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This week on Focus Montreal: April 8

The Negro Community Centre in Little Burgundy.
The Negro Community Centre in Little Burgundy in May, 2014. Alex Chabot/Global News

Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community and brings their stories into focus.

It airs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week on Focus Montreal:

Focus Montreal: Celebrating 50 years of Aislin comics
Focus Montreal: Celebrating 50 years of Aislin comics

Aislin retrospective

Terry Mosher, also known as Aislin, has been delivering satire to Montrealers through his drawings for half a century. Now, the McCord Museum is celebrating his career with a new exhibit.

To mark Aislin’s 50 years of cartoons for the Montreal Gazette, 50 of his best illustrations will be on display.

Aislin has used his pen to take aim at some of politics’ biggest names while addressing issues in our society.

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And his cartoons have often stirred the pot.

Mosher dropped by Focus Montreal studios to discuss his illustrious career.

Focus Montreal: Concordia students shine light on NCC history
Focus Montreal: Concordia students shine light on NCC history

Concordia students shine light on NCC history

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Montreal’s Negro Community Centre (NCC) which served as the heart and soul of Montreal’s Black community.

The building was built in 1890 as the West End Methodist Church and by 1926 it was reborn as the Negro Community Centre.

In its heyday, jazz greats Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones got their starts there.

The centre offered music lessons, night courses and daycare services to community members in need.

Left in a state of disrepair, the centre filed for bankruptcy and was ultimately demolished in 2014.

A group of Concordia students spent the semester digging through NCC archives to shine the spotlight on Montreal’s Black history, the results of which will be presented in a showcase April 11.

Students Summit Oliviere and Teejay Bhalla join senior anchor Jamie Orchard to discuss their findings.

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Focus Montreal: The EMSB celebrates its volunteers
Focus Montreal: The EMSB celebrates its volunteers

EMSB celebrates its volunteers

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) celebrated its volunteers this week with the help of a few special friends.

Legendary Alouettes’ quarterback Anthony Calvillo was honoured as the board’s volunteer ambassador of the year.

High school teacher and newly elected Saint-Laurent MP Emmanuella Lambropolis was also on hand, as well as Mayor Denis Coderre — who offered up some advice to the new MP.

Senior anchor Jamie Orchard had the honour of being co-emcee of the event with Michael Cohen and spoke to all the honorees, including this year’s Volunteer of Distinction Award winners, Rosario and Rosa Guzzo.