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TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ -

What: A celebration of Black History Month with Then & Now, a series of performance, arts, and cultural events taking place in Toronto from January 16 - March 27.

Sponsored by TD Bank Group, series events include:

  • Jan 16-Feb 12: Ruined - Ruined follows a young woman's path to Mama Nadi, a savvy businesswoman who, in the midst of a complex civil war, both protects and profits from the women whose bodies have become battlegrounds.
  • January 25: An Evening with Spike Lee - The acclaimed director examines the role of music in his films and his perspective on the importance of music in black cinema.
  • February 5/6 and 12/13: Kuumba Festival - A FREE celebration of Black History Month with activities such as dance classes, film screenings, music concerts, comedy nights and more.
  • February 23/26: Voice of the Diaspora…Haitian Voices - The Nathaniel Dett Chorale presents an intoxicating Haitian Creole musical celebration featuring the world premiere of Ayiti by Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume.

When: January 16 - March 27, 2011

Where: A full listing of events and details is available at:

Additional Information: To learn more about Canadian black history, visit Historica-Dominion Institute's Black History Canada Portal (

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