“Welcome to Blackhurst” book launch in the bookstore in which it was born

Welcome to Blackhurst

Book it on your calendar. This coming Monday evening there will be the launching of a book about the neighbourhood where the A Different Booklist bookstore is located and where the book was partly written in.

Welcome to the fast evolving world of the Blackhurst Cultural Centre formerly known as a Different Booklist Cultural Centre!

The “Welcome to Blackhurst” Coffee Table Book is a non-fiction, just completed book that continues the Blackhurst Cultural Centre’s mission to document and tell the stories of the people, the businesses and public institutions that make the major intersection of Bathurst Street and Bloor a major Black hub in Toronto. The district is the home to a progressive Black community and their story is captured in the new book showcasing persons whose work helped to define it.

Blackhurst is located on Bathurst Street directly across from the now gone Honest Ed’s department store.  It is a huge building project – The Mirvish – that will be a full city block of stores, offices, public space and the new home to the Blackhurst Cultural Centre (BCC).

The book is part of anti-black racism programme that is meant to engage and educate all Canadians – particularly students – about the rich legacy of the history-makers of Toronto’s Bathurst-Bloor and Annex neighbourhoods.

“Welcome to Blackhurst” — the book — gives the reader a rich snapshot of some of the history-makers and their contributions that have sprung forth from the neighbourhood.

The launch will be held at 777 Bathurst Street beginning at 6 pm