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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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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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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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Community News June 15,2017

Brass in the Party Carnival Nite There was a time when brass was king in the party. Those days are coming back with T&T’s top band Brass 2 the World, coming to Montreal. The event is We Jamming Still taking place at CEGEP Andre-Laurendeau, 1111 rue La Pierre, La Salle on July 8, and will also feature Denise Belfon, out of Trinidad and Tobago and Lavaman (out of Grenada). MC is Howard “STRECH” Carr,  CKUT 90.3 FM MUSIC SUPPLIED BY DJ 20-20, DJ610, Mr. Hits, DJ Nicolas ADM $45 More at the Door. Antigua FATHERS DAY The Antigua and Barbuda …

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Freddy James headlines West Island Blues Fest on June 17

Contact Staff For the third year running Freddy James will bring his funky stuff to the West Island Blues Festival. The superstar Montrealer who has been touring the world with his band the Freddy James Project for the past decade or more continues to thrill audiences with his soulful sounds and electric moves. Most of all, James is known for his boundless energy that has made him a massive hit with the thousands that have been jamming the Dollard des Ormeaux Park, in DDO, over the past three years. On June 17, the Chicago born musical dynamo will be back …

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Haters will hate. Subban will continue to win

After his unceremonious trade, P.K is still standing and playing while his detractors pout   Egbert Gaye What is it about P.K. Subban that provokes so much unruly emotion in so many Montrealers? I know. He is an amazing hockey player and he’s Black. In a city with a strange fetish about the game and an ingrained misunderstanding of young Black men, P.K, with all his skills, talent, color and flair was like one of the so-called “Injuns” in the old John Wayne movies…. He didn’t stand a chance of finding his place in this city. He had to go. …

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“I need to take a break”

Gemma Raeburn Baynes: “retirement maybe…” Egbert Gaye It must have been something about 22-year-old Gemma Raeburn back in 1972, when Winston Roberts, the man accredited as been one of the founders of the Montreal Caribbean carnival parade, called on her to help organize the inaugural event. Union United Church was marking its 65th anniversary and they decided to make a Caribbean parade part of that celebration. As it turned out, the youthful Raeburn was one of the livewires in the community at the time called on to make it happen. And so it began. These days, more than four and …

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Ramsing Sharma the Village Ram guy here for I love Chutney Soca

Contact Staff It’s OK  to see Omardath Maraj as the new sensation on the Soca Chutney scene. In Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean you ask who is the Village Ram from San Juan and they will tell you it’s Omar. Omar is actually from the central village of Las Lomas in Trinidad and he is a very affable guy who rode the popular soca chutney, Ramsing Sharma to capture the 2017 Chutney Soca Monarch. He also has a string of hits including Ring Bang, Balkissoon, and Devanna which he will bring to the chutney soca fans in  Montreal …

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The Amazing Fitz-Patrick Sisters at Gospel Exposé

Show features local talent for a good cause Contact Staff The name Roen Higgins is familiar to many in the realm of community work, special needs counseling and slam poetry. But beyond dealing with behaviors in the schoolyard and flipping words on stage you should also know that she is passionate about young adult creative ministries. After observing the gifts and talents in Montreal churches not going beyond the pews and seeing the lack of events that millennials could enjoy and express their experiences freely, Roen felt motivated to bring Relevant God-centered events and programs into unexpected spaces that will …

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