February 2, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Africville Stories is Order of Canada recipient Joe Sealy’s new presentation that expands his 1997 JUNO Award-winning recording Africville Suite. Established in 1847, Africville was nestled on the shores of the Bedford Basin at the north end of Halifax and was Canada’s oldest Black community until it was razed in the late 1960s as an “urban improvement” measure. Africville overcame a multitude of challenges by pulling from the hearts and souls of its residents in order to survive for more than a century, until the final building was demolished in 1970. The stories surrounding George Dixon, Joe Louis, Portia White and Duke Ellington combine to create the legacy of this unique Canadian community. Africville Stories tells of this legacy in a narrative and musical journey, with guest artists Jackie Richardson and Paul Novotny.