We are super excited to build with you all this Sunday, September 4th for Black Daddies Club annual Family and Friends Picnic at Petticoat Creek Park in Pickering. It is our pleasure to announce that one our community partner’s the City of Toronto has provided two 48 seat shuttle buses to ensure that this event is accessible to community members across the Greater Toronto Area.
There is a bus that will be dedicated for community members living in Toronto west, this bus will be making stops at Jane and Finch Mall and Lawrence West Mall (across from Lawrence West Subway Station). There will also be a bus dedicated for community members living in Toronto east, this bus will be making stops at Scarborough Town Center Mall, Malvern Town Center Mall, and Kingston and Galloway.
If you are interested in taking this free shuttle service it is important that you RVSP with Darlene firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday, September 3rd, 2016so that we can ensure that everyone is able to attend the picnic.
Thing to remember:
This event is a potluck, but you can also purchase food at the picnic from one of our food vendors.
There is a general admission fee to get into Petticoat Creek Park due to fact it is a provincial park, non of this fee will go to Black Daddies Club, but rather to Ontario conversation, this cost is mandatory to all patrons entering the park. There is also afee to get into pool and splash pad area, children must be accompanied into this area with an adult.
Adult (15 +) $6.50
Senior (60 +) $5.50
Children (14 and under), with their family FREE
Per Person (2 years +) $4.75
Per Person with TRCA Parks Membership $2.75
Under 2 Years FREE
The theme of the picnic this year is “How can we support Black children and their parents living in the Greater Toronto Area?“, there will be a discussion taking place at the picnic as one of the many activities that will be taking place on September 4th, between 12pm to 7pm. We look forward to sharing space with you all, from grandparents to grandchildren and everyone in between.
The end of summer is fast approaching. [insert sad face here]
…but before the sun gives way to the cold and snow, let’s get together for some rest, relaxation and reasoning with family and friends!
On Sunday, September 4th at Petticoat Creek Park in Pickering, the Black Daddies Club (BDC) will be hosting our annual Family and Friends Picnic. This event will be a part of the Breaking Bread series that will culminate in our 10thanniversary co-created initiative entitled the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference. Spread throughout 2017, the Un-Conference will be held at venues across the Greater Toronto Area.
Black Daddies Club has partnered with York University’s graduate planning program to teach the fall 2016 course Planning in Toronto workshop, which will focus on developing a GIS mapping system that will be introduced during the Black Love Matters 2017 Un-Conference.
As we reach the denouement of summer 2016, one thing that I have realized so far this year is that the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area in our multiplicity of hues and politics has different ways of community organizing and claiming space, it has been a beautiful thing to witness and this has giving hope to many from my community. During this summer I have seen the city of Toronto come alive with various forms of community organizing, one of which was the July’s edition of Breaking Bread Brunch which has been our most successful brunch so far this year, I would like to thank our community partners (Vibe 105.5FM, We Speak Research, Young Potential Fathers/ Ujima House) and community members that made July’s discussion really thoughtful, sincere and provocative.
As the summer heats up, the dialogue in the first three Black Daddies Club: Breaking Bread Brunches gets more personal.
Thank you to Michael Went, Nicole Angela and Belinda Ageda, who co-hosted and co-facilitated some really important and meaningful discussions in the June edition of Breaking Bread Brunch, which was focused on the “Importance of Black Space in Toronto.” Also, a deep thank you to the attendees who came out to June Edition, who broke bread with us, shared their intimate stories and collectively began thinking about strategies to move forward with for the 2017 Black Love Matters: Un-Conference.
The July edition of Breaking Bread Brunch looks to maintain the richness of community dialogue as we tackle the topic of “Unmasking Black Maskulinity: What it means to be a Black man in Toronto.” Black Daddies Club has partnered with We Speak Research (http://www.we-speak.ca/) to cohost this dialogue as well as a screening of the short film, “The Test” on Sunday July 24th, 2016, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at Ujima House (1901 Weston Road, Unit 18). This venue is wheelchair accessible.
This discussion is open to all genders who are interested in being apart of the dialogue regarding the lived experience of Black men in Toronto. This month’s discussion will not have a online streaming component, as we want to honour the intimacy of dialogue that we are hoping to create during this upcoming dialogue on Black masculinity. The admission for this event is pay what you can or Potluck, so if possible, please contribute by bringing food or donating something at the door.
Breaking Bread Brunches are a monthly discussion series of where we eat and discuss issues in the Black community in Toronto. These brunch conversations will inform the upcoming Black Daddies Club 10th anniversary co-created initiative, Black Love Matters Un-Conference, taking place in locations across the Greater Toronto Area from January 2017 to December 2017.
Looking forward to seeing you in the space and hearing your stories in the dialogue.
An international film contest for short films which address black masculinity and black love. Not enough films are created with fully developed, authentic portrayals of the diverse experiences of Black Love. This challenge was inspired in collaboration with the Black Daddies Club and was designed to provide a platform for narratives of Black Men, Black Love, and Black Masculinity, in all of their many forms.
What does Black Love mean to you or Why is Black Love important to you?
Cinema Spotlight Award from The Africa Channel: $1,500 USD
Screening at CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2016
– Must be created/produced/acted in by creators of color from the Caribbean Region and African Diaspora
– 1-5 minutes long
– Any genre
– Content must be appropriate for all audiences
Black Daddies Club has partnered with G.R.I.P. ( Grassroots International Productions) Media Inc. G.R.I.P. is a Canadian Production company based in Toronto that aims to produce authentic narratives that reflect the diversity around the globe.
We have decided to partner with G.R.I.P. this Father’s Day to put out real-life narratives and experiences that black fathers can relate to while celebrating the important work that we do.
Thank you to all the fathers who play a role to all your children’s lives. To the fathers who are not able to play a role in your children’s lives, no matter what the reason, we see you, we appreciate you and we love you.
Where: CUPE Local 4400 Office
[1482 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON] – 4th Floor Cost: $20 Entry When: Friday, June 17th [7pm to 9pm] This event is open to the community. Light meal will be served. Children under 10 are free. RSVP here: https://goo.gl/SX4at5
Thank you to everyone that came out to the Breaking Bread Brunch session in April, and a special thanks to Kyla Farmer and Sarah Beech who facilitated the session — so much rich dialogue and learning came out of the discussion.
As we prepare for next Breaking Bread Brunch session, we want to inform you that the date has been changed from May 29th and will now be held on Sunday, June 26 th, 2016 due to some scheduling issues. With the exception of May, we will continue to hold our brunches on the last Sunday of every month.
June’s brunch will be talking about “Creating Black Spaces” in our community. Continue reading →