Black History Month

Recontextualizing Black History Through Art

Future Black Female and Black Owned 905, along with the St. Catharines Downtown Association, City of St. Catharines, and various Community Partners are excited to present “Recontextualizing Black History Through Art” a month of Black History programming that will feature events throughout Downtown St. Catharines highlighting local Black artists and culture.


Week One: February 1 – 3

Opening Ceremony – February 1

When: Thursday, February 1 | 11:30 a.m.

Where: St. Catharines City Hall (50 Church St.)

All are invited to attend a launch event and flag raising in Council Chambers, third floor at City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m. Scheduled speakers will include Mayor Mat Siscoe and local historian Rochelle Bush, as well as a performance by Caribbean drummer Chris Fire. 

An art exhibit – Recontextualizing Black History Through Art – presented in partnership with Future Black Female, Blackowned 905 and the St. Catharines Downtown Association, will also be unveiled on the second floor of City Hall and will remain displayed for the entire month. 

Read more here!

City Hall Art Exhibition Launch – February

When: Until February 29 | Mondays – Fridays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: St. Catharines City Hall (50 Church Street)

The exhibition “Recontextualizing Black History Through Art” is a collaboration between
Future Black Female, Black Owned 905, The City of St. Catharines, and the St.
Catharines Downtown Association.


This exhibition aims to increase awareness of Canada’s cultural diversity through show
casing some of Niagara’s emerging and established Black artists.
“Recontextualizing Black History Through Art” is a platform for Black artists to express
their unique perspectives while

Moon

Teju Oladipo

Jamelia Lucienbaker

St. Catharines Library Art Exhibition Launch – February

When: Until February 29 | Mondays – Fridays 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. & Saturdays – Sundays 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: St. Catharines Public Library – 54 Church Street

The exhibition “Recontextualizing Black History Through Art” is a collaboration between
Future Black Female, Black Owned 905, The City of St. Catharines, and the St.
Catharines Downtown Association.


This exhibition aims to increase awareness of Canada’s cultural diversity through show
casing some of Niagara’s emerging and established Black artists.
“Recontextualizing Black History Through Art” is a platform for Black artists to express
their unique perspectives while

Wayne More

Michaiah Ivri

Sonia Kimaro

Kyla Knights

Sianna Knights

Pheonix Alexander


St. Catharines Library Book Club Launch – February 1 – 29

Butter Honey Pig Bread with Future Black Female

Celebrate Black literature with this special book club event presented by Future Black Female and St. Catharines Public Library.  Join them to discuss Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi. 

Butter Honey Pig Bread is an intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. It is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family.

Ten copies of the book are available for borrowing on a first-come, first-serve basis on the first floor of the Central Library. Circulating copies are also available through the library catalogue. 

Rockers – February 2

Introduction by David Butz aka DJ Baldy

FRI 2 FEB
Making it in the music business in Kingston, Jamaica, is hard, and nobody knows it better than regularly unemployed drummer Horsemouth (Leroy Wallace). Although talented, he earns precious little for his music and is obliged to try hustling vinyl records on the side. It’s a lousy gig, but Horsemouth takes his lumps amiably, until some brash members of the local Mafia steal his motorbike. Determined to get it back, he and his friends concoct a daring scheme.

Week Two & Three: February 4 – 17

Def By Temptation – February 7

WED 7 FEB
An evil succubus is preying on libidinous black men in New York City, and all that stands in her way is a minister-in-training, an aspiring actor, and a cop who specializes in cases involving the supernatural. Featuring some Spike Lee alum, this first and only feature from James Bond III takes it’s zero budget ambitions and leaves behind a bloody statement about hook-up culture and self-identity.

Saturday, February 11th, 2024
NSO NOW! 3 Soulful
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Feb 15th, 2024
CBC Gems: Black Life Untold Stories (First episodes)
The Film House – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday February 14th, 2024
Kandace Springs w/ Sammy Jackson
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Black Women in Leadership Exhibition – February 15

When: Opening on February 15 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: RAIN ( Rodman Art Institute of Niagraa) – 104 St. Paul St.

Paris is Burning – February 16

FRI 16 FEB
This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion. Also touching on issues of racism and poverty, the film features interviews with a number of renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.

2nd Annual Variety Show – February 17

When: February 17 | 4:00 p.m.

Where: The Robby

The 2nd Annual variety show put on by Future Black Female promises an exhilarating evening packed with diverse ranges of performances to captivate every audience member. From electrifying music to side-splitting comedy to mesmerizing dance routines, this show is a curated blend of talents that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

More information coming soon! Stay tuned.

Week Four: February 18 – 24

When: Thursday, February 22 | 6-8PM

Where: RAiN GALLERY – 104 St. Paul Street

Rodman Art Institute of Niagara (RAIN) is proud to partner with African Women Acting (AWA) to present Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND) Gallery Exhibit “Black Women in Leadership”.

Since the 1700s Black women’s presence and contributions to activism, culture, art and social and economic development has been embedded in the very fabric of Canadian culture and shaped the society we live in today. The “Black Women In Leadership” Black Women in Leadership seeks to create an evolving archive of Black women community leaders, through the lens of Black emerging photographers and to make their stories visible. The exhibition currently features the portraits and biographies of more than fifty women taken by Janice Reid, Jon Blak, Leyla Jeyte, and Patricia Ellah.

The project, which began in 2019, is adding seven new portraits of women from the Niagara Region. This project aims to document and celebrate Black women leaders across Ontario, and it’s exciting to see local women being featured. The portrait series will eventually include 100 Black women in total. The new works, all taken by Reid, will be on display at the RAIN Gallery in St. Catharines and AWA in Niagara Falls from February 22 until mid-march.

Join us on Thursday February 22nd and Saturday February 24th to celebrate these remarkable women and their accomplishments.

https://rodmanart.ca/blackwomeninleadership

Paint & Sip – February 23

More information coming soon! Stay tuned.

February 23rd, 2024
February Scratch Night
36 James St. in Oddfellows Temple
February 24th, 2024
Movie at Central: Till
St. Catharines Public Library

Week Five: February 25 – 29

February 25th, 2024 
TWILIGHT JAZZ SERIES: HARRISON KENNEDY
Niagara Artists Centre
February 25th, 2024 
Blue Note Records 85th Anniversary Celebration 
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre


Book Club Meeting – February 27

Butter Honey Pig Bread with Future Black Female 

When: Tuesday, February 27 | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mills Room, St. Catharines Public Library (54 Church St.)

Celebrate Black literature with this special book club event presented by Future Black Female and St. Catharines Public Library.  Join to discuss Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi. 

Butter Honey Pig Bread is an intergenerational saga about three Nigerian women: twin sisters, Kehinde and Taiye, and their mother, Kambirinachi. It is a story of choices and their consequences, of motherhood, of the malleable line between the spirit and the mind, of finding new homes and mending old ones, of voracious appetites, of queer love, of friendship, faith, and above all, family.

Ten copies of the book are available for borrowing on a first-come, first-serve basis on the first floor of the Central Library. Circulating copies are also available through our library catalogue. 

If there is inclement weather, the program will move online and a link will be emailed to registrants the day of the program.

Bones – February 27

TUES 27 FEB
Jimmy Bones (Snoop “Doggy” Dogg) is a legendary protector and patron of his thriving neighborhood. Cool, handsome and respected – Bones is the benevolent caretaker of his people until he is betrayed by those closest to him. Flash forward 20 years. Crime and drugs have crumbled the neighborhood and Jimmy Bones has become a charismatic emblem of better times. But his spirit is about to make a comeback.

Feb 29th, 2024
CBC Gems: Black Life Untold Stories (Last episode)
The Film House – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre


This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.