Message From The Dignitaries
GOVERNMENT OF GRENADA RECOGNIZES & ENDORSES SICDAQ
The Government of Grenada in a letter dated November 2018 states: “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”, writes Minister 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”, states Minister Norland Cox, Minister of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts in his letter to the President of SICDAQ.
July 10, 2021
I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to
everyone taking part in the fourth annual Spice
Island Cultural Festival, hosted by the Spice
Island Cultural Day Association of Quebec.
This festival offers a wonderful opportunity for Caribbean Canadians to connect
with their roots and to share their rich cultural heritage with the community. I am
certain that the many activities and performances planned for this year’s event, with
its theme “Celebration of Life – Food – Fashion – Music – Culture” – will be
enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
It continues to be a challenging time for planning and hosting events. That is why I
would like to thank the Spice Island Cultural Day Association of Quebec for making
this year’s festival virtual so that it could still take place. Canada is truly a
multicultural nation, made stronger and more resilient by our diversity.
Please accept my best wishes for an enjoyable and memorable experience.
The Rt. Hon. Justin P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
June 25, 2021
Spice Island Cultural Day Association
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
SPICE ISLAND CULTURAL DAY 2021
Alas, the on-going COVID pandemic obliges us again to celebrate online one of the most anticipated events of each summer in Montreal’s Caribbean Community.
Spice Island Cultural Day, which celebrates the lively culture and cuisine of the lush spice island of Grenada, has become an annual fixture of Montreal’s festival season. The event allows Grenadians in Quebec to express their pride in their origin and heritage while proudly proclaiming their Canadian identity as well.
In past years Spice Island Cultural Day has attracted a happy crowd of thousands to Vinet Park in the Sud-Ouest Borough to enjoy good music and spicy food in a celebration that showcases the small and unique nation of Grenada.
Last year, due to COVID-19, festivals and gatherings were canceled in Montreal and Spice Island Cultural Day was presented in an entirely different format – streamed live on Facebook and You Tube. The new format shared the pride of the local Caribbean community on a global platform and attracted a worldwide audience of some 80,000. Many of Montreal’s most recognizable media personalities were enthusiastic participants in this very successful on-line event.
Word of mouth has already created a great deal of interest for this year’s Spice Island Cultural Day which will be broadcasted on July 10. Our Borough Council in Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is again pleased to be associated with the celebration and has voted a grant in support. We are convinced that this year will top the amazing viewership attained in 2020.
It will be an honour for me to join the Honourable Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and the other dignitaries as featured speakers for this global event. I look forward to greeting Grenadians and friends of Grenada, wherever they may be located, and trust many of you will help me celebrate Spice Island Cultural Day 2021 festivities that will virtually highlight Grenadians’ pride in their country of origin.
It is a pleasure to me to continue to offer my on-going friendship and support to the many volunteers of the Spice Island Cultural Day Association who have taken the lead in assuring that the festival will be memorable.
Once again, happy Spice Island Cultural Day ! Looking forward to seeing you virtually on July 10
City Councillor – Snowdon
City of Montreal