December 2, 2023

On Saturday December 2, 2023, the Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) invites you to come out and enjoy the tastes and sounds of the Caribbean and dance the night away!

This year the GBHS salutes the twin island country of Trinidad and Tobago.  Trinidad and Tobago is known for its natural beauty, including forests, beaches, mangroves, coral reefs and is home to many unique birds and other wildlife.  The twin islands are the birthplace of steelpan and host a boisterous carnival every year featuring not only calypso and soca music but a deep history and tradition of artistry and political commentary.

The Caribbean Christmas Dinner and Dance will feature scholarship presentations, food by Big Jerk Smokehouse, music by DJ Jinx and prizes!  Join The Kween Company for a full dance performance featuring various styles of the Caribbean. This performance will be led by Guelph-based dance instructor Kween. This will touch on both traditional and modern dance allowing participants to experience a story telling dance experience and even join along to the fun!!

Guests will receive one complimentary cocktail of rum punch or ponche de crème.   Ponche de crème is a favourite drink in the Caribbean for Christmas and is like eggnog.

This event will be held at the Puslinch Community Centre (23 Brock Road South, Morriston), with doors opening at 6:30 pm, dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.

Tickets – before November 1st $65 per person, groups of 4 $55 per person and $35 students.  After November 1st $75 per person, groups of 4 $65 per person and $45 students.

Friends and neighbours welcome!

Tickets are available in advance at:

GBHS Scholarship Program
The GBHS Scholarship Program launched in the fall of 2021.  Awards are given to individuals who self-identify as African, Black or Caribbean (ACB) students residing in Guelph and Wellington County wishing to attend College or University or enroll in a Red Seal Program in Canada.  The GBHS promotes academic excellence, leadership skills, and encourages community involvement amongst our youth. The goal of GBHS Scholarship Program is to foster excellence within the Black community in Guelph/Wellington via financial support prior to their post-secondary education.

Scholarship Awards:

  • Norwood Francis Memorial Scholarship recognises an outstanding student embarking on post-secondary education in the field of technology or the skilled trades.
  • The Kween Company Award recognises an outstanding student hoping to earn a degree, diploma or certificate in the field of arts or Black studies.
  • The Dream Makers Award recognises an outstanding student hoping to earn a degree, diploma or certificate in the field of science or business.

Proceeds from this event will go towards the Give a Cup Capital Campaign.  The mission of the Give A Cup Campaign is freedom.  Free us from our mortgage so that we will be able to allocate additional resources towards our on-going #ChangeStartsNow Education Initiative. The #ChangeStartsNow Education Initiative provides educational programming on Black history and culture as well as relevant resources on diversity, discrimination and anti-racism.