Black History Month 2023 in Calgary

February is Black History Month in Canada. Several Calgary organizations are hosting events in and around the city to celebrate and honour the legacy of Black culture and showcase local talent.  

Here are some ways you can participate in Black History Month this year in Calgary including talks, performances, events and more. 





Artists Pavilion at Chinook Blast 

Jan. 26 – Feb. 10 

Central Library 

A Conversation: Alberta’s Priorities and Black Representation 

Feb. 1, 5 p.m.  

Arts Commons | Engineered Air Theatre 

All month 

Calgary Public Library 

Ours to Tell: Black History Month at UCalgary 

All month 

University of Calgary 

Honouring the Mind, Body and Spirit: A Panel on Black Health and Wellness 

Feb. 2, 12 – 1:30 p.m. 

Online - Zoom 

Venus: Future Love 

Feb. 10 –  11 

Arts Commons | Engineered Air Theatre 

Annual Black History Month Dinner 

Feb. 10, 5:30 - 11:00 p.m. 

Gasoline Alley Museum at Heritage Park 

Black Heritage Family Day 

Feb. 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Thorncliffe Community Centre, 5600 Centre Street N 

Feb. 22-23, 1 p.m. 

Studio Bell 

Ethnik Festival of Arts & Culture 2023 

Feb. 24 - 25, 12 – 6 p.m.  

Carya Village Commons / TELUS Convention Centre 

Feb. 25, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Contemporary Calgary | Dome Theatre​ 

Black History Month | Flash Mob Dance Challenge 

Feb. 27, 11 – 11:30 a.m.  

SAIT | Irene Lewis Atrium, Stan Grad Centre, Main Campus 


Hosting an upcoming Black History Month event? Publish it on our events page here.  




Each year for Black History Month in February, we amplify Black voices and celebrate the Black storytellers, content creators and businesses in our community. Meet this year's takeovers showcasing Black artists, creators, and entrepreneurs over on the @lifeincalgary Instagram this month. We invite you to follow them as they bring you along on their adventures around the city. Here’s the line-up: 


Feb. 4 – 5: Justine Tyrell | @justinetyrell 

Justine Tyrell is a Calgary-based singer & songwriter who blends smooth vocals with a fresh twist that makes her signature soulful and R&B sound. Justine has earned nominations for Singer of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year, Media Personality of the Year (Obsidian Awards), and was named one of Branded Magazine’s ‘Game Changers in Calgary’. 

Photo credit: Juhee Anderson


Feb. 7 – 12: Arts Commons | @yycarts  

Arts Commons is the largest performing arts center in Western Canada and Calgary's hub for artists and art lovers. They will be highlighting and celebrating Black artists in our community throughout the month of February.  


Photo credit: Francis Willey | Sargeant X Comrade, TD Amplify Cabarets at Arts Commons


Feb. 14 – 19: Whitney Dikoume | @whits 

Whitney Dikoume is a full-time athletic therapist, strength coach and part-time lifestyle, travel, food content creator in Calgary. She has called Calgary home for the last 15 years. As an athletic therapist, Whitney specializes in injury assessment/treatment and does performance training.  

Photo credit: Hasina Kassam


Feb. 21 – 26: Queen Demme | @queendemme 

Queendemme is a 7-part experiential multimedia journal offering a snapshot into the expressive energy of Black millennial creative women in Calgary. Featuring an intimate but diverse group of cherished locals, this project blends together written and multimedia to provide a lighthearted yet meaningful commentary on the existence of royalty in coffee-coloured skins in the prairies.  

Photo credit: Queen Demme



There are so many incredible Black-owned Calgary businesses and brands to support in our community.  Seek to support local and diverse businesses and groups not only in February but year-round. Here is a place to start: 








Do you know of Black-owned businesses in our community that are not listed here? Reach out here and we’ll include them! 

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