Upcoming Events

BUSY BEE SUMMER MARKET: Busy Bee Summer Market @ Wheelies Motorcyles Aug 23 2014
BUSY BEE SUMMER MARKET
Busy Bee Summer Market
Wheelies Motorcyles
Sat. August 23rd 12 noon - 7pm
Join us for a day of shopping at Wheelies Motorcycles!

The Victoria BC Ska Society is pleased to announce our 1st Busy Bee Summer Market at Wheelies Motorcycles and Cafe. We welcome a wide array of participating vendors, swappers and shoppers! From local artisans, records, books, comics, paintings, memorabilia and much more.

Wheelies Motorcycle Cafe is welcome to all ages and serve delicious food and beverages. Stay tuned for our afternoon entertainment to be announced!

All proceeds will go directly to Victoria BC Ska Society and Victoria Ska Fest to help fund the festival next year, and programming throughout the year.

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact: Cedra Smith: cedra@outlook.com for more information.

FIN DEL VERANO FIESTA (End of Summer Rager) Afro/Cuban, Latin/Funk, Reggae/Dub Extravaganza at Felicita\'s Pub - UVIC!: Bananafish Dance Orchestra, Kutapira, Blackwood Kings @ Felicita\'s Campus Pub Sep 20 2014
FIN DEL VERANO FIESTA (End of Summer Rager) Afro/Cuban, Latin/Funk, Reggae/Dub Extravaganza at Felicita's Pub - UVIC!
Felicita's Campus Pub
Sat. September 20th 10pm - 1am doors at 9pm
$12 regular adv./$10 for students - student tickets only available at UVIC Info Boothe [ticket locations]
Victoria BC Ska Society is excited to announce that Bananafish Dance Orchestra, Kutapira and Blackwood Kings will be playing on a triple bill on Saturday, September 20th at Felicita's Pub. This to be epic event is being presented by Victoria BC Ska Society in conjunction with the UVIC Ska/Reggae Club and sponsored by Lighthouse Brewery. We also would like to thank Felicita's Pub for their support on this event.

This show is a bitter sweet one because it will be the last show Bananafish Dance Orchestra will be playing in Victoria for a long time. Lead singer Niall Harvery will be leaving BC for awhile so this show is more like a send off for the band.

For those of you that have never seen Bananafish Dance Orchestra they would be best described as an 8 piece power house that will bring everything from-jazz to hip-hop, reggae to soul, Latin rock to ska--and anything else that will make you want to dance into the mix. Bananafish Dance Orchestra that have played on numerous festivals including Kaslo Jazz Fest, Ska Fest and Islands Folk Fest are well armed with talented soloists, percussion jams, freestyle specialists, and even trumpet on trumpet battles! If you haven't heard or seen this band you are in for a sweaty affair.

Vancouver's Kutapira brings Afro-Cuban vibes together with the melodies of Zimbabwe. They are one of the most entertaining, high-energy bands Vancouver has to offer.

Born out of a forward-thinking educational initiative introducing youth to global rhythms, formed in 2005 through a Canada Council program matching professional artists and students, Kutapira have hardly had a chance to reflect on their achievements. Through the motivation and mentoring of Artistic Director, Jack Duncan and percussion maestro, Myles Bigelow, the group is forging new links between the traditions of Zimbabwe’s marimba music and the rhythmic soul of Afro Cuban drumming. Kai Buchan, Jeremy Bryant, Sangito Bigelow, Chris Couto and Theo Vincent are all fluent in both disciplines; rotating through their battery of soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas and trading licks on the drum kit, timbales and hand drums.
"Kutapira is a vibrant and talented group of young people. Their music is powerful, energetic and exciting. I challenge anyone to try and remain still during their performance!"Bill Siksay, MP (Burnaby-Douglas)
The marimbas’ funky, wooden resonance isn’t the only buzz Kutapira is generating. The accolades from all corners have been swift in coming and the praise has been fanatical In the sometimes serious and stodgy world of world music, the quintet has been bringing a welcome injection of exuberance and velocity to festival stages, community events and concert halls in Canada and abroad, lifting people to their feet and rattling the cages of the uninitiated.

BLACKWOOD KINGS

Named after the Victoria BC street corner where the band rehearses, this is a group ready to make some waves. Laid-back reggae rhythms, odd time signatures, dueling guitar solos, slap bass lines, frantic jungle beats-- no musical idea is off limits, making live performances varied and energetic.

Blackwood Kings has shared the stage with notable acts such as Vancouver's Giraffe Aftermath, Ghana's Paapa Wastik, Hot Rain from Hawaii, Canadian reggae legend Jah Cutta, and J-Boog from Compton, California.

DUB FX & Andy V- Theory of Harmony Tour - Thanksgiving Get Away at GLC in Whistler: DUB FX, Andy V @ Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill Oct 13 2014
DUB FX & Andy V- Theory of Harmony Tour - Thanksgiving Get Away at GLC in Whistler
DUB FX, Andy V
Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill
Mon. October 13th 10pm doors at 9pm
$15 - $20 early bird adv. $25 later on [ticket locations]
We're excited to announce that we'll be presenting Dub Fx with Andy V at Garibaldi Lift Co (GLC) - Whistler on Monday, October 13th!

Early bird tickets start at $15 - $20 on sale now on ticketweb.ca. Click to purchase here: http://tktwb.tw/V7YpcX

Dub FX's last appearance in Whistler was at the GLC in July of 2013 surrounding his Victoria Ska Festival co-headlining appearance with Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey. Since then Dub FX has toured the world over once again hitting major festivals large and small this summer. We are ecstatic to be part of their upcoming tour Theory of Harmony tour after having such a positive experience with them last time. Think of this show as a Thanksgiving Get Away and if you want to see Dub FX in a smaller intimate beautiful venue with your close friends and/or family, this is the show for you.

Dub FX's most recent album Theory of Harmony is chalk full of smooth bass lines ranging from electronic dub, drum n' bass, reggae, hip hop and more using his signature skill of looping and layering all of the sounds into one that has you wanting more. The album was financed through crowd funding and exceeded 48% of its goal.

Dub FX explains, “Theory Of Harmony is the sum of many years work. I’ve been travelling so much over the last seven years, meeting people from all continents and all walks of life. I’ve developed a conscious philosophy of peace, positivity, joy and healthful pursuits that has been embraced by my fans all over the world. This album is a conscious and positive message to them and my way of thanking them for all their love and support they have given to me, the Flower Fairy and Cade through this amazing journey. – Dub Fx

Theory of Harmony is like nothing you've ever experienced.
Full album Experience here: http://youtu.be/tuNMBsrbv10

On this upcoming show Dub FX will be appearing on this upcoming concert with Andy V who will add a live element to this show playing saxophone. Here is an example of one of the new tracks done by Dub FX and Andy V. It's a cover of Barrington Levy's “Here I Come” (Broader than Broadway) http://youtu.be/w_wrGCsQ-oA

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA RETURNS HOME - WED. OCT 15TH AT UPSTAIRS CABARET: Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Compassion Gorilla, Kristie McCracken  @ The Upstairs Cabaret Oct 15 2014
TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA RETURNS HOME - WED. OCT 15TH AT UPSTAIRS CABARET
The Upstairs Cabaret
Wed. October 15th 9:30pm doors at 8:30pm
$14.50 for the first 100/$16.50 thereafter [ticket locations]
Victoria BC Ska Society is proud to present long time family Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra with guests Wed. October 15th at Upstairs Cabaret.

It's been hard to believe how far that Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra has come since they began almost 10 years ago in the underground of bohemian Victoria, on Canada’s lush west coast. The band's sound has taken various transformations and has now developed into a new, refined sound crafted by years of constant performing and touring together. Though drawing on flamenco flourishes learned in Spain, on African percussion, on bluegrass and other roots music from across the Americas, TMO has cycled through far-flung influences and youthful forays into sounds from all over, finding new vistas of creativity that bring them closer to their own beginnings, to the people and places that have shaped them.

THE SLACKERS RETURN TO VICTORIA!: The Slackers, Sammy K and the Fast Four, Sweet Leaf @ The Upstairs Cabaret Oct 23 2014
THE SLACKERS RETURN TO VICTORIA!
The Slackers, Sammy K and the Fast Four, Sweet Leaf
The Upstairs Cabaret
Thu. October 23rd 10pm doors at 9pm
$22 advance [ticket locations]
The Slackers long time friends of Victoria BC Ska Society are returning to Victoria as part of their west coast Canadian tour on Thur. October 23rd at Upstairs Cabaret. They'll be joined by Sammy K and the Fast Four from New Jersey!

Advance tickets $22+ on sale now at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records & ticketweb.ca on sale now on ticketweb.ca

THE SLACKERS RETURN TO NANAIMO!: The Slackers, Sammy K and the Fast Four, Dope Soda @ The Queens Oct 24 2014
THE SLACKERS RETURN TO NANAIMO!
The Slackers, Sammy K and the Fast Four, Dope Soda
The Queens
Fri. October 24th 10pm doors at 9pm
$19.50 [ticket locations]
Last year The Slackers played their first ever concert at The Queen's - Nanaimo and there was a line-up all the way down the street past the A&W near the venue. If you want tickets to this show get on top of it early and book your time off.

The Slackers will be joined by New Jersey's Sammy K & the Fast Four & Nanaimo's favourite ska party band Dope Soda.

Advance tickets $19.50 advance available now at The Queen's, Fascinating Rhythm and ticketweb.ca

Thanks to Thirsty Camel Cafe near to the venue for sponsoring the show!

THE SLACKERS RETURN TO VANCOUVER: The Slackers, Sammy K and the Fast Four, Los Furios @ The Imperial Oct 25 2014
THE SLACKERS RETURN TO VANCOUVER
The Slackers, Sammy K and the Fast Four, Los Furios
The Imperial
Sat. October 25th 9:30pm doors at 8:30pm
$22.50 advance [ticket locations]
The Slackers long time friends of Victoria BC Ska Society and the Victoria Ska Fest are returning to Vancouver as part of their west coast Canadian tour on Sat. October 25th at Imperial Vancouver! They will be joined by Sammy Kay and Los Furios.

Doors: 8:30pm (Late show :)

Advance tickets $22.50+ on sale now at Highlife, Redcat, & ticketweb.ca

LARRY AND HIS FLASK & GOOD FOR GRAPES AT V-LOUNGE IN VICTORIA: Larry And His Flask, Good for Grapes @ V-lounge Oct 25 2014
LARRY AND HIS FLASK & GOOD FOR GRAPES AT V-LOUNGE IN VICTORIA
Larry And His Flask, Good for Grapes
V-lounge
Sat. October 25th 10pm doors at 9pm
$14.50 [ticket locations]  [Buy Tickets Online] 
LARRY AND HIS FLASK and Good For Grapes combine together on Sat. October 25th at V-Lounge infront of the Red Lion on Douglas Street. Larry and His Flask were revered when they opened for The Pietasters at Ska Fest a couple of years ago.

Advance tickets $14.50 on sale now at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records and on ticketweb.ca

Click the link here to purchase: http://tktwb.tw/1rHL85Z


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