Announcing: The Black Daddies Club 2024 programming 

Sunday Dinner: Conversation with Black Men (March 2023)

Greetings and Salutations All,

As we ease into the second month of the new year, The Black Daddies Club (BDC) is excited to announce our programming schedule for the 2024 calendar year and also to make note of our various partnerships that make these initiatives possible. 

2024 will make 17 years that The Black Daddies Club has been doing work in the Greater Toronto Area and due to the fact that BDC is a volunteer led organization, each year we guide our programming based on themes to ensure that we are focusing on a particular area of interest. For 2024, our theme is Finding Home in Ourselves and Community and our programming will focus on Mental Health for Black families and Black men. We will be continuing programs such as Sunday Dinners: Conversations with Black men and The Black Families Un-Conference, and also introducing some exciting new programming with various community stakeholders.

As the founder of the Black Daddies Club, some of you reading this may be already aware, I am in my final year of training as a Gestalt therapist and the last 5 years of therapy training has informed my work and approach with the Black Daddies Club as we look at co-creating “community mental health interventions” that are relevant to various sub-sects of the Black communities that we work with. This year we are excited to deepen this work and to continue co-creating spaces for communal healing while doing so.

For agencies that are interested in contracting the Black Daddies Club for programming within your organization or companies who are interested in partnering with any of BDC 2024 programs that align with your work please contact us at info@theblackdaddiesclub.com.

Notable New BDC Partnerships for 2024

  • The McLean Foundation coming on as a funder for some of our mental health and Black families programming for 2024
  • Rainbow Railroad Charity becoming the financial trustee for the Black Daddies Club for the 2024 calendar year
  • Unison Community Health Centre will be contracting the Black Daddies Club to deliver the Sunday Dinners: Conversations with Black Men to their clients
  • Unison Community Health Centre will be partnering with the Black Daddies Club to offer mental health clinicians during the Black Families Unconference initiative and they will also offer mental supports to individuals post the event at no cost
  • Movember Canada partnering with the Black Daddies Club for some of our mental health programming for 2024
  • KingSun Law is partnering with the Black Daddies Club to offer free Legal Literacy for Black Families workshops series (Virtual)
  • Gravenhurst Minimum and Medium Correctional Facilities contracting the Black Daddies Club to deliver Fatherhood, Finances and Finding a Way Workshop to Black men and Black fathers in their institution (February 2024)
  • Evergreen Brick Works continues the partnership with the Black Daddies Club for Black Families and Friends Summer Hikes and other BDC programming 

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2024 recurring BDC programs:

Sunday Dinners: Conversations for Black MenMarch 2024- (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.

The idea behind this in-person 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.

This initiative is a collaboration between Talk It Out Clinic (TIOC)- University of Toronto and The Black Daddies Club

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Black Families  and Friends Summer HikesJune to August 2024

Black Daddies Club presents Black Families and Friends Summer hikes will be returning in 2024. 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 the last Sunday of the summer months 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 2024 until August 2024, the venue of the hikes will be Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.

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The Black Families Un-ConferenceOctober and November 2024

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, BRI Counselling 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.

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The Journey to Black Journey Symposium and The Black Liberation Ball-

(This year’s theme is Finding Home in our Bodies)

(Precursor event)- Between May 2024 to July 2024)

The theme of this year’s Journey to Black Liberation Symposium and Black Liberation Ball is Finding Home in our Bodies , where we will be co-creating space for conversations around Black refugees (heterosexual and LGBTQ2S+) Finding home in Toronto and our second plenary will be entitled,  Am I Not A Black Woman- Conversations between Trans Black Women and Cis Heterosexual Black Women.

We are bringing back this one day symposium and Ballroom event that will focus on themes, discourses, strategies, and analysis  that are centered around the Black struggle for justice and liberation through a transnational dialogue. The plenaries will engage all the five senses, from movement workshops (i.e. vogueing) , discussions, art work gallery, film and food. The event is a cross-border conversation on what liberation in the Black community looks like. Black folks from across the diaspora will be a part of this event engaging in a global conversation on how Black liberation, as a movement, can be advanced.  

The event will conclude with The Black Liberation Ball, which will feature various houses from Canada and around the world who will be competing for the top house at this prestigious and international ballroom event.

This event is considered as a collaboration between the Black LGBTQ2S+ communities  and Black Heterosexual communities. The Curators for this initiative is Michael Maison Margelia (New York) , Twysted Miyake-Mugler (Toronto); Founder of Toronto Kiki Ball Alliance, and Brandon Hay (Toronto); Founder of the Black Daddies Club

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New BDC 2024 Programming:

Fatherhood, Finances and Finding a Way Workshop (in-person)

Gravenhurst Minimum and Medium Correctional Facilities has contracted the Black Daddies Club to deliver Fatherhood, Finances and Finding a Way Workshop to Black men and Black fathers in their institution. The purpose of this workshop is to co-create a space for Black men and Black fathers in prison to reimagine what fatherhood is, support with tips on financial and saving strategies and share community resources that these men can engage with when they are released from the institution.

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Free Legal Literacy workshop series for Black Families  (Virtual)

KingSun Law paralegal services and The Black Daddies Club will be collaborating with various community stakeholders to co-create a series of free virtual workshops focused on engaging the Black communities in the Greater Toronto Area on education, tips and strategies for legal services , estate planning, and more. our aim is to enhance legal literacy, promote access to justice, and enable community members to make informed decisions regarding their legal needs.

Dates and Time: 10am – 12pm, One Saturday per month

  • April: Community Legal Resources & Support Network/ Understanding Legal Needs in the Community/Access to Justice Initiatives
  • July: Legal Aid & Assistant Programs/Estate Planning 
  • September: Legal Education/Careers & Workshops/Legal Educators

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Sunday Dinners: Conversations with Black men with Unison Community Health Centre (in-person)

Unison Community Health Centre has contracted the Black Daddies Club to create a special Sunday Dinners: Conversation with Black Men at one of their sites in Toronto as a way to offer cultural and relevant programming for Black men in their catchment, this event will take place in fall 2024.

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We would like to give thanks and gratitude to the various community stakeholders, partners, Black families, Black men and Black fathers who continue to support the Black Daddies Club over these past 17 years, we are looking forward to continuing building with each of you for this upcoming year.

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Regards,

Brandon Hay (MES: Business)

Therapist- In-Training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto 

Founder of the Black Daddies Club