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The new OLIVER JONES Reception Hall at Union United Church

Contact Staff On Sunday July 7, dignitaries from across Montreal and beyond joined with the congregation of Union United Church to bestow a special recognition to iconic jazz pianist Oliver Jones by naming the church’s reception hall in his honor. More than four decades ago, Jones began his musical journey as a five-year-old, propped up on a stool playing at the hall. The Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Oliver Jones Reception Hall attracted several high profile Montrealers, including Benoit Dorais, mayor of the Sud Ouest borough, and MP Frank Baylis of Dollard des Ormeaux. In a highly emotional moment, Mr. Jones …

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Community NewsMontreal Carifiesta

Carifiesta 2019: On the way back

On Saturday, July 6, the streets of downtown Montreal turned into a spectacle of revelry and music as the annual Carifiesta wound its way from Fort to Bleury streets under the burning mid-summer sunshine. The parade, just a shadow of its former self with just handful of bands and a scattering of masqueraders in costumes is said to be on a rebuilding course. But what it lacked in artistry was over-compensated for by the energy of the revelers and the enthusiasm of the thousands of Montrealers who turned out to enjoy the abundance of Caribbean flavors on display. Roots Cultural …

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Blues Fest: July 20

Sylvie Desgroseillers and Freddy James star… Contact Staff When Sylvie Desgroseillers takes to the stage at the West Island Blues Festival on Saturday, July 20, spectators will be taken on a journey into the world of soul… through the voices of the women who’ve brought that special feel to the music. The Quebec-born star recently released her album Women Of Soul in which she draws from the music of several icons such as Josephine Baker, Josephine Baker, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Célia Cruz, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patty Labelle, Donna Summer , Gloria Gaynor and Withney Houston. Blues …

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Students Blazing a Trail

On Sunday, June 9, Pioneer Women of Canada handed out scholarships to two deserving Montrealers at their annual Tea Party at the St. Laurent Recreation Centre. Zhane Mahbeer Jayme Since her childhood Zhane has held on to the dream of being in the entertainment business. However, she faced many challenges that threatened to derail her, but her firm faith in God helped her to remain steadfast and focused on her dream. She credits the Pioneer Women of Canada for being part of the clay that helped mold her. Being around a cohort of determined women imparted a sense of communion …

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Special prom prizes from Zaria and Jayden

Shedidthatprom and #The Classicman Contact Staff This year, two deserving students, Zara Nesfield and Jayden Alleyne were the recipients of all inclusive prom giveaways, as part of the #shedidthatprom initiative launched in 2013 by Tamraa Greenidge, Katrina Nurse and Tish Mclean. The high school graduates both have overall averages higher than 80% and secured the prizes with two convincing 500-word essays. Zaria, who graduated from John Rennie High School, received a new prom dress, new shoes, along with the services of a hairstylist and makeup artist on the day of the event. She also received accessories, as well as transportation, …

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Community NewsLife & Style

LADY G, STILL STANDING STRONG

Longevity in any business means that one must always adapt and change with the times as the market dictates. From the beginning, that is what Lady G was all about. Born and raised in Spanish Town, Jamaica, she hit the scene early and hasn’t missed a beat since. It has been over 30 years since she recorded her first hit “Nuff Respect” and still Lady G is just as relevant today as she was back then. With dozens of hits and graced stages all over the world, her positive vibes (and lyrics) and class represent well. In late 2018 she …

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Trini Day’s back at Park Jean Drapeau on Sunday, July 7

Contact Staff On Sunday July 7, The Red, Black and White will be flying at Park Drapeau as Trini Day, one of Montreal’s biggest outdoor festivals, makes a comeback to the festival site after a two-year hiatus. And as it has been in the past, thousands of Montrealers are expected to jam Zone De La Corinne (the site of the popular Osheaga Festival, a stone’s throw away from the metro) to enjoy a day of music, exotic food and drinks and family fun. Of course, it’s Trini Day, so the music and rhythm will be non-stop coming from a long …

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New Date for Blues Fest: July 20

Contact Staff The inclement weather of early June was great for those who planted their tomatoes and beans at the end of May, but no good for the outdoor events that signaled the coming of summer. The West Island Blues Festival, originally carded for June 15, was one of those events. You see, organizers had such an action-packed show in store for music lovers that they couldn’t take a chance with the weekend forecast, so they did what turned out to be the right thing by rescheduling the festival to Saturday, July 20, at the same venue, Dollard des Ormeaux …

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65th Anniversary of a tragedy that continues to haunt

On July 13, 1954, twelve children from the Negro Community Centre Day Camp drowned in boating accident Egbert Gaye On July 13, our community marks a sombre milestone: the 65th anniversary of a tragedy that continues to haunt a multitude of families across Montreal. Twelve children – eight girls and four boys, members of the Negro Community Centre Day Camp, drowned in a boating accident at Pointe aux Carriers Beach in Lake of Two Mountains in Ile Bizard. They are Denzil Alleyne, 9; Margo Fonseca, 7; Marilyn Fonseca, 8; Brenda Kelly, 8; Carol Leek, 6; Alan Leek, 7; Donna Lewis, …

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