Black History Month 2021 Events- At a Glance List (including events in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Victoria and more)

Last updated: February 18, 2021    -each entry links to more information  * denotes multiple dates


Month of February (interactive/self paced/various dates)

Virtual Event (Conference – 9 sessions): Stratagem: Black Queer Futures– series of virtual talks and workshops by Black activists, thought-leaders and revolutionaries that dive deep into the nuance of Black queer identity, resistance and movement building. January 23, 2021 – February 27, 2021 – $28.92/$196 [Stratagem]

Virtual Event (Online Arts Festival): Us: A Black Peoples Month Festival online arts festival in celebration of Black Peoples Month (aka Black History Month). Curated by Black artists Adrian Neblett and Mariam Barry (Jan 28th – Feb 25th) Free to access through individual show pages, no tickets needed. [Ensemble Theatre Company]

Virtual Event (Youth): SANKOFA YOUTH VIDEO STORY PROJECT- January 31, 2021 – March 14, 2021 [African Friendship Society]

Virtual Event (Children/Youth- 6 sessions): SANKOFA PROJECT: 1-ON-1 in RHYTHM Online Series- February 1, 2021 – March 12, 2021 [African Friendship Society]

Virtual Event (Children/Youth- 9 sessions): – February 6, 2021 – April 3, 2021 (Saturdays) @ 1pm-2pm [Canadian Haitian Cultural Association of British Columbia]

Virtual Event (Films): Black Communities in Canada: Explore our free collection of films by award-winning Black filmmakers, creators, and allies of the Black community, detailing a rich history to better understand the present. [National Film Board of Canada]

Virtual Event (Film): “Everywhere We Are” VIFF Black History Month film series curated by Nya Lewis Williams– February 5- March 4, 2021 [Vancouver International Film Festival]

Virtual Event (Films): Black Like Me – Outdoor Edition Film Festival – screenings start on February 8 and will be available for your viewing until the end of the month – $15 [Colour the Trails]

Virtual Event (Online Film Screening): JOY § RESILIENCE IN BLACK BRAZILIAN LIVES– February 18-28, 2021 – $5-$15 [Vancouver Latin American Film Festival]

Virtual Event (Interactive): Black History Month 2021 and Give Them Their Flowers: Celebrating Vancouver’s Hometown Heroes [City of Vancouver]


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Virtual Event (Panel): CANADIAN RESISTANCE SHORT FILMS PROGRAM & VANCITY IMPACT TALK will focus on the subject of Cinema & Community, Black Filmmakers and Social Change – moderated by VIFF Black History Month series curator, Nya Lewis. – February 16, 2021 @ 6pm [Vancouver International Film Festival]

Virtual Event (Film Screening/Panel): Black History Month Film Screening + Discussion: Sisters in the Struggle– February 16, 2021 @ 7:00pm – [African Arts & Cultural Society – Issamba Centre]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Virtual Event (Symposium): Black Migration and British Columbia – Dr. Adam Arenson, Sherry Edmunds-Flett, and Dr. Stacey Smith moderated by Dr. Dana Elizabeth Weiner – February 17, 2021 @ 2:30pm [BC Black History Awareness Society]

Virtual Event (Discussion): Black History Month: Dialogue Circle (Youth led)– February 17, 2021 @ 4:00pm – [Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House]

Virtual Event (Panel): Community Conversation Celebrating Black History Month– February 17, 2021 @ 6:30pm – [New Westminster & District Labour Council]

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Virtual Event (Performances): Let’s Hear It! Live: Black History Makers – TRS, Mauvey, Iman W– February 18, 2021 @ 5:30pm – [Music BC w/ 100 Collective]

Virtual Event (Discussion): Anti-racism in Education: Through the Eyes of Dionte Jelks– February 18, 2021 @ 7:00pm – [African Arts & Cultural Society – Issamba Centre]

Virtual Event (Concert Livestream): The Sojourners with Dawn Pemberton -$10– February 18, 2021 @ 7:30pm [Shadbolt Centre for the Arts]

Virtual Event (Theatre Performance): Mx– February 18- 24, 2021 – $29 [The Cultch]

Virtual Event (Online Film Screening): JOY § RESILIENCE IN BLACK BRAZILIAN LIVES– February 18-28, 2021 – $5-$15 [Vancouver Latin American Film Festival]

Friday, February 19, 2021

Virtual Event (Panel): CANDID CAREER CONVOS by Kaiso Careers (Zoom)– February 19, 2021 @ 12:00pm – [Kaiso Careers]

Virtual Event (Talk/Workshop): Stratagem: Out There Without Fear: Black Bodies in Motion- February 19, 2021 @ 4:00pm – $28.92/$196 [Stratagem]

Virtual Event (Event/Fundraiser): Join us for this Event and Open House! #Representation Matters: A Creative Collabz and Conversationz event.– February 19, 2021 @ 5:30pm – [Ethọ́s Lab]

Virtual Event (Theatre Performance): Mx– February 18- 24, 2021 – $29 [The Cultch]

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Virtual Event (Presentation/Dialogue/Panel): African Ancestry Dialogue Event: A day of conversation on the diversity of people of African ancestry in British Columbia: Diverse histories, identities and experiences- February 20, 2021 @ 10am [African Ancestry Project]

Virtual Event (Speaker): The Fifth Element – special guest speaker, Ernie Paniccioli, legendary Hip Hop Photographer and member of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. – February 20, 2021 @ 1:00pm [BC Black History Awareness Society]

Virtual Event (Children/Youth- 9 sessions): – February 6, 2021 – April 3, 2021 (Saturdays) @ 1pm-2pm [Canadian Haitian Cultural Association of British Columbia]

Virtual Event (Panel): Vancouver Black History Month 2021– February 20, 2021 @ 5:00pm – [Thrive4Blacks, HeadHeartHand, NCABC]

Virtual Event (Performance): Issamba – A Journey Through African Rooted-Rhythms – February 20, 2021 @ 7:30pm [Productions Pulchérie Mboussi: AACC Society]

Virtual Event (Theatre Performance): Mx– February 18- 24, 2021 – $29 [The Cultch]

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Virtual Event (Meditation/Conversations/Deep Exhalations) (4 sessions): Rest. Relate. Release.- Every Sunday in the month of February, a space dedicated to and centering healing for all black bodies – February 7,14, 21 and 28, 2021 @ 9:00am – [Bliss Your Heart]

Virtual Event (Tour): Ross Bay Cemetery Tour – February 21, 2021 @ 2:00pm [BC Black History Awareness Society]

Virtual Event (Talk): Imara Talk -Wholeness in Health- Dr. Laurence Agenor – February 7, 2021 and Christy Gobina – February 21, 2021 @ 2:00pm – Instagram Live [Imara Health & Fitness]

Virtual Event (Theatre Performance): Mx– February 18- 24, 2021 – $29 [The Cultch]

Monday, February 22, 2021

Virtual Event (Panel): Black Women in History: Excellence Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow– February 22, 2021 @ 6:00pm – [ Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour – sniwwoc]

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Virtual Event (Panel): Honouring Black History Month: Solidarity through action – February 23, 2021 @ 12:00pm – $30 [Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council]

Virtual Event (Talk/Workshop): Stratagem: Re-Defining Black Masculinity- February 23, 2021 @ 5:00pm – $28.92/$196 [Stratagem]

Virtual Event (Speaker): MAR Shift: BC Black Pioneers with Silvia Mangue – February 23, 2021 @ 6:00pm [Moms Against Racism]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Virtual Event (Book launch/Discussion): Ijeoma Oluo in conversation with Cicely Belle Blain– February 24, 2021 @ 4:00pm – [Massy Books and Massy Arts Society]

Virtual Event (Theatre Performance): Mx– February 18- 24, 2021 – $29 [The Cultch]

Virtual Event (Panel): Cordova Bay Celebrates Black History Month– February 24, 2021 @ 7:00pm – [Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs]

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Virtual Event (Panel): Black (in)Visibility: Black Nurses in Canada who Paved the Way – February 25, 2021 @ 12:00pm – [UBC School of Nursing]

Virtual Event (Speaker): A Conversation with Afua Cooper – February 25, 2021 @ 3:00pm [Simon Fraser University]

Friday, February 26, 2021

Virtual Event (Speaker): Black Italians and Digital Culture in Contemporary Italy with Fred Kudjo Kuwornu – February 26, 2021 @ 5:30pm [Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University]

Virtual Event (Concert Livestream): Pablo Cárdenas Plays Oscar Peterson -By donation– February 26, 2021 @ 7:00pm [BC Black History Awareness Society]

Virtual Event (Concert Livestream): Black History Month with Marcus Mosely with Khari McClelland, Dawn Pemberton and Noah Walker – Songs of Freedom $15– February 26, 2021 @ 7:30pm [Bez Arts Hub]

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Virtual Event (Interactive Webinar): Black Voices Matter: Considerations for Anti-Racist Choral Environments with Dr. Alexander Lloyd Blake – February 27, 2021 @ 10:00am $60 for 4 part series [BC Choral Federation]

Virtual Event (Children/Youth- 9 sessions): – February 6, 2021 – April 3, 2021 (Saturdays) @ 1pm-2pm [Canadian Haitian Cultural Association of British Columbia]

Virtual Event (Cultural Showcase): 20th Annual Black History Market & Cultural & Cultural Showcase -Free- February 27, 2021 @ 2:00pm [Centre D’Integration Pour Immigrants /The Centre of Integration for Immigrants]

Virtual Event (Workshop): Antiracist Picture Books: A Zoom Workshop for Parents and Caregivers– February 27, 2021 @ 2:00pm – [Vancouver Public Library]

Virtual Event (Awards/Community Event): Annual Legacy Awards Honouring Black Physicians – February 27, 2021 @ 6:00pm – $20 [National Congress of Black Women Foundation – BC]

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Virtual Event (Meditation/Conversations/Deep Exhalations) (4 sessions): Rest. Relate. Release.- Every Sunday in the month of February, a space dedicated to and centering healing for all black bodies – February 7,14, 21 and 28, 2021 @ 9:00am – [Bliss Your Heart]

Virtual Event (Community Event): Celebrating Black History Month and African Heritage – February 28, 2021 @ 10:00am -[The African Stages Association (ASABC)]

Virtual Event (Talk/Workshop): Stratagem: Black Brilliance Trivia Night- February 28, 2021 @ 6:00pm – $28.92/$196 [Stratagem]

2021 Update in progress (check back often)

Older events

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Virtual Event (Panel): The Canadian Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity – February 2, 2021 @ 4:00pm [City of Richmond – Richmond Public Library]

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Virtual Event (Speaker): The Phil Lind Initiative Presents: Charles M. Blow – February 4, 2021 @ 5:00pm [University of British Columbia]

Virtual Event (Talk/Workshop): Stratagem: Black Queer Futures– Afrofuturism: Creating Us Into Existence- February 4, 2021 @ 5pm – $28.92/$196 [Stratagem]

Virtual Event (Symposium): Black History Month 2021 -THE SYMPOSIUM, (Free) – February 4, 2021 @ 6:30pm [Productions Pulchérie Mboussi: AACC Society]

Virtual Event: A conversation with Dr. Amadou Ba -The Forgotten Canadian History moderated by Lova Nyemb Bassong -Free – February 4, 2021 @ 7:00pm [Productions Pulchérie Mboussi: AACC Society]

Virtual Event (Concert Livestream): Krystle Dos Santos -$10– February 4, 2021 @ 7:30pm [Shadbolt Centre for the Arts]

Friday, February 5, 2021

Virtual Event (Concert Livestream): Black History Month with Marcus Mosely & Candus Churchill $15– February 5, 2021 @ 7:30pm [Bez Arts Hub]

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Virtual Event (Interactive Webinar): Instruments of Change: Building Respectful, Inclusive and Mindful Choral Communities with Ryan Cho and Dawn Pemberton – February 6, 2021 @ 10:00am $60 for 4 part series [BC Choral Federation]

Virtual Event (Children/Youth- 9 sessions): – February 6, 2021 – April 3, 2021 (Saturdays) @ 1pm-2pm [Canadian Haitian Cultural Association of British Columbia]

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Virtual Event (Meditation/Conversations/Deep Exhalations) (4 sessions): Rest. Relate. Release.- Every Sunday in the month of February, a space dedicated to and centering healing for all black bodies – February 7,14, 21 and 28, 2021 @ 9:00am – [Bliss Your Heart]

Virtual Event (Speaker): Putting Black British Columbia History to Work: Contemporary Implications of Historical Blackness – Prof. Handel Kashope Wright – February 7, 2021 @ 2:00pm [BC Black History Awareness Society]

Virtual Event (Talk): Imara Talk -Wholeness in Health- Dr. Laurence Agenor – February 7, 2021 and Christy Gobina – February 21, 2021 @ 2:00pm – Instagram Live [Imara Health & Fitness]

Monday, February 8, 2021

Virtual Event (Conversation): Black Art Matters: Black Art Matters: Nya Lewis In Conversation with Jessie Addo – February 8, 2021 @ 4:00pm – [Vancouver Art Gallery]

Virtual Event (Speaker): Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice with Dean Donna E. Young, Faculty of Law, Ryerson University, Say Her Name: Law and Activism at the Intersection of Race and Gender – February 8, 2021 @ 5:00pm [UBC – Allard School of Law]

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Virtual Event (Talk/Workshop): Stratagem: Black Queer Futures– Police Surveillance in Black Queer Activism- February 9, 2021 @ 12pm – $28.92/$196 [Stratagem]

Virtual Event (Speaker): RBCM@Home: BC’s Black Pioneers – February 9, 2021 @ 12:00pm [BC Black History Awareness Society and Royal BC Museum]

Virtual Event (Conversation): Black Art Matters: Nya Lewis In Conversation with Rebecca Bair – February 9, 2021 @ 4:00pm – [Vancouver Art Gallery]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Virtual Event (Conversation): Black Art Matters: Nya Lewis In Conversation with Anique Jordan – February 10, 2021 @ 4:00pm – [Vancouver Art Gallery]

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Virtual Event (Conversation): Black Art Matters: Nya Lewis In Conversation with Tania Willard – February 11, 2021 @ 4:00pm – [Vancouver Art Gallery]

Virtual Event (Panel): Rethinking Community Safety: Community-led Storytelling– February 11, 2021 @ 5:00pm – [UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning]

Virtual Event (Concert Livestream): Old Soul Rebel -$10– February 11, 2021 @ 7:30pm [Shadbolt Centre for the Arts]

Friday, February 12, 2021

Virtual Event (Interactive Workshop): Changing the Narrative: An Interactive Virtual Workshop about teaching the history of Black Canadians in British Columbia- February 12, 2021 @ 10:00am $20 Adults/$10 Students [National Congress of Black Women Foundation and Vancouver Maritime Museum]

Virtual Event (Fundraiser): Ethọ́s Lab Black Futures Month Campaign– February 12, 2021 @ 5:30pm – [Ethọ́s Lab]

Virtual Event (Concert Livestream): Black History Month with Ezra Kwizera and guests $15– February 12, 2021 @ 7:30pm [Bez Arts Hub]

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Virtual Event (Talk/Workshop): Stratagem: Afro-Indigenous Resilience- February 13, 2021 @ 10:00am – $28.92/$196 [Stratagem]

Virtual Event (Children/Youth- 9 sessions): – February 6, 2021 – April 3, 2021 (Saturdays) @ 1pm-2pm [Canadian Haitian Cultural Association of British Columbia]

Virtual Event (Performance): ISSAMBA BITES – Zal Sissoko– February 13, 2021 @ 7:00pm – [AfriCa-Fest Canada, Issamba – Your Ultimate Journey Through the Depths of African Rhythms and 2 others]

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Virtual Event (Meditation/Conversations/Deep Exhalations) (4 sessions): Rest. Relate. Release.- Every Sunday in the month of February, a space dedicated to and centering healing for all black bodies – February 7,14, 21 and 28, 2021 @ 9:00am – [Bliss Your Heart

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