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Black Daddies Club presents FISH FRY BBQ 8/11/2018

Black Daddies Club presents FISH FRY BBQ – August 11, 2018

Presented by The Black Daddies Club: Fish Fry BBQ (big people edition: 19 and older event) will take place at Black Creek Farm in Toronto, located at 4929 Jane St (just south of Steeles Ave) on August 11, 2018..

The purpose of the event is to create a space where people can lime (relax) and do some informal networking in an outdoor setting with a beautiful backdrop in Black Creek Farm. With the brazen violence taking place in the city or Toronto so far this summer, Black Daddies Club felt that creating a space for sharing, healing and exchanging love to each other was necessary during this time.

The event will take place from 4pm to 2am on August 11, 2018. The evening will consist of liming with some music from Soca, Reggae and Afrobeats in an outdoor setting.

5pm to 6:30pm (Fish Soup Reasonings)

6:30pm to 7pm (Networking)

7pm to 2am (Liming and Music) –  Music provided by: Selecta SpiceyGad

What is Fish Soup Reasoning?: The event will feature conversations (or fish soup reasonings) under the themes of “What does Liberated Black Love look like in 2018?” and “What Strategies are there for Healing for the Black Community?” This discussion will take place at the beginning of the event. These discussions will be 30 minutes in length, and we are asking people to come with questions or comments that they would like to share during the reasoning session.

Admission is $10, receive a complimentary drink when they arrive before 7pm. This event will be a cash bar and food will available for purchase at the event.

Interested in being a vendor at this event:

If you are selling a product or promoting a service that you would like to promote at the event, please email (please put “requesting vendor info”) in the subject line


If you would like to be a volunteer for this event, please email (please “interested in volunteering”) in the subject line

Get your advance tickets

Link to the eventbrite (here)

The Black Liberation Ball was life…

A big shout out to the co-curators Icon Michael Roberson Maasai Milan and Twysted Miyake Mugler! of the Black Liberation Ball that was apart of the first Journey to Black Liberation Symposium  that Brandon Hay of Black Daddies Club curated on February 9th and 10th, 2018 at the Harbourfront Centre, in Toronto, Canada.

Thank you to the Harbourfront Centre for partnering with Black Daddies Club to make this historical event possible in Canada.

Now Magazine covers the Black Liberation Ball

Many thanks to the community partners and sponsors for making this event possible.

Sponsors and Community Partners for Kuumba and the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium // Black Liberation Ball 2018 

  • Government of Canada
  • City of Toronto
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Consulate General of the United States – Toronto, Canada
  • Musagetes, Guelph, Canada
  • Black CAP, Toronto
  • The University of Western Ontario, London
  • Union Theology, Columbia University, New York
  • Brock University – Hamilton Campus
  • City of Toronto
  • Glad Day Bookstore, Toronto
  • Inspirit Foundation, Toronto
  • OCAD University, Toronto
  • Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia
  • Queen West – Central Toronto Community Health Centre, Toronto
  • Sherbourne Health Centre (SOY, BQY), Toronto
  • University of Toronto
  • WeSpeak Research project, Toronto
  • Dr. Winston Husbands, Toronto
  • Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre, Toronto
  • York University (YUGSA + ACE + PHeSSA), Toronto

Harbourfront Centre and Black Daddies Club partner for Kuumba 2018

Greetings Community,

The Black Daddies Club (BDC) and Harbourfront Centre present the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium.  This symposium will take placeFebruary 9th-10th, 2018, in Toronto, Canada, at Harbourfront Centre, as part of its annual KuumbafestivalToronto’s longest-running celebration of Black History Month.

The Journey to Black Liberation Symposium is a follow-up as learnings from the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference at York University, co-developed by the Black Daddies Club, and an extension of the idea of cross-border conversations and community-building within Black communities globally (Brazil, USA, United Kingdom and Canada) dealing with various forms of oppression that affect our communities. The focus of the JTBL symposium is not to just bear witness to the oppression and injustice, but to also a cross-borders network of Black activists, academics and other stakeholders looking at sharing ideas, strategizing, educating each other and community-building in efforts to achieve Black liberation globally.

The two-day symposium will include a mix of plenaries, covering themes from Womanism and HIV addition to Black masculinity and issues around liberation for the Trans Black community.  There will also be a photography exhibit, film screening, vogue workshop and a House Ball event. More details about all Kuumba events can be found here.

The purpose of having such a mix of entry points into the dialogue around Black Liberation is,  as one elder puts it, “When our (Black) communities put on a symposium or conference, we must include the boring pieces (i.e. panel discussions) and fun pieces (i.e. House balls), because of the fact that some people will be interested in the panel discussions and some people will only be interested in attending the House ball, so why not include both pieces so that we can get more people apart of the dialogue?”. With the theme of Journey to Black Liberation, making the symposium accessible was important, so all the plenary discussions are free to the general community. Only The Black Liberation Ball is ticketed, at $10.

More details about the plenary discussions can be found here, below is the list of themes. Please note you can pre-register for many events.

  • The Trans Sounds of Black Liberation
  • Womanism, Black Feminism, And the Politics of Love: A conversation around liberation for Black women
  • Am I not A Black Man? Black Masculinity, Male Sexuality and Respectability Politics
  • HIV and Black people in the Americas, preceded by the Canadian debut screening of feature documentary parTy boi 
  • Self Care and healing space
  • Open Space Technology
  •  I Am For You Can Enjoy by UK-based artists Khalil West and Ajamu

The Black Liberation Ball with celebrity guest judges Pony Zion and the legendary Leiomy Maldonado. The ball is co-curated by Michael Roberson Maasai Milan (NYC) with commentator The Rocksocking Twysted Miyake Mugler (Toronto)

Come and be apart of the cross borders dialogues around Black Liberation, taking place at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, February 9th and 10th, 2018.

Blackness, Gender, Work and Love symposium (December 2nd)


Blackness, Gender, Work, and Love Symposium will be the closing event of the yearlong initiative called Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference. Apart of the Planning in Toronto: Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course at York University, this course investigated how urban planning is informed by and closely related to the overarching, infrastructural challenges faced by the African, Caribbean & Black Canadian community in the GTA.

This day long symposium taking place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, will be co-created by students of the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference course, along with various community stakeholders.

The themes of Blackness, Gender, Work and Love will be sewn in throughout the symposium, The students will be responsible of co-creating the plenaries working with community members, community based organizations, government agencies, community based artists and activists to create a plenary apart of the symposium.

We look forward to sharing space with you all, December 2nd, 2017 at Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University for the of Blackness, Gender, Work and Love symposium, this will be a free event and lunch will be provided.

You can access your free tickets here.

This event will be held in an accessible space. To request accommodations, contact Nigel Barriffe by Monday, November 20, 2017: