Boy looking though coin to pay binoculars

Arriving in Canada just a few years prior by way of England and Jamaica, a young Errol surveys Niagara Falls for the first time, impervious to the gaze of a curious onlooker and his younger brother’s calls to share the viewfinder.

Artist talk with Aaron Francis

Tamarack Drive

Aaron T Francis, founder and curator of Vintage Black Canada and University of Waterloo Art Gallery Director, Ivan Jurakic join for an artist talk and conversation surrounding Francis’ recent photographic installation Tamarack Drive and the subject of Black portraiture as well as the role art can play in (in)forming transnational identity.

Photo by Roy Francis, 1969.


Aaron T. Francis is a doctoral student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, a multidisciplinary artist, and a curator. The former chair of the City of Kitchener’s Arts and culture advisory committee, Aaron has exhibited works from his Vintage Black Canada™ initiative at the BAND Gallery Toronto, the Gladstone Hotel, the Contact Photography Festival, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) as well as with Ryerson University’s Fashion and Race Database.


CAFKA is pleased to present this project in partnership with the University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG).