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At the Black Lives Matter Toronto protest, art is on the front lines

Following the March 16 announcement that the annual festival of African music and culture Afrofest would be shortened by the City of Toronto from two days to one and the March 18 announcement by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit that the unnamed officer who shot 45-year old civilian Andrew Loku last July used justifiable force, Black Lives Matter Toronto decided to take action. A rally held at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday evolved into what is now the tent city occupation outside police headquarters.

Protesters describe how visual art, music and dance helps keep spirits up

Black Lives Matter T.O. protesters hold signs outside Metro Toronto Police Headquarters. (Andrea "Dre Ngozi" Roberts)

About the Author

Amanda Parris

Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts and is the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin's Room on CBC Radio. In her spare time, she writes plays, watches too many movies and defends Beyonce against all haters. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah.


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