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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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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West Island Blues Fest donates $21,500 to area groups

Egbert Gaye The West Island Blues Festival was built on a foundation that keeps it connected with surrounding communities. That’s why over the past 15 years, in addition to becoming an annual source of summertime fun and entertainment in the West Island, it has contributed close to  $200,000 to regional organizations that serve a variety of interests and individuals. This year, on the heels of the well-attended festival staged at Dollard Des Ormeaux Park on June 16, they were able to donate $21,500 to five groups, including the West Island Black Community Association that received $8,000. They gave $3,500 to …

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Meet Sharlene Royer: Tough and Talented

Egbert Gaye Although it doesn’t happen regularly, it’s not unusual that a typical day at work for Sharlene Royer might include a concussion or a broken bone or two. You see, a typical day at work for this Montealer could involve falling off a ledge 30 feet above the ground, ejecting from a speeding vehicle or engaging in lengthy periods of hand-to-hand combat or with weapons. That’s what she does as a stunt-woman/actor or as a stand-in for big name stars such as Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Vanessa Williams, Rosario Dawson, Ciara Renée, Paula Patton, Monica Arnold and even the …

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Camille Cosby knew that they had it in for Bill

Comedian sentenced to three to 10 years in prison Egbert Gaye It’s hard to believe that Judge Steven O’Neill of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania could keep a straight face when he sentenced Bill Cosby to three to 10 years in prison for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a Canadian woman. More than 60 women came forward and accused Cosby of different forms of sexual assault. In handing down the sentence, the judge was relentless in his demonization of the iconic comedian/actor ascribing him “a sexually violent predator,” and forcing him to undergo monthly counseling for the …

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His plan to Build a Musical Movement on Worship and Praise

Once a Globetrotting musician, Joel Campbell now calls Montreal home Egbert Gaye For all of history, brilliant minds have been grappling with the complex connection between two words: fate and destiny. One relates to what will happen inevitably , the other we will do inevitably. In tracing the path that lead him to Montreal after many years of playing on some of the world’s biggest stages with some of music’s biggest names, the story of Joel Campbell, a young British-born musician, hinges on those two words. He says there’s no denying that is was inevitable that he came to Montreal. …

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Concert offers free flow of inspiration

19 years later, Union United Men’s Gospel Choir is Here By Faith Egbert Gaye The way Colin Forde sees it, the group is glued together by the love and camaraderie that exist among members, and that’s why 19 years after they were formed, The Men’s Gospel Choir is still a force for good in the church in the community. The guys, many of whom are in their golden years, also share an un-abiding passion for music, performing at Union at least once per month, as well as at other churches and at events across Montreal several times a year. And …

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Remembering Glenroy Valentine Rice

Egbert Gaye With the passing of Glenroy Valentine Rice on Monday, September 3, the community lost a vibrant voice and event organizer. He was 67. A licensed travel agent (specializing in Cruises), Valentine was the man behind Cruises that took dozens of Montrealers around the world and across the Caribbean. As one of the founders of Access Eastern Caribbean and a past member of Barbados House Inc., he was a key figure in the organizing of several of the early “Days In The Park” events in the community. He also spent several years as a healthcare worker at the Jewish …

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Ramdas Foods shuts its doors

Egbert Gaye “When you’re in the middle of a hurricane and you see stuff coming at you from all directions, it’s difficult to decide what to focus on and how to protect yourself.” So it was for Emily Ramdas, her brother Brandon, and the rest of the family over the past year or two as they struggled to keep open the doors of Montreal’s oldest Caribbean grocery store, Ramdas Foods, located at 1503 Dollard Avenue in LaSalle. Sadly, they were overwhelmed by a perfect storm of family predicaments together with external challenges and were forced to make one of the …

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Remembering a community stalwart

Leonard Wharwood: activist, community organizer and diplomat Egbert Gaye When it comes to community building and organizing, Leonard Wharwood was a giant of a man. Dependable, hard working and smart, he was a go-to guy for the many organizations and groups with which he was associated for the past 30 years or so. His passing on Thursday, August 23 has left a void in our community and a patch of sadness in the hearts of those whose paths he crossed during his endless hours of work developing his business and assisting others. He was only 60-years-old when he died following …

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