How racism in Ontario schools today is connected to a history of segregation

Toronto’s Africentric Alternative School first opened in 2009 after years of advocacy and then months of heated public debates and... Read More

The role of cricket in an inclusive city

Cricket has a rich cultural history in Toronto. The sport is closely tied to Black history, following the Black Diaspora throughout... Read More

EXCERPT FROM ‘UNCLE’: Aunt Jemima in Chicago

Excerpted with permission from Uncle: Race, Nostalgia and the Politics of Loyalty, published this month by Coach House Books... Read More

The ‘bashment’ parties of my childhood are Black history

In 2002, reggae artist Sean Paul shot the video for his song ‘Get Busy/Like Glue,’ in Vaughan. Directed by Toronto’s own Director X... Read More

‘Out of this world’ sculptures land in midtown

In Toronto, there are a number of public artworks that re-imagine the human subject. I’m thinking, for example, of Hadley+ Maxwell’s... Read More

THOMPSON: What if the Caribana Carnival went back to its roots?

“The watching Torontonians didn’t cheer, didn’t wave,” reported the Toronto Daily Star on August 5, 1967, as “Caribana” left Varsity... Read More

The connections between public art and activism

In this moment of social and political upheaval, as protesters demand racial justice in response to police brutality and systemic... Read More

If Black lives truly matter in Canada, an apology for slavery is only a first step

silNatasha Henry is a 2018 Vanier Scholar completing a PhD in History at York University on the enslavement of Africans in early... Read More

Tales from The Concert Hall at the Masonic Temple

“You need to get there by 5. Or 4, if you can.” This advice might have come from someone’s older brother, or more likely someone’s... Read More

ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK: With Broken Social Scene, Cause = Time

Spacing is teaming up with Coach House Books and Jonny Dovercourt to bring you partial and complete chapter excerpts from the new book... Read More