February 4, 2022

February: Black History Month – Esi Edugyan – Out of the Sun

Black History Month honours the legacy of Black Canadians and provides all Canadians with an opportunity to celebrate their fellow Black citizens and their communities. To honour and celebrate we must first know. The Massey Lectures, since 1961, have provided a forum for distinguished writers, thinkers, and scholars to explore ideas and issues of contemporary interest.  This year’s Massey lecturer is Calgary’s own Esi Edugyan the international bestselling author of Washington Black.

Esi Edugyan’s 2022 Massey lectures Out Of The Sun: On Race and Storytelling are an outstanding opportunity for Canadians to learn and to know: “What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are. Through the lens of visual art, literature, film and her own lived experience Out of the Sun examines Black histories in art offering new perspectives to challenge us.”

Out Of The Sun is a great read, however, we recommend listening to the podcast on CBC’s Ideas – click here to listen to the podcast. Esi’s voice is resonant and beautiful, and the people she brings into the program to comment on her ideas are engaging, adding depth to her arguments.

In March, Mark Tewksbury will be advocating for Esi’s book on Canada Reads. Another don’t miss event.

Wishing you all a great February:  the shortest month, and the last month of winter.


In the Fall of 2020, TrépanierBaer held the inaugural exhibition of Alicia Henry at the gallery.

To View the exhibition, please click here.


Michael Smith: Urban Wild

Currently on View Through to February 26, 2022