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A Family that Cooks Together

Contact Staff Andrea and Dave Gordon You know what they say about a family that cooks together… apart from staying together they make great food. So it is with Andrea and Dave Gordon and their little catering service that they operate out of their home in LaSalle. A business, driven solely by the love, others like family, friends and supporters have for their cooking. Obviously aware of the perils of self-aggrandizement, Andrea can’t help but accept just how good the food that comes out of their kitchen is. “To be honest, I don’t think that there’s anyone in Montreal who …

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New Doc captures Willie O’Ree’s NHL journey

First Black player in the National Hockey League Contact Staff At 83-years-old Willie O’Ree still commands attention. Articulate and poised, the man who became the first Black player in the National Hockey League 60 years ago remains a powerful ambassador for the game and an inspiration for the generation of stars following in the tracks of his skates. O’Ree, who at 22 years of age made his debut on January 18, 1958 as a winger with the Boston Bruins in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins won. A few nights later he played in the return game in …

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Ivan Livingstone: exemplary at all levels

Former standout athlete and educator to receive Montreal Cares Lifetime Award By Maria Anastasia Weekes Sometime this past March, Denburk Reid and his Montreal Community Cares Foundation team unanimously voted for Ivan Livingstone to receive the Montreal Community Cares Lifetime Achievement Award. And he will be honored on May 11, at an award ceremony at Loyola High School, 2477 West Broadway. The annual event is an elegant fundraiser themed ‘It Takes A Village’, which celebrates role models and community do-gooders. And it will be an opportunity for Montreal to learn more about Ivan Livingstone, a man born in 1929 in …

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Ana Stasia

Egbert Gaye With the much-anticipated release of her latest single, Hotel Key, from her debut EP, Best Life, Montrealer Ana Stasia continues her upward trajectory on the R&B/Pop music scene. The excitement around her continues to build because of the commotion her previous single, Shade, created being shortlisted in several of the major categories in the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ballot. The single is competing for Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Record of the Year, while the EP, Best Life, is competing for Best R&B Album. The multi-talented singer/songwriter who honed her musical skills at The University of …

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Festival Queen: Fabienne Colas came, saw and conquered

BTW’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award 2019 goes to a cultural livewire Egbert Gaye The quotes on her website say it all. “It has taken Fabienne Colas five years to do here (in Quebec) what it would sometimes take most Haitians 30 years to accomplish.” — Dany Laferrière Those sentiments were compounded by bestselling author and entrepreneur, Stedman Graham who stated that: “Fabienne (Colas) is blessed with so many TALENTS and helpful to so many people. The world needs that energy and determination.” Today, 15 years since she planted her stake in Quebec, Fabienne, the young and enterprising go-getter …

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Community stalwart NANCY MACKENZIE to receive BTW’S award

Novel Thomas In Montreal’s Black community the name Nancy Mackenzie has been spoken of for generations. Those who have met and come to know her speak positively and proudly of the person; others have never met her, but readily admit to hearing of her Black and extra-community initiatives. It comes as no surprise then, that after her many years of grassroots work Nancy Mackenzie’s name is among the list of recipients at Black Theatre Workshop’s 2019 Vision Celebration Gala. She will be honoured with the Dr. Clarence Bayne Community Service Award. Always soft-spoken and humble, Ms. Mackenzie admits to being …

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Meet Fatima Wilson: Hands-on Musically

Musician, teacher and expert pannist Egbert Gaye It’s not by chance that Fatima Wilson stands as the leading woman of steelpan music in Quebec. Thirty-one years ago, she came into the world, surrounded by the sound of the instrument, and as the child of iconic ‘pan-man’ Salah Wilson, she and her five siblings were immersed in it for all their lives. Today, with her father now based in Toronto, not only is Fatima one of the leading proponents of the steelband in the city, she is also a highly capable musical arranger, teacher, and of late an in-demand soloist. She …

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Boxers know exactly what they signed up for

Sometimes accidents happen in the ring but they take the bad with the good Egbert Gaye Boxers in Montreal are united in their support for Adonis Stevenson, who up to press time remained in an induced coma after being knocked out by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gvozdyk in their light-heavyweight title fight at the Videotron Arena in Quebec City, on Saturday, December 1. The 41-year-old Montreal-based fighter who snatched the title from Chad Dawson in 2013 was well ahead on the score cards of two of the judges and tied on the third when the Ukrainian boxer over-powered him with several unanswered …

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Mrs. Una Adams at 105-years-old: Gracious and Witty

Margot Blackman & Egbert Gaye Congratulations and much love and respect are in order for Mrs. Una Adams who celebrated her 105th birthday on October 15. Mrs. Adams was born in Barbados on October 15, 1913, and came to Canada in 1948 to join her husband Mr. Fred Adams who served in the Canadian military during WWII. They settled in the Rosemont district where they raised their sons Dr. Robert Adams and Neil Adams. Speaking to the CONTACT by phone, Mrs. Adams was gracious and engaging. A lifelong member of the Salvation Army, which she joined growing up in St. …

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Accolades for Eula Williams

Margot Blackman Congratulations to Eula Williams of Cote-de-Neiges who was recently honored by the directors and staff of Maison Shalom when she retired after 23 years of faithful duty. Maison Shalom is a  home for the intellectually and physically challenged children and adults, and Eula’s performance working with them has been outstanding. In their recent newsletter, Benjamin and Vanda Treiser, co-presidents of Maison Shalom, wrote the following about Eula: The staff and residents will miss her enthusiastic demeanor, warm smile, and loving care. In appreciation of her many years of devotion to the lives of our residents, a party took …

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