Special event

Last Month

A cultural exchange led by the founder of Black Montreal Experiences

Free Admission (RSVP)

*Maximum capacity of 40 people

PHI Centre
315, Saint-Paul West
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 2M3

Starting July 23rd, and throughout the summer, you will have access to conversations about Black history in Montreal, within the context of local colonialism, led by speaker and founder of Black Montreal Experiences Rito Joseph. This 6-week series connects the Montreal-based history lover and public speaker with Milwaukee_portal curator, community organiser and author Lewis Lee for conversations anchored in our cities’ colonial realities. Rooted in the recognition that all aspects of life in our countries are bound up with legacies of the Transatlantic slave trade and, as such, that Black History is North American History - Black on Both Sides mobilizes history to frame present contexts and spur future actions that bridge gaps between communities while encouraging reflexivity.

See the interactions broadcast on screens set up around the room and take part in the ensuing discussions.

From July 2020 to July 2021, the PHI_portal will connect local and international communities through transdisciplinary programming series that centre music, design, visual and media arts to explore dialogue that activates our global connectivity. The PHI_portal will serve as a catalyst for artistic exchanges and human connections that transcend across borders and language.

Once a week until August 29th, in English

August 1st - 1 PM: History of Black People in Canada and Montreal
August 6th - 3 PM: Underground Railroad: Historical Ties Between Canada and the United States
August 13th - 3 PM: Milwaukee to Montreal: Historical Figures, Inner Cities and Police Brutality
August 22nd - 3 PM: Black Canadian Athletes: The Coloured Hockey League
August 29th - 3 PM: International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024

*The sessions will be moderated by one of our curators and will be accessible to the public via a broadcast on screens at the PHI Centre. You will be able to book a free ticket to attend these connections.

Rito Joseph, Montreal

A founder of Black Montreal Experiences, Rito Joseph facilitates a series of special connections focused on Black Canadian history in Montreal. A self-taught guest speaker and tour guide, he will provide fun ways for people to deepen their knowledge of the Afro-descendant community.

Lucas Larochelle, Montréal

Lucas LaRochelle is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and researcher whose work is concerned with queer geographies, critical internet studies, and community-based archiving. They are the founder of Queering The Map, a community generated counter-mapping project that digitally archives queer experience in relation to physical space.

Lewis Lee, Milwaukee

Currently in the middle of writing his personal memoir, Lewis Lee doesn’t just recall his own story but builds a legacy project. He will tell us about his mother and her life as a young African-American growing up in the racist South.


Le portail_PHI est l'un des rendez-vous de la programmation DESTINATION: PHI qui comprend une dizaine de formats multidisciplinaires (concerts, projections, installations…) proposés dans nos espaces de création physiques et virtuels.

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