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DAY 1: Friday,November 18th
Conference Launch (5-9 pm)
On Friday evening, we will feature a conference launch with an overview of the weekend, a Keynote speaker, cultural performances such as singers, poets, dancers, and so forth and the opportunity to meet with other delegates while enjoying food.
Social Event/ Pub night (10pm – 2am )
Delegates will have the opportunity to socialize and relax with one another at Ram in the Rye,Ryerson’s student-owned pub. With the amazing DJ Summer Knocks, music will include HipHop, Afrobeats, Soca, Dancehall and more. *This event is free for conference attendees and also open to the public with a $2 cover fee.
DAY 2: Saturday,November 19th
Breakfast and Anti-Oppression Workshop (8-11 am)
Breakfast will be served while starting the day off with our Anti-Oppression Workshop in order to ensure that delegates are informed about respecting the space and opinions of others throughout the day.
Issue and Skill Based Workshops (11am – 4pm)
Delegates will get the opportunity to participate in 3 out of the 7 possible workshops presented by experienced facilitators and community leaders. Each workshop will include a historical context but will emphasize present day action and interactive activities as a response to our current position.
Formal Gala Dinner (5pm – 2am)
Dinner will be served in the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel – Trinity Ballroom and will include a three course meal and unlimited beverages for the evening. There will be a Keynote Speaker and special cultural performances. At the end of the evening the ballroom will be transformed into a fabulous dance space with everything from Afrobeats to Dancehall.
DAY 3: Sunday,November 20th
Open Mic and Brunch (10am – 1pm)
Brunch will be served in the morning accompanies by an open mic component. After spending the whole weekend breaking down the diverse Black identities that make up the community this will be a space to celebrate them. We invite all delegates with any form of performative talent (singing, spoken word, wrapping, djing, instrument playing, acting etc.) to participate.