Railtown Sound System

Railtown Sound System

2016 was a landmark year for Railtown with the release of our debut album, consistent gigging throughout the year from clubs in Vancouver and the lower mainland in Squamish, Hope and Roberts Creek where we’ve shared the stage with some of the finest local bands to performing at our first major international festival (Rifflandia) in Victoria. The momentum from 2016 is increasing for 2017 with our first collaboration with the Victoria Ska Fest, a return to the Sunshine Coast and work on our second studio album.

We love playing live and bring an intense yet intimate energy that keeps the audiences dancing all night long to a mix of up-tempo original tunes and ballads, spiced with just a few of our favorite covers from some of our biggest influences like Midnite, Gregory Issacs and Bob Marley. It's a show that everyone can enjoy, from the oldest reggae enthusiast looking for an authentic sound, the reggae hipster looking for the newest obscurity, to the casual listener hoping to dance to a classic timeless rhythm, it's a show where audience interaction and engagement is the cornerstone and everyone remembers for all the right reasons.

The foundation of our sound is deeply rooted in reggae music; and ROOTS REGGAE is what we play...with heavy infusions of dub and touches of funk, rock and modern Jamaican influences. With reggae music, authenticity combined with solid musicianship is essential, and this is what Railtown Sound System delivers. Our music is tight but raw, original yet inline with reggae tradition, and smooth but highly energetic. The feel and delivery invoke the rich textures of the Pacific Northwest; adventurous, exhilarating and organic. Socially conscious lyrics flow through the charismatic melodies of front man Sugah Candiah, backed by the soothing harmonies of Rachel Strobl. Reg Wilford and Paul Ryan lay down the rhythm and bass foundation while Matt Doctor (guitar), Brian Battaile (keys) and Greg Kelly (keys) layer on the lead lines, skanking, bubble and dub delays from the 1970's space echo to round out the traditional, organic and analog roots sound.


Rocksteady Collective Multimedia Musical Showcase at VICTORIA SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL XVIII (All Ages/Licensed)
Odd Fellows Hall
Fri. June 16th 9pm
$15+ advance
The Rocksteady Collective Multimedia Arts Exhibition returns!

Note: Rocksteady Collective Exhibition Launch Party feat. Culinary arts from chef Eric Holden, 5pm-7pm @ Odd Fellows Hall (1315 Douglas)

Come down to Odd Fellows Hall (1315 Douglas) for an amazing night of music in an incredibly intimate environment, surrounded by the art of a plethora of the community's finest visual art from artists like Francis Dick, Verse, Sean 'Flynch' Behnsen, and many more. Providing the soundtrack on this opening night party are Vancouver dub-reggae sensations, RAILTOWN SOUND SYSTEM. After an incredible performance at this year's St. Patrick's Day throwdown at Lucky Bar, we knew we had to bring them back for another round. Let the deep dub reggae of Railtown seep into your bloodstream, as it moves and relaxes you to your core.

Victoria rockers EVERYBODY LEFT will be joining Railtown to provide an extra burst of high-octane energy. The bands tight grooves and ferocious playing is sure to get you jumping on a Friday night. Joining these two amazing bands is another west coast master of music, OSTWELVE. Ostwelve wears many hats - actor, writer, community organizer, graphic designer - but on this night, he's ready to rap. His dense, nimble, thoughtful rhymes are sure to be one of the festival's highlights. This is an incredible night of music that cannot and should not be missed!

This event is ALL AGES and FULLY LICENSED (19+)