In today's digital world, we all can express whatever we choose to on a variety of platforms. And oh, there sure are times when hate is spewed on social and mainstream media, but I choose to leverage the good over the bad whenever I can. As the spokesperson for the 2019 edition of Black History Month, I view my role as providing me an additional opportunity and platform from which to bolster all that is positive about Black life and artistry here in Quebec, and address how it sits within the diaspora. I make the deliberate choice to focus on artistry because it’s how I feel we, as Black people, best convey our joys and pains—as well as all our aspirations—as individuals and as collectives. I also feel that Black History Month is but one framework within which people of all kinds can discuss and understand the various issues around intersectional racism. The seeds sown in February bear fruit in the other 11 months. Let's make them fruitful!

Pat Dillon-Moore Bio

Patricia “Pat” Dillon-Moore has led one of the most interesting professional and artistic lives this side of the Atlantic. Through her experience in a variety of settings and her repertoire of skills that includes writing and performance, Pat Dillon-Moore is a shining example of passion, prowess and personality. She has carried a film (1986's Sitting in Limbo, directed by John N. Smith); racked up notable theatre credits through the Black Theatre Workshop; founded a company (Black Arts Production); co-founded another (Amanda Jackson Communications); written and acted out a humorous, satirical monologue series (“Clemmie Is Mi Frien’ ”); and, in 1990, was appointed as a radio station manager at CKUT 90.3, making her the first Black woman to hold such a position in Quebec. In her long-held role as a publicist for the National Film Board of Canada, she has inspired a great deal of admiration, and has even been hailed as one of the geniuses in the field by esteemed writer Christopher Moore. Currently, she is the co-host of Black magazine-format program, Bhum Bhum Tyme. Pat is sought-after by fellow artists for her no-nonsense advice on a variety of matters, including communications. She is currently in her 31st year as a broadcast producer and host, and is in high demand as an emcee bringing in world-class reggae artists like Shaggy, Marcia Griffiths, Maxi Priest, Mighty Diamonds, Morgan Heritage and Beres Hammond. She has interviewed hundreds of artists, political leaders, and movers and shakers. Pat is the mother of three extraordinary girls—Alicia, Storme and Jumille—and a grandmother of two, Kymani and Skylar. If all that isn't enough, she’s also the wife of Wayne Moore.