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THE SHOWCASE

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 35 talented performers, reached 2.7K people on social media, and sparked a lot of meaningful conversations.

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LOOKING FOR LOCAL TALENT

[PAID OPPORTUNITY] We are doing an early call for performing artists to be part of our dynamic showcase that will be presented on Saturday, September 24th at Earl Bales Park in Toronto.

If you are young, gifted and Black and want to perform to a live audience, please apply using the link below!

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THE VIRTUOSITY OF BLACKNESS 6.0

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Art Starts is proud to present The Virtuosity of Blackness 6.0 (VoB) at Earl Bales Park in Toronto.

This FREE dynamic showcase will feature some of the most talented up-and-coming Black performing artists in the GTA. VoB celebrates everything Black, virtuous and beautiful including singers, dancers, rappers and spoken word artists.

Come join us on September 24th, from 12-5 PM at the park, to grab a drink, groove to the DJ, mingle with other music lovers and creatives, and listen to the beats of Toronto’s next generation of Black artists.

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PREVIOUS SHOWCASES

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EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Nathan Baya
Little Drummer – Saikou Drum Circle
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Pogi the DJ
Nathan Baya performance

Photos by Jamal Omar.

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IN THE NEWS

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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.

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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.

 

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