Art Gallery of Alberta and Black-Owned Market Edmonton host the Black Futures Market
By Katrina Turchin | February 3, 2022
Black-Owned Market Edmonton (BOM YEG) is hosting its first market of the year in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Alberta.
“It’s exciting to have a market to kick off the first weekend of Black History Month,” says Rochelle Ignacio, co-founder of BOM YEG. “It’s also our first indoor market and we’re really excited about the venue that we have. So, we’re hoping that it’ll draw out a nice crowd.”
The Black Futures Market features over 20 Black-owned vendors including Token Bitters, Juicy K Cosmetics, Precious Kay Art and BLK Rose Candle. Spend $15 at any vendor table and receive one free admission voucher to the art gallery.
There will be live entertainment at the market including DJ Juice, a performance by the Sangea African Drumming Group and a community interactive feature by In Loving Colour.
The market is free to attend and is located in the atrium at the AGA. Also free to attend is the AGA’s Five Artists One Love exhibit, which is an annual Black History Month event showcasing the artistic vibrancy and range of Edmonton’s African-Canadian communities.
You can also shop BOM YEG’s annual Sweetheart Box, which is a curated gift box filled with products from Black-owned brands across Canada. Only a limited number are available for sale at the market.
“It’s a beautiful way of the Black Business community coming together,” says Ignacio. “We know that times are tough. So even if you can’t come out and spend money, just come out and check things out and share it on social media. We just want to meet everyone and have fun in a safe manner.”