“We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.”

Rosemary Brown

The People’s Residence

 The People’s Residence is a non-profit hub, destination and space dedicated to the intellectual and cultural experience of people of African and Caribbean ancestry. It is the organic expression of the years of cultural activities cultivated by the independent bookstore, A Different Booklist.

It is a place where invention and pioneering meet to create youth expression and inter-generational activity. It is a “green” hub in practice and design with its incorporation of innovative technology. It is a legacy project that embodies the opportunity to engage in infrastructure building, civic engagement and the creation of a destination that will inspire all Canadians and attract cultural tourism.

At 777-779 Bathurst Street, The People’s Residence is our destination and home away from home.

Our Activities

  • Presentation of legacy pieces
  • Education in a community setting
  • Embedded youth leadership
  • Digitization of archival information
  • Mentor and apprenticeships
  • Employment opportunities
  • International academic partnerships
  • Pop-Ups
  • Performance and meeting space

Our Space


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