“Black history is made every day!”
With this strongly resonating theme, the 27th edition of Black History Month promises to be an event rife
with meaning. From February 1 to 28, the public is invited to get to know Black culture in
all its forms, as infused into all these shows, exhibitions, conferences, and screenings.
More than 100 cultural and social activities, themed around the achievements of Black
communities, will be in the spotlight.
“Our history abounds with great stories and it is up to us to continue writing it, every day,
through our actions,” says President Michael P. Farkas. “Passing on this legacy is
paramount to awareness of the tools we possess and of our potential to accomplish
“Getting involved in society also means looking back on the road traveled, and wanting
to carry the torch ourselves,” says Coordinator Carla Beauvais. “To do so, we must
recognize our own achievements. In keeping with its mandate of sharing the history of
Black diasporic communities, the Month plays a role in identifying the strengths within
each of us and in furthering social cohesion by shining a light on worthy role models. Our
hats go off to the organizations that, year after year, are at the heart of our programming.
They’ve dedicate themselves to discovery and sharing. This is a time for reflection and
rejoicing. I wish you all a great Month!”
A rich white man is accused of raping a younger African American woman, in a New York
hotel room in David Mamet’s brilliant suspense play. Two lawyers – one of them White,
the other Black – must decide whether or not to represent this man. Their exchanges
raise very delicate questions, taking a brutal look at the United States, its racial conflicts,
and their implications for legal and personal relations.
Balcon Cabaret Music-Hall (Throughout February)
Come dance to the sound of soul music, disco, jazz, pop, funk and R&B. Starring Nadia
Theobal, Marie-Christine Depestre, Meredith Marshal, Kim Richardson, Snooskta, and
Imani Gospel Singers.
International Black Economic Forum (February 3-4)
The second edition of the International Black Economic Forum will be held at the
Montreal Science Centre. This will once again be a superb, immersive experience that
will inspire you to take action to create wealth.
La couleur de la beauté et ses nuances d’acajou (February 20–24, at 2456
A photo exhibition featuring a series of artistic portraits of Black children that aims to
promote positive body image and encourage self-love.
Hommage à la kora (February 3 at the Gésu)
A tribute to the heritage of the great masters of the kora by a virtuoso of the classical
guitar, accompanied by a descendant of one of the greatest families of griots. Performed
by Senegal’s Zal Sato and South African Derek Gripper.
Visages d’outre-mer (February 6–23, at the Redpath Museum)
Featuring nine people from France’s “overseas departments” via a photographic triptych,
this artistic project addresses recognition as relates to identity and to sociocultural and
Jardins de rêves (February 10 at Victoria Hall)
Poetry and classical music featuring soprano Marie-Josée Lord and poet Doudou Boicel.
Héma-Québec Blood Drive (February 17 at CEDA)
The traditional Black History Month Héma-Québec blood drive, held in collaboration with
the Sickle Cell Anemia Association of Quebec, is back. This little-known blood disorder
shatters the lives of thousands of Quebec families and particularly affects Black
communities. Transfusions are essential to treatment.
Nicholle Kobi Black Woman Art Series Tour (February 24)
This socially conscious Franco-Congolese artist is known for her illustrations of Black
women, as well as for her fashion designs. This is Nicholle Kobi’s long-awaited first
North American tour, celebrating her recent collection.
Eat & Laugh 2 (February 25 at Sala Rossa)
An evening of comedy featuring Charmaine, Chris Venditto, Dolino El Africano and
Debate: “Identity and Racialization” (February 26 at Maison de l’Afrique)
DAM invites you to come and explore questions of identity relating to racialization. To the
extent that racism is not always plain visible, which of us are racialized? Anyone who is
likely to experience discrimination because of their skin colour, family name, accent or
Discover the complete schedule for Black History Month at moishistoiredesnoirs.com.