Analysis and exploration of moving imagery from the vantage point of Black women who create films. Programmed by Filmmaker, Editor and Producer, Sonia Godding-Togobo. Photography by Solana Cain

BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre hosted it's first fundraiser. BAND friends and supporters enjoyed a night of Canapes, Cocktails, live entertainment, creative artists and beautiful weather.

ACTIVATE was curated by artist and BAND programmer Motion. The event showcased and discussed the artistry, power and activism of Spoken Word and featured voices from: Up From the Roots, RISE, Spoke 'N Heard, Reckless Arts Collective, WATAH Theatre, Northern Griots Network and BEOTIS Creative (U.S.).

An intimate piano set with Canada's hip hop soul icon, Zaki Ibrahim. Renowned for her innovative and creative vision, Zaki's music and visuals cross genres and have been able to seamlessly combine influences and mediums that bring minds and souls together in unexpected ways.

Toronto-based printmaker and artist-in-residence Andre Alexander produces pop art on canvas in a style he calls Hip Pop Art – pop art and street art influenced by hip hop culture. Inspired by leading artists in the hip hop community, Andre emphasizes the importance of activism while illustrating the insidious nature of oppression and post-traumatic stress caused by systemic violence. In dialogue with the concurrent Power to the People exhibition series on view at the Ryerson Image Centre and Gladstone Hotel, Protest in Print includes his new body of work using personal and found images of repression and resistance.

No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto positions photography at the forefront during an era of heightened global protests against police and systemic violence. NJ, NP features the work of Zun Lee, Jalani Morgan and Nation Cheong who are capturing the present, building on the past and shaping the future through their lens. They are socially conscious photographers whose images evoke the pan-geographic urgency with which their black subjects demand to be seen and heard!

In celebration of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, BAND presents paintings by Jamaican artist Milton Messam, in his first solo exhibition in Canada. Milton Messam is a Jamaican impressionist painter who has been capturing his surroundings for over 50 years. His talent, though great and recognized by many private collectors, has yet to be discovered on a grander scale. Milton Messam: Jamaica Vignettes is an opportunity for the Canadian public to uncover the beauty of the land and people of Jamaica as captured so vividly by Mr. Messam. More information on Milton Messam and how you can help can be found at

In partnership with Autograph ABP, BAND presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by the celebrated African photographer James Barnor, showcasing a wide selection of street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor's photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence from colonial rule and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis during the "swinging" sixties. Artist: James Barnor Curator: Renee Mussai

The Culture and Heritage Site Management students of Centennial College presented their inaugural graduate exhibition Home*. This exhibition explored the ideas of home and migration as they related to the social, political and economic circumstances we see around us today. Home* will focus on the GTHA with a connection to the global community and the current changes in our society.

Black communities have a long history of gathering together with music, food and drink. This exhibition will bring together video, music, photography, design and dance to document and celebrate "From the Living Room to Club Night": 50 Years of celebrating Safe Space. From 'rent' parties of the 60's and 70's, to the 'Twilight Zone' of the 80's; From two decades of 'Bump N' Hustle' events, to the live performances featured in 'Capturing Sound', this archival installation bridges music, space and communities. "From the Living Room to Club Night" depicts a culture continually adapting to the times.

BAND's 2nd Annual Black Market brought together some of Toronto's most creative entrepreneurs in one downtown location. The family-friendly three-week event featured unique items perfect for gift giving.

Oluseye's provocative pieces combine an interest in Yoruba mythology and geometry to explore sexuality, spirituality and identity. His charcoal and acrylic paintings are informed by popular narratives, ideas of outsider cultures, and executed with an awareness of human-digitized tension, scarcity, and desirability.

Boloebi Charles Okah’s exhibition, “Defiance” is a tribute to the strength of women. He celebrates women as strong, fierce, confident, capable and ready to defy anyone or anything that hinders them. Okah uses vibrant arrangements of patterns, compositions, and colours from a variety of cultures to solidify his message. This pays homage not only to women today, but to a visual and cultural vitality that can only occur when united.

BAND partnered with chefs Bashir Munye of My Little Dumplings and Ikeila Wright of One Love Vegetarian, and Caribbean Corner to celebrate the communal exchange that is a core part of Caribbean culture. From July 24th to August 1st, the gallery was transformed into a Caribbean food market. Guests were invited to bring in a recipe. In exchange, they had the opportunity to take ingredients from the Caribbean Food Bank to create a classic meal.

Watchers, Seekers, Keepers: Images of Diaspora from Black Britain. 2015 marks 50 years since Vanley Burke left Jamaica to join his parents in Birmingham. He celebrated this milestone with a major exhibition: Watchers, Seekers, Keepers: Images of Diaspora from Black Britain which took place at the BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre.

BAND’s 4th annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival exhibit featured the works of British artist Leah Gordon by Montreal curator Eunice Bélidor. The Kanaval series of black and white photographs showcased troupes of performers from the Jacmel Mardi Gras festivities, an incursion in the people’s preparation to the celebration.

The Gordon Parks exhibit was widely regarded by viewers as one of the preeminent exhibits of Scotiabank CONTACT 2014. The event attracted over 2,000 visitors including secondary schools, teachers and students, as well as, numerous professional and amateur photographers, art students and professors. The exhibition was rounded off with the return of BAND’s Cultural Dialogue series and Curatorial Talk with Paul Roth, Director of Ryerson Image Centre.

This photography exhibition chronicled Dancehall culture in Toronto over the past two decades.

This exhibition showcased work by multidisciplinary artist Chikonzera (Chiko) Chazunguza.

This exhibit marked the world premier of the work of artist Nation Cheong at the ROM and the Gladstone Hotel respectively. In this exhibition, Cheong's contemporary photography was juxtaposed with archival photos and film footage to capture and communicate the myriad of experiences that have been a part of the Carnival experience in Toronto from its roots in 1967 to today.

Featured accomplished writers and authors Dalton Higgins, Helena Andrews, Patrick Bzindayvi and Kayla Perrin in conversation with host Sharon Lewis

Artist Christina Leslie's photo exhibition on racial stereotypes was presented in partnership with the Gladstone Hotel.

With the significance of President Obama's election in 2009 BAND partnered with Grano to talk about our hopes for Canadian's to have an inspiring political figure.