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Trinis feted hard at “borough Day” down south

Event marred by Soca man Blaxx cussing out Machel Montano This year, Trinidad’s most southernmost borough, Point Fortin, celebrated its 38th Anniversary “Borough Day” for 5-10 days, from April 29 to May 9. Highlight of this year’s celebration was Machel Montano, one of the biggest names in Soca in T&T performing for the first time in Point Fortin. And it caused a little bit of a sideshow when fellow artiste Blaxx threw shade at  Montano, by cussing him out and calling him the devil. So what is Borough Day? Point Fortin, which is near the southern tip of T&T, received …

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Leanna White and Cory Don are among the line-up of local artistes who will be paying tribute to mothers on May 13

Cory Dan: Emerging reggae voice in Montreal Music must mean something Egbert Gaye Having had music as an important part of his life for as long as he can remember, Cory Dan is serious about getting involved and what he has to offer to the music scene. “I love music, I’ve been singing for most of my life, starting way back as a young boy at my church in Jamaica where gospel music was my first love,” he says. “Now that I’ve made the transition to reggae, I think I’m ready to bring something different to the music scene.” He …

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Big People Ting was big

Thank You for making my b-day bash a success Some say only it’s only when you’re not around anymore that people will show or express their  appreciation for you. This statement was proven false at my first  birthday bash on Saturday  April 21, called “Big People Ting,”  which was a success. And there is no secret to success. It’s the result of  preparation, hard work, and learning from failures and more. Hard  work do pays off and the success of my first Birthday Bash is evidence  of just that. This year my birthday actually fell on a Saturday so I …

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Ottawa Parade looks up Montreal’s looks sideways

Is Carifiesta and CCFA really blighted? More and more members of our community are voicing their opinions that both the Montreal Carnival (Carifiesta) and the CCFA that organizes it are blighted. You may consider ‘blight’ a problematic word that is originally about plant diseases but sad to say, this is how most people will describe our CCFA. Recent developments such as the increasing number of costume bands refusing to take part in this year’s parade, which falls on July 7, and the recent video posted on social media of the Montreal Carnival Vibration band president venting about the CCFA and …

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Buju Eying T&T for first Concert

While I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by my trip to Trinidad and Tobago carnival, a lot have been happening on the reggae/dancehall scene around the world. Big news announced recently that Buju Banton is set to perform in Trinidad upon his release from prison and Bob Marley statue will stand in Africa. Buju (given name Mark Myrie) is currently completing a nine-year sentence at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia for the 2009 drug conviction. He was found guilty of conspiring with two other men to traffic 11 pounds (5 kg) or more of cocaine in Sarasota, Florida. A 12-member …

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This Spring: Montreal is Soca

The weather in Montreal can be a nuisance and the winter’s cold may kill our partying spirit, but have no fear as Spring is here, even though you couldn’t tell from looking outside. As the calendar tells us, Spring 2018 arrives Tuesday, 20th March at 9:16 am to Thursday, 21st June, And as the  warmer days approach, so to are an exciting lineup of  Soca-based events. It might even be safe to say the Soca scene here in Montreal is growing more exciting….. Montreal Is Soca. Here’s a list of a few of the events to look out for: Hello …

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Carnival over. More to come

Now that the 2018 Carnival season has ended in Trinidad and Tobago, life may be returning to normal for most of us. But for many Soca artistes and international Djs such as myself, we know that spreading the love of carnival and Soca music has only just begun. So we prepare for the many carnivals to come here in North America and beyond. Here is the final follow-up of the 2018 Trinidad carnival: Congratulations to the new International Soca Monarch – Aaron “Voice” St. Louis. He sang “Year For Love” and topped the field on Fantastic Friday night. It’s a …

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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO TRANSFORMED INTO A SOCA KINGDOM

Soca, Chutney, Calypso, Steelband And Masquerade One of the biggest events in the Caribbean calendar will soon be upon us. Trinidad and Tobago carnival, with its usual display of costumes, fetes, music and energetic celebrations comes on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which falls this year on February 12 and 13. On those two days and the weeks leading up to them, the country is transformed into a boiling-pot of music and activities showcasing why it’s known as the land of steelpan, calypso and masquerades. And a highlight of the carnival is the crowning of the champions in …

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Spotlights HIP HOP CULTURE IN MONTREAL

The CONCEPT Contact STAFF For long, hip hop artistes in Montreal have been trying to stake their place in a massive and unpredictable industry where the meaning of success is as fluid as the rhymes and rhythms that flow from the lips of the emcees. So far a handful of them, mainly from the French sector, have made it to the big times and have been taking the beats of Mont Real to other shores, mainly in Europe, but certainly none to the status or stature of Drake who has established The Six as a serious hip-hop joint. Enter Kogi …

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On Soca, Reggae, Jail and Carnival…

First and foremost, I would like to wish all Community Contact readers a Happy and prosperous New Year. I believe 2018 is definitely the year of hope and good things to come, as it is evident in both the Dancehall and Soca/Carnival arena. Hope is seeing the light in spite of being surrounded by darkness. Is this the year both Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton are released from prison? After a 17-years absence in the Road March race, can Iwer George take it this year? International Chutney Soca Monarch Competition was cancelled until the Government stepped in to help. We …

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