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The Vault and ACAM: music and Art for the People

The DubScientist and Fatta Rex continue the sound engineering and music production project in Ville St. Pierre Egbert Gaye On the western edge of Montreal in the little town of Ville St. Pierre at 184 St. Jacques Street is where you’ll find Rasbagle, a highly skilled engineer, music producer and community worker building a vault meant not only to keep precious things, but to produce musical gems. “There’s a lot of talent in Montreal,” he told the CONTACT. “But they have to know that they can’t do it by themselves… so what I’m trying to do is to make the …

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Swag City: If you’re hip. It’s your store of choice

25% off until Black Friday Contact Staff Gidean Fyah built this business from nothing to something, starting on the streets of Montreal selling t-shirts, polo shirts and Rasta hats. It started as Jah=One. From walking the streets he rented booths at various community affairs such as Jamaica Day, Trini Day in the Park and Reggae Fest for several years. These days he has taken it to higher heights. Enter the mall from Cote-des-Neiges Road and there it is. Swag City is well stocked and beautifully laid-out as you walk in on the first floor. Five years ago entrepreneur Gidean Fyah …

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His Legacy will be forever remembered

Carl Whittaker was champion of the community We are deeply saddened by the loss of The Legendary Community Leader Carl Whittaker, who passed away on Friday, November 10, at his home in LaSalle surrounded by family. Throughout his lifetime, Carl has been an inspiration to people of all generations with his leadership and development skills, as he had one goal in mind: strengthen the Black community. He was the founded the Black Community Council of Quebec (BCCQ) and neighbourhood associations like the NDG, Cotes-Des-Neiges and LaSalle Black Community Centres. Carl Orton Whittaker was born on March 29, 1938 in Jackmans, …

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Shari Fraser’s outstanding soccer career lands her in McGill’s SPORTS Hall OF Fame

Egbert Gaye Early in her soccer career, Shari Fraser will tell you that “confidence” is all. Fortunately for her, she had parents and friends who helped to boost hers, which in turn led to a Hall Of Fame career on the field and on the path to a professional career in the pharmaceutical industry. Following an extended run on the soccer field that started when she was about eight years old, in various House Leagues in the West Island to five years as a standout player for McGill University, Fraser was inducted into the institution’s Hall of Fame at a …

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People Like Nato are Hard to Find

Contact staff The performing arts and culture of the Caribbean people hold a special place in our community. And standing tall as one of its most dedicated builders and strongest proponents is a man known simply as Nato. For much of his 40-something years in Montreal, Nato immersed himself in the music and performing arts of his native Trinidad and Tobago, forming and participating in organizations and hosting events. Today, West Can Folk Performing Company, acclaimed far and wide as “cultural ambassadors” of our community, stands as one of his prized creations. But probably more than any other, Nato has …

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Election Montreal 2017

Russell Copeman: team Denis Coderre still the best choice Egbert Gaye Since his return to politics, at the municipal level, Russell Copeman has lent himself as a friend to the English-speaking Black community, advocating on our behalf when the opportunity calls. As borough mayor of Cote des Neiges-Notre Dame de Grace, Copeman made it his business to offer support to the many individuals and groups that reach out to him on a regular basis. As a senior member of the Denis Coderre administration at City Hall, he is proud of its track record and always proves to be a capable …

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Dante and Troy got it done. Now on to bigger things

 Two students benefit from another successful #SheDidThatProm program Contact Staff For the last four years, a team of women from the community have worked to make sure a few high schoolers have the prom night of their dreams. She Did That Prom is an initiative run by Tamraa Greenidge, Katrina Nurse and Tish Mclean who wanted to provide a deserving young lady with an all-expense paid prom. In 2016, they started the male version, called #TheClassicMan. Winners are treated to a full makeover – hair, makeup, dress or suit, shoes, professional photography and free transportation to their prom. But it’s …

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Saint Maurice of Aganaum

An Abby dedicated to this African martyr and his Treban legion is located in Saint Maurice-en-Valais in Switzerland. In 2014, it celebrated its 1500th year of existence. By J. Leblanc Saint Maurice was a general in the Roman Army of Diocletian and Maximian Herculius who in 287 A.D, were joint emperors of Rome. He commanded a legion consisting of Black soldiers from either Mauritania or Upper Egypt. During this period, Christianity was beginning its rapid spread throughout the Roman Empire, and this caused considerable consternation in the minds of its rulers. For example, in the province of Gaul, the slaves, …

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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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A Taste of the Dream at Coronation Elementary

By: Shekela Mitchell Best “I have a dream.” Those were the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching to a society where diversity wasn’t embraced nor appreciated. Nowadays, it’s hard to honestly say his dream has truly become a reality; however, for those who attended Coronation Elementary School’s Multicultural Day on June 8th, perhaps we all received a delightful taste. This was far more than your typical multicultural celebration. It was an eclectic and captivating event celebrating a variety of cultures in a gratifying energy that was simply intoxicating. The event included lunch, entertainment, raffle tickets for …

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