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I will always love and appreciate her for what she did not only for me, but also for thousands of others like me. RIP my dear friend. Watch the funeral coverage here." ["post_title"]=> string(76) "Daisy Peterson Sweeney was the one that jump-started my Gospel Music Career." 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The group was named Trevor Payne and The Triangle. In most triangles there are three points. Two at the bottom and one up top. A peak in the middle is the indication of a triangle as opposed to a square or circle. Every triangle has a peak. What does any of this have to do with Dr. Payne’s 14th appearance and final time as leader of the choir at The Montreal Jazz Festival? Lots. Like a triangle , Dr. Payne is leaving the choir up top. In peak form. 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Far from being a melancholy, or even bittersweet farewell, the high-energy, rocking celebration that was — by Payne’s count — the choir’s 14th festival appearance was almost all smiles and entirely electric. Maybe singers and fans were all postponing the day of reckoning with encouraging signs: Payne hastily emphasized that he — and not the choir he has directed since 1982 — was calling it a day after some remaining commitments. He also joked that Oliver Jones — who was in attendance and got a shout-out from the stage — has retired several times. Read full article here." ["post_title"]=> string(46) "Jazz fest: Farewell to MGJC's first golden era" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(44) "jazz-fest-farewell-to-mgjcs-first-golden-era" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2017-07-03 15:58:09" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2017-07-03 15:58:09" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(49) "" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [5]=> object(WP_Post)#2269 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(1959) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "5" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2017-06-11 19:45:14" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2017-06-11 19:45:14" ["post_content"]=> string(602) "Recorded by Rick Keene Music Scene Jazz Festival Preview, please listen to the extensive interview with Dr. Trevor Payne as he opens up on many subjects. Dr. Payne and his Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir have soared to heights not imagined by anyone. Considered to be one of the top choirs in the world, Trevor Payne is ending his tenure as their leader. Something which is causing great angst inside him. Click here for the interview." 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It’s a family event, hosted by the Jubilation family and their patriarch; choir Founder and Artistic Director – Dr. Trevor Payne. The band takes the stage, the beginning chords of Highway To Heaven begin to fill the hall, the mighty Hammond organ swelling andalt lifting the music. Before you realize it, Choir members begin entering from the back of the hall – making their way towards the stage and passing within inches of the astonished members of the audience. Hands clapping, eyes sparkling, and robes flowing; the choir dances their way towards the stage. In a tumultuous world; we will enjoy an evening of respite; our spirits lifted and our innocence restored. This year, the annual concert will also be a celebration of The Jubilation Choir’s 30th Anniversary. That the choir has lasted and thrived for thirty years can be credited to a number of people. Firstly – it’s a testament to the vision and leadership of Trevor Payne. Secondly – the dedication of the choristers and their love of singing Gospel music. Thirdly, there is the important support of people like Jim West at Justin Time Records, Impresario Donald K Donald, and Board members/advisors Rob Braide, John Rae and Jim Hindley. Read full story." 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Photograph by: Nikola Solic , Reuters --------- No. 7 - Mr. James Brown, founder of funk James Brown, known as the Godfather of Soul, was a major influence on musicwith his rhythm-is-everything principle By Bernard Perusse, GazetteMay 24, 2012 4:51 PM MONTREAL - How fitting that Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, James Brown’s 1965 revelation, opens full strength with a bullish blast of brass that leaves the listener gasping for air. The effect of hearing that presciently titled manifesto in all its newness can only be imagined by a younger generation. Even people now in their 50s can barely remember it first-hand. But history still speaks loudly: with that small piece of wax, Brown was cancelling the old rules and drawing up a new plan. It would be only a few years before the Godfather of Soul’s syncopated, interlocking rhythms, voice-as-percussion, turned-around beat and staccato guitar chords would be codified as the funk we still hear in today’s rock and rhythm and blues. That 45-r.p.m. turning point didn’t exactly come out of the blue. The previous year, Out of Sight had cleared a daring path for it, while a whole new audience – young white kids – got a chance to see Brown, in all his live glory, make the mighty Rolling Stones look a bit silly by preceding them in the concert film The T.A.M.I. Show. (To this day, it’s impossible to watch that Brown performance on DVD without carrying a grin on your face for about three days.) The Augusta, Ga., native’s incendiary live act, honed to perfection as he became the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, was almost as influential as his music. His 1963 Live at the Apollo album still places highly on many lists of all-time greatest live recordings. Michael Jackson took notice. When the pint-sized singer auditioned for Motown’s Berry Gordy Jr. at the age of 9 as part of the Jackson 5, he performed Brown’s I Got the Feeling and lifted Soul Brother No. 1’s moves lock, stock and barrel. Jacko would later add his own, effective but never better. “Nobody has influenced me more than this man right here,” Jackson said tearily before giving Brown a lifetime achievement award at a Black Entertainment Television ceremony in 2003. Brown’s disciples who weren’t practising splits and slides in front of a mirror were studying the records. It was a learning process that extended through the next three decades as soul singers, funk-rockers, rappers and contemporary R&B artists worried less about songcraft and melody to embrace the rhythm-is-everything principle posited by Brown, who sometimes based astonishing tracks like Cold Sweat on only one chord. Sly and the Family Stone, Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince and Public Enemy all kissed their Godfather’s ring. And while hip hop is outside the purview of this list, it’s still worth noting that Brown is considered by many to be the most sampled artist of all time, with his 1970 record Funky Drummer alone providing a hugely influential drum break on recordings by other artists that were released well after Brown’s own career went into decline in the 1980s. Like all great bandleaders, Brown was surrounded by brilliant musicians such as Bobby Byrd, Maceo Parker and Clyde Stubblefield, who made serious contributions to the sound that changed it all. These men must have their due. But it’s the man at the microphone that even today’s hottest artists still revere. Check out Janelle Monáe’s opening moves – and some of her others – in the Tightrope video. At an Experience Music conference in 2010, Monáe, 26, said she wasn’t inspired by the music of her youth, so she went back and studied the masters. “To me, James Brown was funk, was rock, was soul, all those genres,” Monáe said. “I got everything I needed from him.” A planet full of other rhythm-obsessed disciples can nod vigorously in agreement. Trevor Payne on James Brown: In the mid-’60s, dancing was all the rage. When records like I Got You (I Feel Good) came out, this was a brand new sound to dance to. Like the big-band era of the ’40s, the focus was again on the beat and the danceable aspects of the song. When I think of James Brown, I think of a dancer first, an entertainer second. He knew he was a brilliant dancer. And he had the ability to write the type of lyric that best showcased his dancing. He was able to take his position and the level of acceptance he had achieved and use it as one part of his career to focus on trying to influence not only blacks, but just about any teenager or preteen who had thoughts about the fast life and the easy life. He focused on the importance of an education. Songs like I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I’ll Get It Myself) and songs about staying in school, I think that was very honourable. The message rang through anywhere his music was popular, which was worldwide. We have many, many artists – not only musicians, but in all the arts – and people in education and in the ministry and even in politics that were pleading with kids to get an education, so I wouldn’t want to give him credit for being the originator of that. But he wore it very well. Dr. Trevor W. Payne is the founder and director of the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir. Twitter: @bernieperusse © Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette" ["post_title"]=> string(27) "Who Wrote the Book of Rock?" 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Payne has been training the voices of the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir for years with energy and passion. So when it was learned he was struck with prostate cancer in 2006, everyone around him was shocked and concerned. "He told me on the phone," said singer Lulu Hughes. "I was quite devastated and I don't like to hear stuff like that at all. It hurts." Payne completed his treatment at the McGill University Health Centre and decided to give back through the creation of the Trevor W. Payne Fund for Men's Cancers, getting the fundraising kicked off with a benefit concert Thursday night at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. "Like most people that have that ultimate scare, that life threatening disease scare, we either hide or come out and obsess with trying to help other people," Payne told CTV Montreal's Mutsumi Takahashi back on April 27. "It becomes part of our own cure, there's some selfishness in it too. Getting involved and trying to help others - and even save people - is part of my healing." That healing for Payne will help the Cedars Cancer Institute heal many others down the road. "I know Trevor very well on a personal level and I think it's quite courageous what he's doing," Dr. Armen Aprikian, director of the MUHC Cancer Care Mission, told CTV Montreal's Maya Johnson. "He's giving back and he's showing other men that they're not alone." Having a high-profile figure like Payne could help remove what appears to be a reluctance on the part of men to seek help. "It's definitely a lot harder for men to talk about what goes on behind the curtains when they go see the doctor than it is for women," said cancer survivor Raphael Leclaire. And when it comes to cancer, time is definitely of the essence. "The earlier we get to the disease the more treatable it is," said MUHC oncologist Dr. David Fleiszer. "So what we're hoping is through these kinds of efforts that we're going to be able to improve the outlook for men who have prostate cancer in particular." And that is exactly what Payne is hoping for as well.[FULL STORY AND VIDEO]" ["post_title"]=> string(12) "CTV Montreal" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(12) "ctv-montreal" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-08-22 18:58:43" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-08-22 18:58:43" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(62) "" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [9]=> object(WP_Post)#2279 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(689) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2011-04-10 18:08:42" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2011-04-10 18:08:42" ["post_content"]=> string(2896) "Raising Awareness about Men’s Cancers It’s commonly known that men don’t like to talk about cancer, particularly those below the belt such as prostate or testicular. altHowever, talking about cancer—those that affect women predominantly, those that affect men predominantly and those that don’t discriminate—is absolutely essential for awareness to be raised. Awareness, as we all know, sensitizes people to the importance of early and preventive screening. It allows them to benefit from an earlier diagnosis, treatment and hopefully a cure. Given that I am not only the MUHC’s Director General and CEO but also still a practicing oncologist, I am particularly pleased to see the Cedars Cancer Institute assume a leadership role in raising awareness about men’s cancers with Trevor W. Payne, founder and director of the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir. Yesterday, Trevor and I met for the first time. Trevor’s a man who exudes passion for music and life; who is ready to talk about his cancer and do something about it; and who is tremendously respected in our community… I can think of no better altman to start the vital conversation about men’s cancers in our city and keep it going, and I can think of no better partner than the Cedars Cancer Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. He and Cedars have begun by producing compelling public service announcements, featuring Trevor and other male cancer patients. Furthermore, the Trevor W. Payne Fund for Men’s Cancers of the Cedars Cancer Institute is being launched on May 19 with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir raising their voices in song in a benefit concert. Yesterday was also World Health Day so I'd like to invite you to join me by adding your voice to the conversation that Trevor and Cedars have started so that we can build on the work of our exceptional Cancer Care Mission professionals and Cancer Axis researchers, as well as their knowledge-sharing initiatives. Let’s talk more about men's cancers because raising awareness is an invaluable part of what we do as a member of the World Health Organization’s Network of Health Promoting Hospitals. Most importantly, as we know, raising awareness helps improve quality of life and it saves lives. Click on the logos below to learn more about the benefit concert, to spread the word and to purchase tickets if an entertaining evening of spirited song interests you. Fondation du cancer des cedres CTV News Montreal" ["post_title"]=> string(43) "A note from The Hon. Arthur T. Porter, M.D." ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(37) "un-mot-du-lhon-dr-arthur-t-porter-c-p" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-08-22 18:57:59" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-08-22 18:57:59" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(79) "" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } }