Reception Celebration, Art Exhibition and Ujamaa Marketplace

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Reception Celebration, Art Exhibition and Ujamaa Marketplace

Celebration program, art exhibit showcasing local and regional artists and Ujamaa Black-owned marketplace featuring a variety of vendors

By Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, February 4 · 10am - 4pm EST


Old Town Hall 460 Botsford St Newmarket, ON L3Y 1T1 Canada

About this event

Join us for the Black History Month Reception, Ujamaa Marketplace and Art Exhibition featuring live entertainment, keynote address, performing arts, spoken word and more!

Celebration Program 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  1. Gemini Pangroove Steelband - Steelpan Performance
  2. Lee Miller - Family Affirmation
  3. Jerisha Grant-Hall - Opening Remarks
  4. Janis Luttrell - Land Acknowledgement
  5. Matthew Palomino - Master of Ceremonies
  6. Jivaro Smith - National Anthem & Black Anthem
  7. MP Van Bynen - Remarks
  8. Deputy Mayor, Tom Vegh - Remarks
  9. MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy - Remarks
  10. YRP, Chief MacSween - Remarks
  11. Natacia Gifford - Dub Poetry
  12. Afiwi Dance School - Dance Presentation
  13. Dr. Carol Wade - Keynote Address
  14. Gemini Pan Groove - Steelpan and Songs
  15. Jerisha Grant-Hall- Community Award Presentation
  16. Jaylah Hall - Spoken Word
  17. Children & Youth Dance - Theatre Performance
  18. Pauline Jones - Closing Remarks
  19. Gemini Steelband - -Steelpan performance

Meet the Keynote Speaker - Dr Carol Wade

Dr. Carol Wade has over 20 years of experience in the child welfare sector and social work education. She currently works in the child welfare sector and is also a sessional instructor at the Schools of Social Work at the University of Windsor and York University.

Her educational background includes a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, a Master’s of Social Work (MSW), and an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Windsor. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on understanding the impact of historical trauma on current-day parenting. She draws on this work using critical theories and pedagogies to deconstruct and challenge oppressive practices to families and young people.

Dr. Wade has developed and facilitated workshops and other training opportunities for youth workers across Ontario as part of the Academic Network of the Youth Research and Evaluation Exchange at York University. In addition, Dr. Wade has served on a variety of boards and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Durham Family and Cultural Center.

Title of the Keynote address:

Stories of Black Families Matter: From transformational knowledge to transformational action

The keynote address will look at:

1) Recognizing the harmful impact of the compounding, layering, and transferring of generational trauma

2) Disrupting and challenging oppressive practices within Canadian institutions

3) Developing an understanding of parenting practices

4) Deconstructing theories about Black people’s lives (behaviours, attachment, and parenting) that are deficit-based

Highlights from our last in-person Black History Month Reception

About the organizer