Kamila Hinkson

About the Author Kamila Hinkson

Kamila is a graduate of Concordia University (Journalism {Hons.}). She brings a strong journalistic instinct to her work and is a highly efficient writer. She is currently at CTV News, after stints at the Toronto Star and the Montreal Gazette.

Life & Style

Selman’s writing sparked by music

Africa As A Dream That Travels Through My Heart is book one of a trilogy “When inspiration strikes” – it’s a familiar turn of phrase that sums up how some think about inspiration: as something that happens to us, not something we make happen. For his latest book, Montreal-born poet Jason “Blackbird” Selman turned that notion on its head. “The quest of this whole book is inspiration. How can I look for inspiration and not wait for it? How can I trigger inspiration?” he said. Selman is a founding member of the Kalmunity artistic collective, has worked with the Black …

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Community News

Finishing the Ninth Symphony

Geordie Productions’ Bethoven Lives Upstairs For many of us, when we think of legendary German composer Ludwig Van Beethoven, we think of the music he created and ‘gifted’ to the world. We rarely think about Beethoven as a man, as a person who struggled to bring his creative visions to life. That is the premise of Beethoven Lives Upstairs, a play that returns to Geordie Productions, a professional children’s theatre company here in Montreal, in April. The show tells the fictional story of when Beethoven moves in with a boy named Christoph and his family while trying to finish off …

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Community News

Empowerment in Style and Music

I Am Fashion The team at I Am Fashion doesn’t see their annual event as just a fashion show, or just a party, or just another event, for that matter. Co-creator Sean Mohtorious explained they see it as a movement, a way to empower people and help them achieve their dreams. Now in its ninth year, the show serves as a platform for local designers and models to promote themselves. The models fall into one of two categories – either they’re trying to break into the industry and get more exposure, or just want to experience what it would be …

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Entertainment

Luenell will make you Laugh until you’re Hungry

Talented comedian was a hit at Just For Laughs. Back in Mtl. on March 20 She’s a seasoned comic who has parlayed her sense of humour into roles in numerous hit Hollywood films and television shows, now Luenell is bringing back her unique brand of comedy to Montreal. Last year she thrilled thousands of comedy fans here at the Just For Laughs Festival and cemented her place in the hearts of many Montrealers. Her jokes have been described as witty and thoughtful. She draws on past experiences, including a four-month stint in jail and single motherhood, weaving the personal and …

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Life & Style

Ketlyn Maitland-Blades : Hommage to a Woman

A community member is being honoured for her many achievements and their impact on Quebec society. Ketlyn Maitland-Blades is a laureate of the “Homage to Women” project, spearheaded by community group La Fête au Village. Chosen for their exemplification of this year’s theme, “social inclusion, emancipation and governance,” 16 women of various backgrounds and professions will receive the award this year. Maitland-Blades was born in Dominica and raised in Cartierville. A gifted high school student, athlete and dancer, she originally wanted to be a teacher and dietician but instead decided to study finance. She now works as a banker and …

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News

The Weeknd so far…

 Grammy winner born and raised in Scarborough The Grammy Awards capped a big year in the life of Abel Tesfaye, better known as R&B artist The Weeknd. The Torontonian of Ethiopian descent took home two trophies on award night, ‘best urban contemporary album’ for The Beauty Behind the Madness, released last summer, and ‘best R&B performance’ for his hit single “Earned It.” But where exactly did this crooner with the offbeat hairstyle come from? His parents migrated from Ethiopia in the 1980s and he was born in Toronto in 1990. His mother and grandmother raised him in the suburb of …

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Community News

She Did That For Prom 2016

Opportunity for a high school student to shine Back for a third year in a row, #SheDidThat is now offering to cover the majority of the costs to attend prom for two lucky Montreal teenagers. Founders Katrina Nurse and Tamraa Greenidge started the initiative to help a deserving girl in the community make her prom a fun and memorable experience. Winners were treated to a free hair and makeup appointment, a dress, shoes, professional photography and free transportation to their prom. The jackpot stays the same for this year’s female winner, but this year they’ve decided to offer a similar …

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Life & Style

Miel Lipsticks and Lipliners for Us

Local entrepremeur goes after the right shades and  tones Melissa Charles, a self-proclaimed makeup junkie, has always found it hard to find the lipstick colors she wanted to wear. Right now, she’s partial to wearing forest green, a color not easily found in your local pharmacy or even at big name stores. Fed up of having a limited lipstick color arsenal, she decided to start a business and make it easier to find and buy untraditional lip color hues. After two years of market research, the official launch of her lipstick and lip liner brand Miel (French for honey) is …

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André Alexis takes home S100,000 Giller Prize

  Trinidad born, Toronto based  author wins Canada’s top literary prize The top literary prize in Canada was awarded to a man with Trinidadian roots. André Alexis took home the Scotiabank Giller Prize Tuesday, Nov. 10, for his novel Fifteen Dogs. Set in Toronto, where Alexis currently lives, the story centres on a bet between the Greek gods Hermes and Apollo, who decide to bestow human intelligence and linguistic skills on 15 dogs to see whether they lives would turn out better than they would have otherwise. What follows are tales about life told from the perspective of those just …

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Fashionistas Ready to Strut Their Stuff

Tristan Williams MS Foundation is a most worthy cause It’s a fashion-forward night with a worthy motive: Fashion For a Cause Montreal is back with its fourth edition of Rip the Runway Montreal, a fashion show that raises money for charity. This year’s beneficiary will be the Tristan Williams MS Foundation, an organization that bears the name of its co-creator, Montrealer Tristan Williams. At just 25, Williams has overcome thyroid cancer twice and has to learn how to walk again after he had a hip replacement. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis six years ago, right before he was slated …

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