The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) series, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., delivers Toronto’s best Friday night destination with the hottest DJs, live performances, food and drink, and an opportunity to experience the Museum like never before.
Friday January 26, 2018: Performances
#FNLROM: Contemporary Live on Friday, January 26, 2018. This special encore event celebrates the new ROM-original exhibition Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, presented by TD Bank Group, with exclusive exhibition access, vibrant live performances, and conversations with the artists.
TiKA: An artist, DJ, cultural producer, and advocate for the empowerment of female creators, TiKA is a distinct performer and visual hypnotist. Having opened for major R&B heavyweights like John Legend and NAO, TiKA has released two EPs, with her debut full album Anywhere But Here and a short film on the way.
Blackburn: A band of brothers – literally – Blackburn is made up of Duane (lead vocals), Brooke (guitar), Cory (drums), and Robert (harmony vocals and songwriting on the newest release). The Blackburn name has ties to Toronto’s music history: their father Bobby Dean Blackburn is an R&B artist who performed the city circuit for over 30 years. Beyond the music, their family history is rooted in that of the Underground Railroad.
DJ K.I.: Known for his diverse mixing, DJ K.I. has been entertaining partygoers for two decades, spinning the hottest tracks in Reggae, Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B, House, Soca, and Latin.
DJ Craig Dominic: This DJ’s signature jack-of-all-trades style blends top 40, urban, house, and more into one cohesive experience. Craig is a founding member of Blackness Yes!, a community-based committee that works year-round to celebrate Black queer and Trans history, creativity, and resistance.
Mel Boogie: Hailing from Toronto, DJ MelBoogie is one of the country’s best-known female DJs and radio hosts. She’s opened for legendary performers and entertainers such as Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Kevin Hart, and Major Lazer. Dedicated to developing independent artists and urban music in Canada, Mel is an advisory board member for the JUNOs’ Rap Category, and is the former Communications Director for UMAC, the Urban Music Association of Canada.
DJ L’Oqenz: A DJ, producer, music director, and Dora Award-winning sound designer, L’Oqenz’s passion for musical artistry has garnered the attention of local and international audiences. L’Oqenz has toured with Zaki Ibrahim, Motion, Tanika Charles, Jean Grae, Bahamadia, K’Naan, M1 (Dead Prez), Maseo (De La Soul), Kool Herc, and Saul Williams, and even ran DJ lessons with Prince Charles.
Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, presented by TD Bank Group, explores the deep rooted histories and enduring presence of Black culture in Canada. This ROM-original exhibition features the original work of nine Canadian contemporary artists: Sandra Brewster, Michèle Pearson Clarke Chantal Gibson, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Bushra Junaid, Charmaine Lurch, Esmaa Mohamoud, Dawit L. Petros, and Gordon Shadrach.
Exhibition Experience: Esmaa Mohamoud, Untitled (No Fields) 2017
Discover this featured artwork as a powerful performance piece at FNLROM: Contemporary Live. This wearable sculpture comments on the issues surrounding the gesture of taking a knee as a form of protest. While clearly referring to current events in the United States, the piece interrogates the longer history of exploitation and social control of specifically Black male bodies from the fields of slavery to the fields of athleticism.
ROM Connects: At this pre-FNLROM event, join the artists represented in Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art as they discuss their works in the broader context of Canadian identity. Free with RSVP, 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Click here for full details.
King Catering, Rachel’s Gourmet, Me.n.u., Delight Bite, Gushi, Mnandi Pies, and more.
What are the rules when entering the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway?
Simple! Please sign up to Thirty Four Flavours Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thirtyfourflavours, Twitter https://twitter.com/34flavours, or email subscription to enter the draw. When you have signed up please send me a Facebook message, a tweet or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) telling me what you are excited to see at the #FNLROM Friday January 26, 2018: Contemporary Live edition of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM).
Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) Ticket Giveaway is Wednesday January 24, 2018.