Spotlight: 5 Artists 1 Love Concert


5 Artists 1 Love is an annual Black History Month event that celebrates the city’s vibrant Black community. Through art, music, dance, and poetry, it explores the rich history of the African diaspora. It is also an opportunity for established and emerging artists to continue to develop Black arts and culture.

5 Artists 1 Love
Photo courtesy Alisa Anderson


After the 5 Artists 1 Love music concert got cancelled in February, Edmontonians can now enjoy the rescheduled event at the Winspear Centre on May 15. It has become one of Edmonton’s must-see events as it provides a stage for talented artists of all kinds—singers, musicians, poets, and dancers. The focus? To emphasize the historical impact that Black music and poetry have had on the world.

The music concert is just one part of the event. The 5 Artists 1 Love art exhibition ran from January 29 to April 3 at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Due to the unique circumstances of the pandemic, the two events were unable to occur at the same time. The art exhibition featured Faisa Omer, Kyle Smith, Madeline LeBlanc, Marjorie Marshall, and Reckie Lloyd. Each artist showcased the vibrancy of Edmonton’s African-Canadian communities, including communities from Angola, Zanzibar, Tobago, Togo, Barbados, and Brazil.

Curator and producer, Darren Jordan, seeks to bring together various artistic disciplines under an accessible network. Growing up, he learned to appreciate the beauty of cultural diversity—an appreciation that reflects in his work through lots of colour and expression. There is no better place to celebrate cultural diversity than at 5 Artists 1 Love.

Some of the brilliant musicians gracing the stage at the Winspear Centre will include Riwo Egor (vocals), Enoch Attey (guitar), Aristotle Jorge (keys), and Trae Chisolm-Lyn (drums).

That’s not all—there will also be a 50/50 raffle and draw for fun gifts. All proceeds will go to Autism Edmonton.

Join in on the opportunity to support and amplify the voices of Black arts and culture. Tickets are available online through the Winspear Centre.


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