• By: Kat Walcott

Celebrate Black history in Ottawa with various events

What: The Gift of Jazz / From Africa to New Orleans to The True North Strong and Free: A Celebration of and tribute to Black History Month
When: Thursday, Feb. 13th, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Where: National Gallery of Canada
Price: $28 – $40

If you love music, don't miss this year’s edition of the annual Gift of Jazz concert. This show pays tribute to the legacy of Black music and how it has paved the way for all genres, jazz and beyond. Tickets are going fast, so snag them while you can over on Eventbrite!

Photo: Canadian Musical Odyssey

What: Africa Day on the Hill
When: Saturday, Feb. 15th, 2020, 6 p.m.
Where: Sir John A. Macdonald Building
Price: Free

Celebrate all the vibrant aspects of African culture at this year’s Africa Day on the Hill celebration! Taking place at the beautiful Sir John A. MacDonald Building across from Parliament, the evening will feature delicious food, traditional music, a fashion show and more. The event is totally free, so reserve your spot now!

Photo: African Canadian Association of Ottawa

What: An Evening with Wanda Robson
When: Thursday, Feb. 27th, 2020, 7 p.m.
Where: Canadian Museum of History
Price: $20

Learn about Black history and the inequalities Black people have faced in Canada throughout the years from Wanda Robson – author, educator and younger sister of Canadian trailblazer Viola Desmond. Robson will talk about her activism throughout the years and of course share insight about the incredible work of her sister and what went into getting her memorialized on the current $10 bill.

Photo: Canadian Museum of History, Wanda Robson,Black History Month 2020 – Family Fun Day

What: Black History Month 2020 – Family Fun Day
When: Saturday, Feb. 29th, 2020
Where: Rideauview Community Centre
Price: Free

Have some family-friendly fun and celebrate Black Canadian culture and history at the Leading Ladies Ottawa Family Fun Day! There will be food vendors, a fashion show, dance performances, kids activities and much more. Tickets are only $10 and all are invited –don't miss out!

  Photo: Black History Month 2020 – Family Fun Day Eventbrite