Antonio Michael Downing

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Best Selling Author - Anti Racism & Oppression - Diversity and Inclusion Expert
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Antonio Michael Downing is a Musician Writer & Best Selling Author, Anti Racism & Oppression Activist, Diversity and Inclusion Expert. He grew up in southern Trinidad, Northern Ontario, Brooklyn, New York, and Kitchener, Ontario. He is a musician, writer, and activist based in Toronto. His novel, Molasses, was published to critical acclaim. In 2017, he was named by the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada’s top Emerging Writers of non-fiction. He performs and composes music as John Orpheus.

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Resilience & Adversity

Speaker Types

  • Annual General Meetings
  • Audience Industry
  • Awareness Days
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Canadian Conferences & Summits
  • Community Engagement Events
  • Corporations & Businesses

ANTONIO MICHAEL DOWNING BIOGRAPHY

Antonio Michael Downing grew up in southern Trinidad; Northern Ontario, Brooklyn, New York, and Kitchener, Ontario. He is a musician, writer, and activist based in Toronto. His novel, Molasses, was published to critical acclaim. In 2017, he was named by the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada’s top Emerging Writers of non-fiction. He performs and composes music as John Orpheus.

His Life of Blackness and Becoming Raised by his indomitable grandmother in the lush rainforest of southern Trinidad, Downing, at age eleven, is uprooted to Canada when she dies. But to a very unusual part of Canada.

Antonio Michael Downing and his older brother are sent to live with his stern, evangelical Aunt Joan, in Wabigoon, a tiny northern Ontario community where they are the only black children in the town. In this wilderness, he begins his journey as an immigrant minority, using music and performance to dramatically transform himself. At the heart of his odyssey is the longing for a home.

He tries to flee his messy life by transforming into a series of extravagant musical personalities, yet like his father and grandfather, he has become a “Saga Boy,” a Trinidadian playboy, addicted to escapism, attention, and sex. When the inevitable crash happens, he finds himself in a cold stone jail cell. Antonio Michael Downing has become everything he was trying to escape and must finally face himself.

Richly evocative, Saga Boy is a heart-wrenching but uplifting story of a lonely immigrant boy who overcomes adversity and abandonment to reclaim his black identity and embrace a rich heritage.

Search For Identity

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Saga Boy

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Anti Opression

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Narrating Identity And Dis-belonging

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Looking Inwards

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Antonio Michael Downing electrified our audience of entrepreneurs, corporate stakeholders, and Members of Federal and Provincial Legislatures, as well as federal, regional, and municipal representatives who attended the epochal unveiling of the LiftOff Black Entrepreneurship program to the public for the first time. Given the theme, context, and historic milestone of the occasion, his words, presence, and candour were compelling and perfect highlights of the evening. Relevant, eloquent and engaging; his presentation was the cynosure of all of us at the event. He is an inspirational and evocative speaker; one whom I highly recommend, unreservedly

Uche Onuora

Venture Coach 

Lift Off Program

The entire WRDSB has a such deep appreciation for you. The students are made better in each moment shared with you.

Teneile Warren

Equity and Inclusion Officer

Waterloo Regional District School Board

Your keynote to our budding entrepreneurs today was truly awesome!

Folake Owodunni

Program Manager

LiftOff Venture Program

Antonio Michael Downing is simply a rock star! His keynote on Storytelling at our Canadian Sales Educators Symposium in 2021 was, in itself, a master class in storytelling. Dynamic and engaging, Michael captured the attention and imagination of the entire room while imparting valuable insights. This was the most highly rated session of the symposium with attendees starting their emails with “As Michael said”!

Rose Mastnak

Director, Conestoga Entrepreneurship Collective

Conestoga College ITAL

Singularly dazzling, Saga Boy is a brilliant collage of the twenty-first century’s most incredible memoirs. Told with an unforgettable and innovative pace, this a book I will reread forever.

Kiese Laymon

Author of Heavy

Antonio Michael Downing’s Saga Boy is a vibrant, evocative, and searing account of the lives of Black immigrants. Downing helps us understand the rage and resilience of Black boys—motherless, fatherless, itinerant—and the communities that intervene to raise them. The triumph of Saga Boy is the triumph of Blackness everywhere—the irrepressible instinct for survival in a world where Blacks are prey.

Ian Williams, Giller Prize

Winning Author of Reproduction

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Antonio Michael Downing CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Resilience & Adversity

Speaker Types

  • Annual General Meetings
  • Audience Industry
  • Awareness Days
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Canadian Conferences & Summits
  • Community Engagement Events
  • Corporations & Businesses
  • Event Format
  • Gender Equality
  • Inspirational
  • Interactive & Experience
  • Key Note
  • Men
  • Motivation
  • Politicians
  • Racial Justice
  • Social & Cultural
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
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  • Storytelling
  • Town Halls & Retreats
  • Trade Shows & Conventions
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