Unpacking the N-Word

Due to overwhelming public demand, Overture with the Arts presents “Unpacking the N-Word”; a virtual presentation that explores the origins and evolution of the N-Word. Join us for an edu-tainment presentation that combines slam poetry, stand-up comedy, and a panel discussion with experts. Guests will learn to put one of the most loaded words in the English language into proper historical context. This event will include a live, virtual presentation from award-winning professional actor, writer, director and producer Omari Newton, followed by a panel discussion with experts: 

  • Dr. Sabrina Jafralie Ph.D. (panelist): Educator and Consultant and Activist.
  • Balarama Holness M.Ed B.C.L/J.D (panelist): Social Entrepreneur and community activist.
  • Omari Newton (panelist): Award-winning professional actor, writer, director & producer.
  • Catherine Verdon-Diamond (moderator): Award-winning TV personality and CBC News correspondent. 

This virtual presentation will serve as a fundraiser for OWTA so that we can continue our work empowering today's youth and tomorrow's change-makers by bringing arts, culture, and education to the community. 

Make a night of it!

Tasty Touch Caribbean Cuisine is preparing fresh authentic Caribbean meals for our event. Proceeds from your meal purchase help us reach our fundraising goal - and let you off the hook for dinner! Choose the "Event Access & Dinner" option and select your menu and number of meals during checkout. *West Island pick-up.


Grilled jerk chicken with mango salsa, rice & peas, served with pholourie & deep-fried plantains, and Caribbean

cherry cake


CHANA ALOO CURRY (vegetarian)

Curry chickpeas and potatoes served with basmati rice, served with pholourie & deep-fried plantains, and

Caribbean cherry cake

Click here to buy your tickets!

In the 12 years since OWTA was founded


youths across Canada have participated in our programs


through in-school, extracurricular and community programs


through artistic and cultural expression


through mentoring and scholarships

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Overture with the Arts
Overture with the Arts (OWTA) is a non-profit organization based in Montreal, offering a wide variety of programs in arts, culture, and diversity. We not only give our students the resources to excel in the arts but to also have a voice in their community through leadership, volunteerism, community involvement, and more. Using the arts as a vehicle for education, OWTA incorporates multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary elements to foster an environment of learning, sharing and, of course, fun! Drawing on the passion and talents of our team of facilitators, OWTA provides engaging workshops, guest speaker sessions, industry mentorships, and performance showcases.
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