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 | Miss Coco Collective

Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)

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In honour of Black History Month, we are proud to present an art exhibition in the Serpa and Community Galleries of Old Town Hall featuring the works of Toronto based visual artists  Ekow Nimako & Adeyemi Adegbesan as well as Traditional  Dance courtesy of Miss Coco Collective. This multi media exhibition addresses  themes of racism, identity, activism, and action from the perspectives of contemporary African people. The array of narratives and personal stories are boldly expressed in portraits and other forms. The works reflect afro futurist aesthetic while incorporating components and symbolism
of history 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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Coco Collective is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary group of intergenerational artists who specialize in African and Caribbean arts. Coco Collective socially responds to serve priority groups, specifically addressing a lack of culturally relevant programming in specific neighbourhoods and regions. This group consists of professional artists of colour who teach diverse, artistic practices.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

1 to 2 p.m. | Aurora Public Library (15145 Yonge St, Aurora)

FREE | Family Friendly  | 

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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 email:                                         

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

Ujamma Marketplace 

10:10 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                     

Celebration Program 

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

Trenyce Sweeney; Steelpan

Jerisha Grant – Hall; Chair 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

Jayla Hall; Spoken Word

AFIWI; Groove Dance

Sean Mauricette;  Keynote Speaker                   

Chosen Hands; Dance Group

Miss Coco Collective; Traditional Dance

Afro-Caribbean Cuisine  

1:30 p.m.



Monday, February 3, 2020

As dusk arrives look to the Riverwalk Commons falls to see the water beautifully illuminated in the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association colours.


Thursday, February 20, 2020

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

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Friday, February 21, 2020

7 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 

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. [TBC]| 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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