Kuumba: showcasing the vitality of Toronto’s African and Caribbean communities

“Kuumba” – the Swahili word for “creativity” – has become synonymous with showcasing the best local, national and international artists of African and Caribbean heritage at Harbourfront Centre during Black History Month. This February, Kuumba returns with an amazing programme of events that range from musical performances, comedy and dance, to a soca jam on ice. There is literally something for everyone.

Love a good laugh? Our annual sell-out Kuumba Comedy Night ($18) will be returning with Trixx, Jay Martin, Nick Reynoldson and Marlon Palmer and, if all that wasn’t enough, Dr. Jay (De Soca Prince) will be here for the fourth instalment of the infamous Soca On Ice event (part of DJ Skate Nights) — a family event guaranteed to pack up the Natrel Rink.

Love experiencing local, underground (musical) talent on the cusp of success? The Known Unknown showcase returns for another year with Identify featuring allie, the OBGM’s and much more. Is dance your thing? Kay-Ann Ward, who audiences may remember from this past Summer’s Island Soul festival, will be presenting a dance show that recreates the  story of today’s dancehall scene from Jamaica, Africa and beyond. Are you a film buff? Then you’ll want to check out the Kuumba Film Series featuring three full-length films and five shorts. Thinking of going natural? Safiya’s House of Kreation will be presenting live transformations featuring men and women transitioning back to natural hair styles at The Big Chop.

Clockwise L-R: Dr. Jay spinning on the Natrel Rink, Tatyana Ali stars in the film “Home Again”, Canada’s top comedians hit the stage for an evening of hilarious stand-up performances.

Join us at the waterfront’s longest-running Black History Month celebration, Kuumba, February 7-8. A great event for the whole family.