Listen to musical artist Omar Gittens as he shares his own personal truths, reflections, and experiences reflective of Black History month.

The Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival brings world-class music to Barrie, the City of Barrie recognizes the festival's cultural and economic impact on the city and considers the festival to be one of its signature events.

Omar will share life-long stories of encounters dealing with racial stereotypes, ignorance, entitlement, and privilege present in our present day society. A retrospective on how historical issues of global slavery, racism, and colonization have adversely affected and shaped our current societal norms, and perspectives leading to the breakthrough successes of North American people of colour and mixed race.