THE VIRTUOSITY OF BLACKNESS
The Virtuosity of Blackness (VoB) is a showcase featuring some of the best, up-and-coming performing Black artists in the city.
This presentation serves as a platform to encourage creativity, network and support emerging artists.
The showcases have featured over 50 talented performers, reached 2.7K people on social media and hundreds more in person, and sparked a lot of meaningful conversations.
THE VIRTUOSITY OF BLACKNESS 7.0
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- The Virtuosity of Blackness 6.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 5.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0
- The Virtuosity of Blackness 1.0
The Virtuosity of Blackness 6.0
VoB 6.0 happened on September 24th, 2022 at Earl Bales Park. Some VoB champions returned: Gee Wunder, Teepolo, Icons, Legacy 24, Ashalee, DJ Ke'sha and Dolothegifted and the Dope Band, as well as some new comers: Jay Smooth, Kat Valentine, Black Orchid, King of Hearts and MC Matthew Jones.
The Virtuosity of Blackness 5.0
On June 27th 2022, ten incredible artists lit up the stage at Lula Lounge in Toronto. 100 people came to watch performances by: Legacy 24K, Queentite, SRE, Fafiélla, AshaLee, Ekelle feat Gee Wunder, Need Some Koi, DOLOTHEGIFTED, Nathan Baya, and Kenny Thinks, and our master of ceremony: Dr. ABC and DJ Ke'sha's.
The Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0
Hosted on September 18th, 2021, The Virtuosity of Blackness 4.0 was the first in-person iteration of the showcase. This dynamic festival took place at the Amphitheatre in Earl Bales Park and hosted 300 attendees, 5 vendors and 12 performances, including: Jhyve, Markus Jackman, 148, RARE, C-Flava, Dwayne Morgan, Teepolo, Nathan Baya, SRE, Jay Douglas and the All-Stars Band, and Michie Mee.
The Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0
The Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0 was premiered on Facebook on August 6th, 2021. The line-up included: Markus Jackman, Jhyve, Vero, NamedTobias, Malaika Khadijaa, Gifted, and Fafiélla.
The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0
The Virtuosity of Blackness 2.0 was premiered live on Facebook on December 30th, 2020. It featured artists such as: Blue Will, Kenny Thinks, Ekelle, Icons Dance Group and more!
The Virtuosity of Blackness
The first iteration of VoB was broadcasted live on Instagram on August 6th, 2020. The showcase featured artists such as: Faduma Mohameds, Maurice John, Vicky Ro, Eric Flowchild, Kibra Tesfaye and more!
IN THE NEWS
The Virtuosity of Blackness Moving Beyond Black History Month
Just a year ago, The Virtuosity of Blackness took stage in the Art Starts studio. Since then, the idea has evolved and not to mention, shifted due to the pandemic.
As we get ready to release VoB 3.0, our latest blog looks at the origins of the virtual showcase, the ways in which it supports emerging, Black artists, the amazing people involved, and its plans for the future.
Jamaican Gleaner: The virtuosity of blackness with Art Starts
After being an art facilitator for Art Starts, Nicole Pẽna naturally segued into the role of Program Director.
In this article, Nicole discusses her vision for the neighbourhood cultural centre, its current programs and offerings and the impact of the talent showcase: The Virtuosity of Blackness.