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    Jorian Charlton's "Untitled" at 330 Bay St. (Courtesy of the Author) Although often held up as a multicultural standard for racial tolerance, the history of Canada in relation to Black, Indigenous and other People of Colour leaves much to be desired.

    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.

    "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…

    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 Credit: Anthony Gebrehiwot Randell Adjei recently made history after becoming Ontario’s first-ever Poet Laureate. When asked about his life after accepting the honour, Randell Adjei replied, “Way busier, more now than ever!” As of April 28th, 2021, with the approval of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Adjei added another notch to his already abundantly decorated belt. For his work as a spoken word artist and facilitator for young artists in Toronto, Randell Adjei has been given quite a few illustrious titles and accolades including Torontonian of the Year, Local Hero, and now, Poet Laureate of the province of Ontario.

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

    (PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Dawley) Perhaps more so than any other sport, figure skating embodies the balance between athleticism and artistry. That marriage is part of the reason watching sports is so compelling.  Those attributes also perfectly personify Canadian figure skater Elladj Baldé. 

    (COVER PHOTO: "Mind" Courtesy Alexis Eke)

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

    Dr. Andrea Fatona is an independent curator and an associate professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University who is concerned with issues of equity within the sphere of the arts and the educational potential of artworks produced by Black Canadians to articulate broader perspectives of Canadian identities.

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