Is finding love an impossible game for Black singles in one of Canada’s ‘loneliest cities’? 

Black Daddies’ Club celebrates 16 years with special panel event focused on connection with community 

Finding a partner after the age of 40 can be challenging for anyone. however, for Black folks who navigate anti-black racism, internalized racism, disclosure of an STI or HIV when dating, traditional/outdated gender expectations, among other things, the process of dating can be quite difficult and scary, and it can leave one to wonder if they will ever find the right partner for them, especially in Toronto, recently dubbed one of Canada’s loneliest cities.  

The Black Daddies Club celebrates its 16th year anniversary with the event, Finding a Partner After 40: A Conversation with Black Folks. Happening November 25th at the scenic Evergreen Brick Works, his moderated conversation will feature Black therapists, Black sexual educators, Black Academics and everyday Black folks talking about their various experiences around dating and finding a partner after the age of 40. The evening aims to create a space for attendees to listen, learn, discuss — and decrease — the loneliness and isolation they might be feeling. 

The panel discussion will cover various topics, including:

  • dating after a divorce
  • the experiences of dating while having an STI and HIV
  • dating outside of your culture, race and also outside of your country
  • dating from the perspective of a recovering sex addict 
  • dating in a polyamorous relationship in Toronto

One the panellists, Dr. Tamari Kitossa from Brock University, author of Black Men, Sexual Tropes, Trauma and Resilience, will explain the impacts of erotic racism, stereotypes and sexual trauma on Black men in the dating world.

The event welcomes anyone who’s wondering how they’re going to find ‘their person’ in our increasingly complicated world,  including people of all genders who identify as Black, racialized and non-black [those who identify as white or European], people who are in relationships or single, and people above and under the age of 40.

The event partners include: The Neighborhood Group (TNG), Taibu Community Health Centre, Rainbow Railroad, Women’s Health in Women’s Hand, Riverdale Mediation, BRI Counselling, The Tech Effect, Evergreen Brick Works, Chic Peas Vegetarian, Christian Dior, Valley of Mother of God Gin, Toronto, Community Benefits Network, Alterna Savings, Local 27 and Black Men’s Therapy Fund.

Interviews with panellists and organisers are available upon request..

Read the full bios of panellists and moderators here


  • Dr. Tamari Kitossa | Professor – Brock University | Toronto, CA
  • Tomika Long | Founder of Zee-Zee’s World | Toronto, CA
  • Natasha Lawrence | Community Health Worker at WHIWH CHC | Toronto, CA
  • Micheal Lambie | Design Expert & Entrepreneur | Toronto, CA
  • Millie Boella |  Co-Founder of Decolonizing Love | Toronto, CA
  • Antonio J. Wheeler Jr. | Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor | Chicago, IL
  • Sean Mauricette | Laying Foundations Together Inc. (Founder & Director) | Toronto, CA
  • Mara Clarke | The Law Office of Mara Clarke | (Owner & Operator) | Toronto, CA
  • L.A. Wade | Author/ Director | Toronto, CA
  • Adex Lava | Artist/ writer/ Curator | Montreal, QC


  •  Mawuli Chai | Social Entrepreneur | Toronto, CA 
  • Rachael-Lea Rickards | Real Talk Creative | (Owner & Founder)

Finding a Partner After 40: A Conversation with Black Folks

Evergreen Brick Works

550 Bayview Ave., Toronto

Saturday, November 25th 2023. Doors open at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $35 in advance and $40 at the door

The Black Daddies Club is a Toronto-based grassroots organization that focuses on co-creating spaces for Black fathers, Black men and the Black community in Toronto for various community-based education initiatives. 

For media inquiries: please contact Brandon Hay (Founder, the Black Daddies Club) 

Tel: 416-951-6075