Arts and Culture

The Society hosts, sponsors, co-sponsors and promotes a variety of Arts and Culture events during Black History Month and throughout the year.
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BHM Concert at the Belfry February 2018Concert at the BelfryFebruary 12, 2018: In partnership with the Belfry Theatre, Greater Victoria Public Library. The concert featured the opening performance by Ann-Bernice Thomas; spoken word poet; and Youth Poet Laureate 2016 for City of Victoria. The main performance by Cathy Essombé with Ardent Tribe. Their repertoire includes classic Rock, Blues, Soul, and top hits of today.
A Queer Trial"A Queer Trial"April 14, 2017: The Society promoted this event put on by the UVIC Office of Community-University Engagement. “A QUEER TRIAL”. There were 2 performances at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Bastion Square. Free admission. The play tells the story of Victoria’s unwitting pioneer for gay rights, John Butt. One of the jurors was Peter Lester, one of BC’s early pioneers and business partner of Mifflin Gibbs. The play, and the theatre course that it's part of, was put on by the UVIC. Office of Community-University Engagement.
"Re-imagining Race, Art, and Landscape"March 10, 2017: The Society promoted this event put on by the UVIC Legacy Art Gallery. There were 3 performances each delivered by a different artist. Charles Campbell, Kemi Craig and Ann-Bernice Thomas respond to the story of Grafton Tyler Brown, BC’s first black professional artist.
BHM Concert at the Belfry 2017Concert at the BelfryFebruary 27, 2017: In partnership with the Belfry Theatre, Greater Victoria Public Library. The concert featured the opening performance by Ann-Bernice Thomas; spoken word poet; and Youth Poet Laureate 2016 for City of Victoria. The main performance by Maureen Washington and her trio. Their repertoire includes classic Blues, Soul, and Gospel.
For Jackson A Time Capsule Film by Leila Sujir"For Jackson - A Time Capsule"February 25, 2017: The Society promoted this event put on by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Leila Sujir wrote and directed the film "FOR JACKSON: A TIME CAPSULE. This moving portrait incorporates interviews, family footage and archival materials to recount history through two grandmothers, Rosemary Brown (1930-2003) and Ruth Horricks-Sujir (born 1925). The documentary is intended as a time capsule for Jackson, their 7-year-old grandson.
The Mystery of Grafton Tyler Brown - Race, Art & Landscape"The Mystery of Grafton Tyler Brown: Race, Art and Landscape in 19th century British Columbia" February 4, 2017: The Society promoted this event put on by the UVIC Legacy Art Gallery. Afternoon presentation about BC’s first black professional artist; by UVIC History Department Chair John Lutz and writer and art historian, Robert Chandler.
Drum and Dance FestivalFebruary 4. 2017: The Society promoted and supported this event, put on by the Victoria African and Caribbean Society (VACC). This event included classes and performances for the general public at the Oak Bay High School Auditorium.
Tayo Aluko Performs "Just an Ordinary Lawyer Feb 2, 2017"Just an Ordinary Lawyer"February 2, 2017: In partnership with Metro Theatre. Performance and songs by Tayo Aluko. A one-man show about Tunji Sowande, who left Nigeria to study law in Britain and who in 1968 became the first black head of a major barrister’s chamber.
BHM Concert at the Belfry February 2016Concert at the BelfryFebruary 29, 2016: In partnership with the Belfry Theatre, Greater Victoria Public Library. The concert featured the opening performance by Justin Carter; actor and play write who wrote and performed “Welcome Home Mifflin Gibbs”. The play was to commemorate the 150th anniversary of election to Victoria City Council. The main performance was by Maureen Washington and her trio. Their repertoire includes classic Blues, Soul, and Gospel.
"Songs and Stories 'bout Slavery & the Underground Railroad" February 4, 2016: Promoted by the Society. Performance by Lonnie Glass at the Gorge-ouse Coffee House.
Lonnie Glass - Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for Freedom"Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for Freedom"April 19, 2015: Performance by LONNIE GLASS. Lonnie Glass will be telling the story of Lincoln's journey from his pre-Presidential political career through the Civil War to his untimely death at the hand of an assassin. Lonnie recorded “Chapter of Night” – an American Civil War Prospective in 2010, based on his research and tours in the Southern USA. Lonnie is a consummate musician, performer, entertainer and story teller. This event is a commemoration of the life of Lincoln who was assassinated 150 years ago on April 15, 1865.
"Call Mr. Robeson"April 16, 2015: Performance by Tayo Aluko. Paul Robeson was in international star, who sang renditions of some of the most iconic songs from the thirties to the sixties, and was a political activist who was persecuted as a communist sympathizer in the Cold War US. Tayo Aluko is Robeson, as he effortlessly recounts his life and times… “A brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art." BCBHAS is a co-sponsor of this event with Victoria Multi-Cultural Society, Social Environmental Alliance, UVIC Department of History, UVIC Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program and UVIC Social Justice Studies.
BHM Concert at the Belfry February 2015Concert at the BelfryFebruary 23, 2015: This event is co-sponsored by the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Belfry Theatre. Justin Carter, actor and play-write performed his one-man show that is a tribute to his father "My Father To Whom I am Not Related" , and the Chance Lovett Quartet performed a number of Blues, Jazz, and Gospel tunes.
Lonnie Glass Songs & Stories about Slavery and the UGRRSongs and Stories 'bout Slavery & the Underground Railroad" June 22, 2014: Sponsored and hosted by BCBHAS. Performance by Lonnie Glass.
BHM Concert at the Belfry February 2014Concert at the BelfryFebruary 24, 2014: Co-sponsored by the Belfry, the GVPL, and our BC Black History Awareness Society. Opening performance by Scruffmouth, the Spoken Word Poet from Vancouver. The main performance was by Maureen Washington and her trio. Their repertoire includes classic Blues, Soul, and Gospel.
Leon Bibb performs at Government House Victoria Feb 7, 2017Leon Bibb at Government HouseFebruary 7, 2014: This event was hosted by the Honourable Judith Guichon. Leon was accompanied by his personal pianist of 30 years, Bill Sample. The event also became a celebration of Leon’s 92nd Birthday. The performance was followed by appetizers and a hosted wine bar; and a mix and mingle with the performers and the Lieutenant Governor.
Call Mr Robeson - Tayo Aluko performs at Metro Theatre"Call Mr. Robeson"February 20, 2013: In partnership with the METRO Theatre. Performance by Tayo Aluko. Paul Robeson was in international star, who sang renditions of some of the most iconic songs from the thirties to the sixties, and was a political activist who was persecuted as a communist sympathiser in the Cold War US.
BHM Concert at the Belfry February 2013Concert at the BelfryFebruary 4, 2013: Co-sponsored by the Belfry, the GVPL, and BCBHAS. Opening act is Adelene da Soul; Poet –a member of the Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poets. Her poems are a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage. Main Event – Songstress Chance Lovett, from the Victory Conservatory of Music is joined by Nicholas Mintenko (Bass), Sean Thompson (Drums), and Dakota Hoeppner (Keyboard), gospel, jazz and blues
Go Do Some Great Thing Film Screening Feb 4, 2013"Go Do Some Great Thing" February 4, 2013: Screening of the film at the Greater Victoria Public Library.
BHM Concert at the Belfry Feb 10, 2012"Tribute to Mahalia Jackson" & "Son of Africville" February 10, 2012: Singer Gergana Velinova, accompanied by Pablo Cardenas performs a "Tribute to Mahalia Jackson" and actor/playwriter Justin Carter performs his one man show “Son of Africville" an autobiographical story of his reunion with his mother in Africville, Nova Scotia.
Go Do Some Great Thing Film Screening Feb 1, 2012BHM Kickoff and Film ScreeningFebruary 1, 2012: Screening of the film “Go Do Some Great Thing" at the Bruce Hutchinson Branch of the GVPL. This was also the kick-off for Black History Month 2012. The event included BCBHAS displays, brochures and information.
"Son of Africville"October 30, 2011. Hosted and sponsored by BCBHAS: actor/playwriter Justin Carter performs his one man show which is an autobiographical story of his reunion with his mother in Africville, Nova Scotia.
Tribute to Black Music"A Tribute to Black Music"February 14, 2010: Hosted and sponsored by BCBHAS at the UVIC Farquhar Auditorium. This event featured Louise Rose, the Victoria High School R&B Band, blues artist Eric Dozier and Moon Dance, an African Dance Group. Three choirs also performed; One Human Family Gospel Choir, Victoria Good News Choir and the Victoria Children’s Choir.