Virtual Activities for Black History Month

This month marks the 26th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada. The Department of Canadian Heritage announced that this year’s theme is “The Future is Now”. While we are not able to celebrate together in person, here are a few events and activities to participate virtually throughout the month:

TCK Puppet Reading Program

TCK Reads! takes story time to another level! This program uses the magic of storytelling to explore ideas, emotions, and sometimes sensitive topics. TCK’s enchanting puppets lead lively and meaningful conversations with the children, helping them understand and express their feelings, thoughts, and dreams. During Black History Month, we are featuring books written by Black authors.

Our programs are offered virtually to home-school and in-school classes. Bring us into your virtual classroom or through your smart-board. This way we can adhere to safety protocols and keep kids safe. Our programs not only educate kids but also keep them engaged, and reduce their social isolation, they also provide parents and educators with a much-deserved break.

Tracking Black Canada (Feb. 10/11)

Canadian actor, writer, comedian, MC, and poet Omari Newton (Corner Gas Animated, Continuum) performs for Tracking Black Canada, which is an annual performance that explores the background of some of the neglected neighbourhoods in Canada. This year’s free performance will focus on select communities in Alberta, Toronto, and Prince Edward Island. Viewers will be entertained with this virtual performance because it uses slam poetry, music, video, Hip Hop, and stand-up comedy to highlight contributions made by prominent residents from various communities and the conditions that led to the systemic demise of those communities and their residents.

There are two performances: Feb. 10 at 1pm for an Elementary school audience (ages 7-12) and Feb. 11 at 11am for Teens and Young Adult audience.

Duration: 60 min.

TBFF Kids Fest (Feb. 15)

This year’s Toronto Black Film Festival will be online. Children from ages 4-12 will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun-filled activities at home on February 15. Events include:

  • Kemetric Yoga with Vonnette Forde of Higher Love Yoga at 11am, where participants will learn the fundamentals of this Egyptian system of yoga that contains physical movements, deep breathing techniques and meditation. A yoga mat and water are required to participate.

  • Arts ‘n’ Crafts with Craftopia DIY at 11: 45am, where three craft activities will be presented: Salt Painting Designs, Slime Creations and Lava Lamp Designs.

  • Story Book Reading (sponsored by Notability Mobile Bookstore) at 12: 30pm, where three authors from Notability Mobile Bookstore will provide a reading works. The authors are Jeff Martin (Brothers/Sisters of the 6), Denise Lopes (A Kid's Guide to Being A Mermaid) and Ekiuwa Aire (Idia of the Benin Kingdom).

  • Afro-Caribbean Dance with Keishia Facey of Riddim Cultural Arts Program at 1:15pm, where participants from ages 4-8 will learn choreography from traditional and contemporary Afro-Caribbean dance styles. Children should wear athletic or comfortable clothing.

The events are free and will be presented on TBFF’s Facebook page.

Street dancing Workshop with the Bboyizm Dance Company (Feb. 27)

Children from ages 9-12 will learn street dancing through this free workshop presented by the Bboyizm, which is a Canadian premier street dance company run by Crazy Smooth. Children will have the opportunity to learn the basics of street dancing (b-boying and b-girling), while also gaining an appreciation for hip hop culture. The workshop in English will be at 1:30pm and the French version at 3:30pm.

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