REAL TALK: BLACK STORIES

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4521 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

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To celebrate Black History Month, CBC Montreal presents REAL TALK: BLACK STORIES: first-person, real-life stories told live in front of an audience.

Join us on February 15th, 8pm for an entertaining and engaging evening hosted by CBC Montreal's Shari Okeke and emceed by Montreal storyteller Darren Schilling.


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BALARAMA HOLNESS

A former CFL athlete, Balarama won a Grey Cup Championship with the Montreal Alouettes in 2010. In his post-football career, he applied his Master of Education degree from New Brunswick University to teach school in Cairo, Egypt and in the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 he ran for mayor in Montreal-Nord. Balarama co-founded the citizen-led group Montreal in Action, an organization that collected 20 000 signatures persuading the City of Montreal to hold public consultations on systemic racism and discrimination. Balarama is currently in his 2nd year at McGill law where he is focusing on International Environmental Law and Human Rights.

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CANDACE AMARANTE

Born in Buffalo, NY, Candace holds a doctorate in political science from Columbia University. Having left academia to focus on creative writing, she is the author of three children’s books, including The Pheasant's Tale... Or was it its Tail? Most of Candace’s childhood was spent in Tokyo, Freetown, Nairobi and several places in the United States. She now resides in Montreal with her family, where she is currently writing a play for children in the Artist Mentorship Program at the Black Theatre Workshop.

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MYRNA LASHLEY

A graduate of McGill university, Dr. Myrna Lashley is the first Black Associate dean at John Abbott College; Professor in the department of psychiatry of McGill University and a researcher at Montreal's Lady Davis Institute. She is a recognized authority in cultural psychology and consults, both nationally and internationally, to institutions that include justice and security systems. She has been a teacher and consultant to First Nations communities and holds several awards. Myrna is currently Barbados’s Honorary Consul to Montreal.

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DEBORAH FORDE

After over 20 years in community development, Deborah earned a BFA from Concordia University’s Theatre for Development program at Concordia. She directed Bryan James’s Terminal,Terminal and Rahul Varma’s State of Denial, and supported emerging artists through Black Theatre Workshop’s YouthWorks. Deborah served 3 years as Executive Director at the Quebec Drama Federation. Recently joining the Teesri Duniya Theatre family as the Fireworks Development Coordinator, Deborah is pleased to once again support emerging artists and facilitate community connection to and through theatre, and has returned to the practice of theatre, having recently directed the inaugural production of Canada’s first Muslim theatre company, Silk Roads Institute.

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PAT DILLON-MOORE

Pat Dillon-Moore is a central subject of John N. Smith’s National Film Board of Canada docudrama Sitting in Limbo (1986), and has accumulated numerous theatrical credits through Canada’s oldest professional theatre, Black Theatre Workshop. She is the creator and performer behind the humorous monologue series Clemmie Is Mi Frien'. Pat is currently in her 31st year in community radio; you can hear hear her every Sunday evening as host of Bhum Bhum Time on CKUT 90.3FM every Sunday afternoon at 4p.m.

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ROEN HIGGINS

As a Montreal native of Jamaican Heritage, Roen Higgins was always fascinated by the power of art, culture, and society and its impact on youth. As a hyper at-risk teen from the foster care system, she is now a youth educator, whose accomplishments have been recognized by the Montreal Community Care Awards, Black Theatre Workshop, and Fonds 1804 for her service in helping young people to persevere in school. No stranger to Improv & slam poetry scenes, Roen has performed as ‘Blu Riva’ in front of audiences in several time zones. She is presently working on growing her transformational coaching, speaking and events business through which she will assist others to discover their purpose, shift their perspective and “Elevate Impact”.

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DARREN SCHILLING (EMCEE)

Darren Schilling has worked in the performing arts for over two decades. He is an accomplished writer, producer, and actor having recently created the live Sketch Comedy Troupe Potentially Sketchy. He has previously told stories at the Wildside Festival in Montreal and is a former co-Producer of the storytelling Series Confabulation, and has been a contributor to CBC’s All Told; True Stories from the True North storytelling series.

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SHARI OKEKE (Host)

As a reporter for CBC Montreal’s morning radio show Daybreak, Shari Okeke’s days begin very, very early! But that’s a small trade-off for the opportunity to share Montreal’s diverse voices with the community. Shari is also the creator of MicDrop, a podcast for teens currently nominated for a Canadian Podcast Award.

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Admission is free. Please RSVP in advance to guarantee your spot.

Be part of an intimate live audience at this very special event, recorded for broadcast on CBC Television and cbc.ca/montreal.

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