Raw, timeless and dynamic, Erica Dee offers playful melodies over energetic rhythms with a magnetic presence. Having Funk and Soul ingrained in her roots, Dee brings a captivating performance honoring the world’s best old and new hip-hop. This Vancouver based vocalist, DJ, writer and producer has been carving out her own path in the music industry for over a decade. Having supported and toured with Artists such as: Mos Def, Quest Love, Mr. Carmack, Collie Buddz, LiL Kim, and Beats Antique, while holding a residency at Canada’s Top Electronic Festival, Shambhala Music Festival.
Erica’s diversity and musical capabilities have taken her all over the world, From Brazil to Israel to Europe. She has an infectiously warm personality, which can be felt by the way she lives through her heart and centers her passion for authenticity in her music. Dee has had the opportunity to collaborate with and be mentored by Renowned Grammy Award Winner Jerry Wonder (The Fugee’s), electronic producer Lorin Bassnectar and multi instrumentalist Mr. Carmack. Her first release in 2011, “ Golden Mixtape ” is a mix of remixes and original, focusing around 90’s R&B, classic Hip Hop and house. She also released her Debut Album New Skies in 2016 with Berlin’s homegrown label Long Lost Relatives. New Skies is a raw broken down delivery of Erica’s songwriting and voice and has evolved into a series of club remixes.
Throughout her career, Dee has performed in an array of musical roles; supporting other artists as their DJ and vocalist, as well as in her own solo performances. More recently Erica has begun facilitating voice workshops and youth music camps, combining all of her experience and training to inspire humans all over the world to express their own unique voice. You could find Erica Dee with a trio singing jazz standards in New York, or at an electronic underground club in Berlin. Wherever you find her you will not be disappointed.
Elements of Hip Hop Workshop/Open Panel Discussion @ Vic Theatre
Fri. June 22nd 12:30pm - 3:30pm doors at 12noon
On August 11th, 1973, the world was changed forever.
Learn about the roots of Hip-hop with Que Rock and the Ready to Rock Crew as they discuss life in The Bronx in the 1970s, the art forms that were created through shaping what was available, and the roles and responsibilities of hip-hop artists as they provide a face of the culture to the world. They’ll teach you about the pioneers, the connections between the four main elements, and the healing effects that allowed people with nothing to create one of the most diverse and rich cultures on the face of the planet. In addition to the main elements, Que Rock will discuss his Indigenous American roots, and how many of the practices of his culture integrated with hip-hop.
Following the presentation from the Crew, learn about the intricacies of DJing with a presentation from London-based DJ Jimi Needles, which will be followed by an open-panel discussion featuring Chali 2na, founder of Ozomatli and Jurassic 5, and other key innovators of Canada's west coast hip hop culture, including Erica Dee, Degree One, and Ostwelve.
Culture's 40th Anniversary of TWO SEVENS CLASH @ Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest XIX @ Capital Ballroom
One of the titans of the roots reggae movement, CULTURE has withstood the test of time and remains one of the genres most powerful and enduring acts. Staying true to their name Culture's music is dedicated to social, political and spiritual messages.
2018 finds the bands celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal album “Two Sevens Clash.” Sounding unlike any other roots reggae records of its time, the album found Culture pushing the roots sound forward as they experimented with big-band swing, funk and and hints electronic music. Hailed as one of roots reggae's true masterpieces, “Two Sevens Clash” is as vibrant as ever with its pleas for justice, calls for peace and deep sense of joy resonating as much now as they did 40 years ago.
Fuelled largely by the intensely passionate vocal delivery of leader Joseph Hill, the group is rightly viewed as one of the foremost bearers of reggae music and Rastafarian culture, spreading their message around the globe over four decades. Though the group tragically lost Joseph Hill in 2006 after a show in Berlin, his son KENYATTA HILL, who had been working with the band as a sound engineer, stepped up to fill the gaping void left by his late father. The fires that started over four decades ago are as strong, as important as ever. Come celebrate one of reggae music's landmark achievements with us.
CALEB HART & THE ROYAL YOUTHS will be providing direct support to Culture on this very special night. One of the west coast's finest reggae bands, this incredible group of musicians is tending the roots of reggae music here on the coast, helping further prove that the reggae spirit transcends borders and can flourish anywhere.
Making her Ska & Reggae Festival debut on this night is the powerful ERICA DEE. Dee's diverse talents combined with a deep knowledge of and passion for an endless array of genres make her sets dynamic musical journeys that are as unpredictable as they are satisfying.
Holding things down between sets will DJ ROSSCO, one of Vancouver's most renowned Afrobeat DJs. The Nigerian-born DJ wasted little time in making his mark on the west coast as a go-to for some of the finest in Afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop and trap beats.