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February 24, 2024 | 3 pm
Christ First United Church (Clarkson)

Join us for our third concert of the 2023/24 season, highlighting Black musical traditions.

Step into an enchanting afternoon with “Roots,” a celebration of the timeless legacy of Black choral composers and arrangers. From the haunting melodies of spirituals to the brilliance of jazz, MCC invites you on a captivating journey. For this event, MCC is proud to welcome the current City of Mississauga Poet Laureate, Ayomide Bayowa.

Ayomide Bayowa is a Nigerian-Canadian poet, filmmaker and student of Theatre Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. His poetry has been honoured by various prizes, including being short-listed for both the 2018 Eriata Oribabhor Poetry Prize (EOPP) and the 2019 Christopher Okigbo Interuniversity Poetry Prize, being a top-10 gold entrant of the 9th Open Eurasian Literary Festival, London, England, winning the first-place prize of the June/July 2021 edition of the bi-monthly Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (BPPC) and placing as a semi-finalist of the 2021 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Bayowa is the editor-in-chief of the Echelon Review and is a poetry reader for Adroit Journal. His work has been published in Barren Magazine, Agbowo, African Writers, Kreative Diadem, Stone of Madness Press and Guesthouse among others. His first Chapbook, “Stream of Tongue; Watercourse of Voices,” was published by Poets in Nigeria in 2018. MCC is extremely lucky to feature Ayomide, such a significant artist of our community, and we look forward to him sharing his work with us.

Join us for a concert that not only honours the roots of these musical forms but also celebrates the creativity and innovation that continue to shape the world of choral art. “Roots” is more than a concert; it’s an invitation to connect, appreciate, and be moved by the enduring spirit of a vibrant and diverse musical tradition.