The Project

This project was conceived in 2006 as an economic and cultural response to address and alleviate the despair and poverty that breeds all manner of hopelessness and violence in Toronto’s black and African-Canadian community. A social enterprise based cultural heritage tourism destination dedicated to the arts and cultures of African-Canadians, Africa and the African Diaspora. We intend to partner with Pittsburg Manchester Bidwell Corporation National Center of Technology & Arts. AfriCana Village will seek to create a centre of commerce, entertainment, learning, and excellence for a marginalized community and at- risk youths from across the Greater Toronto Area and Canada. AfriCana Village & Museum will own and occupy forty -acres of Portlands-waterfront land in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Anchored by the National Museum of African-Canadian History and Arts (NMACHA) with its expansive exhibition and programming spaces, the museum will enable the destination to dramatically expand the audiences it serves. While it prepares for the public opening of destination the Museum will develop important exhibitions that travel to major venues internationally and are accompanied by scholarly publications. The Museum will also present a wide range of public programs for adults, families, and schoolchildren, held at locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

 Development of the AfriCana Village & Museum complex comprised of the following components:

  • Elijah McCoy “Real McCoy” Cultural Centre
  • Afri- centric Art Gallery
  • Oscar Peterson Performing Arts Centre ( Proposed)
  • Apollo North – Nightly showcase of Talent
  • Archie Alleyne’s Kollage Music Centre for Performing Arts
  • Educational, library ,studio and workshop facility,
  • African-Canadian Film Center/Theatre
  • National Museum of African- Canadian History & Culture
  • African- Canadian Hockey Museum/Hall of Fame
  • Village Outdoor sculpture Promenade
  • 25 Caribbean- African Restaurants,
  • Bob Marley Themed Restaurant ( Proposed)
  • Michael Jordan Sports Bar ( Proposed
  • Retail Shops ( Things Caribbean/ African)
  • Mosque Café/Praise Café
  • Outdoor Amphitheater ( 10,000 seat)
  • African- Canadian Walk of Fame
  • African Canadian Hall of Fame
  • 500 Seat Underground Railroad  Stopover Soul Food Restaurant
  • Four-Star Caribbean & African Themed Boutique Hotel and Spa (300 rooms)
  • 20 Banquet Halls/ Special Events Centres
  • Afri-centric Movie Theatre/ Film Centre
  • AfriCana Village  Harry Jerome Convention Centre  ( Proposed)
  • Caribana/ House (offices, display/ costumes creation space) Proposed
  • 100 Executive Offices/ Desks and Creative Spaces- Arts Group
  • *Caribbean Institutional Leadership Development Centre
  • CARICOM Tourism & Trade Centre ( 20 Multimedia Trade Booths)
  • The Mama Africa  Tourism and Trade Centre ( 53 Multimedia Trade Booths)
  • The Africa Union Diaspora Centre
  • Executive Offices for CARICOM and AU Consulates (73 offices/10Board rooms)
  • A monument to “Unknown” African-Canadian soldiers .
  • The Afri-Centric Cultural Wellness Centre
  • Aquarium ( 30,000 gallon Caribbean / African fish)
  • Music Recording Studio
  • Sound Stage/ Film Studio
  • 10 Night Clubs- Music- Themed Bars (  Jazz Bar, Reggae bar, Blues bar)
  • Afro Brazilian /Latino/  Centre/ Club
  • Caribbean themed Lake Ontario Boat Cruises ( Purchase Boat)
  • Granite “Founders Obelisk” with names of those who contributed to building of AfriCana Village & Museum.

(* specific names of venues still to be determined)

 

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