Black History Month


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Wednesday, January 29 to Saturday, February 22, 2020

ART EXHIBITION: The Heart of Africa: Retracing our History  

Adeyemi Adegbesan | Ekow Nimako 

Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)

FREE | All Welcome | Check Gallery Hours at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

In honour of Black History Month, we are proud to present a powerful multi media exhibition in the Serpa and Community Galleries of Old Town Hall.  The artists address themes of pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial history, identity, culture, intersectionality and activism from the perspectives of contemporary African Canadians. The array of narratives are boldly expressed in portraits and other forms. The works reflect an afro futurist aesthetic while incorporating elements of symbolism and ancestry through photography, sculpture and dance.

Adeyemi-Photo.pngAdeyemi Adegbesan is a Toronto based photographic artist whose practice aims to examine the intersectionality of Black identity. Reflecting on Blackness through pre-colonial – colonial - present day and future timelines, across regions, religions, varying levels of income, and political lines; Adegbesan interrogates the dichotomy of the richness of Black experiences with the imposed societal homogeneity of 'Blackness'. Through his work Adegbesan pulls from these varying elements to create Afro-futuristic portraits that embody history, future, and culture all in one.

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Ekow Nimako.jpgEkow Nimako has been making art with LEGO® his entire life. This Toronto based artist has successfully carved out a niche for himself building sculptures out of black LEGO®. It began when he was four and later took root in the sculpture studios of York University, evolving over the years into a fascinating contemporary art practice unlike any other. Along with his uniquely fluid building style, keen attention to form, and content deeply rooted in other-worldly Black narratives, Nimako’s artwork beautifully transcends the iconic LEGO® bricks to reach new heights of materiality and substance.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

2 p.m. | Living Room, Aurora Public Library (15145 Yonge St, Aurora)

FREE | Family Friendly | Refreshments | Joy & Laughter 

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)

FREE | Family Friendly | Must Register in Advance | Limited Seating | Program begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

RSVP call: 905-953-5300 ext. 2844  | RSVP with full names of all guests, email:                                         

Schedule of Activities Saturday February 8, 2020 – Black History Month Celebration.

Ujamaa Marketplace 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                     

Celebration Program 

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.                         

Trenyce Sweeney, Steelpan

Jerisha Grant-Hall, Chairperson, Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association

Sandra Whiting, Master of Ceremonies

Mayor John Taylor, Town of Newmarket            

Quisha Wint, National & Black Anthems

Lee Miller, Libation Ceremony                           

Tom-Tom Foli, Drumming

Jaylah Hall, Spoken Word

AFIWI Groove, Afro-Caribbean Dance Group

Sean Mauricette, Keynote Speaker                   

Chosen Hands, Performing Arts Group

Afro-Caribbean Cuisine  

1:30 p.m.



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Whereas February 2020 is proclaimed as Black History Month in the Town of Newmarket, from sunset until 11 p.m., look to the Riverwalk Commons falls to see the water beautifully illuminated in yellow.

In Conversation

Thursday, February 20, 2020

7 to 9 p.m. | Aurora Public Library (15145 Yonge St, Aurora) 

FREE | All Welcome | Click here for more information and to register


Friday, February 21, 2020

6:30 to 9 p.m. | Newmarket Recreation Youth Centre (56 Charles Street)

FREE | Family Friendly | Must Register in Advance | Sponsored by the York Region Food Network

Course Code 125668 Click here to register. Limited spaces left

Join Chef Maxine Knight, RHN, Culinary Program Director for York Region Food Network during this interactive cooking demo as we take a look at 'What does our food history look like?". In this workshop, we will go on a culinary journey from Pre-colonial African food to modern day Caribbean Cuisine as we taste our way through the islands, share stories experiences and recipes!    If you need assistance, please call 905-953-5300 ext. 2846 or 2844. Space is limited – register early!

AUTHOR VISIT & READING with Zalika Reid-Benta

Thursday, February 27, 2020 

6 to 8 p.m. | Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue)

FREE | Family Friendly | All Welcome | Click here for more information

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About Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA)

NACCA is an emerging association formed by like-minded individuals in the Newmarket area who are committed to providing strong leadership to share and celebrate stories of people from African and Caribbean heritage.

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