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February Black History Month Events in Vancouver

Black History Month

Black History Month takes place in February in recognition of the history, contributions and culture of Canadians of African and African-American decent.

In 2020, Black History Month ran from February 1st to 29th (so for one day more than usual due to 2020 being a leap year). In 2021 it runs for the full month of February. That being said, because of COVID-19, there likely won’t be a lot happening (at least not compared to past recent years).

There are virtual events celebrating black history and culture in February 2021, but no large live events. For more information about what’s happening this year click Black History Month in Vancouver.

 

Black History Month in Vancouver

February is Black History Month in both Canada and the United States (where in America it is also known as African-American History Month). As a result, Vancouver features a number of performances and events that honour the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians.

The theme for Black History Month in 2020 was “Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past”. The theme and other details for 2021 are to be confirmed.

 

Black History Month Events

Some of the events that took place last year in Vancouver in honour of Black History Month are listed below. There were film screenings, performances and other events. Some of the events we list were specifically “Black History Month” events. Others though simply featured African-American talent and just happened to take place in February.

2022 details are to be confirmed.

(Note: Times, dates and other details were subject to change. See official websites for more information.)

 

Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street
Vancity Theatre

 


Film Screenings in 2020


 

Black History Month film screenings take place at either the Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour Street or The Cinematheque at 1131 Howe Street in Vancouver.

Saturday, February 1st (2020)

  • Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse – at 11:45 am at the Vancity Theatre.
  • Ethnic Notions + Affirmations – at 2:30 pm at The Cinematheque.
  • Color Adjustment – at 4:00 pm at The Cinematheque.

Monday, February 3rd (2020)

  • Harriet – at 6:20 pm at the Vancity Theatre.
  • Boyz n the Hood – at 8:40 pm at the Vancity Theatre.

Monday, February 10th (2020) 

  • Watermelon Woman – with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival at 6:30 pm at the Vancity Theatre.
  • Long Time Comin’ – at 8:30 pm at the Vancity Theatre.

Thursday, February 13th (2020)

  • Journey to Justice – at 7:00 pm at The Cinematheque.

Monday, February 17th (2020)

Monday, February 24th (2020)

Wednesday, February 26th (2020)

Saturday, February 29th (2020)

  • Blacula – at 8:10 pm at the Vancity Theatre.

TIP: The Vancouver South African Film Festival also takes place from March 27th to March 29th in 2020.

 


Shows and Performances in 2020


 

Various performances that took place across Vancouver during Black History Month last year including the following:

Saturday, February 1st (2020)

  • 9th Annual Stayed on Freedom – a Musical Celebration of Black History Month with the Marcus Mosely Chorale and City Soul Choir at 2:30 and 7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street.
  • She, Mami Wata and The Pussy WitchHunt – at the PuSh Festival at 8:00 pm at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island.
  • Ezra Kwizera – at 10:00 pm at Guilt and Company downstairs at 1 Alexander Street in Gastown.
  • House of ComedyJackie Fabulous from America’s Got Talent fame entertains at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster. Also on stage is Kwasi Thomas.

 

Ezra Kwizera in Concert
Ezra Kwizera

 

Sunday, February 2nd (2020)

  • House of ComedyJackie Fabulous from America’s Got Talent fame entertains at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.

Tuesday, February 4th (2020)

  • Underneath the Harlem Moon – at 9:30 pm at Guilt and Company downstairs at 1 Alexander Street in Gastown.

Thursday, February 6th (2020)

 

Tonye Aganaba in Concert
Tonye Aganaba

 

Friday, February 7th (2020)

  • Root: an Afrocentric Experience for Black History Month – at 7:00 pm at the Commercial Street Cafe at 3599 Commercial Street.
  • Cutlass Spring – at the Push Festival at 8:00 pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie Street.

Saturday, February 8th (2020)

  • Cutlass Spring – at the Push Festival at 8:00 pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie Street.

Sunday, February 9th (2020)

  • Jazz Vespers
    • At Northwood United Church in Surrey with the Marcus Mosley Chorale. Admission is by donation.
    • At 4 pm at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church in Vancouver. Today’s event features various artists performing in honour of Black History Month.

 

Marcus Mosely
Marcus Mosely

 

Thursday, February 13th (2020)

Friday, February 14th (2020)

Saturday, February 15th (2020)

Sunday, February 16th (2020)

  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley with Ada Lee. Admission is by donation.

 

Jazz Vespers with Ada Lee
Ada Lee

 

Wednesday, February 19th (2020)

Thursday, February 20th (2020)

  • JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival presents Jay Pharaoh – at 7:00 pm at the Vogue Theatre at 918 Granville Street.
  • Yoro (with a special guest) – at 8:30 pm at the Calabash Bistro at 428 Carrall Street.

Friday, February 21st (2020)

Saturday, February 22nd (2020)

Friday, February 28th (2020)

Saturday, February 29th (2020)

 


Other Black History Community Events in 2020


 

Below is a selection of other events that took place during Black History Month in Vancouver in 2020. For a full list of events, see the Black History Month website.

Saturday, February 1st (2020)

  • Black History Month Celebration – from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street.

Sunday, February 2nd (2020)

  • Black History Month Kickoff – from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street.
  • The Black Market – at 1:00 pm at 8 East Pender Street.

Thursday, February 6th (2020)

Saturday, February 8th (2020)

  • Afro Hiit Class – at 4:00 pm at 119 West Broadway Street.
  • 2020 Afro Gala – at 6:00 pm at St. Luke’s Hall at 2028 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge

Saturday, February 15th (2020)

Sunday, February 16th (2020)

Saturday, February 22nd (2020)

Sunday, February 23rd (2020)

Saturday, February 29th (2020)

 

Other Information

For more details click Black History Month in Vancouver.

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