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 First Draft of History. Twenty-Five Years of CONTACT

Montreal Community CONTACT celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an 80-page publication covering the lives of the individuals, organizations and events that marked our place in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Egbert Gaye Twenty five years ago this month, Montreal Community CONTACT announced itself to the city, province and country, pledging to be another voice for a group that has been finding it difficult to have it stories told. Back then, in staking out our place on the media landscape our aim was to provide good journalism to a community, and about a community that too often had been subjected to misrepresentations. …

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Haters will hate. Subban will continue to win

After his unceremonious trade, P.K is still standing and playing while his detractors pout   Egbert Gaye What is it about P.K. Subban that provokes so much unruly emotion in so many Montrealers? I know. He is an amazing hockey player and he’s Black. In a city with a strange fetish about the game and an ingrained misunderstanding of young Black men, P.K, with all his skills, talent, color and flair was like one of the so-called “Injuns” in the old John Wayne movies…. He didn’t stand a chance of finding his place in this city. He had to go. …

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Community NewsLife & Style

“I need to take a break”

Gemma Raeburn Baynes: “retirement maybe…” Egbert Gaye It must have been something about 22-year-old Gemma Raeburn back in 1972, when Winston Roberts, the man accredited as been one of the founders of the Montreal Caribbean carnival parade, called on her to help organize the inaugural event. Union United Church was marking its 65th anniversary and they decided to make a Caribbean parade part of that celebration. As it turned out, the youthful Raeburn was one of the livewires in the community at the time called on to make it happen. And so it began. These days, more than four and …

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Papa San knows that music will help those searching for guidance

He will be in concert on Sunday, May 28 Egbert Gaye The way Papa San tells it too many young people have been kept out of the church for too long. “When they look at the church, they see grandma and grandpa in there, so a lot of them act as though the church was for old people,” he says. “They stay away and go to other places, like clubs, looking for fulfillment. So it’s up to the church to find ways to welcome young people and give them a place.” And the popular musician, turned minister, is convinced that …

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Doggies brings a unique style to calypso

Marking 30 years   Egbert Gaye For many of the people of the Caribbean living in cities across North America, calypso remains one of their most cherished cultural expressions. It’s the way they dance. And over the years, some of the top bards outside of the Caribbean could be found here in Montreal. Among those standing at the top of the heap is an easy-going, unassuming Grenada-born calypsonian, Byron Cameron, known here and beyond as “Doggies,” who in the decades that he has been on the circuit has distinguished himself with his commanding stage presence, captivating  lyrics and bouncy melodies. …

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Creativity Unleashed: King Shadrock release Ginga

Egbert Gaye The album is called  Ginga. Ginga can be interpreted as a rhythmic expression of Brazilian counter-culture. It shows itself in the way they do their thing on the football (soccer) field… the creativity and movement that Pele passed on to Neymar. It’s also the way they dance. But most of all, Ginga is about resistance… challenging what is normal and accepted. That’s what King Shadrock is all about these days. Reggae music is his life and he has big plans to share it with as many people as possible to help himself and other struggling artists in Montreal …

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Doors reopen at Marché Colonnade

After the flood Egbert Gaye That Wednesday morning, May 3, the water was rising steadily outside of Tim Sobers’ store, Marché Colonnade, at the corner of Rene Emard Street and Pierrefonds Boulevard in the West Island. He had just returned from the market and was about to stock the shelves of the busy little outlet that carries a variety of fresh vegetables, meats, fish, spices and other foodstuff popular with people from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, when the authorities came and advised him to leave. The steady rain and overflowing sewer system had brought the water up to …

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Blacks in Montreal in the Early Days

“Back then, as Black people in Montreal we really valued each other… I remember the days when you would acknowledge every Black person you saw on the street. It was very important to nod at the person.In fact, we took pleasure in doing so.” Egbert Gaye Meet Raymond Moore and Ron Williams, two Montrealers who remember the day when Black folks acknowledged each other on the street. They know, because they grew up in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and they are proud to say that they came of age at a time when Black families in this city were …

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Life & Style

She did her part to help domestics in Quebec

Beverly Deroy remembers the tough days Egbert Gaye Part of the foundation of our community rests on the shoulders of the thousands of women who made their way here to Montreal and other big Canadians cities as domestics from across the Caribbean. They came in large numbers in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and worked hard to pave the way for others to follow, many of them bringing husbands and relatives helping to shape the landscape of our community, many sometimes under abusive conditions. When Beverly Deroy left her native Jamaica in 1976 to come to Montreal, with the promise …

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Husband and wife team up to provide proper pharmacy care

They want all Montrealers to benefit from the highly specialized in-home pharmaceutical and nursing care that includes blood pressure monitoring, blood test and foot care… Egbert Gaye It’s up to you to decide on which pharmacy and pharmacist best suits your needs for healthcare and personal well being. Were you to choose Jona Destiné and Makinson St-Martin, they will offer you and your family one guarantee: “honesty.” “That’s a very important word for us pharmacists,” says Destiné. “Because we’re involved in providing healthcare services to our clients. Nothing is more important, so important that they know that every decision we …

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