Canada’s First and Only Dance Channel – bpm:tv honours the 30th annual Black History Month, in February, by spotlighting artists of African origin from showbiz superstars to industry up-and-comers.
“These artists already have presence on bpm:tv, but February provides a theme that lends itself to bringing some of their work to the forefront,” according to Head of Programming Rosemary Fusca, “One of our other networks, ichannel, will be airing presentations of political and social relevance during Black History Month. On bpm:tv, the emphasis is all about amazing music and dance performances by some of the world’s most talented black artists.”
Starting February 2nd, “bpm spotlight” will feature a different performer, each weeknight at 9:30pm ET. Among the selected musicians, DJs and dancers:
* Green Velvet
* Carl Cox
* Luther Brown
* Ponytails and jaeblaze
* Jennifer Archibald
* Deko-ze and Donald Glaude
* Crystal Waters
* Jhevon Paris
* African Footprint
Tuesday, February 17th at 10:00pm ET, “Carl Cox and Friends” captures the venerable British DJ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Cox’s guest stars include Kevin Saunderson, Richard Grey, Vladimere, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, Roni Size, and Saffron.
Toronto’s Caribana Festival is featured on a “bpm:tv Presents” on Monday, February 23rd, with coverage of the colourful festivities, along with comments from Toronto Mayor David Miller and Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader John Tory.
On Tuesday, February 24th, a presentation of the South African music and dance theatre production “UMOJA” provides both live performances and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.