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Speakers' Forum

  • Grey Roots Museum & Archives 102599 Grey County Road 18 Owen Sound, ON, N4K 5N6 Canada (map)

Join us for the annual Emancipation Festival Speakers Forum. The evening commences with a social hour featuring a Coffin Ridge wine bar and the opening of the Archie  Alleyne photo exhibit which feature many of Canada's jazz and blues musicians, announcers and booking agents. Our own Tommy Earlls, Val Abbott, Bobby Dean Blackburn and Billie Blackburn are included. The exhibit has been provided by the Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund. Archie was a jazz drummer who's resume includes teaming with many of the greats.

Our first presenter of the evening is Cyrus Sundar-Singh who will combine his many talents as a writer, musician and videographer to present " Africville in Black & White" a story which includes his personal insights as he was introduced to and researched this sad event in Nova Scotia's history.

This is our 2nd year to offer our " Les Mackinnon Memorial Presentation " . This year Barry Penhale will fill this role as he shares his life's experiences as a friend and fan of many of Canada's noted jazz and blues greats. Over the years Barry's work for CBC and as a book editor has overlapped with his love of the Canadian music scene to provide a vast library of stories and memories. This presentation featuring recorded music, pictures and spoken word will  be a perfect fit with the Archie Alleyne exhibit.

Admission $20 in advance online or at the door.


Earlier Event: May 21
Black Roots in Grey Exhibit
Later Event: July 30
Ancestors' Breakfast