An incantation of black Canadian speculative discourse and innerstandings
Edited By: Quentin Vercetty and Audrey Hudson
Introduction by Nalo Hopkinson, Foreword by Zainab Amadahy
This seminal collection consists of works from cross-generations and pan-national Black creatives and cultural producers from Canada. This generous book offers a glimpse of different innerstandings, a profound comprehension or conviction within one’s spirit or soul.
We consider the following: what does Afrofuturism look like from a Canadian perspective? What are the unique elements of artistic expression in Black Canadian art? Considering Canada’s history on Indigenous land, how do Black Canadians imagine their future in a colony that promotes erasure, yet claims multiculturalism? So ah wah dis? Qu’est-ce que c’est? Kisa sa ye?
Cosmic Underground Northside: An Incantation of Black Canadian Speculative Discourse and Innerstanding is an archival book comprised of diasporic dialogues around liberation and spirituality.
Significant contributions of poems, lyrics, proses, short stories and other expressive forms of literature along with vibrant illustrations, photography, posters, mixed-media digital and analog rendered artworks by over 100 prolific, gifted Black Canadian scholars and creatives. This is who we are.
“Draws in bold, broad strokes, in the here and now, the contours of a dazzling vision for the future. Each contribution is a priceless treasure, and an act of resistance.”
– The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada, 3rd Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie
“Quentin VerCetty and Audrey Hudson have assembled a ground-breaking and delightful collection, Cosmic Underground Northside, which dreams a Black Canadian future in conversation with the past, present, and global Africa real and imagined. Thus, time, space and consciousness are collapsed because to have a Black future requires that we have a tremendous leap of imagination.”
– Dr. Afua Cooper, Professor of Black Studies at Dalhousie University, 2018 Poet Laureate of Halifax Regional Municipality. Author of The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada, and the Burning of Old Montreal
Release Date: October 14, 2022
About the Editors
Dr. Audrey Hudson is an artist, educator, researcher and futurist. Audrey manages school and teacher programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario and teaches at OCAD University. She holds a PhD from University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UT/OISE).
Most recently, Dr. Hudson co-edited a groundbreaking text entitled, In This Together: Blackness, Indigeneity and Hip-Hop, with a chapter, entitled, All eyes on Hip Hop: Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurities. Chapters and articles include: Where We @?: Blackness, Indigeneity and Hip-Hop’s Expression of Creative Resistance (co-authored); Here We Are On Turtle Island: Navigating Places, Spaces and Terrain; and Integrating Black lives into education: Black Lives Matter Freedom School.
Hudson believes the arts are a way to bring rich knowledge and voices of young people into spaces to discuss education, colonization, race, and relationship building between Black and Indigenous communities.
Dr. Hudson developed and taught the first course in Canada on the influence Hip-Hop has on design, entitled Hip-Hop & Convergence Culture at OCAD University. Hudson also co-developed and taught a graduate studies course at UT/OISE entitled, Desire and Change: Difficult Dialogues in Art and Art Education.
This book on Cosmic Underground Northside merges Audrey’s passion for art, social change and voicing astounding creative Black intellect.