BAND / TD Then and Now Series Launch

Black Artists' Networks in Dialogue (BAND) and TD present Then & Now series

Black Artists' Networks in Dialogue (BAND) and TD present Then & Now series

BAND and TD have once again come together with an incredible showcase of artistic and cultural contributions from all over the world. CBC is the official media partner and proud host of its Toronto launch celebration. 

Where: CBC Toronto Atrium, 250 Front St. West
When: Friday, February 6, 6- 9pm
Admission is FREE: Register HERE 

In celebration of Black History Month, Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND) and TD present Then & Now, a series of must-see events in six Canadian cities illuminating the significant contributions African Canadians have made to Canada’s cultural landscape.

The 2015 Then & Now series spans multiple disciplines: theatre, concerts, exhibitions, live performances and symposiums, with events taking place in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. In addition to homegrown talent, this year’s series has a global perspective with artists representing over 15 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. The series runs primarily through February with events starting as early as January 21st and ending on March 6th.


Black History Then and Now- A link in time
The opening ceremony/invocation will include local dignitaries and performances. Author Lawrence Hill will deliver a reading and presentation on his most recent book, Blood: The Stuff of Life, other publications, the TV series, and related issues.

Queens Calling 
A performance celebrating Black Women in dance. 

We are One Jazz: In concert
At the beginning of October 2014 and continuing through until June 2015, 300 grades 3-6 students from 10 schools in South Scarborough and the Jane/Sheppard corridor will participate in the We Are One Jazz Project. 

Partnered with the TDSB and mentored by master musicians, they will deliver a dynamic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to students in a ‘priority’ neighbourhood of the GTA.

Nubians/ The Nubian Series
Canadian Artist TALWST is excited to present his ‘Nubian’ Series in joint efforts with TD’s Then & Now Series to spread knowledge of Black history and identity through visual art in the Western context. 

Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood
Through intimate black-and-white frames, the project offers a personal perspective into often-overlooked aspects of African-descended family life. 

The Unfinished Conversation – Encoding/Decoding 
A group show that will address key issues surrounding the advancement of artists from the African Diaspora.

Adapted from Dickens’ Oliver Twist, this performance brings the classic story right into the heart of Toronto, looking at the social reality of urban youth from their perspective. 

Young, Gifted and Black: Diaspora Youth Music Showcase
A “live” music showcase and summit that focuses on multi-genre musical expression from African-Canadian youth.