2018 U.N. Theme: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON K1H7X7
BYAP Ottawa City Pop Up, by BYAP Just Think 1st. We're coming to you Ottawa!
Join us for an exciting afternoon of entertainment and food as we discuss the challenges that our Black Youth face and how we can #DisruptTheDisruption of Black sterotypes, negative thinking and actions.
The first 200 youth to register and attend will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Raptors Tickets (Including 1 night hotel stay).
REGISTRATION MANDATORY! Register at:
Monday, March 5, 2018
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: FSS 4004, 120 University Private, Ottawa U
Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa presents: Zimbabwe after Mugabe
David Moore, Professor of Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg, has been trying to figure out the complexities and contradictions of Zimbabwean politics since 1984, when he started fieldwork for his York University doctorate. Since then he has written about 60 interventions of various sorts on Zimbabwe’s history, political economy, elections, and parties. One of his more recent works, in 2015, is “Robert Mugabe: An Intellectual Manqué and his Moments of Meaning”, in Sabelo Gatsheni-Ndlovu’s edited Mugabeism? History, Politics and Power in Africa.
Monday, March 5, 2018
6 PM - 8:30 PM (6:00pm doors open; 6:30pm screening)
Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X3
Strike A Rock Film Screening + Q & A.
This is a story of two South African mothers and best friends, Primrose Sonti and Thumeka Magwangqana, who together take on Lonmin PLC, the third largest platinum-extractor in the world. They live in Nkaneng, Marikana, an informal settlement in rural South Africa that sprung up around the mine. Although the corporation has significant legal obligations to the community where the mine is located, it was not complying with its responsibilities, leading to increasing tensions. When police opened fire on miners protesting low wages on August 16, 2012, killing 34 people, the incident sent shock waves throughout the world.
These two dynamic women form a women’s organization, Sikhala Sonke (We Cry Together), and over time take different paths in their search for social and economic justice. Sonti’s ambition lands e her a seat in Parliament with a new, radical opposition party. But to take up the post she has to leave Marikana. Magwangqana, left behind, faces her fears as she picks up the reins of resistance as a community leader, and challenges Lonmin in a landmark complaint. The film follows their deeply personal journey as they take on a Goliath of high-powered enemies that appear to collude against the people of Marikana, and at the same time try to maintain a friendship that is threatening to break under the weight of this pressure.
Q & A to follow with Human Rights Watch Emergencies Division Researcher Jonathan Pedneault.
To purchase tickets ($5/ticket) from the Mayfair Theatre: Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis – cash only.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Doors Open at 9pm
St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 523 St Anthony St, Ottawa, ON K1R 0A6
Guyana Ottawa Cultural Association’s Republic Anniversary Dance. Come Dance the Night Away with The Guyana Ottawa Cultural Association (GOCA) as we celebrate Guyana’s 48th Republic Anniversary on March 10th. There will be complimentary Hors D’oeuvres during the Cocktail Hour from 9pm -10pm, Door Prizes, and Food on Sale. So put on your dancing shoes because our djs are going to keep you on the dancefloor all night long. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets and info call Lorna at 613-327-5089, Simone at 613-424-4177, Derrice at 613-265-1480, or Kool Runnings Caribbean Groceries located at 2200 Montreal Road.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Riverside United Church, 3191 Riverside Dr., Ottawa
Black History Service. Theme – “In The Circle Of Song We Are One”. Special Guest – Chris White, nephew of renowned contralto singer, Portia White.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
RA Centre, 2451 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON K1H7X7
The Social Planning Council of Ottawa presents: "Aging In Your Community", an ethno-cultural seniors forum. This is an open invitation to all professionals and community members who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of the needs of Ottawa's ethnocultural seniors and how we can work together to address them. The forum will also provide an opportunity to network and build relationships with different ethnocultural senior groups in our community. The Keynote Speaker will be Associate Professor at Carleton University Susan Braedley, MSW PHD. A complimentary healthy breakfast will be provided. This event is FREE. Attendees are kindly asked to register at the link below:
Wednesday March 14, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Billings Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier West
Africa Study Group presents: The Threat from Boko Haram and Other Sources of Violence to Nigeria’s Potential Agricultural Revolution, by Dr. Kevin O’Sullivan, National University of Ireland, Galway & Visiting Fellow, Carleton University. The humanitarian crisis that impacted the lives of millions across Africa in the mid-1980s prompted unprecedented levels of fund-raising in the West. But where did this outpouring of popular compassion originate? What form did it take? With what consequences for our understanding of Africa and humanitarian aid? To answer those questions, this talk examines the popular response to the crisis in Ethiopia in three countries – Britain, Canada and Ireland – and the social, cultural and political contexts in which it was shaped.
Wednesday, March 14 2018
Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave., Ottawa
BOOK LAUNCH: Celebrating Descent Into Night, with author Edem Awumey
With a nod to Samuel Beckett and Bohumil Hrabal, a young dramatist from a West African nation describes a student protest against a brutal oligarchy and its crushing aftermath. While distributing leaflets with provocative quotations from Beckett, Ito Baraka is taken to a camp where torture, starvation, beatings, and rape are normal. Forced to inform on his friends, whose fates he now fears, and released a broken man, he is enabled to escape to Quebec. His one goal is to tell the story of the protest and pay homage to Koli Lem, a teacher, cellmate, and lover of books, who was blinded by being forced to look at the sun--and is surely a symbol of the nation. Edem Awumey gives us a darkly moving and terrifying novel about fear and play, repression and protest, and the indomitable nature of creativity.
Saturday, March 17
Doors at 7pm// Show at 8pm
Mercury Lounge, 56, Byward Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Nature Boy: The Music Of Nat King Cole-Album Release Party. An intimate evening of jazz with Antoine L Collins. Celebrate the release of Antoine’s highly anticipated second album Nature Boy: The Music of Nat King Cole. More than a tribute album, this project, produced by Phillip Victor Bova, celebrates an outstanding musician who left an indelible mark on the world of Jazz. Nat King Cole’s songs awaken powerful emotions of passion, pleasure or melancholy, and the songs on Antoine’s record address universal, as well as deeply personal, struggles, hopes, loves regrets and fears. So, come out and experience Antoine’s interpretation of these intimate insights on life. Performance followed by Trevor Walker and Matt Cameron on Visuals.
$15.00 in advance/$20.00 at the door.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Ottawa Pianos & Keyboards, 1412 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario K1H7Y9
Reflections - Album Release Concert. John Kofi Dapaah released his debut album - Reflections (works by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Bach/Petri) on February 16th. This concert will feature repertoire from the album and others. Album (hard copies - $15) will be available for purchase
Tickets Available at
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Arts Court Theatre • 240-2 Daly Ave., Ottawa
An Evening with Gcina Mhlophe. Ottawa Storytellers and the Ottawa International Writers Festival are proud to welcome Gcina Mhlophe, one of South Africa's most celebrated storytellers. In this intimate encounter, she will be telling traditional Southern African folktales and sharing stories from her life as a freedom fighter, writer, literacy advocate, story-collector, and artist. Gcina has been described as one of South Africa's cultural treasures. Join her on this rare visit to Canada.
Gcina's tour is supported by Canada Council for the Arts.
GET TICKETS: General-$22;Reduced-$18; Members-Free