Black Arts and Innovation Expo Offers Jobs, Scholarships, Food, Entertainment and Surprising Freebies at Special One-Day Event in Toronto on Feb. 25th

There is no better way to celebrate Black History Month, than to help build tomorrow's leaders.


Experts agree, opportunities in the STEAM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics are growing at a rapid pace. Excelovate & First Book Canada are hosting an exciting event on Feb 25th at York Mills Gallery, designed to help open new doors for students and entrepreneurs in the Greater Toronto Area.

There is no better way to celebrate Black History Month, than to help build tomorrow’s leaders. Excelovate and First Book Canada recently teamed up with leading corporations, innovators, artists and other successful community members to hold the 3rd annual Black Arts & Innovation Expo (BAIE2017), which will provide a stunning number of grants, scholarships, networking connections and even employment opportunities to highly motivated attendees. With a heavy emphasis on the STEAM disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, #BAIE2017 is an event you won’t want to miss.  BAIE2017 will be held February 25th, 2017 at the York Mills Gallery from 2:00pm9:00pm.

According to event organizers, many leading tech companies, like Facebook, Microsoft and IBM, will be onsite at the Tech Career Fair.  In addition to the first 200 people receiving awesome gift bags filled with surprising freebies, up to 20 students will receive scholarships.  Another unique element to this day of celebration is the Lion’s Lair Competition.  The audience will witness 3 brave Entrepreneurs pitch ‘their big idea’ live at the event — and the audience will decide (with their smartphones) which entrepreneur goes home with a $10,000 grant to launch their dream business.

Other highlights of BAIE2017 include displays from over 20 carefully selected artists excelling at their craft, an eye opening panel discussion led by Shad, featuring the wisdom of expert business and community voices; live entertainment performances, free food tastings and an always exciting luxurious silent auction.

Special guests and motivational speakers scheduled to attend currently include: Olympic Hurdler Perdita Felicien, Supermodel Yasmin Warsame, Rapper & CBC Journalist – Shad, Granddaughter of Bob MarleyDonisha Prendergast, popular YouTuber and Comedian: That Dude McFly (Marlon Palmer), photographer/ Instagram luminary: Soteeoh, and distinguished Canadian poet and playwright – George Elliott Clarke, currently serving as the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

Entertainers include Tonye Aganaba, Devontee, Matthew Romeo and Patricia Shirley.

Featured Exhibitors include Francis Jeffers, Tamar Huggins Grant, Ashaware, Braincubator, National Society of Black Engineers (UofT), Dr. Juliet Daniels, Dane Swan, Ken Daley, Babely Shades, Esmaa Mohamoud, Oluseye, Amber Williams-King, Nadijah Robinson, Sandra Brewster, Real 3D Dance Troupe, Sarah Terrill and many more!

The 3rd annual Black Arts & Innovation Expo takes place Saturday February 25th 2017 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm at York Mills Gallery (1885 Leslie St, Toronto). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. For ticket info, go to EventBrite: or visit

BY Dalton Higgins