Author | Photo MIss Black Ontario winner Miss Rexdale Rhonda Broadbent, 1981. Photo by Jim Russell

Opening This Winter: ‘Eyes, Ears, Voice’ Showcases The Rich Stories Of Toronto’s Black Communities

From Caribana to political protest, Black Canadian photojournalists have been capturing pivotal events in Toronto’s history. Now, a new exhibit of works by renowned Black Canadian photojournalists Jules Elder, Eddie Grant, Diane Liverpool, Al Peabody and Jim Russell is coming to the Meridian Art Centre (5040 Yonge Street).

Ears, Eyes, Voice features 41 works that illuminate the stories of Toronto’s diverse Black communities; from backstage with Peter Tosh and Tina Turner and early Caribana images to documenting farm workers, capturing images of political protests against the Toronto police and local anti-apartheid protests, to local Ebony fashion shows and the crowning of Miss Black Ontario. From politicians and community members to entertainers and activists, the show reveals the great swath of formidable people who have helped shape Toronto. 

Ears, Eyes, Voice is organized and circulated by Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND) and curated by Dr. Julie Crooks. It’s free to attend and runs from Feb. 15-March 8 at Meridian Arts Centre (5040 Yonge Street — North York Centre subway). Get more information here

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