Byron Armstrong

    Byron Armstrong

    With Gordon Shadrach’s latest exhibition at United Contemporary Gallery, Trade, the artist continues to explore Black masculinity and speak to the present, while referencing the important legacies of Black Canadian history.

    This nation sets Black women on fire. They do it for the common offence of demanding the freedom to live an autonomous existence. Born into a world that questions their right to unshackle themselves after the indignities of transatlantic slavery. Dragged across an ocean. Falling asleep to a lullaby of lapping waves and human sorrow. Landfall in a place as remote and foreign as it was cold and unwelcoming. Marie-Joseph Angelique is sold to a merchant’s family in Montreal to make a home more livable for them. 

    "Pisces" Courtesy Montano St. Jules | Scarborough is east of everything. A maze of tree-lined streets and houses framed within unyielding strips of road, carrying a truly multicultural cast of players identified as newcomers, second-gen in-betweens, and some who have been around the block and back. It is part of that living, breathing organism that is Toronto. Far from its centre, it will never be referred to as the heart of the city; that moniker is held on to for dear life by downtown. The people of Scarborough have never really been allowed to lead politically, therefore, being considered the head seems unlikely. The importance of the area lies deep under the surface of the skin. Beneath the epidermal layer of this maturing metropolis, connected by crisscrossing highways and subway tracks like an interconnected system of nerves, muscle and sinew.

    When you think about where to find a great slice of pizza in Toronto, you probably envision College Street’s “Little Italy” or, if your tastes are a little more pedestrian, your corner Pizza Pizza. If you wouldn’t have selected “Little Jamaica” in the fantasy round of a Levar Burton-hosted Jeopardy, boy do I have a surprise for you! Toronto’s first-ever Caribbean-themed pizzeria is launching soon on Eglinton West and if you ever wanted to know what Jerk chicken would taste like on a slice of ‘za, here’s your chance to explore.

    Daej Hamilton knew she wanted to be an inventor at 8 years old. By 12, inspired by her mother who was studying interior design at the time, the desire to create segued into a career interest in woodworking.

    Photo: Jacquie Comrie, Apanaki Temtayo Minerve (Credit: Neri Media), and Gloria C. Swain (Credit: Kwasi Kyei)

    18 Jul 2021

    (COVER PHOTO: "Mind" Courtesy Alexis Eke)

    Blueprint: Backing BIPOC Businesses is the company’s new mentorship and grant program designed to support the advancement of 100 BIPOC-owned businesses across Canada.

    Freelance illustrator Jenelle Lewis is a generation-next creative who burst out of the gates right after high school.

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