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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Meet Fatima Wilson: Hands-on Musically

Musician, teacher and expert pannist Egbert Gaye It’s not by chance that Fatima Wilson stands as the leading woman of steelpan music in Quebec. Thirty-one years ago, she came into the world, surrounded by the sound of the instrument, and as the child of iconic ‘pan-man’ Salah Wilson, she and her five siblings were immersed in it for all their lives. Today, with her father now based in Toronto, not only is Fatima one of the leading proponents of the steelband in the city, she is also a highly capable musical arranger, teacher, and of late an in-demand soloist. She …

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Boxers know exactly what they signed up for

Sometimes accidents happen in the ring but they take the bad with the good Egbert Gaye Boxers in Montreal are united in their support for Adonis Stevenson, who up to press time remained in an induced coma after being knocked out by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk in their light-heavyweight title fight at the Videotron Arena in Quebec City, on Saturday, December 1. The 41-year-old Montreal-based fighter who snatched the title from Chad Dawson in 2013 was well ahead on the score cards of two of the judges and tied on the third when the Ukrainian boxer over-powered him with several unanswered …

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Swag City: The story continues

“The reason why it’s important for me to tell my story around this time of the year, is for others in the community to know that they too have (the potential) to make it happen if they believe in themselves and are ready to work hard for what they want.” Egbert Gaye The story of Swag City, the little store that could, and its parent company JAH=ONE, tells of the struggles and the perseverance of a young Montrealer who believed in walking the path of self-employment. And from Day One, Moses Martin, known across the community as Gedian Fyah, knew …

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Montreal Icon Releases a Masterpiece Album

Ladies and Gentlemen… Jah Cutta Egbert Gaye Never one to hold back on his emotions, Montreal reggae icon, Jah Cutta is offering a piece of his musical soul to music lovers in the city. It’s packaged in his soon-to-be released album: Ladies and Gentlemen… Jah Cutta. “To me, it’s a gift from God because I see it as a manifestation of what’s in me and the love I have for music,” is the way he describes it. “I think all the work I’ve done over the past 40-something years, have come together on this album.” Also, he says this project …

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The task of leading WIBCA into the future

Now in the hands of four women Egbert Gaye Kemba Mitchell is now in her second term as chairperson of the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA) and is one of four women who are helping to position the organization for the future. To do so, she says they have to deal with many of the same challenges that confronted other community leaders in the past; however, the community has changed significantly and the way forward is a lot more complex. “For one thing, it’s a lot more difficult to get the youth interested in community work and keep them …

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Skeete wants to change the conversation in Quebec

New Head of  The Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers is proud of his heritage    Egbert GAYE Heaped with the responsibility of maintaining the Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers as an important link between the Anglophones community and the newly elected Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government, Christopher Skeete feels primed for the job. “The challenge is for English speakers in the province to see themselves as full-fledged Quebecers,” he says. “After so many decades of acting as saviours of Canada in the struggle between the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois, one federalist, the other separatist, Anglophones have been …

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Meet Cornwall’s first female mayor. She’s Black

Bernadette Clement is a former Montrealer with roots in Trinidad and Tobago Egbert GAYE Twenty-seven years ago, Bernadette Clement, a former Montrealer, finished her studies at the University of Ottawa and landed her first job as a lawyer at the Legal Clinic in Cornwall. Never did she expect that in November 2018 she’d be getting ready to occupy the Mayor’s chair as the first Black person to occupy the office in Ontario’s easternmost city. She is also the first female of color to serve as mayor in any municipality in that province. On October 22, Clement swept into office with …

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Revisiting the Congress of Black Writers

FIFTY YEARS LATER By Egbert Gaye More so than in any other Canadian province, politics is a constant in Quebec, day in day out. And Montreal as its economic and political centre has always been the hotbed from which so much of it emanates. Such as it was leading up to the weekend of October 11-14, 1968, when extended periods of labor unrest by police officers, teachers and taxi drivers and social restlessness by student, anti-poverty and women’s advocacy groups fueled the politically charged climate that became the back-drop for the Congress of Black Writers. That according to respected author …

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Nigel Thomas brings an enlightened perspective to the art of writing

Vincentian-born novelist releases another masterpiece “Fate’s Instrument” Egbert Gaye Montreal novelist H. Nigel Thomas gives what he considers to be a simple reason for writing: “I feel a compulsion to explore the complex mystery that is the human animal.” A compulsion made even more urgent after thoroughly consuming two novels by renowned Trinidad and Tobago author, Earl Lovelace, “The Dragon Can’t Dance”, and “Wine of Astonishment,” along with the political masterpiece “Salt Eaters” from the late Toni Cade Bambara, a provocative African-American, author/film-maker. “I was really taken by their storytelling style and it made me aware that I could write, …

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Amazing Grace Ministry building a foundation of spirituality

Marcia DeRoche ordained Deacon  Egbert Gaye Nestled in a nondescript building on De Coutrai Street in Cote des Neiges is the church that houses the Amazing Grace Ministry. The hall itself on the second floor is eye-catching with a sparkling clean blue and white backdrop with a modern little multi media room at the back. There you’ll find one of the most vibrant congregations in the city, under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Eugenie Haughton, a plain-talking preacher who is continually offering nuggets of inspiration to her followers. On Sunday, September 30, Pastor Haughton hosted a special ceremony to ordain …

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