Milton Junior Primus

About the Author Milton Junior Primus

Junior “Production Sounds” Primus love of Caribbean music is matched only by his lifelong involvement in sharing it with audiences and party-goers from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada. Son of a legendary T&T disc jockey, Proddy has been hosting a weekly show, Soca Sessions on CKUT 90.3.

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Continuing Visa woes for Dancehall­ Reggae Artists

Popular Jamaican Dancehall artist “Elephant Man” was scheduled to perform in Montreal on Labor Day weekend but the show was cancelled a few days prior. The explanation for the cancelation was: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Elephant Man concert is cancelled”. This announcement created uproar on social media, as fans were angry and outraged and many speculations were brought to light. Many were asking: “Why do Reggae\Dancehall acts always seems to have visas problem”. We all know that Dancehall and reggae acts have always relied on concert dates, rather than record sales, to generate income. The inability to …

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While Summer 2017 seeps away… there’s Labor Day in New York

They say the official end of summer is September 22, but I would say as soon as the Montreal International Reggae Festival happens, summer is coming to a close. To me the MIRF is considered to be Montreal’s official end-of- summer event, and that’s when you know the freedom of time spent outdoors in the warm weather is almost over. For partygoers looking for the last summer party festival fix, I recommend you head south of the border to the New York City carnival. The New York Labor Day Parade (or West Indian Carnival) is an annual celebration held on …

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Soca adds heat to Reggae Fest

Three top Soca acts, MX Prime, Linky First and Ricky T at MIRF It’s a fact that Soca music is touching people in places one would find difficult to even believe. Many are unaware that in the past most people had an ignorant mentality when it comes to having Soca acts in a Reggae Festival; Soca wasn’t openly welcomed. But as times have changed so has that anti-Soca stigma as well. Today, promoters understand that having Soca acts in these festivals is both financially beneficial and opens doors to new patrons. This year, the Montreal International Reggae Festival has taken …

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About Trini Day

Do you recall the article in the Community Contact a couple issues ago stating that there will be no “Trini Day” in the park this year? Did you hear about the unfortunate death of Devon Matthews, who placed third in this year’s International Soca Monarch with his hit song “D’ Journey (Make It). Well it’s never too late to start over, never too  late to pay respects to someone’s contribution to our culture.     Montreal Trini Day is a display of Trinidad’s culture through music,  singing and dancing  and considered one of the biggest outdoor  Caribbean events in our city. Organized …

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You know when international Soca artists like Bunji Garlin, Uncle Ellis and others re-post a video clip of Montreal Carifiesta it’s not something to overlook.

Ray-Tay-Tay, Ray-Tay-Tay, Ray-Tay-Tay, is the chant  heard on the streets by the Jab Army masqueraders at the recent Montreal Carifiesta. The video clip went viral all over social media. Montreal 2017 Carifiesta Parade is done, but of course we are left with some sort of bacchanal, as a few trucks were unable to play music. Few band leaders claimed they were provided with a malfunctioning generator as others suffered the wrath of the heavy rain that damaged there music systems during the parade. Again, I would like to limit my comments to the Montreal Carifiesta parade, and my point was …

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It’s A Soca Frenzy

Montreal Carnival is around the corner and everyone is wondering which event they should attend. There are three artistes events this year, but I’m happy to say that Soca Rama is back after a three-year break. This year the reigning International Soca Monarch King “Voice”, the reigning Chutney Soca Monarch king “Omardath Maraj”, as well as the former 2x Soca Monarch King “Ronnie McIntosh and others will be performing with a live band under one roof for the return of Montreal Carifiesta’s biggest fete, “Soca Rama.” Let’s not fool ourselves; the main reason people leave Toronto and Ottawa and come …

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HOW MUCH JERK CAN YOU HANDLE IN ONE DAY?

There are always two sides to a story, and on St. Jean Baptiste Day Montreal will have to decide which “Jerk fest” they should attend. Saturday, June 24, is what I call the big Jerk Off! As for the first time in Montreal two Jerk Fests will be held on the same day. I wish I could say I’m “Jerking your chain”, but this year one will be held at Park De La Savane in Cote-des-Neiges, and the other at SoccerPlexe parking lot in Lachine. The annual Jerk Fest takes place every year on June 24, St. Jean Baptiste Day …

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YOLO… Enjoy Summer

Before getting into some of the events we can expect this summer in Montreal. Let me first say that I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Trinidadian beloved calypsonian, Samuel Brigo Abraham and the gifted Jamaican singer, Frankie Paul whose real name was Paul Blake. The year 2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of Canada.  Most Montreal partygoers and promoters in our  community are gearing up to make this Carnival season the biggest ever. Carifiesta will be held in the streets of St. Catherine on Saturday July 8th. As summer approaches, it will soon be time to …

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Celebrating Hot with Soca

We are one month away from summer, the season of warm… hot weather, outings, Caribbean festivals and parties in our community. We all know that it’s almost impossible to have a summer in Montreal without hearing Soca music in any community event. So it’s time to get familiar with all the Soca hits, and if you’re looking for a Soca mix to jam to in your car, home or iPod with all the 2017 Soca hits this summer, you’re definitely reading the right article, as my annual Soca mix titled “Flight Soca Sessions Vol 4” is finally completed, packaged and …

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May brings Cooler Experience and Army Fete

Let’s welcome the month of May. It’s the month when partygoers gear up for huge and important celebrations before the big summertime events like Carifiesta. Two mega deejays Ding Dong from Trinidad and Riggo Suave from NYC will be touching Montreal for the first time in two big events (Fetes) on Saturday, May 13, Soca vs Dancehall (Cooler Experience) and Saturday, May 20, for Army Fete pt 3. Let me first explain the definition of a “FETE”, a word loosely used when describing a huge festival, party or celebration. One of the biggest fetes to be introduced to the Montreal …

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