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Black History Month at the Barns

Wychwood Barns Community Association,
Artscape Wychwood Barns,
St. Clair West Oral History Project
Storytelling Toronto and Nia Centre for the Arts,

Invite you and your family to an online celebration of:

Toronto Black History, Art & Culture

Thursday, February 24 @7PM

Tabby Johnson

Join host Tabby Johnson as she guides you through a multimedia experience including: stories from award-winning storyteller Itah Sadu, presented by Storytelling Toronto • readings from Griot: Six Writers’ Sojourn Into the Dark • photos from award winning Cardinal Gallery exhibition ‘Love Isn’t Limited’  and a screening of the  short film TXN: A Decade in Review.

Presentation is via Zoom.
Please register in advance, using this link:

The Program:

Itah Sadu presented by Storytelling Toronto

Itah Sadu

An award-winning author, storyteller and co-owner of Toronto bookstore, A Different Booklist, Itah Sadu shares the rich oral traditions of the Caribbean, Africa and North America with students and teachers. Her stories, workshops and keynotes often address issues of racism and equity as well as demonstrate the wealth of knowledge, experience and wisdom gained from oral traditional cultures of the African Diaspora.

Storytelling Toronto is an organization that continues to teach, celebrate and explore the art and tradition of oral storytelling. They are the producers of the Toronto International Storytelling Festival – to be held May 6-15, 2022.

‘Griot: Six Writers Sojourn into the Dark’
In 2021, Nia Centre for the Arts, launched Black Pen, a series of weekly learning, creation and sharing sessions facilitated by Whitney French. The result is ‘Griot: Six Writers Sojourn into the Dark’ an anthology of short fiction. Six graduates of Nia Centre Black Pen program were selected to explore their literary voices and create their own written pieces.

A photographic exhibition comprised of B&W photographs from Joan Latchford’s 60s & 70s era exploration of Toronto’s diversity and diaspora. Through her signature “spontaneous and unposed technique” we witness Latchford’s keen eye for documenting the rarely recognized lives of people new to Toronto. Exhibition continues until February 27 at the Cardinal Gallery. And if the name Latchford sounds familiar, it’s because Ben Latchford proprietor of Roast Fine Foods [786 St. Clair] is her son!  

TXN: A Decade in Review
A video essay produced by Matthew Progress takes the audience down memory lane through his creative and artistic lens. Part short film, part visual mixtape, part critical analysis, a video essay brings all three elements together to share & highlight information from a unique artistic perspective. Presented by Nia Centre for the Arts.

How to Attend

Presentation is via Zoom.
Please register in advance, using this link:

Music at the Barns

THANK YOU to the St. Clair West community for making Music At The Barns, a HUGE success!

The WBCA wants to thank performing acts: Pantayo; Samba Squad; Oldies 990! and Daniel Nebiat for a wonderful musical evening. When not dancing up a storm, the children were thrilled with the escapades of Bootsy. And the entire evening was tied together by host Dave Bidini publisher of West End Phoenix Community Newspaper.

Music At The Barns would never have been produced without the generous support of our local sponsors. We owe them a debt of gratitude and thanks.

See everyone next year!

Music at the Barns Sponsors

Christie Gardens Foundation
Monza - Condos at St. Clair
Mills and Mills LLP
Miller Thomson Lawyers



The Wychwood Barns Community Association (WBCA) was established in 2008 to serve as a conduit between the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the surrounding community. The WBCA board is a group of community members who are dedicated to creating engaging and meaningful connections between the Barns and the St Clair West-Wychwood communities.

The WBCA creates community-focused events and programming at the Barns to provide an accessible entry point for community members to get involved at the Barns.

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What else would you like to see happening at this facility? You can submit ideas for spaces including The Covered Street (Barn #2), the surrounding park and the Community Gallery to info@atthebarns.org.

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