From Bookstore to Cultural Centre,
A Different Booklist Cultural Centre - The People’s Residence

You know you have a special place in a community’s heart when people in large numbers show up early in the day, to move you from one small location to a bigger location while capturing the imagination of a city. This is the gift Torontonians gave to A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) as they moved them from the former Mirvish Village to its temporary location across the street to the magical address of 777 Bathurst Street.

While we pride ourselves that ADBCC is an iconic destination here in Toronto, we are most proud of the work behind the scenes to foster youth leadership, document a neighborhood’s history, promote community well-being and launch innovation.

Volunteers moving books from 746 to 777 Bathurst Street, photo credit,Toronto Star

A Different Booklist Cultural Centre (ADBCC) – The People’s Residence was incorporated in 2015. It is a non-profit hub and destination that provides opportunities to experience the rich culture and history of Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry. Located in Toronto’s iconic Bathurst-Bloor neighbourhood, ADBCC engages the public to learn about these proud stories using literature, music, drama, dance and visual arts. We invite everyone to join us on this journey of discovery, inspiration and celebration because LEGACY LIVES HERE! 

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