Emancipation Playlist


Listen to artists who have played at the Emancipation Festival Showcase:

Stand By Me
At Last
Do it Now
Halleluja, I Love You

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Updating & Expanding The Archives


A major project the Festival is currently involved with has been a partnership with Grey Roots Museum & Archives to update and expand their Black History exhibits. Our efforts will attempt to share more of the story than previously displayed.

We will begin with Slavery in Canada, expand on the UGRR, share stories of Blacks’ early arrival and struggles in Owen Sound and the Old Durham Rd. areas, discuss local discrimination and the struggles to overcome racism, contributions by Blacks to our community, the Cairn story and of course the Emancipation Picnic , its growth and importance to our local cultural story.


In an effort to compile as much detail as possible we invite you to share your ancestral stories that have a local connection. Any pictures, by themselves or as support for a submitted story would also be appreciated.

While all submissions are not guaranteed inclusion on a public display they will become part of the archives which we hope to develop to support further study. Please send your submission by March 20th by uploading files here and/or emailing emancipationfestival@gmail.com.

If you need assistance with the technical side of things like scanning photos, recording your families stories or sending files please contact us, we are more than happy to help.




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