Community

There are many exciting events taking place in the month of February in celebration of Black History Month in Brampton.


Black Leadership and Recognition Breakfast

Friday February 1, 2019
9 am – 11:30 am
Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 90 Biscayne Cres., Brampton
This event will bring together voices of community, business leaders and policy makers to discuss critical next steps for creating change in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community and serve as an opportunity to launch Black History Month 2019. We will also honour civic leadership and efforts of community members who have contributed to furthering these values during our awards recognition.
Come out and join the conversation hearing from our insightful panellists - on the education system in Peel and the challenges, advancements being done in Peel.
Special guest and Honorary Chair: Mr. Jamaal Magloire, as well as a full warm breakfast and a tremendous learning and networking opportunity awaits you.



North is Freedom

February 16 – June 30, 2019

This photographic essay from Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc celebrates the Canadian descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States in the years before the American Civil War.

Their stories are both personal and historical. These Canadians are attuned to their histories and proud of their ancestors' courage.
"This project shows we are all one family...I am as much black as I am white. I am of African slaves as I am of Irish immigrants. I am multiracial and we are all cousins." Carl Stevenson, fifth generation descendant of John H. Meads of Baltimore.

Exhibit details.


Talk with Karolyn Smardz Frost

Saturday, February 16, 2019
2 pm – 3:30 pm
Karolyn Smardz Frost, educator, archaeologist, and author of prize winning books, Steal Away Home and I've Got a Home in Glory Land, joins us for an afternoon of conversation.
She will discuss her research, process and books. Karolyn will also be available for a book signing after her talk. Her books can be purchased in the PAMA store. Included with the cost of admission, members are free.

Winter Exhibitions Reception

Sunday, February 24, 2019
1:30 pm – 4 pm
Join us for an afternoon in celebration of art and Black history with featured speakers, a special performance and light refreshments.

18th Annual Black History Month Concert

Saturday February 16, 2019
5 pm – 9 pm
Century Gardens Recreation Centre
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Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Sunday February 24, 2019
10 am – 7 pm
1133 Queen St E.

The Hymns to Freedom Project

February 2, 2019 – 8 pm
A musical journey inspired by the iconic words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Hymns to Freedom Project features classic hymns and spirituals arranged and conducted by Corey Butler, performed by a live symphony orchestra with special guest, Jackie Richardson.



A Tribute to the Legends of Reggae: Into the Dancehall

February 16, 2019 – 8 pm
A ‘Rockumentary’ that salutes the lives and music of the legendary Lt. Stitchie, Pinchers, Tiger and Garnett Silk. JUNO-award winner Exco Levi will pay tribute to Garnett Silk, while the rest of the legends will be live on the Mainstage.

Travis Knights & Jazz United, Sessions at Studio II

February 19, 2019 – 8 pm
Curated by B-Jazzed, Travis Knights & Jazz United will guide you through the history of jazz through music and tap dance!

Holly Cole

February 22, 2019 – 8 pm
One of the best-selling jazz artists ever to emerge from Canada, Holly Cole will be performing songs from her first studio album in five years.

In This Skin

February 21, 2019 – 8 pm
Curated by Brampton’s Very Own, In This Skin celebrates black excellence through arts and culture as part of Black History Month. Hosted by Jemane Kent & Lola Waheed, featuring Tracey Kayy, Keziaa, Prempz and his crew. and Adubea.

Angie Thomas

February 25, 2019 – 7 pm
#1 New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas will discuss her new novel, On the Come Up, a story of fighting for your dreams, and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free. Book signing to follow the event.