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2021 HBHAS Halton Freedom Celebration Festival

Art Work by Anna Maria Dickinson,
HBHAS Art Director
Location: Virtual
Date & Time: Aug 1, 2021 @ 5 p.m.
Tickets Link: Eventbrite

The HBHAS is pleased to present our 2021 Free Virtual Halton Freedom Celebration Festival, celebrating Emancipation, on August 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. This program will present historians, government representatives, community leaders and exquisite entertainers, a number of which are descendants of enslaved peoples, orphaned youths, and freedom/equality activists denouncing racism and promoting cultural knowledge, inclusive integration and authentic equality.

This presentation welcomes everyone and celebrates, through inspiring narratives and exquisite music, 187 years since the British Emancipation Act of 1834 and appreciates the Halton, Hamilton, Niagara area as being where the Emancipation process began; recognizing our first year of Canada's legislated National August 1st Emancipation Day and Burlington, Ontario, Canada being the first city in the world to acclaim August as Emancipation Month.

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See you there!!!

City of Burlington
Turkstra Lumber

The HBHAS is honoured in partnering with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) who will be hosting an Emancipation Day Drive-thru BBQ in Oakville where 200 free meals will be provided. Participants are required to pre-order meals here and meals can be picked up on Sunday, August 1 between 3:00-5:00 pm at the QEPCCC located at 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville. For more information about CCAH events, please visit: Events - Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (

Click here for CCAH & HBHAS Event Poster (pdf).


The countdown begins!! The HBHAS Emancipation Art Exhibit is just days away.
Artist Spotlight: Joan Butterfield will showcase a few gems from her Pour Collection and share some exciting larger works paying tribute to our frontline Shero's, simply stunning!!!
HBHAS 4th Annual Art Exhibit Celebrating Freedom
August 1st - September 3, 2021

Get to know the people behind the art.
Featuring 12 African Canadian local artists.

Location: Cultural Center
9 Church Street, Georgetown, Ontario

Monday: 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tues - Thurs: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri & Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Click Here to download the pdf.


The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) produces and promotes inclusivity events focusing on supporting the implementation of cultural history into the educational curriculum and public mind-set, and celebrating Canadian Black History contributors, cultures and community integration. We celebrate Halton's cultural history through dance, art, music, spoken word, historical literature, theatre and information/educational forums and workshops. At our Halton Freedom Celebration Festival, held annually on the August Civic weekend Saturday, you’ll experience exceptional multi-cultural ambience infused with Cultural Crafts, Art in the Park, Cultural designer fashions and accessories, exquisite food, and youth and children’s activities and workshops which complements the best in R&B, Reggae, Soul, Funk, African, Cuban, Jazz Fusion, Ska, Soca and Pop.

Our Emancipation Art Exhibit, "Celebrating Freedom" is held annually at various Halton locations throughout the month of August. Here you will meet a number of exquisite Canadian Black Artists and experience their artistry of love, bondage, beauty, family, and expression in illustrating their Emancipation. The HBHAS welcomes you to enjoy this enlightening free exhibition in kicking off our annual Halton Freedom Festival. 


The HBHAS Speakers’ Forum is held throughout the year, encompassing theatre, spoken word, Canadian Black history presentations; spoken word, cultural education in diverse professions: heritage, genealogical and black history forums and workshops, inclusivity and diversity workshops and presentations, and mentorship programs. The Speakers are by subject matter experts, historians, genealogists, cultural and inclusivity educators, and multi-talented actors and actresses. Guests are constantly stating that they’ve learned more here in one session that throughout their careers or history. Appreciating that a lot of North America’s rich black history was hidden or manipulated, these programs are extremely enriching and educational. We welcome individuals interested in discussing enhancement to their programs or presentations to reach out to hire speakers, performers, and musicians at

2019 Halton Freedom Celebration Festival

It is the vision of the Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) to celebrate Halton's diverse cultures through Cultural Education, Cultural Enhancement and Cultural Entertainment. The Halton Black History Awareness Society is intent in supporting Halton's potential in being a Cultural Capital within Canada.

All venues are open to the public and promote inclusivity. The HBHAS constantly collaborates with a number of community partners in presentations and workshops within schools and community centers throughout the year towards the implementation of cultural history into our educational cultures.  Thank you for your interest.


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