A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) – The People’s Residence is a non-profit hub and destination that provides opportunities to experience the rich culture and history of Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry. The Centre engages the public to learn about these proud stories using literature, music, drama, dance and visual arts.

News Flash!

Have you seen it? ADBCC – The People’s Residence was featured in the Toronto Star this week! Check out how we are expanding our current cultural centre as a permanent fixture in the Blackhurst neighbourhood in Toronto’s Annex. 

Check out the news release here!

Buy a Brick in the new ADBCC &
cement your legacy.

What is the Buy-a-Brick campaign?

The Buy-a-Brick campaign invites all individuals, organizations and families to purchase a digital brick in support of A Different Booklist Cultural Centre’s new home at 756 Bathurst Street. Your digital brick will be engraved with your name and live at ADBCC for all to see. A minimum $100.00 donation is required for purchase. Buy a brick and cement your legacy with us.

COVID-19 Notice

Please note that our physical space at 777-779 Bathurst Street is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, we are bring ADBCC to you through our online streaming and live event platforms. Check them out below!

Masks On

Wearing a non-medical face mask is recommended by the Government of Canada and Canadian health officials to avoid spreading droplets between individuals and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Check out our mask-info page for more on how to wear and care for your mask or face covering.

We are bringing Afrocentric masks to you! Thanks to our wonderful member, Kathleen Barrow, you are now able to purchase Afrocentric masks from ADBCC. Adult and child sizes available. 

New! ADBCC and Schulich Business School Certificate program

Thanks to all of you who signed up for the Schulich Business Certificate Course. Due to the great response we are now compiling a waiting list. 

Thank you for your interest in the course and supporting new ideas!

Get Involved With ADBCC!

Bringing ADBCC to you

Author and educator, Fartumo Kusow stopped by The People’s Podcast to share stories of her immigration to Canada and discuss how COVID-19 has impacted Ramadan and Eid in her community. 

Fartumo Kusow was born in Somalia and immigrated to Canada in 1991 at the start of the civil war. He first novel in English, Tale of a Boon’s Wife, was published in Canada by Second Story Press in October 2017. Her first novel, Amran, written in Somali, was serialized in October Star, Mogadishu: the Somali national newspaper in 1984. Since her arrival in Canada in 1991, and after learning English as a second language, she earned a BA (Hon) in English Language and Literature and B.Ed from the University of Windsor. A writer, a podcastor, and a public speaker, she now teaches English literature courses for the Greater Essex County District School Board and is working on her next novel. She is a mother of five adult children, and lives in Windsor, Ontario.

Missed tuning in to Fartumo? Don’t Worry! Check out the recording of this event and others on

Featured #ADBCCEvents

Connect with community from home. Register for one of our webinars or tune into our Facebook live sessions for our latest events!

Discover ADBCC

The Board and staff of A Different Booklist Cultural Centre acknowledge the original caretakers and storytellers of this land – the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and the Wendat First Nations. We thank these mighty nations for allowing us to build our families, homes and dreams in this land. We pledge to walk hand in hand with them as we journey on the road to self-determination. Meegwetch. 

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