Black Futures

Black Futures

A series of programs using the lens of Afrofuturism to explore and present arts, dialogue and well-being at Hart House


”Without an image of tomorrow, one is trapped by blind history, economics, and politics beyond our control. One is tied up in a web, in a net, with no way to struggle free. Only by having clear and vital images of the many alternatives, good and bad, of where one can go, will we have any control over the way we may actually get there in a reality tomorrow will bring all too quickly.”—Samuel R. Delany

What will the future bring for Black women, men and children? Who is responsible for Black Futures, shifting narratives, flipping experiences and crafting new realities? Hart House explores the idea of Afrofuturism as a way to blend the knowledge of the past with a re-imagining of the future. A showcase of intersectional arts and dialogue, this series aims to reflect the experiences of today’s Black leaders and artists while providing a platform for real-world knowledge to help students be future ready, self-aware and empowered citizens as they move into their imagined realities.

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Upcoming Programs

Career Prep & Ready Drop-in

Drop in at Hart House’s Career Prep & Ready event for a chance to speak to recruiters, career educators, and coaches.

When: Mon., March 11, 2019, 11 am–1 pm
Cost: Free

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Black Entrepreneurs and Visionaries Table Talk

Meet six innovative, dynamic and influential Black women and men who are making waves, changing narratives and creating a bright future for the Black Diaspora. Featuring Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala, Emily Mills, Camille Mitchell, Danardo Jones, Sepo Achempong and Aisha Addo.

When: Mon., March 11, 2019, 1–3 pm
Cost: Free

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Nicky Lawrence in Concert
The Ugly Black Woman: Reflections in Song and Discussion

Join us for this one night only performance with actor and powerful vocalist Nicky Lawrence. Featuring the songs and stories of female jazz and blues greats.  Nicky’s personal experiences and perspectives on the “ugly Black woman”, through her own stories and music, will be part of this unique concert and dialogue. 

When: Fri. Feb. 1, 2019, 6:30–9 pm
A limited number of restricted view seats are available for cash sale at the event. A rush line for these seats will open at 6:30 pm.

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Talking Walls
Building Black: Mythos by Ekow Nimako

This lego art exhibition explores the mythology, morality and resistance shaped by the melanin-rich beings of Africa-beyond. 

When: All day, from Feb. 7 to Feb. 22, 2019
Cost: Free

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Building Beyond
Interactive Lego Workshop with Ekow Nimako

Ekow Nimako Ghanaian-Canadian Lego Artist and sculptor will lead us through an interactive workshop like no other that will guide participants to imagine and create their own story of their future descendants 1000 years from now.Visit Ekow Nimako’s website for photos of his amazing work.

When: Wed. Feb. 13, 2019, 4–6 pm
Cost: Free, registration required

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Afro-Caribbean Vegan Breakfast

In partnership with UTSU, the Veg Club and the Multi-Faith Centre, we invite you to come out for a free Afro-Caribbean Vegan Breakfast at the Multi-Faith Center.

When: Fri. Feb. 15, 2019, 9–10 am
Cost: Free, registration required

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Heartbreakers Ball & Vogue Dance Class

Get ready for an electrifying extravaganza of pageantry, vogue dance and glamour. U of T students and TKBA members only.
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Connecting to Community

Learn about opportunities for Black youth across all three campuses, connect with the University of Toronto community and share your thoughts and opinions with us.

When: Wed Feb 20, 2019, 8:30 am–2:30 pm
Cost: Free / Register now

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Afro-Caribbean $5 Buck Lunch

Join us for a tasty and balanced meal and experience the flavours and cultures of the world. All are welcome.

When: Tues., Feb 26, 2019 / 11:45 am-2 pm
Cost: U of T Students, $5 / Non-students, $7

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