The Black Daddies Club will be celebrating our 16th year anniversary this year in November 2023 and we are excited to announce our programs for the 2023 calendar year. Please take some time to take a look and mark your calendars for any of the following initiatives that you are interested in attending or supporting.
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Black Daddies Club Family Day event–February 2023 – Family Day
Photographs act as a capsule of moment in time – some of these moments, shared between friends and families. Reflecting on this concept, as well as themes explored in the exhibition, You Look Beautiful Like That: Studio Photography in West and Central Africa, this Family Day weekend, we will be creating a pop-up photo studio in the AGO’s Robert Harding Pathway on the Concourse level.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), has collaborated with the Black Daddies Club (BDC), for Family Day 2023 to co-create a beautiful two-day event to support with Black and Racialized families to co-create, capture and keep positive memories of their families on Sunday February 19th, 2023 and Monday, February 20th, 2023.
We have invited two Toronto lens-based artists to photograph participants in front of vibrant patterned backdrops inspired by some of the stylistic elements introduced by photographers such as, Malick Sidibé, Seydou Keïta, and Samuel Fosso. Members from the Black Daddies Club, and the general public will be able to take home their Polaroid keepsake – so get ready to strike a pose with your friends and loved ones! Numbers are limited. Pre-registration is required.
Register here for this free family event : https://waitwhile.com/welcome/agophotobooth
Sunday Dinners: Conversations for Black Men– March 2023- (Quarterly event)
The Black Daddies Club co- presents Sunday Dinners, will be a quarterly in-person conversation series with Black men from Canada. The Black men who attend Sunday Dinners will represent various entry points into Blackness and masculinities, and we will speak about our hope as Black men and about where we are currently both emotionally and mentally.
During the COVID-19 pandemic (November 2020- March 2022) Sunday Dinners was an online conversation series that was held once a month on Sundays, from 5pm to 8pm (eastern time) and took place on the zoom platform.
In 2023, the Black Daddies Club will be transitioning the Sunday Dinners discussion series for Black men to in-person venues across Toronto, this discussion series will take place every three months.
The idea behind this discussion series is the intersections of food, conversations, and healing amongst Black men. The importance of gathering as Black people for Sunday Dinners resonates with many African and Black people from across the diaspora. The purpose of the Sunday Dinner gatherings is for Black men to have conversations with other Black men from various entry points to explore our similarities and differences as Black men. This conversation series is for Black men who identify as cis-gendered, heterosexual, trans-men, gay, bi-sexual, mixed race, living with a disability or non-binary Black men; as long as you identify as a Black man the Sunday Dinner space is for you.
Black Families and Friends Summer Hikes– June to August 2023
Black Daddies Club presents Black Families and Friends Summer hikes will be returning in 2023. The purpose of these Summer hikes are for Black and Racialized families as well as allies to gather at a green space in Toronto on Sunday morning’s to take part in a group hike starting at 10AM, the series will also include activities for the family. Aligning with Black Daddies Club philosophy around spending time as a family in nature can promote well-being for the entire family, the Black Families and Friends Summer hikes is also about the importance of Black families taking up/ reclaiming green spaces unapologetically in Ontario.
These hikes will take place monthly starting June 2023 until August 2023, the venue of the hikes will be announced later in the year
The Black Families Un-Conference– October and November 2023
The Black Daddies Club co-presents The Black Families Un-Conference is a three-day gathering for families who identify as Black or Racialized to take part in a camping experience for the entire family that will take place in one of Tim Hortons Camps in Ontario, at no cost to the families that attend.
The idea behind the Black Families Un-Conference is to create positive memories and experiences for these families (parents or guardians and their children) as a whole in a safe environment that they may not be able to afford. The Black Daddies Club (BDC) over the 16 years of operating in the Greater Toronto Area, has created programs which promote creating positive memorable memories within green spaces for Black families and their allies.
This initiative is a collaboration between Justice Fund, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), Tim Hortons Camp and The Black Daddies Club (BDC). The dates and location of the Black Families Un-Conference will be at a Tim Hortons Camp in Ontario which will be announced at a later date.
Finding a Partner after 40: A Conversations amongst Black Folks– November 2023
BDC 16th year anniversary event
Black Daddies Club will be celebrating our 16th year anniversary with a panel discussion entitled “Finding a Partner after 40: A Conversation amongst Black Folks”, this event will be engaging Black men from North America on their experiences around dating in hetero sexual or Queer communities. The event will also engage Black therapists that will speak about the macro challenges and opportunities for Black folks looking for love or partnership after the age of 40.
The date and location for this event will be announced later this year.
For more information about any of these events or sponsorship opportunities with any of these initiatives, please contact us at email@example.com