Occupation Hood From You Screen To The Scene
Last week we sat down with Tailaire Laguerre aka Tai, comedian and creator of Occupation Hood, to celebrate and talk about his growth and new projects.
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This one hits close to home I’m not going to lie. When I was about Tai’s age. Social media had just started to be a ”thing”.
We taught Facebook & Youtube was the end all be all and I remember feeling like this was the beginning of something special.
One thing I would found out a little later in my early 20’s, is that this tool could be used to reach millions and even beyond the city I’m from.
Social media has allow me to link with people from different environments, capture an audience in the Us and it opened up my perspective as young kid from Montreal-North.
When I’ve looked at what Tai has done with Occupation Hood. I can’t help but laugh at how my elders would tell me that this internet stuff wouldn’t take us far (I told you mom).
When I’ve seen how he singlehandedly opened the debate about diversity and inclusion through what came to him naturally, it reminded me that the youth is truly the future.
For months and months, this young creator was bridging the gap between young and old, white and black and also created stars in the process (Big Mitch needs a spinoff by the way).
You couldn’t get away from it, it was infectious and it was beating a lot of those quote unquote big budget programs on TV.
Just a kid, a cell phone and thousands upon thousands of people ready for a good laugh and sharp their flirting skills.
My conversation with this young man was a moment that I value a lot in retrospect.
Somehow I felt like I was reconnecting with myself as a young buck. Vivid dreams, fearlessness and boldness at their peak.
We spoke about a few things. More importantly, we spoke about him taking his idea and himself to the next level.
Here’s our conversation:
Speaking of the future and next levels. Tai is doing a live show Saturday July 24th at L’Olympia.
Not only you’ll get to experience Occupation Hood live on stage. It will be the first time that the crowd get to decide the faith of the participants and interact in person.
Of course since it was arguably the song of the summer. His hit ”Occupation Hood” is going to be performed by none other than Oz, Rosalvo & Dee End.
This experience is in partnership with the Just For Laughs festival and its a another reminder that Tai wants to go for the kill.
We’re looking forward to see what the future holds for him, until then Olympia is the place to be if you want to witness history in the making
Myraï Lavoie Is Taking The Fashion World By Storm With The Glitch Fashion Show
Myraï Lavoie Is Creating Her Own Universe And You’re Invited
What I appreciate the most about my work is the fact that I get to meet great minds & humans with a powerful story and this time around, I got to cross path with the talented Myraï Lavoie.
The city has been quiet fashion wise over the years and as platform that mostly talked about fashion in its inception, we’ve felt it the most over here.
There would be sparks of hope here and there but besides Festival De Mode & Design, not a lot of things really stood out.
When I heard about ”The Glitch” it’s like I knew what it was about without nothing what it was about.
I mean good branding is good branding but it was more so who’s behind the good branding this time around. I had the chance to work with Myraï Lavoie in the past and one thing I can is : there’s a method to her madness.
Every artist has an eye and that eye is shaped by our views of the world and life experiences. Myraï had an interesting life.
One where being different is actually the move. One where if you don’t fit somewhere, you don’t try to get in the mold, you bend it.
For all the lack of support or misunderstand she got in Montreal, she found a place to be creative working or being in room with the likes of Paris Hilton & P. Diddy to name a few.
What she’s learned from coming out of her shell and experiencing the world she’s about the share it with us with her own fashion called ”The Glitch” tonight.
”The Glitch” is exactly what I thought it was going to be. A standout experience and experience and something you’ve never seen before just like its creator.
The 50th Anniversary Of Les Grands Explorateurs Presents A Touching Documentary Exploring Africa And Its Wonders
An Amazing Story by Amazing Creators!
Les Grands Explorateurs Is Celebrating Africa In A Real Way!
Curiosity has to be the most incredible human quality there is and Les Grands Explorateurs has been putting it on the forefront for the past 50 years!
We are now entering an era where we want to know more about what is going on on the other side of the world.
How people are living, their culture and what is their reality compared to ours.
Sometimes the depiction of such reality is either unfair or made to look down at somebody. Other times, filmmakers have the challenge to depict a reality in a way to uplift what other cultures are bringing to the table.
Milan Bihlmann and Muammer Yilmaz are two filmmakers who know where they stand when it comes to that.
”Rêves D’Afrique” is the epidemy of that. The two filmmakers decided to go to 7 countries in Africa to not only paint the picture for the world but to give the good people out there something we forget to give one another : ”a piece of yourself’.
Armed with a backpack, film gear and true altruism, the duo spread love and good deeds wherever they could throughout their trip.
Watch The Trailer
Les Grands Explorateurs being this platform to uncover the world made the right choice by adding this beautiful piece to their program.
Up until November 1st, you still have the chance to see the beautiful piece in theater and then online starting November 2nd.
Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais: An Unlikely Journey For An Unlikely Unique Success Story
A Change Is Coming…Finally?
I grew up in the 90’s and although we can only realize it now but seeing people like Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais striving in a space where not a lot of us do is what was missing this whole time.
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The thing about representation is that you won’t know you need it until you need it. As most of us were just looking at society, we didn’t see ourselves but also normalized it.
I think Isabelle saw something that we couldn’t see in ourselves. The truth is not at the extreme it’s right in the middle. The intersection between being different but also a part of the ecosystem was what she saw.
Representation is not about doing what’s right because it’s right but more so because it needs to be done.
Starting her career in the public sector wasn’t a thrill anymore. Then she did some soul searching and probably came to the conclusion we all come to at some point in our existence:
Life Is A Joke
For her it was literal though. She figured out that humor and the business around it was her calling so what was the first step? Becoming a comedian herself and teach a thing or two to Dave Chappelle?
What about producing your own show with up and coming artists? Well, for Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais the start of this new chapter was simple as getting a non-paid internship.
Just For Laughs became her new home and with that started her mission to be at the forefront of what the landscape in comedy was to become.
Through thick and thin, work and dedication, intuition and know-how, she pulled through and the big way too!
Isabelle Mugwaneza Desmarais became the director of ZooFest. With her pulse on the scene, she fought and pushed for upcoming talents that are more than just tanned.
We’re seeing more BIPOCs getting a chance on stage and I would like to believe that this is just the beginning.
Speaking of ZooFest, if you want to see for yourself how this festival has grown in diversity and get a good kick out of it. You still have the opportunity to do so tomorrow as the last day of the celebration
With french performers like Lenny M’Bunga, AZ, Marine Ella, Meryem Benoua, Ayoub Marceau & Hugo.
Live podcasting will also be a part of the last run of the show. In the corner of Jeanne-Mance & Maisonneuve, you can can get a good view, a good potential date, you get to see greatness in all shapes, size or color AND of course a good laugh!
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