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

Local boxer Diizon Belfon wants you to expect the Best

Call him the Kidd Wonder Egbert Gaye After only two professional fights, it might be a little early for predictions, but spend a little time with Diizon Belfon and you too might be tempted to say that the young Montrealer is destined for big things in the boxing ring. Maybe it’s the way he disposed of his high caliber opponents in those recent fights, or it might be his overwhelming self-confidence, which is driven by eagerness to learn and to grow. “I’m quite aware of what I’m involved in when I get into the ring. It’s to be the best …

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Montreal’s economy booms. Blacks continue to lag

We watch as the good times roll Montreal is booming. In fact, it was the top economic performer among all Canadian cities and at the same time out-performing almost every American city in 2018. It’s unlike anything seen in this city’s recent history as almost every sector of the economy fires in overdrive, bringing jobs, stimulating the real estate market and boosting arts and culture. And the progress parade is expected to continue as forecasters are projecting Montreal’s gross domestic product to rise by at least 4.2 per cent, while unemployment drops to 5.5 per cent, the lowest it has …

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Jennifer Meade: For the love of Gospel

JAM Vocal Performance School recital Egbert Gaye Even over the telephone, you can sense the excitement that seeps through her voice when Jennifer Meade speaks about not just her love for Gospel music, but helping her students give full expression of it. Over the past two decades, music lovers in Montreal have come to know her as a highly respected choir director, singer, composer and songwriter, Meade told the CONTACT that her greatest joy in her musical journey is the work she’s currently doing as a vocal coach. “My passion is to teach Voice as a way it could be …

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Quebec Religious symbols bill IS WITHOUT MERIT

Opposition mounts Everyday Quebec grows a little more intolerant of its minorities and less accommodating, to the extent it’s on the road to becoming a global spectacle when it comes to xenophobia and hate. Who would have thought that in a global environment where big-time hate-emitter Donald Trump is spewing so much bile about immigrants that Quebec would be today’s poster child for alienating minorities? That’s what it has come to with the proposed legislation tabled by the governing CAQ in the National Assembly on Thursday, March 28, which aims to ban public servants in positions of authority, from wearing …

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A decade of helping student-athletes

Eva R Gsum Foundation: More than 150 have been led closer to their dream Egbert Gaye Having spent much of his early life on the basketball court, playing at all levels from high school to university, Garvin Musgrave knows the benefits of what can be learned playing sports. “Those leadership skills that I acquired back then are still useful to me today in my job and in other areas of my life. And it’s the same for those young men and women that we’ve been trying to help,” he told the CONTACT recently. March 26 marks 10 years since Musgrave …

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A milestone on frontlines for human rights and social justice

The Black Coalition of Quebec celebrates 50 years of advocacy work started by the National Black Coalition of Canada Egbert Gaye For decades the Black Coalition of Quebec, under the leadership of Dan Philip, has been on the frontlines in the struggle for human rights and social justice, speaking loudly on behalf of those who have been victims of police abuse and other forms of injustices. This year, the BCQ is marking 50 years of advocacy work started by its forerunner the National Black Coalition of Canada (NBCC), which had its genesis in 1969 following the Sir George Williams Affair …

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Rev. Glenn Gray assumes the mantle at Imani Family and Full Gospel Church

Replaces his older brother as Senior Pastor. Installation service on April 7 Egbert Gaye These are exciting times at Imani Family and Full Gospel Church as the congregation prepares to welcome Rev. Glenn Gray as their senior pastor, following the resignation of his older brother and church founder Rev. Darryl Gray. The younger Gray, who was ordained here under the jurisdiction of the Quebec Association of Baptist Churches in November 2017, will be installed on April 7. He acknowledges that he’s stepping into big shoes but told The CONTACT in a recent conversation, that he intends to walk his own …

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Aliah in Concert at Caribbean Paradise on March 23

Since bursting on the music scene few years ago, 21-years-old Alïah has been on an upward trajectory highlighted by two major achievements this year: her performance at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 2019 showcase and her selection as part of the TD Creative Incubator Program 2019, coordinated by SOCAN. The Montreal-born singer/songwriter, who as a teenager taught herself to play the guitar also had an opportunity recently to record with Peter Cadernali who produced music for Celine Dion, Rick James and Tina Marie. But her most significant achievement so far came in May 2018, when she released her debut …

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Carlene Davis: In The Name Of The Most High

Carlene Davis continues to win people over… Egbert Gaye Today, the name Dr. Carlene Davis-Cowan has taken its rightful place in the annals of Jamaican musical history. In a land where the illustrious list of iconic music stars is seemingly endless, Carlene Davis, as she is known on stage, has distinguished herself by her longevity in the industry and an unfettered commitment to uplift others with her music. “When you have an assignment in your life, you know that there’s work to be fulfilled and that’s why it’s easy to continue,” she told The CONTACT in a recent telephone interview. …

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Ushering In A New Phase at WIBCA

Mortgage paid off Egbert Gaye On Thursday, February 7, the announcement that they paid off the mortgage on the building that houses their offices at 48A – D 4th Avenue, Roxboro signaled another phase in the history of the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA). According to the association’s chairperson, Kemba Mitchell it’s an opportunity “to ease up the stress that comes with paying a mortgage and operational cost.” “Now we can focus on our (long-standing) plans towards opening up a drop-in-center for youth.” The announcement came with great fanfare as dozens of supporters and elected officials joined Mitchell and …

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