Upcoming Events

Sat. January 14th 8:30pm
$14.50 advance Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
Victoria BC Ska Society is pleased to announce an exciting combination of Island artists that will bring a high level of musicianship and a beautiful blend of musical styles onto one stage. Saturday, January 14 at Sugar Nightclub in Victoria BC, Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra will celebrate their 10th Anniversary Concert at Sugar Nightclub with guests Lovecoast, Harvey Paris featuring Eli Bennett and Rebel Selector.

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra gypsy style music mirrored the band's travelling habits. Tequila Mockinbird Orchestra have toured extensively to various places around Europe, Mexico, the US and Canada since they started in small coffee shops and restaurants ten years ago in Victoria and the Gulf Islands. Although the members now reside in various parts of Canada they are still considered a hometown favourite band to Victoria. The band has 5 full length albums under their belt which cover various styles of folk, gypsy jazz and a bit of ska. The band has played at numerous other festivals across Canada and the United States including Vancouver Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival and Kaslo Jazz Festival. The band's last appearance in Victoria was at Victoria's 17th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival at Distrikt Nightclub in June 2016.

Lovecoast blends old soul, fresh pop and hard hitting grooves leave you feeling fresh and nostalgic all at once. Notably the band shares members with one of BC's best ska bands Dope Soda. After a successful 2015 gracing stages like Pemberton Music Festival 2015, Lovecoast has continued to push the envelope playing all over BC including a spot on Victoria's 17th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival playing on the same bill as The Black Seeds from New Zealand. Along with their newly released single ‘The Floor’, Lovecoast played JUNOfest 2016 and were named Band of the Month for April 2016 at The Zone 91.3 in Victoria. They also took home first place in LG104.3fm's VanCOVER contest with their rendition of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back".

Harvey Paris featuring Eli Bennett is an exciting mix of two of Canada's most promising jazz/worldbeat musicians. Niall Harvey aka Niall Harvey has created and played with various bands in a variety of genres throughout BC. Some of these bands include Bananafish Dance Orchestra, Dope Soda, Bazooka Picnic and more. This summer Harvey backed Juno Award winner Mikey Dangerous at the Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival at Ship Point. As a session musician, Harvey has played sold out shows at both the Chan Center and the National Art Centre, and has performed at numerous music festivals across Canada.

We are also extremely excited to have Eli Bennett perform with Harvey Paris. Eli Bennett is a thirty-five-time internationally award-winning jazz saxophonist and four-time Leo-Nominated film composer. He has performed twice at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Terence Blanchard and Dave Holland. He is a two-time-recipient of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award from the National Jazz Awards and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for music in 2012, is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, a Selmer-Paris Endorsing Artist, an AMT Endorsing Artist, a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and in 2013 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Premier of BC.

Rebel Selector will play a variety of worldbeat fusion and reggae in between sets.

White Eagle Polish Hall
Fri. February 3rd 8pm doors at 7:30pm
$16.50 - $20 advance Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
This show will be all ages w/bar service to those 19yrs+ Purchasing of advance tickets is strongly encouraged. They will be available shortly from Lyle's Place, Jupiter, The Reef, Vinyl Envy & ticketweb.ca

We are excited for the return of KOBO TOWN to our Island! Founded by Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town has brought their distinct calypso and dub inspired sound to festivals, clubs and theatres around the world. Kobo Town's music has been described as “a unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.” (Exclaim!) In other words just like calypso was used back in the day to be the social commentary of the people, the band does this in the same way with their music. It is also the songwriting of Gonsalves that captures this traditional feel and purpose.

Kobo Town has been a favourite at Victoria's Annual Ska & Reggae Festival since they closed the festival in the summer to a sold out crowd in 2014 at the Victoria Event Centre. Following that unforgettable debut the band returned to headline the festival's free Kick Off show at Ship Point Inner Harbour in 2015.

Guests of honour for the show will be Victoria's The New Groovement that are the Island's infamous eleven-piece funk machine that blends elements of R&B, soul, and hip hop into their sets. The band has the kind of energy that guarantees you don't want to sit down. Along with their good music and energy The New Groovement have played on all of the region's largest music festivals and special events including Victoria's Annual Ska & Reggae Festival.

Rounding out the bill is Cheko and the Lion Rockers from the Cowichan Valley. Mexico's Cheko (Sergio Soto) leads this group of veteran reggae rockers from Vancouver Island. Cheko & the Lion Rockers also played on Victoria's Ska & Reggae Festival this past summer at the Rocksteady Collective Multimedia Exhibition.

Sweet Leaf, Railtown Sound System, The Party on High Street
Lucky Bar
Fri. March 17th 9:30pm
$13 early bird advance Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
We can't remember the last time we had a St. Paddy's Day show but this year we decided to get in on the action. The combination of Sweetleaf, Railtown Sound System and Party on High Street = fun and enjoyment just by looking at the bill and thinking about the bands' music and personalities. Ska, reggae and funk in all different ways from the first to the last note is what you're in for! But they'll be a lot of dancing and St. Paddy's Day cheer as well!

Tickets on sale Friday, December 9th on ticketweb.ca. Only $13 early bird advance! Hard copies on sale before Christmas at Lyle's Place, Jupiter, & Vinyl Envy.

SAVE FERRIS NEW SOUND TOUR 2017 - St. Paddy's Day Weekend with Save Ferris!
SAVE FERRIS, Vista Kicks
Venue Vancouver BC
Sat. March 18th 6:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6pm
$22 - $25 advance Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
While 2016 has been a year to mourn many of our greatest musicians, today we you bring news of joy and redemption! Without further delay, Victoria BC Ska Society is thrilled to announce the return of SAVE FERRIS from Los Angeles, California! Save Ferris will be embarking on their first North American tour since 2002 to accompany their brand new EP that hits the streets in January 2017! The New Sound Tour 2017 will touch down in Vancouver at VENUE on Granville Street just in time for St. Paddy's Day Weekend on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Save Ferris (which is in fact a reference to the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off) has undergone constant change in their 20 year history. Despite going through various supporting members over the years and a long hiatus after the band's 2003 album, the band's fearless leader and lead singer Monique Powell has found a way to keep the band together and give their fans hope for a bright future.

Starting in November 2015, Save Ferris began a Pledge Music campaign to help support both their new EP and full length album. To date the campaign has had been a huge success already reaching 151% of its goal with more than 2 months until the release of their new EP. Supporters of Save Ferris' pledge campaign and those that have heard snippets of the album will enjoy the selections. Overall the songs are melodic, crisp and catchy. Credit here also must be given to John Avila of Oingo Boingo who produced it. Notably the album features two-tone ska legend Neville Staple (formerly of The Specials).

Save Ferris' first shows out of the gate in 2016 have been huge successes. After headlining the Pepsi Ska Festival in Mexico City this past summer, the band recently opened a pair of shows for Gwen Stefani at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Shortly before those appearances they played at the Santa Monica Pier to over 7000 people in mid October 2016. Now they are getting ready to co-headline the Mari Berdanska Festival in Indonesia with Aoteorea's all Maori reggae stars - Katchafire.

Join the excitement and celebrate St. Paddy's Day Weekend with Save Ferris - Sat. March 18th at VENUE in Vancouver.

Special early bird Pre-Sale for Members of the Victoria BC Ska Society November 15 - 17, 2017
Tickets on sale to the general public on Friday, November 18, 2017 at 9am.

Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Wed. June 14th 4:05pm
$149.50 Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
We are so excited to announce the dates for Victoria's 18th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival this is the earliest we have made these tickets available but they're here! Thanks to Jupiter (619 Johnston Street in Victoria) for being our platinum sponsor of our VIP section for a third straight year!

JUPITER VIP entrance provides the following:

Guaranteed entrance to all festival events at all venues (including Rocksteady Collective presentations) up to one hour before the event ends

JUPITER LOUNGE VIP AREA AT ALL SHIP POINT SHOWS (offers special seating, stage side access and more!

JUPITER LOUNGE Beverage Service for all events at Ship Point

JUPITER LOUNGE VIP Bathroom at Ship Point

Dates and Line-up subject to change. No refunds or exchanges.



* Note this pass is restricted to those 19yrs plus because it includes entrance into venues that have that restriction. However, the festival's main outdoor venue and many others are all ages. Separate tickets for events in all ages venues will be released at a later date. Kids 10 and under free with accompanying adult when applicable.

@  Ship Point Inner Harbour
Wed. June 14th 4pm
$99.00 Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
This ticket gains you admission to all marquee ticketed events for the festival. Space will be reserved for Full Fest Passholders for 30 minutes after listed door time. Patrons must arrive on time to ensure admission to any ticketed events using this pass.

This pass does not provide entry into any of the festival's Rocksteady Collective venues.

Other restrictions may apply.



Festival line-up subject

to change. No refunds or exchanges.

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* Note this pass is restricted to those 19yrs plus because it includes entrance into festival venues that have that restriction. However the festival's main outdoor venue at Ship Point Inner Harbour and many others are all ages. Separate tickets for events in all ages venues will be released at a later date. Kids 10 and under are free with accompanying adult when applicable.