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Harbourfront Centre produces two, jam-packed weekends commemorating black history, arts and cultural events. Join us for dance classes, film screenings, music, comedy nights, a gospel fest, a dance competition and more. Most programming is FREE!

Festival attendees can also meet some of their favorite CBC radio and television personalities while on site, as Kuumba presented by TD is proudly supported by CBC Toronto.

 

Events will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.

Various Exhibitions

12:00pm –10:00pm

Four historical exhibitions will be on display: Motown Museum, On the Road North: Black Canada and the Journey to Freedom, Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada, and Voices from Days of Slavery.

Visual Arts

Bravo!FACT Shorts

1:00pm

A special festival screening of a variety of short films.

Film

Jaivah Nouvel Exposé Dance Troupe

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Don’t miss this Toronto-based dance company specializing in traditional and contemporary dance from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo, Southern Africa and Egypt.

Dance

Mama Africa

1:30pm

Learn about Africa through this revealing feature-length documentary.

Film

The Crayon Box That Talked

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Children create their own portraits after hearing Shane DeRolf's poem, The Crayon Box That Talked.

Family

Literary Arts

Learning

Jamesking

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Toronto’s Jamesking delivers a melodic and lyrical fusion of pop, rock and neo-soul inspired by a time when popular R&B was a means of musical expression – not a formula.

Music

Black Mother Black Daughter w/ Discussion

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Join us for a special screening of Black Mother Black Daughter followed by the panel discussion The Black Family: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. This event is moderated by Matt Galloway, host of Metro Morning on CBC Radio One 99.1 FM.

Film

Cadence Dance Academy

4:30pm – 5:30pm

An all-inclusive dance company offering lessons, classes, performances and choreography in salsa, cha-cha, bachata and afro-Cuban dance.

Dance

Motown Mixer featuring DJ D. Brown

8:00pm –11:00pm

We’ll be hosting a Motown Mixer on The Natrel™ Rink in honour of Motown’s rich history and strong contribution to the music industry. In collaboration with DJ Skate Saturday Nights.

Music

Skating

Ebony & Ivory Comedy Bash hosted by Kenny Robinson

8:30pm –11:00pm

The legendary Kenny Robinson hosts an "in your face" style of comedy night!

Theatre

Various Exhibitions

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Four historical exhibitions will be on display: Motown Museum, On the Road North: Black Canada and the Journey to Freedom, Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada, and Voices from Days of Slavery.

Visual Arts

Bravo!FACT Shorts

1:00pm

A special festival screening of a variety of short films.

Film

The Crayon Box That Talked

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Children create their own portraits after hearing Shane DeRolf's poem, The Crayon Box That Talked.

Family

Literary Arts

Learning

Amadou Kienou

2:00pm – 3:00pm

The varied repertoire of Amadou Kienou consists of songs, dances and musical soundings of the Mandingue rhythms.

Music

Natasha Waterman

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Don’t miss this intimate acoustic performance by rising local songstress Natasha Waterman!

Music