CBC Montreal does "Sunday at the Segal"

On Sunday, March 12, join CBC Journalist Sabrina Marandola for the Segal Centre's "Sunday at the Segal" event.

Sabrina Marandola leads discussion on setting down roots in Montreal

Sabrina Marandola will moderate the event.

On Sunday, March 12, join CBC Journalist Sabrina Marandola for the Segal Centre's "Sunday at the Segal" event.

In keeping with the themes of the centre's current production, Kim's Convenience, Sabrina will lead a discussion with newcomers who have set down roots in Montreal and - much like the Appa character in the play - grown successful businesses.

Panelists will share their personal journeys to Canada, why they chose to settle in particular neighbourhoods, and their impact on the development of Montreal.

Our guests include:

Abisara Machold of Inhairitance, a salon, boutique and online store that caters exclusively to all curly hair types.

Abisara started by renting half a wall in a vintage store in St. Henri and selling imported products. (Abisara Machold)

Originally from Austria, Abisara came to Montreal in October 2009 from Berlin. She started renting half a wall in a vintage store in St. Henri, selling imported natural hair products for curly hair from the States. Now her second boutique in Montreal North is becoming a salon and she's starting her own line of natural hair products made in Montreal. 

Martina Tang of Ongles Experts, Martina came to Montreal in 1993 from Saigon, Vietnam. In 1996, she opened her business in an 800 square foot space with just $4000. At that time there were no nail salons in Montreal – just spas. She still remembers the names and phone numbers of her first customers.

Safia Afghanzadah of Aryana restaurant.  Safia came to Montreal in 1992, by way of Pakistan, but she and her husband are originally from Afghanistan. They opened their business in mid-2011 and the restaurant specializing in Afghani cuisine has become a popular spot on Montreal's West Island.

Peter Sowa of Wawel bakery, which now has several franchises across Montreal. (Peter Sowa)

Peter Sowa of Wawel bakery. Peter grew up in Poland and moved to Montreal in 1983. While taking French classes, he rented space on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings so he could make Ponki, the Polish donut. Sowa, then 24, founded Wawel and has been growing it ever since; there are now seven branches that span the city.

This "Sunday at the Segal" talk compliments CBC Montreal's "Roots of Montreal" digital series, which highlights diverse communities that have set down roots in Montreal and painted the city's urban landscape into what it is today.

Show us your roots! Send your photo with a short description of its importance to your Montreal story to

Highlighting seven of our city's many diverse groups, the series discusses immigration patterns and speaks with a few of the diverse groups that chose Montreal as their home. 

CBC hopes the series plants a 'seed' for others to send in their photos telling their Montreal stories. Viewers and listeners can send their photos here: Roots of Montreal or #rootsofmtl or

Admission to this Sunday's event is free. We just ask that you RSVP here.

The event takes place at 11 a.m at the Segal Theatre. Seating is general admission. Coffee and snacks will be served beforehand.