Barbershop Talk Series Vol.2 @ , Ottawa [11 July]

Barbershop Talk Series Vol.2

18:30 - 20:30

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The Cultural Arts Studio
Barber Shop Talk Series: Black Masculinity and Misconceptions

Boys to Men: Women raising Black young men

On Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 Barber Shop Talk Series: Black masculinity is hosting three social events in three separate cities (Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa) which explores the social development of young Black men by the women who raise them.

When: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Toronto (location: University of Toronto — Transitional Year Program, 123 St. George St. Toronto, Ontario )
Montreal: Dynasty studio's: 330 St Jacques St. Montréal, Québec
Ottawa: Cultural Arts Studio: 40 Colonnade Rd. Ottawa, Ontario

These events seek to understand how young Black men socially construct their masculinities in a Canadian context. Knowing that anti-Black racism and negative stereotypes exist within our Canadian societies, which impede Black men’s upward mobility, the idea is to disrupt such social norms. Building upon a previous dialogue about Black Canadian masculinities, we are encouraging positive social outcomes for Black men and boys, but also the community members they are in relation with.

The purpose of three cities is to understand the lived experiences of the development of Black masculinity from an Anglo-phone and Franco-phone perspective.

Guests have the opportunity to participate in our live discussions at either of the three events (Maximum of 20 people). For those who are unable to attend the event, they have the opportunity to access remotely to one of the three cities of their choice.


If you plan on attending the event, please note that SPACES ARE LIMITED, and priority is given on a first come first serve basis.

People who are interested in the event are asked to RSVP, which will help us manage the available space. 20 people will be accommodated in each city’s event, which allows people to speak and share opinions.

Please register at one of our Eventbrite links below to confirm your spot at one of the locations.





The events will be video-recorded and produced on social media platforms (Youtube, and Facebook). As a participant, you have the opportunity to opt out of being captured on video-recording, and your decision will be respected.

We are requesting of participants their feedback/responses for a program summary and future publications. Your personal information, such as your name, will not be used. Rather, pseudonyms will be used as descriptors to identify participants.


We are asking the public, those who are interested in these events, to take a short survey for us to capture thoughts and opinions leading up to the talks.

The Anglo-phone online survey can be accessed here:

The Franco-phone online survey can be accessed here:


We will be offering live streaming for those who are unable to attend as a way to include as many community members as possible. If you are interested in connecting to one of the cities below, please select the city you are interested in on July 11th at 6:30 pm.


Go Fund me:

Barbershop Talk Series is a social event that uses the «Barbershop» as a place to meet and collaborate about issues that concern the community, particularly black men and boys. The initiative is geared toward creating a safe space for community members to discuss relevant and critical issues and brainstorm about solutions that will help young Black men in their social development.

Through the use of Go Fund me, we are striving to achieve the goal of $420 and the money collected for this event will go directly toward providing haircuts for 21 young Black men who attend these events. We will be distributing 7 vouchers at each of the three «Barbershop Talks» sites (Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto) to encourage community involvement.


Black young men and their mothers
Single motherhood
Gender relations

Summary of the first Barbershop Talk Series: Black Masculinity and Misconceptions
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