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Black History Month has arrived, and while black history deserves to be celebrated and honoured all year long, the events below provide a place to start for people looking to educate themselves. From musical events like “The Fifth Element” Exploring Hip Hop to a virtual cemetery tour dedicated to the graves of black pioneers, check out this list of free Black History Month events happening in Victoria.
The BC Black History Awareness Society is hosting a virtual event called The Fifth Element on February 20, which will explore all there is to know about hip hop. Specifically, this two-hour event will cover the five elements of this popular dance style: Knowledge, Djing/Lyricism, Breakdancing/African dance, and Graffiti. It will also explore themes of identity, power, resistance, and creativity related to hip hop and black and indigenous youth. Legendary hip hop photographer and member of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame, Ernie Paniccioli, will be the guest speaker for the event, which will take place via Zoom.
Learn about the history of Black pioneers and other influential black figures in Canada through the free Ross Bay Cemetery Tour. This virtual guided tour will show viewers the graves of Black pioneers and others who were influential in the migration of black people to the British colony. The event is taking place on Sunday, February 21 from 2 pm until 3 pm, and will be hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society, and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society.
In the mood for a live concert? Then you won’t want to miss this special Black History Month event. Taking place on February 26 from 7 pm until 8:30 pm, BCBHAS Celebrates Music During Black History Month will see Cuban pianist Pablo Cárdenas bring to life the work of world renowned Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson. For those that don’t know, Peterson released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, and received numerous other awards, making him one of the greatest (if not the greatest) jazz pianist in Canadian history. Cárdenas will be performing live some of Peterson’s greatest pieces.
If you’re visiting Victoria this month, then be sure to reserve a room at the Best Western Carlton Plaza Hotel. We combine top-notch service and an array of amenities with an unbeatable location in Victoria.