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SUMMER IN THE CITY 2017

Jerk Food galore outside Catalogna Lounge This festival of jerk food on Saturday, June 24, St. Jean Baptiste Day, promises to be one of the biggest outdoor events for the year, as Montrealers are expected to come from far and wide to enjoy the succulent flavors of the Caribbean and wash it all down with a non-stop flow of music. The event takes place outdoors at the Soccerplex in Lachine, 775 1st Avenue. So as the smoke fills the air, the scent of the jerk flavors will nice-up all of the surrounding areas. And some of the biggest names in …

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Community News

A First Draft of History. Twenty-Five Years of CONTACT

Montreal Community CONTACT celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an 80-page publication covering the lives of the individuals, organizations and events that marked our place in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Egbert Gaye Twenty five years ago this month, Montreal Community CONTACT announced itself to the city, province and country, pledging to be another voice for a group that has been finding it difficult to have it stories told. Back then, in staking out our place on the media landscape our aim was to provide good journalism to a community, and about a community that too often had been subjected to misrepresentations. …

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Contact Graduates

PhD in hand: She’s now Dr. Sabrina Jafralie Egbert Gaye That night, Saturday June 10, the hall was packed with relatives and friends, together with students, mentees and co-workers, all there to celebrate the achievements of a woman who chose education as a pathway to impact the lives of others and to build communities. It was a night of salutations to Dr. Sabrina Jafralie. And words of commendation were in free flow as one by one those who were touched by her contributions and impressed by her achievements and commitment acknowledged her. Included was a line-up of students who came …

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Commentaries

Doing whatever one enjoys in life for a living invariably defines personal success and happiness

WORK, SATISFACTION AND SUCCESS Here’s something: “Success has become synonymous with financial wealth, influence and status. But can we define success in another way — one that welcomes a broader range of accomplishment? It may not be as obvious as you think.” So reads an online introduction to the subject of success, and how it is defined in different societies. Ted Radio Hour is an interesting one-hour program “about arts and life… ideas, inventions, new ways of thinking and creating… heard weekends (Saturdays at 12 noon, repeated on Sunday) on CJAD radio. The narrator’s name is Ted Raz, the subjects …

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Education

Contact Education

LEAP reaches out to students Contact Staff Young-Alexander and Imani Bernard-Guerra were the recipients of the scholarship awards handed out by LEAP at their Mother’s Day Brunch on May 13. LEAP is a recently founded women’s organization involved in community outreach and charitable endeavours. Guerra is at Concordia University in the Urban Planning program, while Alexander is at Mariannapolis College in the Law program. Each received $250.   This year’s recipients are Rachelle Rose and Imani Bernard-Guerra   Pioneer Women continue to celebrate students Egbert Gaye As they have been doing for more than two and a half decades, the …

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Commentaries

Give thanks… Gratitude and Healing

Gratitude and pain, those two words don’t seem to go together, but I believe that gratitude is a key factor in the healing process. Gratitude assists in healing our wounds from our past and also assists us in moving towards a ‘hope-filled’ future. I love this quote that I heard a few years ago: “What you take for granted other people are praying for.” Doesn’t that make you think? I know; there are probably days when you don’t even want to get out of bed. I get it! And the last thing you may want to do is talk about …

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Community News

No Trini Day in The Park this Year

Work being carried out at venue on Parc Jean Drapeau For decades the annual Trini Day In The Park has been one of the biggest outdoor events in Montreal with tens of thousands coming to celebrate their heritage against a backdrop of soca, calypso, steelband, arts & crafts, and cuisine of T&T. This year, organizers say they are forced to cancel the popular event because of work being carried out on it usual venue at Parc Jean Drapeau. According to Cecil Alfred, head of the Federation of Organizations of Trinidad and Tobago (FOTTQ) authorities at Weekends Du Monde at Parc …

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Life & Style

Here’s Eloi SK Thomas

Contact Staff This summer look out for Eloi “SK” Thomas, Montreal’s newest Caribbean fusion artist on the scene. Of late he has been positioning himself to make a mark on the local music scene with his upbeat and fiery performing style which had the crowd moving at Trini Day in the Park 2016. He says he’s looking into dropping his first solo CD in 2018. Born in Montreal to Trini parents Eloi SK grew up surrounded by Soca, Reggae, and pop music  and  has been involved in the music scene  for almost  two decades. He says his parents created a …

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Special Features

A Taste of the Dream at Coronation Elementary

By: Shekela Mitchell Best “I have a dream.” Those were the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching to a society where diversity wasn’t embraced nor appreciated. Nowadays, it’s hard to honestly say his dream has truly become a reality; however, for those who attended Coronation Elementary School’s Multicultural Day on June 8th, perhaps we all received a delightful taste. This was far more than your typical multicultural celebration. It was an eclectic and captivating event celebrating a variety of cultures in a gratifying energy that was simply intoxicating. The event included lunch, entertainment, raffle tickets for …

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Entertainment

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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