Saturday July 15th, 7:00pm
St. Matthews United Church


Africville Stories is Joe Sealy’s new presentation that builds on his Juno award winning Africville Suite. Africville Stories will present poignant and uplifting new stories about the people and their community. These stories are the ones that you generally don’t hear when people speak of Africville.

Established in 1847 “Africville” was nestled on the shores of the Bedford Basin at the north end of Halifax and was Canada’s oldest black community, until it was raised in the late 1960’s as an “urban improvement” measure. Africville had to overcome a multitude of challenges but managed to survive for more than a century, until the final building was demolished in 1970. The stories surrounding George Dixon, Joe Louis, Portia White and Duke Ellington combine to create the legacy of this unique Canadian community.

Africville Stories tells of this legacy in a narrative and musical journey. The Africville story continues right to the present time with a new tribute composition titled “The Seaview African United Baptist Church”. The re-construction of the church has been discussed for years and it is currently nearing completion on the site of Africville. Its construction is seen as a small step towards compensating the “Africville” community for injustices of the past.

Composer/Pianist Joe Sealy, has presented his Africville Suite in concert halls, universities and music festivals across Canada, Denmark, Norway and the USA, Joe Sealy has enjoyed a highly successful career as a musician, composer, recording artist and radio broadcaster. Recently he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his outstanding contributions to the arts

JOE SEALY, pianist and composer

Joe Sealy has enjoyed a highly successful career as a musician, composer, music director and recording artist. He has toured with “Blood Sweat and Tears”, performed with such artists as Joe Williams, Milt Jackson and Veronica Tennant, and has presented his Juno Award-winning “Africville Suite” in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Joe often performs in concert as a soloist with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and he was also the music director of the highly acclaimed “Tonya Lee Williams Gospel Jubilee” television special and a CBC radio special called “East Coasting”. Joe is president of Triplet Records Inc. and host of the weekly radio show “Joe’s Jazz” on Jazz FM 91 in Toronto. He has recently recorded his original scores for documentary films entitled, “The Little Black School House” and “Directors Speak”. He has also just finished recording his third CD with crooner Colin Hunter. In September of 2010, Joe was invested into the prestigious Order Of Canada,and in October of that year, Joe Sealy and his longtime business and artistic collaboratorPaul Novotny released their fifth CD, “Songs”.


Paul Novotny knows how to make the bass talk. Singers like Jackie Richardson, Holly Cole, Carol Welsman and Molly Johnson would all agree. They have called upon Paul for his melodic and rhythmic style. Paul’s production of Joe Sealy’s Juno Award- winning (1997) “Africville Suite” helped to establish him as one Canada’s best record producers. Paul is also an established Film/TV composer who penned the orchestral theme for (CBC) “The National” in 2001, and in 2004 he wrote the original theme for (CBC) “The Hour” featuring George Stroumboulopoulos.   Paul has also written and produced music for feature films and many national radio and TV commercials. As a jazz bass player Paul has performed with Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Junior Mance, Don Thompson, Tommy Banks, and others.  Since 1994, Paul has been the vice-president of Triplet Records Inc., the record label that he co-owns with his music and business partner Joe Sealy. Recently Sealy & Novotny released their fifth CD entitled “SONGS”, which features nine original songs with guest performances by Dan Hill, Jully Black, Ranee Lee, Jackie Richardson and Barbra Lica. Paul is also a professor at Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts in Toronto.