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Kenyan-born writer brings her voice to the local poetry scene

IT IS WRITTEN Contact STAFF Rosie Awori has been putting pen to paper, allowing her thoughts to take literal, poetic, form for sometime now. So after much writing and pondering, deleting, re-wording and re-writing, Rosie’s thoughts and words have been set in print, coming together in poetic form in a solid i69-page collection of verse she aptly calls ‘It Is Written (Poetic Reflections).’ Roughly four months were put into bringing this compendium of poetic reflections to fruition, each of which is a short treatment of subjects of a worldly, but personal way, depending on one’s specific life experiences so far. …

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Exploring our place in Quebec and Canada

Contact STAFF Six Montrealers of diverse  experiences will explore issues surrounding migration, community and rootedness in what is expected to be a lively and informative roundtable discussion at the UNIA Hall on November 16, from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. The event is hosted by Logos Readings and will include contributions with the assistance of  Quebec Arts Council. • Leila Marshy: novelist and founder of the Friends of Hutchison Street,  an organisation that promotes dialogue between Hasidic and non-Hasidic neighbours. • David Austin: professor at John Abbott College, and author/editor of several books that focus on literary and political issues. …

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Central Boys and community building

Contact Staff On Saturday November 3, the turn out to the Dinner and Dance at the Roosevelt Hall in Town Of Mont Royal was not as expected for the Central Boys International Association but for those who attended the vibes overflowed. The evening featured performances by West Can Folk Performing Company, steelpan player Upong Etang, and singer Cultural Farmer. The highlight of the evening was a rousing speech delivered by association president Rick John, who called for unity among young and old in the building of our community. He remembered the days when culture was a unifying force in the …

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Harvestime Mission to Africa: “WE ARE AMBASSADORS”

First-person testimonial   Submitted by Pastor and Elder Ermina Cudjoe Growing up in my beautiful homeland, Jamaica, at about age 8, I remember telling my mother: “when I grow up I want to marry an African.” I cannot imagine what could have stirred that desire at that age, I know however, that almost 50 years ago — I did meet and marry my African prince, a kind, strong, humble, smart, disciplined and Godly man, who loves God and loves people. I have come to understand that the childhood statement I made was truly a prophetic word over my life — …

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T&T Flood Relief in Montreal

Contact Staff Trinis will benefit from Central Boys Dinner and Dance “On Saturday November, 3, Central Boys International will be hosting a Dinner and Dance at the Town of Mount Royal Hall. Part of the proceeds will go to the relief efforts in Trinidad and Tobago. Call: Rick John 514-746-3103/rjbiggz@gmail.com Denise Tittle 514-991-6381/tittledenise@gmail.com Steeve Blackette 514-827-1700 /Blackette@gmail.com Together we aspire together we achieve!!”   West-Can Fundraiser on November 9   West-Can Folk Performing Co. are calling on Montrealers to lend a hand towards the flood relief efforts in Trinidad & Tobago.       The fundraiser takes place on Friday …

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Tristan and Letitia make History at the METAs

Rosie AWORI When the Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs)were handed out on October 14, Tristan D. Lalla and Letitia Brookes did what has never been done before. They became the first husband and wife to walk away with the top awards in their categories, snagging   the META for outstanding actor and outstanding actress respectively for the role in the Black Theatre Workshop presentation of The Mountaintop. In an interview with the CONTACT, the young actors, both children of our community,  spoke about what the win signifies for them. Lalla, who has been acting for the past 20 years and comes …

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Sinach Comes to Montreal on November 3rd

Contact STAFF Montreal will receive a very special blessing this autumn, named Osinachi Joseph, popularly known as Sinach. The award winning, international gospel singer-songwriter will be performing her uplifting catalogue of music at MCI Church on November 3rd. This will be her first visit to the city. Since the release of her first album in 2010, the Nigerian artist has been gaining popularity exponentially. Five albums later, Sinach’s music has made its way into churches and homes around the world. In fact, her songs have been sung by the likes of American gospel powerhouses such as Donnie McClurkin, Maranda Curtis, …

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Sophia Sinclair-Campbell Back On Stage Victorious

Contact Staff Sophia Sinclair Campbell’s one wish for her music ministry is that it will encourage and inspire others and lead them to a better place. Encouraged by her pastor and church family at New Life Seventh Day Church in LaSalle to follow her passion for singing and ministering, Campbell is now looking back at two decades of entertaining audiences across North America and the army of people that have been touched and empowered by her music. She says she has been influenced by icons such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Shirley Caesar and Yolanda Adams. And it has become …

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Shadow

The passing of a calypso legend… Contact Staff When we became aware of him in 1974, Winston Bailey was exactly what the calypso world craved: something different. There he was, a seemingly tall man, Black man, dressed in all black, covered by a black cloak, and a big black hat that hid his face. He never smiled because he was always entranced in his music… music that was colored by its driving and pulsating rhythms…. The Shadow. He captivated calypso lovers as he delivered his songs standing straight and rigid in the middle of the stage, periodically elevating into the …

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