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13 Nov 2019

This Artist is Redefining Black Representation And What Success Looks Like

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Gordon Shadrach is a portrait artist, Grade 2 teacher, and public speaker. His work has shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to name a few. As a self-taught painter, it’s even more impressive that he’s been selected by OCAD University as a lecturer at its How We Paint series. Prior to that engagement, ByBlacks spoke to the artist about the themes he explores through his art, the challenges of breaking through institutional barriers as an emerging artist at age 53, and what he most hopes to impart in…

07 Nov 2019

Tray Arts: Repainting His Story on the Canvas of Life

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Trayon Baksh, aka Tray Arts’ journey to success was fraught with pitfalls, but what seemed like divine intervention nudged him in the right direction while courage and determination pushed him the rest of the way.

14 Oct 2019

10 Questions With Marci Ien: Measha Brueggergosman

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Measha Brueggergosman is a Juno-award winning Canadian soprano who graces stages around the globe as an opera singer and concert artist. She is also an author, an actress and most importantly a mother of two boys. We caught up for a bite to eat at a hotel in downtown Toronto. Measha was in town to support an initiative with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. We first met years ago in Halifax when I was assigned to work on a profile of her for CTV National News. Full disclosure: she is one of my favourite people.

10 Sep 2019

The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture 

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Drawn from the extraordinary holdings of The Walther Collection, The Way She Looks exhibition revisits the history of African photographic portraiture through the viewpoints of women, both as subjects and photographers.

08 Aug 2019

Black In Bronze - A Monument to Black "Ordinary Men"

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We are living through a time when monuments of revered white men are being questioned and removed from public spaces. We are asking ourselves, who is worthy of a monument, who is worthy of taking up space?

17 Jun 2019

Black, Queer, and Still Here: The Lived Experiences Of A Community Captured In Art

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“Rainbow capitalism.” This occurs once a year when corporate brands focus on LGBTQ representation in order to sell products to that community and its supporters.

13 Jan 2019

Wayne Dunkley: Hashtags, Prejudice & Creating Space

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For the last 20 years, photographer and new media artist Wayne Dunkley has been asking people in urban centres to confront negative perceptions and biases around Black identity. His latest project, #whatdoyoufeelwhen, is an interactive work of public art that prompts for honest reactions to thousands of images of his face postered in four major cities across Canada.

06 Jan 2019

Home Sweet Haiti

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In celebration of the 215th anniversary of Haiti's Independence on January 1st, ByBlacks highlights two women’s journey to self-discovery.

21 May 2018

The Pascal Atuma Open Mic Show - The Stage Is Yours, The Crowd Decides

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It’s an otherwise quiet night in the heart of downtown Toronto. The sun has just begun to dip, and the normally bustling streets are virtually empty, save for a few pedestrians and the odd streetcar.

17 Apr 2018

Bringing it Home: Vernacular Jazz Dance in Toronto

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I have been a professional dance artist for 15 years, and I’m now the Artistic Director of Holla Jazz – a company that focuses on spreading the guiding principles of jazz dance, and perhaps creating some new ones.

19 Feb 2018

The Age Of Wearable Art And Why It's Here To Stay

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The first time I saw one of Dawn Grant’s designs, the image never left my mind.

16 Jan 2018

The Truth About Becoming An Actor In Toronto

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Ryan Singh first stepped into the "entertainment" spotlight in his homeland - Guyana, South America at just 6 years old.

29 Oct 2017

Beasts From Bricks: Inside The Mind Of A Lego Artist

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Artist Ekow Nimako makes art accessible by bringing Lego® bricks to life through animal sculptures.

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