Emancipation Day Family Picnic in Oakville

Bring your sandwiches, blankets and best dance moves to Oakville this Civic Holiday Monday — an Emancipation Day Family Picnic is taking place at Erchless Estate.

And where there’s food, there’s music.

JUNO award-winning reggae artist Sonia Collymore will be performing, along with the OWO Saxophone Quartet, Hope Centre Gospel Choir, and Rhythmic By Nature - Interactive Drumming Circles.

The annual event is hosted by the Oakville Museum in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton.

The picnic commemorates August 1, 1834 - the day slavery was abolished in Canada and throughout the British Empire - and will include a number of fun activities, performances and music for the entire family.

Oakville's Emancipation Day dates back to the 1850s, when African-Canadians from across the nation would gather at George's Square in honour of their journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Admission is free.

The event is on August 7 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

All ages are welcome.

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