2016 Lineup First Wave Announced

THE FULL LINEUP FOR VICTORIA SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL XVII IS HERE!



Greetings to all our Ska & Reggae family, far and wide! We reached out last week with the initial
lineup for Victoria's 17th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival and now we're here to present you with the

FULL LINEUP. Everyone here at the Victoria Ska Society is excited to present everyone with one of
our most exciting and diverse instalments of the Festival to date. Once again we've scoured high and
low to bring together a group of artists that span genres and generations, musicians that represent the
soul and community that runs through the Ska & Reggae culture we've worked so hard to cultivate over
these past 17 years.

To kick off our series of marquee shows at historic Ship Point in Victoria's Inner Harbour, we couldn't
be more proud to present TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS. One of the most influential artists to come
out of Jamaica, Toots Hibbert was there at the forefront of the culture that birthed ska and reggae. For
more than five decades, Hibbert has remained a vital and influential ambassador of reggae music and
culture around the globe. It's been four years since Toots and The Maytals last visited and gave us one
of the standout performances in the history of the Festival. This year promises to be another one for the
books.

Joining Toots & The Maytals in headlining shows at Ship Point will be Australian vocal-loop wizard
Dub FX and New Zealand reggae champions The Black Seeds. All of our Inner Harbour shows are all ages and will feature jam-packed lineups to accompany our headliners.

In addition, we're bringing even more talent from around the globe to entertain and demonstrate the
power and reach of reggae culture. Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra (USA) (featuring
members of Hepcat, the Aggrolites and Brian Setzer Orchestra among others) promises to be one of the
most exciting acts of the festival with their blending of classic ska rhythms and big-band bombast. Los
Entangados (Argentina) and their high energy circus ska folk promises to deliver something we've
never seen before and Skarate Kid (Israel) is bringing their Middle East-inspired take on the classic
ska sound. We are also ecstatic to be able to bring you the unique latin ska flair of Orquestra
Brasileira de Jamaicana. This 9-piece powerhouse is guaranteed to leave a last impression on an
unsuspecting audience.

Due to popular demand, we've also reassembled our Amy Winehouse Extravaganza. Featuring
members of the Ballantynes, the Tranzmitors, Boomshack and more, this show highlights the
catalogue of one of the great soul singers of her time and one of pop music's most recognizable icons.
Featuring a special performance by Canada's reigning Queen of Ska, The Fabulous LoLo of the
Kingpins, this very special show is a sure-fire festival highlight.

Being the longest running festival of its kind in North America, Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival has
deep roots not only here in Victoria, but throughout the West Coast and across the country. We are
always aiming to present the finest music our Canadian family has to offer and this year is no different.
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (Victoria) is back from their wandering gypsy adventures to get the
crowd dancing. Tasman Jude (Grand Prairie) is returning to give the people of the west coast the
finest in Canadian roots reggae music. Dope Soda (Nanaimo) and Bocce Avocado (Victoria) will be in
full effect to inject the festivities with an extra dose of fun and weirdness. For those who like their
reggae with some extra bottom end and edge Ninjaspy (Vancouver) is here for all your needs.

Bringing the real Jamaican vibes by way of Montreal, is Juno Award winner Mikey Dangerous, a man
we couldn't be more thrilled to bring back out to the coast. This year's tasty hip-hop vibes will be held
down with the help of the homies in Illvis Freshly (& Friends) (Victoria). The group has established
themselves as a local force over the past year and their show for Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest XVII
promises to be something very special, full of surprise appearances and performances. While the
powerful Mud Funk promises to drop a big dose of hot, steamy soul music.

These are just some of the highlights of our completely stuffed lineup for 2016! Please find the whole
lineup listed below, as well as ticket information and contact details.

 

FULL LINEUP FOR VICTORIA SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL XVII


TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS (Jamaica)

DUB FX (Australia)

THE BLACK SEEDS (New Zealand)

WESTERN STANDARD TIME SKA ORCHESTRA (Los Angeles, USA)

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA (Victoria)

ORQUESTRA BRASILEIRA DE JAMAICANA (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

AMY EXTRAVAGANZA (featuring members of The Ballantynes, The Tranzmitors, Boomshack and more)- (Vancouver/Nanaimo)

MIKEY DANGEROUS (Canada/Jamaica)

DOPE SODA (Nanaimo)

NINJASPY (Vancouver)

THE LEG UP PROGRAM (Victoria)

THE FABULOUS LO LO (of The Kingpins)

BOCCE AVOCADO (Victoria)

ENTANGADOS (Argentina)

ILLVIS FRESHLY (Victoria)

TASMAN JUDE (Grand Praire)

SKARATE KID (Tel, Aviv, Israel)

SWEETLEAF (Victoria)

BLACKBERRY WOOD (Vancouver)

DJ DUBCONSCIOUS (Vancouver)

MUD FUNK (Vancouver)

THE PARTY ON HIGH STREET (Victoria)

BOUSADA (Victoria)

THE SENTIMENTS (Portland, USA)

MORE THAN MAYHEM (Victoria)

MR. FANTASTIK (Vancouver/Ghana)

THE PHONOSONICS (Victoria

MT. ELIAH (Cumberland BC)

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