The Black Seeds (Easy Star Records) are one of Canada's the most beloved reggae bands from New Zealand. Their music is an irresistible blend of reggae with funk, soul, Afro-beat and other worldbeat sounds. The Black Seeds are no strangers to Canada's west coast. The Black Seeds were one of the featured acts at Victoria's 11th Annual Ska Festival and now six years later, the band is making its triumphant return to the Fest! In the time since their last appearance here, The Black Seeds have established themselves as one of the most consistent reggae acts in the world, playing festivals and headlining shows around the globe.
They'll be joined by Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra who are one of North America's premier ska orchestras. The band brings together the best West Coast ska, reggae, and jazz musicians of the last 20 years – to pay tribute to The Skatalites, the extremely influential Jamaican band that has been credited for inventing ska and paved the way for rocksteady and reggae. The band features past and present members of Hepcat, The Aggrolites, Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Debonaires and more + guest musicians from regional bands TBA.
Providing support to this Ska & Reggae spectacular will be a trio of incredible diverse West Coast acts. SweetLeaf will be bringing their hazy roots reggae to the stage in front of their hometown brethren. There's been a long and fruitful relationship between the homies in SweetLeaf and the Victoria Ska Society and we couldn't be more proud of how far these cats have come. LOVEcoast will be bringing their relentlessly sweet soulful pop sounds to the Ship Point stage. Our friends over at 91.3 The Zone honoured the soul rockers recently by naming them Zone's Band of the Month for April 2016 - a well-deserved honour for their accessible and groovy sounds. Last but certainly not least, DJ Dubconcious, one of the West Coast's foremost authorities on all things reggae (Though he recently left us for a new home in Nelson!), will be helping us get down between the live sets with his learned blend of the finest electronic riddims in the land.
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The Black Seeds (Reggae/Funk/Ska/Dub)
“Best Soul Album of 2009” -Dennis Cook of Jambase.com (U.S.A) - Jan. 10’
Originating from Wellington, New Zealand, The Black Seeds have carved out their reputation through platinum selling albums, a masterful 8-piece live show, and a unique sound that fuses infectious grooves and melodies with undiluted roots music. With numerous European fe... more info
Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra
Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra is the world’s premier Jamaican Jazz Orchestra. At a “standard” performance, there are more than 20 world-class jazz musicians. Featuring past and present members of bands like Hepcat, the Aggrolites, Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Expanders, and many others, WSTKO have carved themselves out a wholly unique sp... more info
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 ... more info
Since their inception in 2013, Lovecoast has been delivering a new sound that won't go unnoticed. Their blends of old soul, fresh pop and infectious beats has landed them on line-ups such as Pemberton Music Festival 2015 and Juno Fest 2016. 'Chasing Tides,' the band's 5 song EP produced by Juno nominated Tom Dobrzanski (Hey Ocean, Said the Whale, W... more info
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DJ Dubconscious has come to represent both the east and the western coast of Canada. Born in Toronto & raised on the jungle & drum’n’bass sounds permeating the city in the late 90s & early 2000s, he developed a taste for hard beats drenched in reggae vibes. has appeared at numerous music festivals including BC's Shambhala, Bass Coast, Diversity... more info