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.

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Mixology

Looking for participant between 10-18 years of age to explore the art of deejaying Attention all aspiring deejays and music lovers, Overture With The Arts (OWTA) will be providing an eight week workshop on the art of DJing. The West Island based organization is looking for participants between the ages of 10-18, who need not have any previous experience. I have the honor and pleasure to have been chosen as the instructor for the upcoming session. We will introduce students to the various equipment from analog to digital. With 20 years experience as a deejay, broadcaster and all around music …

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Big Dreamers focus on Canadian achievers

Local author Akilah Newton joins forces with Vancouver’s Tami Gabay for insightful book Black History Month is just around the corner and with it comes  a slew of events in our community across Montreal. With so much going on its best to take notes and save the dates. This year Overture With The Arts founder and  executive director Akilah Newton embarks on a cross Canada tour. In addition to her work with OWTA,  this young Kirkland native recently co-authored Big Dreamers with Vancouver’s Tami Gabay.  Released in October 2018, this is a must-have student activity book that highlights the achievements …

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Voice of the City: Thank You

April 19, 2004 was my first live to air on K103’s Street Sounds radio show. What started out as a temporary replacement gig I turned into a 14-year ride. After hosting over 2,500 shows, interviewing international stars and supporting local talent, the time has come for me to move on. Thanks to all of you that tuned in and listened over the years. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. It was a great chapter, being a part of the first and only daily urban show broadcasting out of Kahnawake to Montreal and beyond. There’re so …

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Opportunities open to studentss Career Fair 2018

Last Saturday, I was invited to be the master of ceremonies at the African Canadian Development and Protection Network’s (ACDPN) annual career fair and mentorship initiative, in collaboration with McGill University. It’s an event that introduces youth from the English-speaking Black community to professionals in the health and social services fields. Executive director of the ACDPN, Tania Callendar explains its main objective as been an opportunity for our youth to network with professionals from our community that have succeeded in establishing themselves in the field. “Seeing people that look like them in these positions makes it more realistic and attainable… …

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Community NewsLife & Style

Meet Mr. Pöng: The man and his steelpan

On March 30, he  releases “Echoes Between a Rock and Hard Place” on soundcloud Two years ago, I came across a unique artist whom I’ve since seen showcasing his talents all over the city. Born in Chibougamau and raised in Montreal, his name is Ukpöng Etang also known as Mr. Pong. I’m sure many of you have crossed paths with the young steel pan player at a show, wedding or even in the metro. Despite the big Trini flag on his pan case, he’s actually of Jamaican and Nigerian decent. And what makes Mr. Pöng stand out is his ability …

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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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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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