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The Gala Dynastie – 2nd edition: A colorful black carpet

photo of Vice-Prime Minister, Dominique Anglade

Vice-Prime Minister, Dominique Anglade

Just as the many shades of Quebec’s ethnicities, the Gala Dynastie’s black carpet, held this past February 3rd at Montreal’s La Tohue, showcased the diversity in the province’s black culture and in the rest of Canada. This much anticipated 2nd edition, with multi-talented front man Angelo Cadet as artistic director, revealed a sea of influential personalities renowned in their various respective fields.  In politics, attending was Montreal’s first female mayor Valerie Plante, Vice-Prime Minister Dominique Anglade and the Canadian Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen; TV and radio personalities Pierre Yves Lord, the much buzzed about couple Philippe Fehmiu and Pénélope McQuade, and radio host Isabelle Racicot;  in sports was ex-Montreal Impact player Patrice Bernier and in film, actor Brick Mansions, to name a few.


While a majority opted for a more somber and safe look, others decided to take this opportunity to display their ethnic roots or go the simpler route with colorful, yet traditional gala wear. We obviously couldn’t expect less for, let’s face it, this is no casual award ceremony, but the one and ONLY gala recognizing black excellence in Quebec.

Pierre Yves Lord, TV & radio host

Isabelle Racicot, radio host on CBC Radio

Esther Nelsa, founder of Racines Crépues blog

Pénélope McQuade and Philippe Fehmiu, TV & radio personalities

Nicole Musoni, singer

Ahmed Hussen, Canadian Minister of Immigration

Marième, artist

Lina Asselien, founder of canine fashion line, Romy & Jacob

Preach, Youtube personality

Stephanie Kitembo, yoga instructor

But what will next year hold for black carpet style? Will guests outdo themselves? As it is a gala, why not?

Curious to know who made the list for best dressed of the night? See my pick for 10 bests below!


Keithy Antoine, radio host and Gala announcer, chose a white form-fitted wide collared dress, that matched her headwrap

Stylish VIP guest, wearing a beautiful handmade brooch on his jacket lapel

Sassandre, Montreal model wearing a original design by KDA Couture

Anne-Lovely Étienne, Reporter and TV columnist, winner of Best Blogger award, wearing an empress satin navy blue gown

Gina Délismé, CEO at NAGI Cosmetique, proved that less can undoubtedly be more with that little black dress.

Petrona Joseph, TV personality, publicist and nominated for the Author of the Year award, wearing a long midnight blue A-line gown with train

Micherose Philosca of Chic Animation, also opted for a top black sheered and laced gown with layered wrist detail at the sleeves.

Achaïa Maguy, Owner at Achaïa Select, Pro makeup artist and hairstylist, glammed up her sequin gown with a burgundy fur shawl

Carla Beauvais, President of Gala Dynastie, modestly rocking the sheer dress in this black ensemble

VIP guest dashingly wearing a custom tux and thick retro black frames remnant of a modern James Bond style


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