Halton Freedom celebration kicks off this Saturday


Errol Blackwood Michael Dunston and Blackburn

Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) will host the Halton Freedom celebration Saturday , August 3rd in downtown Burlington at  Spencer Smith Park, from noon to 11 p.m. It’s a multicultural musical event infused with R&B rhythms, reggae, soul, funk, African, Cuban, jazz fusion, ska, soca and pop music.

On the list are Blackburn, considered Toronto’s first family of funk and soul; award-winning Michael Dunston & Soul Stew; Jordan John & the Blue Angels, who opened for Aretha Franklin at the Toronto Jazz Festival; Amanda Reeve & Street Talk; two-time Juno-nominee and winner of 11 Canadian music/video awards, Errol Skipah Blackwood, formerly of Messenjah; Luckystickz, touted as one of the premier steelpan-percussionists in Canada by Heart & Soul Vibrations; as well as Neema Children’s Project, entertaining with African drums, dance and song.

HBHAS is also hosting its 3rd Annual Emancipation Art Exhibition, “Celebrating Freedom” on August 1st at the Helson Gallery in Halton Hills from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity to meet a number of exquisite Canadian Black Artists and experience their artistry of love, bondage, beauty, family, and expressions in illustrating their “Freedom”, their Emancipation. The exhibit will be enhanced by Stave Joseph, “a Haitian Canadian jazz pianist with a heart for soul and an ear for classics who has opened stages for the likes of Nelly, Ricky Dillard, and Kirk Franklin”.