February 16th is the inaugural NS Heritage Day holiday, which this year celebrates the North End’s own local hero, Viola Desmond. Desmond was a successful local entrepreneur who had her own beauty salon on Gottingen Street, started the Desmond School of Beauty Culture, and established her own line beauty products, Vi’s Beauty Products. She is also one of Canada’s most well-known and celebrated civil rights activists. Desmond was jailed over one cent ofsales tax for challenging racial segregation at a film theatre in 1946.
There will be events in the North End to commemorate this special day.
POSTPONED to Monday February 16th!
Monday February 16th 7:00 pm
An Evening of Viola Desmond at the Bus Stop Theatre
There will be a live performance by produced by Bridge Centre for Arts & Technology, spoken word with Poet Laureate El Jones, music, art and live discussions. This is a free event. Everyone welcome!
Monday February 16th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Canceled – Alternate date TBD
Viola Desmond Heritage Day Celebrations at the North End Library
Join Deputy Premier, Diane Whalen (Minister of Finance), and Minister of Communities and Heritage, Tony Ince, at the North End Library to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Viola Desmond. There will be screenings of “A Long Road to Justice, The Viola Desmond Story”, a video screening of the Viola Desmond Song Competition finalists, and an opportunity to give input into creating a permanent Gottingen Street memorial in honour of Viola Desmond. Food and refreshments provided by The Soul Shack. Hope to see you there!