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The Fitz-Patrick Sisters In Concert

By Gemma Raeburn-Baynes Montreal’s ones-to-watch-for, The Fitz-Patrick Sisters, are set to host their first, full-length, live concert performance on Saturday, October 20, in downtown Montreal at the Evangel Pentecostal Church located at 1235 Rue Lambert Closse, (near the old Forum), commencing at 7 PM. The highly anticipated concert is a musical celebration, capping off a successful artistic year marked by a busy calendar and coveted appearances. The Fitz-Patrick Sisters are described as ‘next generation’, millennial ‘movers & shakers’. Fans playfully describe the dynamic duo as the city’s very own version of ‘Mary Mary’ that’s marked by scintillating stage presence, captivating …

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BLACK TALENT ON DISPLAY IN CHOIR BOY

      ROSIE AWORI   The showcase of talent currently on display at the Centaur production of Choir Boy represents a proud moment for Canada’s Black theatre professionals. And audiences are being treated to a remarkable display and it’s evidence enough that, the call for diversity on stage and screen in Canada has long been a valid one. Choir Boy written by acclaimed African-American Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose credits include a string of prestigious awards such as the Whiting Award and Steinberg Playwright Award, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award as well as the London’s Evening Standard Award …

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Nigel Thomas brings an enlightened perspective to the art of writing

Vincentian-born novelist releases another masterpiece “Fate’s Instrument” Egbert Gaye Montreal novelist H. Nigel Thomas gives what he considers to be a simple reason for writing: “I feel a compulsion to explore the complex mystery that is the human animal.” A compulsion made even more urgent after thoroughly consuming two novels by renowned Trinidad and Tobago author, Earl Lovelace, “The Dragon Can’t Dance”, and “Wine of Astonishment,” along with the political masterpiece “Salt Eaters” from the late Toni Cade Bambara, a provocative African-American, author/film-maker. “I was really taken by their storytelling style and it made me aware that I could write, …

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Amazing Grace Ministry building a foundation of spirituality

Marcia DeRoche ordained Deacon  Egbert Gaye Nestled in a nondescript building on De Coutrai Street in Cote des Neiges is the church that houses the Amazing Grace Ministry. The hall itself on the second floor is eye-catching with a sparkling clean blue and white backdrop with a modern little multi media room at the back. There you’ll find one of the most vibrant congregations in the city, under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Eugenie Haughton, a plain-talking preacher who is continually offering nuggets of inspiration to her followers. On Sunday, September 30, Pastor Haughton hosted a special ceremony to ordain …

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Church News October 11, 2018

Int’l superstar Sinach here on November 3 Sinach, the award winning, international gospel singer and songwriter will be performing her uplifting catalogue of music on November 3rd. This will be her first visit to the city. Over the past several years, Sinach’s music has made its way into churches and homes all over the world. In fact, her songs have been sung by the likes of American gospel powerhouses Donnie McClurkin and Travis Greene. The worship leader, who serves in Christ Embassy Church, is known for her songs like ‘I Know Who I Am’, ‘Way Maker’, ‘He Did It Again’, …

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West Island Blues Fest donates $21,500 to area groups

Egbert Gaye The West Island Blues Festival was built on a foundation that keeps it connected with surrounding communities. That’s why over the past 15 years, in addition to becoming an annual source of summertime fun and entertainment in the West Island, it has contributed close to  $200,000 to regional organizations that serve a variety of interests and individuals. This year, on the heels of the well-attended festival staged at Dollard Des Ormeaux Park on June 16, they were able to donate $21,500 to five groups, including the West Island Black Community Association that received $8,000. They gave $3,500 to …

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African Roundup October 11, 2018

RWANDA Louise Mushikiwabo emerges as favorite for SG of La Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo’s candidature for the post of Secretary General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the unifying body of French-speaking countries, has received a great push following Canada’s decision to support her. Canada had previously backed the incumbent, Michaëlle Jean, who was the first woman to hold the role. She was Mushikiwabo’s only rival for the position, but her term has been marred with scandals of financial mismanagement. At present only Jean’s native country of Haiti is supporting her. Mushikiwabo has served as Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister since …

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Remembering Ken Professor Philmore

Contact STAFF The steelband world lost an icon with the passing of Ken Professor Philmore on the morning of Sunday, September 30 at the San Fernando General Hospital in south Trinidad. Six days before on the night of Trinidad and Tobago Republic Day, ‘Pro’ was injured when his SUV over-turned on the highway as he was making his way back home after performing at an event in San Fernando.   He was thrown out of the vehicle and admitted to the hospital with broken ribs and punctured lungs. He died of a cardiac arrest.   The 58 year-old stood as …

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The Sound of the Beast Comes to life at MAI

Rosie Awori Best known as Belladonna the Blest, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard has made her mark in the theatre circuit as an emcee, playwright, administrator and agitator. St. Bernard is a Torontonian from Grenada by way of Bequila, St. Vincent. Her thespian repertoire include acts staged all over the world, such as, They Say He Fell, A Man A Fish, Cake, The House You Build, Salome’s Clothes, and Gas Girls. Her work has been recognized with nominations for the Governor General’s award, Siminovitch Prize, KM Hunter Award, Herman Voaden Award, Enbridge PlayRites Award, Dora Mavor Moore Award. This fall she brings …

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Meet Sharlene Royer: Tough and Talented

Egbert Gaye Although it doesn’t happen regularly, it’s not unusual that a typical day at work for Sharlene Royer might include a concussion or a broken bone or two. You see, a typical day at work for this Montealer could involve falling off a ledge 30 feet above the ground, ejecting from a speeding vehicle or engaging in lengthy periods of hand-to-hand combat or with weapons. That’s what she does as a stunt-woman/actor or as a stand-in for big name stars such as Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Vanessa Williams, Rosario Dawson, Ciara Renée, Paula Patton, Monica Arnold and even the …

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