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Join Harbourfront Centre for an exploration of African roots through a 21st-century perspective. This year’s festival also highlights the incredible role women have played in shaping the history of black culture and pushing it to new frontiers.

With artist showcases, round table discussions, storytelling, fashion, music, dance and children’s programmes, Kuumba presented by TD has something for everyone.

This event is part of TD's Then and Now series, an inspiring and entertaining cultural showcase of one of Canada's prominent communities. The lineup of events includes films, concerts, exhibitions, and performances by a host of Canadian and international artists. Visit td.com/thenandnow for more information.

 

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The Market

6:00pm –11:00pm

Craft

Shopping

Shop for great finds at this Kuumba presented by TD-themed market.

Joebell and America

6:30pm

Film

Celebrate Trinidad Tobago’s and Jamaica’s cinematography with a screening of this compelling film.

Honey Jam: Then & Now

7:00pm –10:00pm

Music

Honey Jam alumni perform tribute songs in a reunion concert with a photo exhibit showcasing 16 years of Honey Jam. Hosted by Michie Mee. Featured artists include Jemeni, Belinda Brady, DJ Melboogie, Kellylee Evans, Kim Davis, True, Motion, Eternia, Natasha Waterman, Saidah Baba Talibah and more!

The Drums Exhibit

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Visual Arts

An exhibit of exotic drums made of clay by Keith Tovey.

Devotion

9:30pm

Film

Celebrate black Canadian filmmakers with special screening of this compelling film.

The Drums Exhibit

10:00am – 9:00pm

Visual Arts

An exhibit of exotic drums made of clay by Keith Tovey.

The Market

1:00pm –11:00pm

Craft

Shopping

Shop for great finds at this Kuumba presented by TD-themed market.

Making Musical Instruments

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Craft

Family

Hey kids! Come on down to the craft zone where you can make your very own musical instruments.

Short Film Screenings

1:30pm

Film

Celebrate the richness of Jamaican and Trinidadian cinema with an afternoon of short film screenings.

A Celebration of Afro-Diasporic Tradition Through Storytelling

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Family

Literary Arts

Join us for an afternoon of tales that celebrates the African Diaspora. Featuring Itah Sadu and special guests Sandra Whiting and Sojourner San Vicente.

Fashion Blackout

2:00pm

Film

Lectures

Learning

A film, discussion and symposium that shines a spotlight on black and diverse designers, models, and taste-makers in the fashion industry. Strut your stuff in TV personality and supermodel Stacey McKenzie’s “Walk this Way” workshop! With journalist Sarah Nicole Prickett, Montreal’s Miss Sly and Norwayne Anderson. Moderated by CBC Television personality Anne-Marie Mediwake.

Lua Shayenne: Afro-Roots Dance Workshop and Performance

3:00pm

Dance

Learning

Instructor Lua Shayenne presents traditional African and Afro-contemporary dance works that explore current subject matters with the aim to be a vehicle for spiritual and social progress.

Oware: The World's Oldest African Board Game

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Learning

Learn to play the hugely popular traditional African board game Oware.

Lying Lips

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Film

Celebrate black filmmakers with a screening of Oscar Micheaux's renowned film Lying Lips. In partnership with COMMFFEST.

Canada vs. USA Comedy Clash

7:00pm

Theatre

Comics from both countries square off in a serious battle of humour. Featuring Jay Martin, Sheldon Johnson, Trixx and Zack Johnson!

Finder of Lost Children

7:30pm

Film

Celebrate black Canadian filmmakers with special screening of this compelling film.

Soca on Ice

8:00pm –11:00pm

Music

Skating

Join Dr. Jay De Soca Prince on The Natrel® Rink for a special Kuumba presented by TD edition of our wildly popular DJ Skate Night.

A Celebration of Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence Through Reggae with Clive Chin

8:00pm – 9:30pm

Music

Learning

To commemorate Jamaica's 50th Anniversary of Independence, Clive Chin presents an exclusive DJ workshop on the history of Jamaican music as seen through his eyes. Moderated by CBC Radio 1 personality Garvia Bailey.

The Known (Un)Known with Tika Simone

9:30pm

Lectures

Music

One of Toronto’s most buzz-worthy, all-ages artist events showcasing the urban music stars of tomorrow. Featuring Rochelle Jordan, Shi Wisdom, 88 Days of Fortune's KJ, Spek Won, and Abstract Random.

The Drums Exhibit

10:00am – 5:00pm

Visual Arts

An exhibit of exotic drums made of clay by Keith Tovey.

Rhythms of Guinea

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Music

Learning

Learn drum-playing techniques with Alpha Rhythm Roots.

The Market

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Craft

Shopping

Shop for great finds at this Kuumba presented by TD-themed market.

Making Musical Instruments

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Craft

Family

Hey kids! Come on down to the craft zone where you can make your very own musical instruments.

A Celebration of Afro-Diasporic Tradition Through Storytelling

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Family

Literary Arts

Join us for an afternoon of tales that celebrates the African Diaspora. Featuring Itah Sadu and special guests Sandra Whiting and Sojourner San Vicente.

Identify and Address

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Lectures

An engaging panel, in partnership with the Congress of Black Women of Canada, discussing issues that black women face.

T&T 50th with Pan Fantasy

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Music

Come celebrate Trinidad and Tobago's 50th Anniversary of Independence with this musical extravaganza produced by the award-winning Pan Fantasy Steelband.

P.E.A.C.E. Youth Workshop and Performance featuring Testament

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Music

Learning

A youth workshop and hip hop performance that centres on hip hop's healing properties and its capacity to connect with youth and people worldwide.

Oware: The World's Oldest African Board Game

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Learning

Learn to play the hugely popular traditional African board game Oware.

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