Formed in 2008, The Artists of Colour has become a positive voice through the art forms by black artists within the Canadian Diaspora. They use their collective voice and express their history through the exhibitions of paintings, writings, sculptures, music, helping to create a true understanding of their historical evolution. They showcase and honour their current and past artists as they work to influence the artist of the future, fulfilling their vision to educate and enlighten the community.
The Tribute to the Pioneer Greats of Music – an annual musical enchantment taking place at Mackenzie Hall – is an interactive show that has become an anticipated event for the community at large and they continue to make great strides and move forward with their mandate to share their collective voice through art.
Amongst the performers last night: The Harmonizers ( Naomi Banks, Sharon Wilson, Marilyn Caldwell-Houser, Valerie Tillman-Coon, Lillian Thomas), Melvin Davis, Darcelle Turner, Rodney Jones, Ralph Brown, Doretha Dorsey, Manzella Vincent, Susan Washington, Jerry Walls, Stacy Griffith, Jim Walls, Lillian Thomas, Cleopatra Clark, Trading Places ( Jim Walls, Brian Yamamoto, Andrew Sommerville, Ian Acott, Ralph Brown), Take Seven ( Jim Walls, Melvin Davis, Stacy Griffith, Rodney Jones, Dennis Smith, Jerry Walls, Susan Washington).