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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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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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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Call her Miss Diva but Color her Passionate

Always shining in the spotlight   Egbert Gaye The thing about Alicia Anderson is that she has grown accustomed to winning and making things happen, especially on stage.  That’s why fans get a treat when she gets into her act, because for her it has always been all or nothing. As one of Montreal’s emerging reggae stars, the woman they call Miss Diva has placed herself on a fast track in getting to the top of her game. And says she’s doing it by “staying busy, staying true to myself and staying true to the music.” “I think the most …

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From St. Lucia to the world: A Literary master

Derek Walcott used the history and the color of the Caribbean to tell his stories Egbert Gaye Derek Walcott was a true, true Caribbean man. The pride that this literary giant harbored for the region from whence he came was reflected in much of his work in the 70-something years that he put pen to paper. In staking out his place among the great writers of his time, Walcott repeatedly drew from the colonial history of the West Indies and the vibrancy of its language, culture and natural beauty to craft the 24 poetry collections, 25 plays and eight other …

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Festive Creations: Chocolates and other Delights:

The Oh-so-sweet dreams of Jackie Millington Egbert Gaye Jackie Millington’s long-standing love for making chocolates reaches back to her high school days when she would spend a lot of time in her mother’s kitchen concocting a variety of flavors and styles to give as gifts and treats. She can’t say where it came from, but it’s a passion that flavored much of her teenage years. She remembers being on a Caribbean cruise as a 16-year-old and rather than joining her friends on land excursions she spent much of her time in the kitchen learning how to master the fine art …

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Montreal United Mentors and Keep Basketball Dreams alive

Egbert Gaye Hugh Scarlett and Charles Boyce grew up in Montreal at a time when Black kids had a lot of activities to occupy their time, but central to it all was the time they spent on the basketball court. “Some of us were playing ball seven days a week,” says Scarlett who represented a number of semi-professional teams around the city. And it reflected in the quality of basketballers that were coming out of this part of the city.” He was referring to NDG, Little Burgundy and other areas in the western end of Montreal, which for many years …

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ACAM TV and Recording Studios put local Reggae and Community in the spotlight

Egbert Gaye They have been at it for less than two months, but there’s no stopping the team at the city’s newest community media outlet, which so far has compiled an impressive catalogue of on-line television shows featuring a line-up of influential Montrealers telling their stories and speaking about community developments. These shows are just one part of a media platform envisioned by a self-trained sound engineer who goes by the name Rasbagle (he was born Sean Clarke) and came to Montreal from Jamaica via Toronto with a mission to help local artists get the most out of their creative  …

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Josa Maule built her school in her likeness: strong and resilient

MSOPA celebrates 25 years Egbert Gaye You have to love the hardscrabble industry of theatre and film to stay excited after 25 years of ups and downs. Meet Josa Maule, who since 1992 has trained a generation of aspiring actors in Montreal while opening doors for many through her network with film and television production companies across North America. Over the years, through Josa Maule’s School of Performing Arts (MSOPA), she must have mentored over five thousand actors, hundreds of filmmakers and playwrights, encouraging them to have a good work ethic, build bridges and network. She is the first to …

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Call her Ms. Trish of all trades

This communication specialist is a bubbling cauldron of creativity Egbert Gaye Tricia Henry playfully refers to herself as Miss Trish, or better yet, Trish of All Trades, but she’s all business when talking about her intent to stamp her name on the entertainment landscape from Montreal and beyond. So whether she is writing a blog that touches on entertainment, social and personal issues working on documentaries or broadcasting her daily on-line radio show, Mornings With Miss Trish (Your Favorite Cup of T), she dabbles in it all. “Creativity is my passion,” she told The Contact recently in a late night …

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