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Canada’s Biggest Reggae Event Here in Montreal

The 14th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Fest (MIRF) is officially here. Bringing together talents from the worlds of Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Gospel, and even comedy, this year is guaranteed to be the best and most eclectic yet. Back at the Old Port from Friday August 18 to Sunday August 20, international acts like Sanchez and Konshens are back by popular demand to shut down the stage on Friday and Saturday night respectively. With Reggae legend Lt. Stitchie closing off Sunday. Inner Circle, with their smash hit, “Tenement Yard,” will be front and centre on Friday, alongside Sanchez, who’s …

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Where Seniors Go To Socialize and Rejuvenate

 Cavendish Seniors Day Centre offers a place of refuge and care   Egbert Gaye About two years ago the Cavendish Seniors Day Centre opened its doors, offering a place where Montrealers of that particular age group can access assistance for personal care, medication, or find refuge against loneliness. The centre, located on the first floor of 2525 Cavendish Boulevard, the building that once housed the CLSC NDG/Mtl. W., represents a dream come true for Elmira Smith Carr, a tireless entrepreneur who has made it her mission to improve the life-conditions of Montreal seniors. “I have been in the health service …

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From a student of the game, to creating his own lane

 Melissa Murphy While on set for the video for his new single, “Grown Man Cry,” Reggae artist, Pressure Busspipe, aka Pressure, took a few moments to speak with the Community Contact via a phone interview. He will be making his Montreal debut on the International Reggae Fest stage on Sunday, August 20, alongside other Reggae stars Etana, Lt. Stitchie and Tanya Stephens. Hailing from the island of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Pressure has always known that Reggae would be a part of his life through the Rastafarian family and community ties that surrounded him. He describes, “As I left my …

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OBESITY AND CANCER

Obesity is a reversible condition. Awareness is key. Courtesy Weight-Loss-Montreal.ca Our rates of obesity are significantly lower compared to our American neighbors however, according to Stats Canada 2015, obesity is on the rise in Quebec. One out of two adults are now considered overweight and the rate of obesity grew by 3% over the past few years. Furthermore, an alarming number of people have no idea they are overweight or obese. Most of us know that obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, studies also show that compared to individuals who have a normal weight, those who …

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Our Racial Conundrum: Intersections and Parallels

Racism has been with us for generations and every effort to mitigate this “cancer” has failed By Bongs Lainjo In one of my articles published by the Montreal Gazette, I highlighted how lucky we as Canadians are in not having to deal with racial hang-ups prevalent south of the border. Here in Canada, our racial overtones remain subtle, less polarizing and less controversial compared with the fireworks in the U.S., especially at the personal, organizational and institutional levels. An event not too long ago in Nova Scotia, where a flag was burned in front of a mixed (white, black) couple’s …

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LEGALIZE IT, DON’T CRITICIZE IT

By Rasta KEITH Although the prevailing brouhaha about the Canadian government’s plans to legalize marijuana might leave many people thinking that the widely used herb is one of those recently engineered genetically modified products dumped on society by Monsanto and other agrochemical corporations, nothing could be further from the truth. While the many varieties of hydroponic marijuana available on the market might give credence to such a view, the plain truth is that marijuana is a natural plant which has been used in almost every known society of the “ancient” world for medicinal, spiritual, recreational and countless other purposes for …

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Church News August 10, 2017

Express Yourself Fashion Show at PPM Contact Staff The idea behind the Express Yourself fundraising fashion show that’s being hosted by Pray Palace Ministries (PPM) for fun-loving Montrealers to let their inner creativity flow and get involved in an exciting spiritually-grounded event. Under the theme “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” participants are being encouraged to express themselves with their fashion and show support to this emerging Montreal ministry. Performances by The Fitzpatrick Sisters and Acailah Safar are expected to add some flavor to the evening, which also feature an array of refreshments and finger foods on sale. Monies raised will assist …

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Community Events August 10, 2017

SUMMER FEVER HOSPITAL EDITION     D’carby Morris Present Reggae Soca Fete Hospital Edition Saturday August 12th  @Mcso 7401 Newman Blvd Lasalle  Playing  Maimonidies/ Jgh /St.Mary’s /Mbh/ Jec  /Glen The Best Reggae Soca Calypso And Old School Advance Tickets $15.00 Also  Celebrating Birthdays Morris Lee Pamela Wilson 55Th Birthday And Claudia Dj  James Bond And  Dj Nicolas Info 438 939 4921 514 550 7384 Mature Clientele Free  Parking Antigua & Barbuda Tea Party Antigua & Barbuda Association of Montreal will be having a tea party in aid of the Ada Moore Scholarship fund on Sunday, September 10 from 2pm to 6pm. …

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Travis Greene comes to Montreal

 Chris Heron On Saturday August 5, one of Gospel music’s most exciting new artists – Travis Greene – makes his debut concert appearance in Montreal. The highly acclaimed inspirational recording artist who jump-started 2017 by receiving two Grammy nominations, and winning an unprecedented seven awards at the 2017 Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Las Vegas will bring his charisma and soulful Christian music to Montreal, as part of a two-city Canadian tour. In addition to  his impressive credentials that’s made him the face of faith-based music in the new millennium, Greene has connected with millions around the globe through his …

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