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Black History Month Comes Alive in Simcoe County Making Change Presents – Mosaic of Black Culture Event

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Black History Month Comes Alive in Simcoe County

Making Change Presents  – Mosaic of Black Culture Event

(Barrie, ON, January, 17, 2023) – During Black History Month (February), five communities across Simcoe County will welcome the Mosaic of Black Culture – A Family Event. Created by Making Change, this interactive event features live steel pan music, a make your own steel pan craft and an overview of Black History from a local Canadian perspective. Admission is free and registrations are available for event dates in Innisfil (February 11), Angus & Orillia (February 18), Bradford West Gwillimbury ( February 19), Wasaga Beach and Barrie (February 25). 

“With so much rich Black History right in our own backyard, our interactive event will get the whole family engaged,” says Michèle Newton, co-founder and Chair of Making Change. “Making Change’s mission is to spark conversations around diversity and inclusion. Through our Mosaic of Black Culture event we want to create opportunities to build allyship. As we  learn about Black History together we can move forward in community togetherness.”  

Attendees will hear traditional Caribbean music provided by award-winning steel pan performer, Pan Fyah.  Youth can try the steel pan themselves and also create their own drum to take home in this fun-filled family event.  The event will also share an engaging overview of Black History presented by Making Change speaker Debbie Opoku-Mulder.  

These events have been possible because of sponsorship support from: Alectra Utilities, Wasaga Beach Public Library, Orillia Public Library, City of Orillia, Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, MacLaren Art Centre, Essa Public Library, Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and the City of Barrie.


Find the event closest to you to participate for free:


Community Partner Location Date Time
Innisfil Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

967 Innisfil Beach Rd, Innisfil

Sat., Feb 11 1 – 3 p.m.
Angus Essa Public Library – Angus Branch & Alectra Utilities Essa Library – Angus Branch, 8505 County Rd 10, Angus Sat., Feb 18   10 a.m.

 – 12 p.m.

Orillia Orillia Public Library & The City of Orillia Orillia Public Library

36 Mississauga St. W, Orillia

Sat., Feb 18 2 – 4 p.m.
Bradford West Gwillimbury Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library & Alectra Utilities  Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library 425 Holland St W, Bradford Sun., Feb 19 2 – 4 p.m.
Wasaga Beach Wasaga Public Library Wasaga Beach Recplex, Oakview Rm

1724 Mosley St, Wasaga Beach

Sat., Feb 25   10 a.m. 

– 12 p.m.

Barrie MacLaren Art Centre & Alectra Utilities MacLaren Art Centre

37 Mulcaster St., Barrie

Sat., Feb 25 2- 4 p.m.

Pre-registration is required for each event. Visit their website at for pre-registration links by location as they are made available. Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged. 


Media Contact:

Laura LaChapelle

Program Director

Making Change


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