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'Savouring the Past: Exploring Food and Freedom' by Tonya Sutherland-Stewart


Culinary & food History & heritage
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Art Gallery of Windsor

401 Riverside Dr W

Windsor, ON

Directions: Please register in advance to attend via Eventbrite: The event will be outdoors in the Vision Corridor park, on the west side of the Art Gallery of Windsor. There will be limited tents and seating, so please bring-your-own-picnic blankets!.



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Program Times:

September 24th, 2022

Picnic & Q&A - 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Program Description:

Over the past year, Tonya has gone through the process of conducting research to better understand the important role food played in Windsor’s Emancipation Day celebrations. This has involved going through archival records, studying academic sources that discuss food history in Canada, and interviewing someone who participated in the festivities. During Tonya's ONCD event, she will be giving a talk to share how these different paths of knowledge taught led her to better understand the foods of Emancipation Day, and the impact that they had on Windsor’s community. In addition to her talk and a brief Q&A, she will invite the audience to experience some of the spirit of the celebrations by sharing a meal and enjoying musical performances together. Attendees will receive a free sample of some of the barbeque foods that would have been served at the celebrations (e.g. ribs, chicken, baked beans); they may also bring their own picnics, or purchase food from vendors that will be onsite.

Artist Biography:

An emerging heritage professional with a background in English and History, Tonya Sutherland-Stewart is a Toronto-based recent graduate of the Master of Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto. She has worked on archival projects at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. Tonya first became curious about Black Canadian history when she realized that, despite being a Black Canadian and majoring in history during university, she knew very little about the history of Black communities in Canada. For her Master’s capstone project, Tonya conducted a feasibility study for the development of a digital archive for the Jackson Park Project, which is a multi-platform not-for-profit created to explore, memorialize, and celebrate the history of the Emancipation Day celebrations that took place in Windsor, Ontario.



Ontario Culture Days

The Ontario Culture Days Festival is an annual celebration of arts, culture and heritage taking place each fall. The Ontario Culture Days Creatives in Residence programs aim to let people in on the artistic process, as we highlight and share the work of creatives from across the province.


This event is part of a hub:

Windsor - Essex

Art Windsor Essex (AWE) & Arts Council Windsor & Region (ACWR) Windsor, ON

A selection of diverse public events taking place in the Windsor-Essex region. The events include art exhibitions in public galleries and museums, art workshops, studio tours, and other community-based programs.