Egbert Gaye

About the Author Egbert Gaye

Egbert is a graduate of Concordia University (Journalism/Political Science (International Relations) . He is the founder/ managing editor of Montreal Community Contact.

Community News

Freemasons open their doors to public

“A peek to show that Freemasonry is more than just secret handshakes, traditions and famous members.” Egbert Gaye Officers and members of the Prince Hall Freemasons of Montreal are offering the public an opportunity to learn more about an organization that has been long defined as secretive and mysterious. On Saturday, June 30, they’re inviting Montrealers to “meet the men that make those charities work and to discuss these matters and explore your questions about an organization that is rich in history, tradition, and charity.” The Open House, as it is called, is being organized by the officers and members …

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Pan in Danger for 2018

Salah Steelpan Academy in dispute with Cote des Neiges Black Community Association By Egbert Gaye These days, pan man extraordinaire, Salah Wilson is in a foul mood, as his emotions sway from extreme anger to depression. As a devout Muslim, he is not inclined to swear words, but says this situation is testing him as he talks about the impasse between his steel orchestra, Salah Steelpan Academy and the Cote-des-Neiges Black Community Association, which has already forced the cancellation of his annual summertime steelband show and threatens to derail his participation in Pan Alive, the national competition in Toronto. You …

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Church NewsCommunity NewsLife & Style

A warrior for the church

Bishop Donald Lee answered the call 60 years ago: The greatest decision I’ve made in my life Egbert Gaye Looking back at that fateful day in Jamaica in 1957, when he answered the call to devote his life to Christ and to the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP), Bishop Donald Lee is unequivocal about what it meat to him. “It’s the greatest decision I’ve made in my life,” he says. “I had such a passion in my heart for Christ and for the church that there was nothing else I wanted more than to serve,” he says. Almost six …

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Community News

One Year after Freak Accident It’s still a Tasty Treat

Vacuumed sealed jerk chicken packages and breakfast now available   Egbert Gaye When Danny Campbell proclaims that you’ll find Montreal’s best tasting Oxtail platter at his restaurant, it’s not an idle boast. Many Montrealers travel long distances to get to the Caribbean Tasty Treat in the West Island to enjoy this Caribbean delicacy. “We try to make it a special experience for each and every one of our clients who walk through our doors, which means that all of our dishes are of  the top quality, but there’s something about our oxtail that makes  many of our clients  say it’s …

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Community NewsSports

All Roads lead to the CCAA Hall of Fame for Julieth Lewis

Highest Canadian College honor for a child of the community and former Dawson Blues basketballer Egbert Gaye When former Dawson Blues standout Julieth Lewis received the call informing her that she was among five individuals to be inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association’s (CCAA) Hall Of Fame, first came the pride of the achievement then the memories of those days at the Showmart Gym in downtown Montreal when she and her teammates ruled the roost in women college basketball. “Truth is, I didn’t even know that the CCAA had a Hall Of Fame, so when I learned that I …

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Community News

JERK FOOD galore in Lachine

Saturday June 23 and Sunday 24 Egbert Gaye Organizers are planning to take the Jerk Food Festival to the next level with an extended treat for families this year. The 2018 festival has been transformed into a two-day affair with a Pre-Party on Saturday, June 23 and the jerk food extravaganza on Sunday, June 24, all at the Catalogna Soccerplex, 755 1st Avenue in Lachine. This year, they say food will be in plentiful supply with more than 14 outlets on site providing endless supplies of jerk chicken, jerk pork, fish, hamburgers and every other delicious Jamaican and Caribbean treats. …

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Commentaries

Who’s afraid of the consultation process?

Every time the idea of consultations on racism in Canada surfaces, it generates confusion and conflict in the minds of those who are convinced that all is well in this country and that minority groups especially visible minorities: ‘doth protest too much.’ The same is true not only here in Quebec but across Canada. That, in the face of overwhelming evidence of communities and individuals still hobbled by their systemic exclusion from the opportunities of society. And that’s why it has become long overdue that governments at all levels stand up to the naysayers who will never accept that in …

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Community NewsLife & Style

Call her BellA

Propelled by her love of music this Montrealer is slowly carving out her place on the music scene Egbert Gaye Meet BellA Forté: She is a young 30-something-year-old with a Communications degree out of Concordia University, who’s not quite ready for the corporate boardroom. That’s because BellA, as she prefers to be called, is too busy thrilling audiences here, and in far-off venues around the world, with a musical package that drips with soul, funk, jazz and “the spicy Creole rhythms of Kompa” from her beloved Haiti. Those who have seen her on stage at Metropolis, House of Jazz and …

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Community News

Mr. Oswald Allen helped to Build lives and communities

Cote des Neiges Daycare Center celebrates 45 years Egbert Gaye There’re thousands of men and women at all strata of society walking around Montreal, Canada, across North America and beyond whose lives have been impacted by having crossed paths with Mr. Oswald Allen. Probably the one guy who can truly be described as a lifelong educator, Mr. Allen almost single-handedly built the Cote-des-Neiges Daycare Centre into a cornerstone of community life in Cote-des-Neiges and a foundational institution for Black and Caribbean people. It was October 15, 1973 to be exact, when he opened the doors of the Cote-des- Neiges Black …

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Leanna White and Cory Don are among the line-up of local artistes who will be paying tribute to mothers on May 13

Cory Dan: Emerging reggae voice in Montreal Music must mean something Egbert Gaye Having had music as an important part of his life for as long as he can remember, Cory Dan is serious about getting involved and what he has to offer to the music scene. “I love music, I’ve been singing for most of my life, starting way back as a young boy at my church in Jamaica where gospel music was my first love,” he says. “Now that I’ve made the transition to reggae, I think I’m ready to bring something different to the music scene.” He …

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