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Spice Isle Cultural Day July 13 in Little Burgundy: Quebec’s only official celebration of Grenada | Lifestyles

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The one place in Quebec to authentically celebrate the cuisine and culture of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is Spice Island Cultural Day, taking place Saturday, July 13 at Vinet Park in Montreal’s Little Burgundy. Organizers are putting the finishing touches on the event, following last year’s overwhelmingly successful inaugural edition – over 3,000 Grenadian-Canadians and their friends packed the park.

“2018 was great for the first year, but 2019 promises to be even larger and greater,” said Spice Island Cultural Day president Theodore H. Blaize, the newly-minted honourary consul for Grenada in Quebec.

Grenada PM to visit Montreal for Spice Isle festival

Organizers are excited to be hosting Dr. The Right Honourable Keith C. Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada. Coming along with the Prime Minister are two of Grenada’s Calypso Ambassadors: King Scholar and Shortpree, magnificent performers who are very popular in the Spice Islands.

Prime Minister Mitchell will also kick off the weekend’s festivities by hosting a Town Hall meeting on Friday evening at the Ruby Foos Hotel along with a presentation by the Grenada Communal Credit Union.

Over 5,000 festival-goers are expected and will enjoy food, music, arts and culture of the Spice Islands: Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, which exports much of the world’s nutmeg and other spices.

With its 2019 theme, “A Taste of the Spice Isle,” patrons are promised a next level culinary experience in a family- friendly setting; along with delicious cuisine from across the Caribbean. This second edition features a Tea Tent serving the Spice Teas of the Caribbean, a Vendors’ Market with everything from clothing to arts and crafts, a children’s corner and other activities.

Performers include Gospel sensations The Fitz-Patrick Sisters and Zina Edwards, along with Grenadian- Torontonian Soca star KennyC, the internationally popular Jab Orchestra, and Montreal’s finest Caribbean entertainers: The Doggies, Delta Antoine, Jenny and Jenna Noel, Trinidadian Love Man Kent and West Can Dancers – along with some very young and talented stilt walkers!

“I am very excited to be a part of this tremendous festival showcasing my country, and to be its Youth Ambassador for the festivities,” said Diizon Belfon, a Spice Isle ambassador and one of Quebec’s top boxing prospects.

A recent declaration from the Government of Grenada to the Spice Island Cultural Day Association of Quebec (SICDAQ) stated that the Prime Minister Keith Mitchell and the Government of Grenada are grateful for Grenadians in the Diaspora for the continued work and contributions towards the development of Grenada in Montreal:

“The Government is satisfied with works and contribution that the Spice Island Cultural Day Association of Quebec (SICDAQ) is making towards Grenada and most of all the promotion of who we are as a people,” wrote Norland Cox, Grenada’s Minister of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and The Arts. “The Cabinet fully recognizes and endorses SICDAQ, their activities, plans and programs to promote and celebrate the heritage and cultures of Grenada in Quebec.”

SICDAQ has also appointed an “Honourary Grenadian for the Day,” longtime Montreal entertainment empresario Sheldon Kagan.

“Sheldon is a legendary Montrealer with a big heart, and an enduring love of all things Caribbean. We’re delighted to have his support,” said organizer Gemma Raeburn-Baynes. “The Spice Island Cultural Day Association of Quebec continues to remain steadfast in its goal towards celebrating the culture and spirit of Grenada and to share it with everyone who resides in Quebec and elsewhere.”

Spice Isle Cultural Day

  • Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 1-9 pm
  • Vinet Park, Little Burgundy, Montreal (behind the Joe Beef restaurants)

Town Hall with the Prime Minister of Grenada

  • Friday, July 12, 2019 – 6 pm
  • Ruby Foos Hotel – 7655 Decarie Blvd., Montreal

—Spice Isle Cultural Day Association of Quebec (SICDAQ)

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Tourism statement on the passing of Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG

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The island of Grenada woke up Saturday morning to hear the sad news of the sudden passing of a famous son of the soil, Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG.

Sir Royston was our celebrity hotelier starting his illustrious career in the hospitality industry with the purchase of Spice Island Inn over 30 years ago. He renamed it Spice Island Beach Resort, upgraded the property, added more rooms and has received numerous accolades over the years. His attention to detail, his quest for excellence and his high standards meant that Spice Island Beach Resort became one of the most prestigious hotels on the island and in the Caribbean.

Sir Royston held many roles outside of his hotel, including Director of the Grenada Board of Tourism and President of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA). Indeed, he was a leader with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) for many years and one of the pinnacles of his career was being chosen as Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the CHTA. In 2019, he was awarded a lifetime achievement by the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami, Florida.

The Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen, awarded Sir Royston a lifetime achievement at her Tourism Awards ceremony in 2019. She stated, “He will be dearly missed by all Grenadians for his invaluable contribution to Tourism and Civil Aviation in the country. In the conduct of his business, Sir Royston, always negotiated with the country at heart and he will also be recognised for his investment in the education of young people.”

Sir Royston is survived by his wife Lady Betty Hopkin and his four children. Chairman of the GTA, Brenda Hood, stated, “We know the road will not be easy without Sir Royston at the helm, but he laid the foundation for the next generation to carry on his wonderful legacy at his hotel.”

On behalf of the Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, the Chairman and the Board of Director and the team of the Grenada Tourism Authority, Grenada is eternally grateful for the life and contributions to Tourism and Civil Aviation of Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG. May he rest in peace.

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Michael Bascombe says his daughter is lucky to be alive

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by Linda Straker

  • Doctors have given thumbs up on Micah’s prognosis
  • Micah is a senior at Buffalo State College of State University of New York

Michael Bascombe, father of Micah Bascombe has described his daughter as a walking miracle and lucky to be alive, following an early Sunday morning shooting in University Heights, Buffalo, New York, USA.

“She remains conscious. The doctors have given the thumbs up on her prognosis,” Bascombe said in a Facebook post on Monday, 24 February in which he updated his friends and followers. Early Sunday morning he called on friends to pray for his daughter and the family.

“She’s a walking miracle and lucky to be alive because the bullet penetrated and exited the skull just above the left eye,” he shared in the post. He had earlier posted that his daughter continues to be in high spirits, but remains in the ICU.

“When you see your baby smile, there is nothing more you can ask for,” was the message on her mother, Hazel Ann Bascombe’s Facebook page. Micah is a senior at Buffalo State College of State University of New York, studying psychology.

Bascombe is well known for his sport journalism work and is presently working in the US with the Department of Homeland Security. He said the family spent most of Monday morning with the detectives of the Gun Violence Unit of the Buffalo Police Department, the Assistant Chief of Police of the University Police Department of Buffalo State and the Dean of Students of Buffalo State. “They have been collecting evidence and interviewing people who they believe could assist in their investigations,” he said.

A report in the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News website quoted the police as saying that a 20-year-old woman was in serious condition after she was struck by gunfire just before 3 am near Bailey and Berkshire avenues. She was transported to Erie County Medical Centre.

Bascombe, who migrated with his family to the USA more than 10 years ago used the post to thank all those who prayed and continue to pray for his daughter and the family. “Thank you for the many calls and offer of support through this difficult time including some incredible folks at the Department of Homeland Security and the many family members who made the journey and gathered at her bedside with short notice,” he wrote.

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Arrests made in Soubise drug bust

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Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the 20 December 2019 drug bust at Soubise, St Andrew, which netted 698 pounds of cannabis.

The men, Ronald Thomas, 35 years of Post Royal, St Andrew; Rol Mc Queen, 31 years of La Fortune, St Patrick, both Fishermen, and Finbar Phillip, 43 years, Mechanic of Soubise, St Andrew will appear at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

Finbar Phiilip
Rol Mc Queen
Ronald Thomas

Thomas has been charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Drug, while Mc Queen and Phillip have been charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Drug.

One blue fishing boat with a 75 horse-power was also seized.

Police investigation continues.

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