Celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, with one vibrant and rhythmic #FNLROM!
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They will also be available at the door starting at 7 PM - arrive early because space is limited!
Kick off your Friday nights on the dance floor with top DJs and live indie artists, or explore our stunning galleries with tasty food and drinks.
Souvenir © Chantal Gibson
An artist, DJ, creator, cultural producer, TV/Online personality, activist, and advocate for the empowerment of female artists and creators. TiKA’s love and passion for culture and music has led to the release of 2 EP’s, “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” + “Carry On.” She has opened for major R&B heavyweights like John Legend + NAO and is being coined as an incredible performance artist + visual hypnotist. TiKA’s debut full album + short film will be released in Fall of 2018. Aptly titled “Anywhere But Here,” it serves as a brilliant indication of her unique voice, as well as her distinctive resonance and personality as a developed artist.
Duane (lead vocals), Brooke (guitar), Cory (drums) and Robert (harmony vocals and songwriting on the newest release) all share the Blackburn name; a name that has become truly connected to Toronto music history. Musically, the Blackburn name has been forever imprinted in our ears by Bobby Dean Blackburn, an R&B artist who gained legendary status in the Toronto music scene, performing the city circuit for over 30 years. Beyond the music, other history runs deep too. The Blackburn name is tied to the history of the Underground Railroad, and there is a direct connection to the musical talents that we know and listen to today.
Known for his diverse mixing, DJ K.I. has been entertaining party goers for two decades – spinning the hottest tracks in Reggae, Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B, House, Soca, and Latin.
DJ Craig Dominic
His signature ‘Jack of all trades’ style has given a new perspective on the DJ scene blending top 40, R&B & Hip Hop, House & more into one cohesive experience, like few others can. Craig is also a founding member of Blackness Yes! a community-based committee that works year-round to celebrate Black queer and Trans history, creativity and resistance. He has DJ’d countless special events,venues and continues to have his residencies at Crews & Tangos, FML Mondays, College Night Wednesdays and Big Primpin.
Hailing from Toronto, DJ MelBoogie is one of the country's best-known female DJs. For almost 25 years, her roots have been deeply embedded in radio, both as a host and as a mixshow format DJ. She’s also opened for some of the most respected performers in the world of entertainment, including Kevin Hart, Major Lazer, Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, and more. Dedicated to developing independent artists and urban music in Canada, Mel is an advisory board member for the JUNOs’ Rap Category, and is the former Communications Director for UMAC, the Urban Music Association of Canada.
A DJ, producer, music director, cultural curator, and Dora award-winning sound designer, L’Oqenz’s passion for music and multi-layered artistry has garnered the attention of local and international audiences. From facilitating DJ lessons with Prince Charles to touring and performing with the likes of Zaki Ibrahim, Motion, Tanika Charles, Jean Grae, Bahamadia, K’Naan, M1 (Dead Prez), Maseo (De La Soul), Kool Herc, and Saul Williams, L’Oqenz’s musical trajectory is travelling at the speed of hard-driven, beat-laden sound.
Untitled (No Fields) 2017
This wearable sculpture comments on the issues surrounding the gesture of taking a knee as a form of protest. While clearly referring to current events in the United States, the piece interrogates the longer history of exploitation and social control of specifically Black male bodies from the fields of slavery to the fields of athleticism. The resonance of the athletes’ gesture of protest is not limited to the African American context, but resonates with the equally violent and dehumanizing histories of objectification of Black bodies in Canada’s past and present.