Onyx Cinema Series is a chance for the public, most specifically young people to come and watch films that are focused on artist(s) and artisan(s) of the African diaspora and their work. These series of nights will also be complimented with a discussion or activity with renown Artists that will shed light on their own stories and their correlation to the theme of the night as well as the featured film and the nights will be seasoned with some engaging live performances.
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Come and join us!
For our first BLACK HISTORY ONYX CINEMA night
starting at 6pm
The ‘ONYX CINEMA’ nights will be…Inspirational with different artists, with different topics consistently at same place at the same time at the same price, FREE!
With one aim…to bring about awareness within the arts.
About our February 10th Artist
Jabari “Elicser” Elliott
is a Toronto based aerosol artist whose creations adorn the cultural landscape here and abroad. As an integral part of downtown Toronto’s street art community for over a decade, he has been recognized for his artistry and praised by both street and fine art collectors all over the world. His work has been featured in a multitude of publications, hung in prestigious galleries like the Art Gallery of Ontario, and for a number of years he had his own installation in the Royal Ontario Museum.
Komi Olaf (POETIC SPEED)
is a Nigerian born, performance spoken word poet and visual artist. He is member of the 2009 Canadian festival of spoken word champions, the Recipe. He has performed his work all over Canada, France and Nigeria at festivals such as Vancouver Island MusicFest, North Country fair and South Country Fair in Alberta, Canada.
As a visual artist he has exhibited his work at the Gallery 101 (Ottawa), the National Arts center (Ottawa), TWIST gallery (Toronto) and the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto). His work is featured on the cover of the February 2013 issue of TCHAD quarterly magazine cover.
Komi believes that art and poetry are tools given us by aliens to fix our society and ourselves in order to compete in the universal · komiolaf.com
About our February 17th Artist
is a graduate of Humber College with a double diploma in Buisness Management and MArketing, in 1991 she started her own photographic business (LBT Commotions). Until December 2008 she has ventured from Kingtson,Jamaica and back to Toronto capturing and documenting the vibrant evolution of Dancehall culture and lifestyle through the lens of her camera. She recently had an exhibit of some her work at the Fourth eye gallery which has been receiving numerious amount of attention in the art scene.
About our February 24th Artist
Kemba King is a graduated from york university (toronto) with a double honours in law and society and sociology. she has worked as a peer counselor and co-coordinator at a gender advocacy centre (the centre for women and transpeople at york u). kemba has also programmed and hosted womyn’s word (a womanist spoken word radio show on CHRY radio). kemba also co-directed the medina collective which was a grassroots hiphop feminist collective. she is a sacred leader with sacred women’s centres international. kemba is a freelance workshop facilitator and consultant. she has written for the blog genders across borders and has her own wordpress blog entitled in search of my mothers’ tongues. she is a part of the multi-arts collective T-Dot Renaissance and co-hosts a weekly social justice radio show on CIUT 89.5 FM entitled the Vibe Collective.
About our March 3rd Artist
Mark “Kurput” Stoddart was born in Nottingham, U.K., and moved to Toronto with his family at the age of seven. As a graduated from Sheridan College hebecame a graphic designer, adopting the alias “Kurupt.” He later returned to his true calling which was painting through that medium it reflected his passion for sports, black cinema, and music. work has since been exhibited at several galleries and private events around Toronto, and his portfolio of paintings of Jazz icons have received widespread acclaim.
WE ARE ALSO LOOKING TO MAKE THIS AN MONTHLY OCCASION THUS IF YOU HAVE ANY ART RELATE OR FOCUS FILMS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND FEEL FREE TO CONTACT OSO (ONYX.OCAD@GMAIL.COM
or if you are interested in facilitating a night pr know someone who would be, feel free to get in touch with us also