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.

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A Special Call to Community for a Special Show

JIREH WILL BE JOINED ON STAGE BY Audrey DuBois Harris FOR ONE17 at EGLISE Le-Saint-Jean-Baptiste       Egbert Gaye Standing in front of her two choirs, the last thing Carol Bernard wants to be thinking about is the demographic make-up of her audiences as she attempts to draw them into the always-spectacular performances delivered by her singers. But sometimes she just can’t help it and she is troubled by what she sees when she looks into the crowd. “Not enough Black people attending our shows,” she says, bluntly. “We are a Black choir and as much as we value …

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Making a difference and spreading awareness

Caren Mellow recognized as a Difference Maker. She stands among 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health Egbert Gaye Ten years as a psychiatric nurse and a health teacher at a school where students confront almost daily multiple socio-economic issues, Caren Mellow knows a thing or two about the precariousness of mental health. That’s why over the past four years she has been doing her part to heighten consciousness at her school, ACCESS Riverside, among students and co-workers and in the community. Her annual walk staged in May, aimed at “breaking down stigma and promoting mental health awareness,” is growing in …

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The Vault and ACAM: music and Art for the People

The DubScientist and Fatta Rex continue the sound engineering and music production project in Ville St. Pierre Egbert Gaye On the western edge of Montreal in the little town of Ville St. Pierre at 184 St. Jacques Street is where you’ll find Rasbagle, a highly skilled engineer, music producer and community worker building a vault meant not only to keep precious things, but to produce musical gems. “There’s a lot of talent in Montreal,” he told the CONTACT. “But they have to know that they can’t do it by themselves… so what I’m trying to do is to make the …

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Shari Fraser’s outstanding soccer career lands her in McGill’s SPORTS Hall OF Fame

Egbert Gaye Early in her soccer career, Shari Fraser will tell you that “confidence” is all. Fortunately for her, she had parents and friends who helped to boost hers, which in turn led to a Hall Of Fame career on the field and on the path to a professional career in the pharmaceutical industry. Following an extended run on the soccer field that started when she was about eight years old, in various House Leagues in the West Island to five years as a standout player for McGill University, Fraser was inducted into the institution’s Hall of Fame at a …

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Great Conversations

Broadcaster Peter Anthony Holder fashions a book out of his passion Egbert Gaye In decades past, television and film was the centre of household entertainment, and the stars that appeared in those movies and shows occupied a special place in the lives of many families. The way Peter Anthony Holder tells it, stories told by the celebrities of days of old can be as fascinating today as they were when these men and women ruled the screen and stage. There lies the basis for his book Great Conversations: My Interviews with Two Men on the Moon And a Galaxy of …

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Election Montreal 2017

Russell Copeman: team Denis Coderre still the best choice Egbert Gaye Since his return to politics, at the municipal level, Russell Copeman has lent himself as a friend to the English-speaking Black community, advocating on our behalf when the opportunity calls. As borough mayor of Cote des Neiges-Notre Dame de Grace, Copeman made it his business to offer support to the many individuals and groups that reach out to him on a regular basis. As a senior member of the Denis Coderre administration at City Hall, he is proud of its track record and always proves to be a capable …

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A calendar of Hip Hop’s History

Duke Eatmon brings his arsenal of musical knowledge to Chuck D Presents: This Day in Rap and Hip Hop History  Egbert Gaye In Montreal, probably in all of Canada, Duke Eatmon, with his unique ability to research and retain details on artistes, industry, and trends or movements, stands as one of the most knowledgeable voices on music, especially those that really pique his interest. Chuck D has been described as one of the most influential voices in Hip-Hop, a master craftsman of the genre who brought intellectual heft to his compositions to accompany his creative heft. He is the MC …

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The sad state of Puerto Rico after Maria

Weeks after the hurricane no food, no water, no electricity, no medication, lots of BS from the president Egbert Gaye Two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the island remains in a bad state. Thirty-four people confirmed dead as a direct or indirect result of the category 4 Hurricane that struck on September 20. And experts agree that after clearing up the rubble and taking stock,   the number of dead will rise considerably, maybe into the hundreds. More than half of the population of 3.6 million remain without safe drinking water and 95% are without electricity, including almost all …

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Taking a knee while taking a stand

Colin Kapernick’s place alongside other brave men such as Jackie Robinson, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, and Muhammad Ali Egbert Gaye When in August 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand by taking a knee during the playing of the American national anthem before the start of an NFL game, he joined the ranks of a select few high-profile athletes who dared to “call out” the United States on widespread racism and social injustice that continue to debilitate the lives of Blacks and other minorities. Kaepernick, then quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, began his protest by sitting during …

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Former Montrealer Rosey Edeh shines another spotlight on Jones

My goal is to present a living legacy to Canadians….” Egbert Gaye Montrealers and lovers of Jazz music the world over have come to know Oliver Jones as the exceptionally talented pianist who hauled himself up from his humble beginnings in the St. Henri-Little Burgundy district to become one of Canada’s most acclaimed musicians. And those who know him beyond the music know that he walks softly. But the way documentarian Rosey Edeh tells it, behind this quiet, unassuming musical genius is a man who for years has known his share of excruciating pain and discomfort, but never shared any …

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