Formed in Victoria in 2011, SweetLeaf is Victoria’s hardest-working and hardest-partying ska band. The members of SweetLeaf are seasoned Ska & Reggae Fest veterans, this year marking their third consecutive appearance. The group began after singer-guitarist Chris Jones answered an online ad, with the band then forming in just a few months. Their reggae-rock rhythms are reminiscent of hanging out with friends at the beach, drinkin’, smokin’, and straight West Coastin’. This local super-band performs with a punchy attitude contrasting the nature of their name.
With a three-piece horn section, SweetLeaf’s collaborative ska sound also pulls in influence from funk, soul, and punk. These boys know how to command a stage and keep an audience dancing. Having just released their debut LP, Stress Leave, SweetLeaf embodies new-age Canadian ska and reggae vibe.
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Posted: Jun. 6, 2013
VICTORIA'S 18TH ANNUAL SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL (JUNE 14 - 18, 2017) --> JUPITER VIP FULL FEST EARLY BIRD PASS
Booker T. Jones @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
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!
, TARRUS RILEY
, The Black Seeds
, Mad Caddies
, The Skints
, Jah9 and The Dub Treatment
, Keith and Tex
, Mike Love
, Perro Bravo
, La Banda Skalavera
, The Boom Booms
, Los Furios
, Roots Roundup
, Batuque Axe!
, Dope Soda
, Illvis Freshly
, Sweet Leaf
, The New Groovement
, Caleb Hart & the Royal Youths
, Tank Gyal
, DOWN NORTH
, Rusty Zinn
, Jon Middleton
, Out of Control Army
, Blackwood Kings
, The Party on High Street
, Cheko & The Lion Rockers
, Railtown Sound System
, No Liars
, The Om Sound
, Dockside Green
, Benny the Jett
JUPITER VIP entrance provides the following:
Guaranteed entrance to all festival events at all venues (except Rocksteady Collective presentations) up to one hour before the event ends
* Jupiter VIP entrance will be accepted at Rocksteady Collective on a first come first serve basis. *Subject to capacity.
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.
SKAMPIDA, SWEETLEAF & PARTY ON HIGH STREET at VICTORIA SKA & REGGAE FEST XVIII @ Distrikt
Longtime Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest friends SKAMPIDA make a triumphant return to the Festival for a high-energy party like no other. The rowdy Colombian ska troubadours have been running about the globe causing mischief and it's been too long since they've come to rile up audience. Luckily we've managed to track down and round up the ruffians for this spectacular night of unpredictable fun!
Joining Skampida for this gritty celebration are Victoria reggae favourites SweetLeaf - promising to serve up a heaping dose of horn-heavy goodness - and The Party On High Street, a whirlwind of genre-bending energy, blending up psychedelia, funk, rock and dashes of hip-hop. These three form a mighty triumvirate of party energy that sure to get your blood flowing and heart-rates up!