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

Elysia Bryan-Baynes signs off at Global TV

Egbert Gaye After 17 years at Global Television in Montreal, it comes with some satisfaction for Elysia Bryan-Baynes in her decision to step away from a profession she loves and a job that she says was rewarding in so many ways. “I loved Global News Montreal and was fortunate to be able to do many different roles: researcher, reporter, National Assembly reporter and anchor.” When news of her retirement broke on Friday, January 31, it sent shock waves across the community, with many calls to the CONTACT wondering how “Lysie” as we know her can retire, “so young.” “I’m 38 …

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Community News

Tribute to the Legends of Reggae 2020

Judy Mowatt, Professor Nuts, General Trees will join forces with two of Canada’s award-winning performers Exco Levi and Kaisha Lee for this annual reggae treat Egbert Gaye Three icons of cultural reggae, Judy Mowatt, Professor Nuts, General Trees will join forces with two of Canada’s award-winning performers Exco Levi and Kaisha Lee for the annual Tribute to the Legends of Reggae show that takes place on Sunday February 9 at the Belmont Lounge on St. Laurent Blv. in downtown Montreal. The event, described as a musical “rockumentary” that salutes the lives and music of reggae legends, has become an annual …

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All of Montreal celebrate at BTW’s Vision

Spotlight on H. Nigel Thomas and Leon Llewellyn, together with youth awardees Athena Holmes and Méshama Eyob-Austin Egbert Gaye On February 1, a wide-cross section of Montrealers will be downtown at the OMNI Hotel for a signature event in the city, Black Theatre Workshop’s Vision Celebration. This time the buzz surrounds the group of honourees that represent the best of our community: author H. Nigel Thomas, who receives the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award; educator and artist Leon Llewellyn, recipient of the Dr. Clarence Bayne Community Service Award; drag performer Athena Holmes, the Gloria Mitchell Aleong award, and …

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Commentaries

Too many Blacks in Canadian prisons

About five years ago the federal government was alerted to an unsettling trend unfolding in the Canadian justice system: the growing number of Blacks in prisons. In 2016, Howard Sapers, who at the time was serving as Correctional Investigator of Canada, warned that the Black Canadian prison population was growing at an alarming rate. That year it had increased by more than 70% since 2004 when he took office. Fuelled by a criminal justice system that has been tainted by racism, the number has been growing every year. Nobody paid it any mind because jail continues to be seen as …

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Damien Sneed’s We Shall Overcome coming to Place des Arts

By Egbert Gaye As a young boy growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Damien Sneed felt a strong connection to Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who was born about two hours and 15 minutes away in Atlanta. “I’ve always seen Martin Luther King Jr., as a genius that was a global voice for justice,” says Sneed, who wrote more than his fair share of reports and features on his idol in the classroom and in churches as a young man. “I’m not sure that people value what he did for the world.” It’s not surprising then that Sneed—who …

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Commentaries

Quebec’s values test is insulting and dangerous

Quebec premier Francois Legault and his governing Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party are playing games with peoples’ well being as they try to score political points with their base. That’s exactly what the new Quebec values test comes down to: creating an environment of arbitrary fear and hatred towards immigrants. We know that it’s not something that’s unique to Quebec because despots and wanna-be political strongmen the world-over, including the bad-boy just south of the Canadian border, have been making a perceived threat from immigrants central their belligerence and hate-filled rhetoric. So it has been with Mr. Legault and the …

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Community News

Jamaica Assoc. elects new president and executive members

Egbert Gaye Mark Henry, renowned for his powerful voice in the city’s faith and Gospel music community, and as a mentor to displaced youth replaces Michael Smith as president of the Jamaica Association of Montreal, which held its Annual General Meeting and elections of officers on Saturday, December 14. In his transition speech, Smith says he’s walking away because of the time imposition on his life. “I’m going to look after me for now,” he told the AGM. Henry was acclaimed to the position. Sharon Nelson, who as secretary over the past four years has been a driving force in …

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Special Features

Swag City: Another Phase in the Journey

Egbert Gaye Every year as the holiday season rolls around, Moses Martin, the man they call Gedian Fyah Moses, feels compelled to tell his story… one of hard work and fighting adversity to find success in business and in life. Always, his story leads to Swag City, the store he built from nothing and Jah=One, the clothing line that started him on the road to self-reliance. “It’s a continuing journey,” he told the CONTACT in a recent sit-down. “A journey that has a lot of ups and downs, but one that I chose to make from as far back as …

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ONE19: JIREH and MONTREAL GOSPEL CHOIR celebrate Christmas

Egbert Gaye For thousands of Montrealers, it has become a signature of the holiday season in this city to spend an evening in the bliss with Jireh Gospel Choir and Montreal Gospel Choir. Last December, more than 2,000 packed the majestic sanctuary of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church at 309 rue Rachel East in downtown Montreal for a feast of music prepared by Carol Bernard, director of the two choirs: Jireh Gospel Choir, a long-standing institution in the city and the Montreal Gospel Choir, a 100-voice emerging musical force on the Gospel circuit. Bernard says both groups offer a combination of “authenticity …

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News

On The Horizon In Chateauguay

For three decades this community association has been an integral part of their city… Egbert Gaye About one-fifth of the 50,000 or so people that call Chateauguay home are identified as Black. They come from the Caribbean, Africa and other regions around the world and many have distinguished themselves by their achievements and their contributions to their community, their city and the province. For well over 30 years The Chateauguay Horizon Community Association has been striving to be a unifying force for the 9,000 or so Black people living in the region, many of who were there from quite early …

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