Don Smooth

About the Author Don Smooth

Don Smooth is one of Montreal’s most knowledgeable sources of music. His long-running show on K-103 fm opens a window to audiences on the range of his insights on today’s music scene.

Entertainment

The Year That was 2016

So much happened in sports, music and events around the community Years come and go quickly, but our memories will last forever. Much like its predecessor, 2016 was filed with highs lows, good and bad. So much transpired over the 12 months, reflecting can sometimes get blurry. One event that we’re guaranteed to remember was the historical U.S. elections, and President-elect Donald Trump still doesn’t roll off the tongue easily for me. However, we must accept his victory and hope for the best going forward. Another memorable standout of this past year was the death of so many musical icons, …

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Life & Style

Christmas with Zina Cantave

The holiday season is in full swing and marks the beginning of many celebrations, from office parties to family gatherings and several other events. On December 18th, pop/rnb singer artist Zina Cantave will be hosting a must-attend Christmas concert. We recently sat down with her to give our readers some details about the show. Community Contact: What motivated you to present this upcoming show? Zina: Other independent artists. Watching them work hard and going forward with what they love to do motivated me to work as hard and do something to let people know that singing is not just a …

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Community News

G.P.S

Help for English-speaking seniors in dealing with isolation The famous three-letter acronym takes on a whole new meaning. Getting to Programs and Services for Seniors is a new project funded in part by the government of Canada’s New Horizons for seniors program. I think this is a great initiative and until now wasn’t aware that there is an issue of isolation among our elders. Four community organizations will be participating to offer these services to our English-speaking seniors. The African Canadian Development and Prevention Network will be the go-to group for the Black English-speaking Montrealers. I recently spoke with A.C.D.P.N …

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Summer Sixteen

Get ready early because it will move fast. Meteorologists predict this will be one of the hottest summers since 2012, with August being the scorcher. The world famous F1 Grand Prix will take center stage this weekend in the heart of Montreal. Next week, June 16-19, experience the 17th edition of Taste of the Caribbean at the Old Port. There will be over 20 vendors representing and preparing food from several islands. Last year, I hosted TOTC; this time around you can find me serving food for Tasty Touch Caribbean and international cuisine. Enjoy a taste to remember from experienced …

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ACDPN Career fair an eye opener

African Canadian Development and Prevention Network It is a lengthy title for an organization that works tirelessly to help those in need in our community. Last weekend I attended and Dj’d for ACDPN’s inaugural career fair, which was orientated towards high school students. To my surprise, a full house of youth used the time to come out on a Saturday morning. Multiple professionals from different sectors of the community were on site to mentor: doctors and other healthcare professionals, as well as teachers, to name a few. ACDPN director Tania Callendar and her team organized the event to inform and …

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All about the scene

Reviews  and Previews First and foremost, I would like to thank you all that attended the second edition of The Easter Extravaganza, the Aries affair. Partygoers danced the night away inside the MCSO last Saturday. Dj’s 20/20 and New York City’s very own Joe Bailey had the crowd moving until the lights came on. Host Stella Peters led the crowd to Marcia Griffiths timeless classic, Electric Boogie, to end the night. Special thanks to Dope Girl Triigga, Mz Twinz, Gordon Boucher’s team D.E.S entertainment and High Life promo. Sunday I made my way to the highly anticipated Return of the …

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What’s Going On?

Spring hasn’t officially sprung, but it’s right around the corner. Despite enjoying a milder than usual winter, we’re anticipating the season of renewal. The entertainment industry amps up releases considerably during this period, and I came across several interesting projects that will be available soon. Canadian rap export phenomenon Drake promises to release his next studio album entitled “Views from the 6”. The streets have been buzzing since he dropped “Summer Sixteen” earlier this year. A no-holds barred braggadocios track that pulls no punches, Drizzy has definitely and firmly cemented himself in the music scene with lines like “Oh it’s …

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Vibe City Radio

In a world of countless online stations, Vibe City aims to connect with listeners by offering material they can relate to. Founded by Seychelles native Nichol Valentin, the site was launched in October 2013 with Soul Supremacy. A former keyboardist with Juno-nominated Choices Band, Nichol felt his career like music needed to evolve. The hectic touring schedule wasn’t an ideal period for starting a family. In the beginning, anyone was given a chance to have a show; less than three years later, candidates must be selected. I don’t remember the first time I heard about V.C.R, but it felt like …

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Community News

B.A.M

We are beyond a month February 2016 marks the 12 anniversary of Black History Month being acknowledged in Canada. We often joke that we were given the shortest month on the calendar. Truth is, African American historian Carter G. Woodson created “Negro History Week” in 1926. This period in time was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. The United States under president Gerald Ford officially extended it to a month in 1976, the United Kingdom in 1987 and not so innocent Canada in 1995. On the surface, our community has celebrated, and has been …

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Carnivals

Cropover 2015

I’m writing to you while enjoying a countryside view of the beautiful island of Barbados. After a long hiatus I returned this summer to witness the huge carnival event known as Crop Over. The festivities began in June and reached its climax the first Monday in August with The Grand Kadooment. Masqueraders from Canada, the USA, and UK and beyond descend on the little island known as the rock. A few days before I landed the winners were announced for two of the main singing competitions. Former Krosfyah front man and Triple Crown winner Edwin Yearwood took home the sweet …

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