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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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The Arts Scene: CHOIR BOY

Rosie Awori CHOIR BOY The sounds of classic Negro spirituals fill the theatre as five young Black boys walk onto the stage, and their harmonies captivate the audience with their performance of Choir Boy. The play, by Tarvin Alvin Mccraney, directed by Mike Payette, opened in Montreal on Tuesday, October 9th, at the Centaur theatre. It was the inaugural play for the theatre’s 50th season. The setting is Charles R. Drew Prep School, which is preparing for their 50th anniversary and Headmaster Marrow (Quincy Armorer) is fretting about ways to appease the board and to raise money to ensure the …

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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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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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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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Graduating Class: Making it Different

Thanksgiving Sunday at the Hampton Inn and Suites Contact Staff If you’re over 40 and going out to party, then you should be doing so in an environment where the vibes are positive, and the music what we once loved, and among beautiful people like yourself. That’s the way organizers of the annual Graduating Class Reunion Ball sees it. And every year they make it their business to ensure that the settings are just right for their guests to enjoy a memorable evening. “We cater exclusively to the no-drama generation who doesn’t mind the dress code and who want to …

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Camille Cosby knew that they had it in for Bill

Comedian sentenced to three to 10 years in prison Egbert Gaye It’s hard to believe that Judge Steven O’Neill of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania could keep a straight face when he sentenced Bill Cosby to three to 10 years in prison for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a Canadian woman. More than 60 women came forward and accused Cosby of different forms of sexual assault. In handing down the sentence, the judge was relentless in his demonization of the iconic comedian/actor ascribing him “a sexually violent predator,” and forcing him to undergo monthly counseling for the …

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