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Black-Owned Businesses in Edmonton You Can Support Right Now

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CommunityEdmontonLocal Business

Black-Owned Businesses in Edmonton You Can Support Right Now

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Black-Owned Businesses in Edmonton You Can Support Right Now

February 1 marks more than the beginning of February. It marks the beginning of Black History Month. This year’s theme, The Future is Now, is meant to celebrate and acknowledge the work being done and continues to be done every day by Black Canadians to support and elevate their communities. 

In support of Black History Month, we’re highlighting Black-owned and operated businesses across Canada that are leading the way. While February may only have 28 days, we’re committed to using our platform to support and share stories from Black Canadians throughout the year.

Black-Owned and Operated Businesses in Edmonton: 

Keon the Artist

“I paint things that inspire me or inspired me as a child,” Courtney said. “If you’re able to take your children to an art gallery and they see people on canvas that look like them… that’s important.”

Keon Courtney is a self-taught portrait artist born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2009, he took his life-long love of art and turned into a creative career. His passion for portraiture has always been at the forefront of his artistic journey. He started out mainly as a digital artist but has since branched out dabbling in different mediums; most recently focusing on portraits in charcoal. Keon finds his inspiration in the process of attempting to bring life and soul to his artwork. Check out his amazing work and follow Keon on Instagram.

KYN

Alèthe Kaboré was awarded Designer of the Year by African Fashion and Arts Movement Vancouver

Edmonton based KYN Apparel is a fashion brand serving up #shoplocal vibes. They are on a mission to blend bold, and vibrant African prints with more commonly used utilitarian fabrics. Kyn is providing women with modern professional pieces that transform their wardrobe from boring to bold! Kyn’s founder and in-house designer, Alèthe Kaboré, was recently featured on CBC news talking about her approach to fashion and the impact of COVID-19. She is also Designer of the year for Diversity Magazine African Canadian of 2020.

Make sure to grab one of their FIERCE hoodies for your social distancing at home lounging needs and follow KYN on Instagram.

Celebrate Black History Month in Edmonton

For Edmontonian’s, the St. Albert Public Library has a series of virtual movie-nights featuring Black Canadian films from the National Film Board. You can tune-in (almost) every Friday evening in (Feb. 5, 12 and 26).

Download Rocketman to help you visit and support these Black-owned and operated businesses. 

Let Rocketman help you get around the city. Navigate the city safely and cut down waiting times to get to your destination with real-time countdowns to the next bus. Make sure to follow COVID-19 rules if you’re travelling to these businesses by transit. There are ways to ride public transit safely, so you should always be aware of best practices.

Even though getting around is limited, you still need to be prepared. Rocketman keeps you ahead of your trip by providing you with real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature. 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 Learn more about how to use the Rocketman transit app in Alberta.

Black-Owned Businesses in Edmonton You Can Support Right Now

February 1 marks more than the beginning of February. It marks the beginning of Black History Month. This year’s theme, The Future is Now, is meant to celebrate and acknowledge the work being done and continues to be done every day by Black Canadians to support and elevate their communities. 

In support of Black History Month, we’re highlighting Black-owned and operated businesses across Canada that are leading the way. While February may only have 28 days, we’re committed to using our platform to support and share stories from Black Canadians throughout the year.

Black-Owned and Operated Businesses in Edmonton: 

Keon the Artist

“I paint things that inspire me or inspired me as a child,” Courtney said. “If you’re able to take your children to an art gallery and they see people on canvas that look like them… that’s important.”

Keon Courtney is a self-taught portrait artist born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2009, he took his life-long love of art and turned into a creative career. His passion for portraiture has always been at the forefront of his artistic journey. He started out mainly as a digital artist but has since branched out dabbling in different mediums; most recently focusing on portraits in charcoal. Keon finds his inspiration in the process of attempting to bring life and soul to his artwork. Check out his amazing work and follow Keon on Instagram.

KYN

Alèthe Kaboré was awarded Designer of the Year by African Fashion and Arts Movement Vancouver

Edmonton based KYN Apparel is a fashion brand serving up #shoplocal vibes. They are on a mission to blend bold, and vibrant African prints with more commonly used utilitarian fabrics. Kyn is providing women with modern professional pieces that transform their wardrobe from boring to bold! Kyn’s founder and in-house designer, Alèthe Kaboré, was recently featured on CBC news talking about her approach to fashion and the impact of COVID-19. She is also Designer of the year for Diversity Magazine African Canadian of 2020.

Make sure to grab one of their FIERCE hoodies for your social distancing at home lounging needs and follow KYN on Instagram.

Celebrate Black History Month in Edmonton

For Edmontonian’s, the St. Albert Public Library has a series of virtual movie-nights featuring Black Canadian films from the National Film Board. You can tune-in (almost) every Friday evening in (Feb. 5, 12 and 26).

Download Rocketman to help you visit and support these Black-owned and operated businesses. 

Let Rocketman help you get around the city. Navigate the city safely and cut down waiting times to get to your destination with real-time countdowns to the next bus. Make sure to follow COVID-19 rules if you’re travelling to these businesses by transit. There are ways to ride public transit safely, so you should always be aware of best practices.

Even though getting around is limited, you still need to be prepared. Rocketman keeps you ahead of your trip by providing you with real-time transit alerts, travel times and our new crowdedness feature. 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 Learn more about how to use the Rocketman transit app in Alberta.

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