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Events

2019 Halton Freedom Festival

The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) produces and promotes inclusivity events focusing on supporting the implementation of cultural history into the educational curriculum and public mind-set, and celebrating Canadian Black History contributors, cultures and community integration. We celebrate Halton's cultural history through dance, art, music, spoken word, historical literature, theatre and information/educational forums and workshops. At our Halton Freedom Celebration Festival, held annually on the August Civic weekend Saturday, you’ll experience exceptional multi-cultural ambience infused with Cultural Crafts, Art in the Park, Cultural designer fashions and accessories, exquisite food, and youth and children’s activities and workshops which complements the best in R&B, Reggae, Soul, Funk, African, Cuban, Jazz Fusion, Ska, Soca and Pop.

Our Emancipation Art Exhibit, "Celebrating Freedom" is held annually at various Halton locations throughout the month of August. Here you will meet a number of exquisite Canadian Black Artists and experience their artistry of love, bondage, beauty, family, and expression in illustrating their Emancipation. The HBHAS welcomes you to enjoy this enlightening free exhibition in kicking off our annual Halton Freedom Festival. 

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The HBHAS Speakers’ Forum is held throughout the year, encompassing theatre, spoken word, Canadian Black history presentations; spoken word, cultural education in diverse professions: heritage, genealogical and black history forums and workshops, inclusivity and diversity workshops and presentations, and mentorship programs. The Speakers are by subject matter experts, historians, genealogists, cultural and inclusivity educators, and multi-talented actors and actresses. Guests are constantly stating that they’ve learned more here in one session that throughout their careers or history. Appreciating that a lot of North America’s rich black history was hidden or manipulated, these programs are extremely enriching and educational. We welcome individuals interested in discussing enhancement to their programs or presentations to reach out to hire speakers, performers, and musicians at
hbhas2015@gmail.com.

It is the vision of the Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) to celebrate Halton's diverse cultures through Cultural Education, Cultural Enhancement and Cultural Entertainment. The Halton Black History Awareness Society is intent in supporting Halton's potential in being a Cultural Capital within Canada.

All venues are open to the public and promote inclusivity. The HBHAS constantly collaborates with a number of community partners in presentations and workshops within schools and community centers throughout the year towards the implementation of cultural history into our educational cultures.  Thank you for your interest.

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See below for vendors' opportunities.

2019 Halton Freedom Celebration Festival

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario.
12 Noon – 11 p.m.

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Our 2019 Halton Freedom Celebration Festival will bring together musical acts, children's activities, cultural art, food, crafts, and inclusive/ new immigrant/ heritage, historical, genealogical and multi-cultural groups promoting inclusivity and community integration. The multi-cultural ambience will be infused with Canadian R&B, Reggae, Soul, Funk, African, Ska, Soca and Pop Artists.

Click here for a printable (pdf)
HBHAS 2019 Festival Schedule & Participants List.

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2019 Emancipation Art Exhibit, "Celebrating Freedom"

July 31 to October 13, 2019 - Halton Hills Cultural Center
Helson Gallery - 9 Church St, Georgetown, Ontario.
Exhibit Launch: August 1, 2019 at 6:45 p.m.

Meet a number of exquisite Canadian Black Artists and experience their artistry of love, bondage, beauty, family, and expression in illustrating their Emancipation. The HBHAS welcomes you to enjoy this enlightening free exhibition in kicking off our 2019 Halton Freedom Festival. 

Exhibit Launch: August 1, 2019 at 6:45 p.m.

Click here for a printable (pdf)
HBHAS 2019 Emancipation Art Exhibit Poster.

Emancipation Art Exhibit - Celebrating Freedom

Click here for more information about the 2019 participating artists.

Call Out for Vendors

The Halton Freedom Celebration Festival brings together musical acts, children's and youth activities, cultural art, food, crafts; heritage, historical, and genealogical vendors promoting inclusivity and community integration.

Multi-cultural ambience will be infused with R&B, Reggae, Soul, Funk, African, Cuban, Jazz Fusion, Ska, Soca and Pop including:

  • Blackburn – “Best Blues Band in Canada” - Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Michael Dunston & Soul Stew – Award winning R&B, Funk Dance & Soul Supreme
  • Jordan John & the Blue Angels – Aretha Franklin requested front group – 2016
  • Amanda Reeve & Street Talk - Exquisite renditions of Reggae, Soca, Salsa, Calypso, Funk,  Jazz, Classic and Modern Rock& R&B
  • Errol Skipah Blackwood formerly of Messanjah – 2x Juno nominee & 11Canadian music/video awards – 7 piece Reggae Professors
  • Luckystickz – “one of the premier Steelpan/percussionists in Canada” – Heart & Soul Vibrations
  • Neema Children's Project – Enthusiastic & Exquisite African Drums, Dance & Song

Our 2018 Festival attracted a 300% increase in visitors.

This is your opportunity to join our growing celebration.

Your food, cultural, craft, art, jewelry kiosk, truck or tent would be compliment to this amazing cultural party

We welcome you and yours!!!

Interested parties please Click Here to download the 2019 Vendor Application (pdf).

Please ... help fund this worthy project with a donation!

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