Upcoming Events

Victoria BC Ska Society Membership Launch
Odd Fellows Hall
Fri. March 3rd 7:30pm
$10 - $13 advance Ticket Info
Victoria BC Ska Society is happy to present an exciting night of music and visual arts in celebration of our Membership Program Launch at Odd Fellows Hall on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Featured bands will be Sexweather, Zoubi and the Sea & Vic Horvath. Also Victoria BC Ska Society's Rocksteady Collective artists Warren Smith, Leah Craig and Stephie Spring will be featuring some of their newest works!

The new membership program is aimed to get more people involved with everything to do with the Victoria BC Ska Society. Besides being a member of a grassroots organization that is full of fun and soul, members will have the opportunity to attend the Annual General Meeting and vote in the Board of Directors (next meeting is on March 16, 2017). But one of the best parts is that members will always have the opportunities to win free swag, tickets and discounts on future membership events.

Anyone that purchases a ticket to this show may also become a member of the Victoria BC Ska Society. All you'll need to do is sign up in advance or at the door. If you purchase the ticket in advance, we will sign you up in advance so you don't need to do it at the door.

Tickets for this show will be available at Jupiter (619 Johnston Street) or through Tristan Ahern (Event Coordinator).E-mail him at tristan@victoriaskafest.ca

Lucky Bar
Fri. March 17th 9:30pm
$13 early bird/$14.50 regular advance Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
We can't remember the last time we had a St. Paddy's Day show but this year we decided to get in on the action. The combination of Sweetleaf, Railtown Sound System and Party on High Street = fun and enjoyment just by looking at the bill and thinking about the bands' music and personalities. Ska, reggae and funk in all different ways from the first to the last note is what you're in for! But they'll be a lot of dancing and St. Paddy's Day cheer as well!

Tickets on sale Friday, December 9th on ticketweb.ca. Only $13 early bird advance! Hard copies on sale before Christmas at Lyle's Place, Jupiter, & Vinyl Envy.

NEW SOUND TOUR 2017 - St. Paddy's Day Weekend with
Venue Vancouver BC
Sat. March 18th 6:30pm - 10:30pm doors at 6pm
$22 - $25 advance Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
While 2016 has been a year to mourn many of our greatest musicians, today we you bring news of joy and redemption! Without further delay, Victoria BC Ska Society is thrilled to announce the return of SAVE FERRIS from Los Angeles, California! Save Ferris will be embarking on their first North American tour since 2002 to accompany their brand new EP that hits the streets in January 2017! The New Sound Tour 2017 will touch down in Vancouver at VENUE on Granville Street just in time for St. Paddy's Day Weekend on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Save Ferris (which is in fact a reference to the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off) has undergone constant change in their 20 year history. Despite going through various supporting members over the years and a long hiatus after the band's 2003 album, the band's fearless leader and lead singer Monique Powell has found a way to keep the band together and give their fans hope for a bright future.

Starting in November 2015, Save Ferris began a Pledge Music campaign to help support both their new EP and full length album. To date the campaign has had been a huge success already reaching 151% of its goal with more than 2 months until the release of their new EP. Supporters of Save Ferris' pledge campaign and those that have heard snippets of the album will enjoy the selections. Overall the songs are melodic, crisp and catchy. Credit here also must be given to John Avila of Oingo Boingo who produced it. Notably the album features two-tone ska legend Neville Staple (formerly of The Specials).

Save Ferris' first shows out of the gate in 2016 have been huge successes. After headlining the Pepsi Ska Festival in Mexico City this past summer, the band recently opened a pair of shows for Gwen Stefani at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Shortly before those appearances they played at the Santa Monica Pier to over 7000 people in mid October 2016. Now they are getting ready to co-headline the Mari Berdanska Festival in Indonesia with Aoteorea's all Maori reggae stars - Katchafire.

Join the excitement and celebrate St. Paddy's Day Weekend with Save Ferris - Sat. March 18th at VENUE in Vancouver.

Special early bird Pre-Sale for Members of the Victoria BC Ska Society November 15 - 17, 2017
Tickets on sale to the general public on Friday, November 18, 2017 at 9am.

Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Wed. June 14th 4:05pm
$179.50 Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
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!

JUPITER VIP entrance provides the following:

Guaranteed entrance to all festival events at all venues (including Rocksteady Collective presentations) up to one hour before the event ends

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.

@  Ship Point Inner Harbour
Wed. June 14th 4pm
$129.50 Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
This ticket gains you admission to all marquee ticketed events for the festival. Space will be reserved for Full Fest Passholders for 30 minutes after listed door time. Patrons must arrive on time to ensure admission to any ticketed events using this pass.

This pass does not provide entry into any of the festival's Rocksteady Collective venues.

Other restrictions may apply.



Festival line-up subject

to change. No refunds or exchanges.

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* Note this pass is restricted to those 19yrs plus because it includes entrance into festival venues that have that restriction. However the festival's main outdoor venue at Ship Point Inner Harbour 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 are free with accompanying adult when applicable.

Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Fri. June 16th 4 - 10
$29.50-$32.50 Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
Tarrus Riley with Dean Fraser & Blak Soil Band

Affectionately known as “Mr. Singy Singy” for his rich, sublimely full vocals, Riley has racked up awards around the globe, releasing a stream of albums that tap into the rich tradition of Jamaican music while always bringing something new and exciting to the mix. Internationally recognized as one of the new torch-bearers of roots reggae music, Riley's music is powered by the sun-drenched vibes and positively engaging lyrics of the best reggae. In Riley's songs there is comfort, power and strength. Songs like “Shaka Zulu Pickney,” and “Marcus Garvey” work to inspire and educate the African diaspora, while songs like “She's Royal” and “Cool Me Down” are here to cool things down for the lovers in the audience. Joining Tarrus Riley and The Blak Soil Band is legendary Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser. Through his solo work, work with acts like Sly & Robbie, Luciano and now Tarrus Riley, Fraser has established himself an incredible secret weapon in any reggae arsenal. With something for every stripe of reggae listener, the mighty Tarrus Riley with Dean Fraser and The Blak Soil Band promise to deliver one of the most engaging and uplifting sets during their Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest debut!

Kicking off the festivities will be Batuque Axé, the blistering 12-piece backing band for Capoeira troupe Axé Capoeira, who will be in full force, demonstrating the beauty of the Brazilian martial art. They have lit up stages over the years with driving rhythms, beautiful melodies and captivating performances of traditional Brazilian dances and the Afro-Brazilian martial-art, Capoeira.

Fri. June 16th 9
$25-$29.50 Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
After one of last year's highlight performances under the stairs at Ship Point in the Inner Harbour, The Black Seeds are returning to get Sugar Nightclub rocking – a rare chance to see the dub reggae heroes up-close-and-personal!
The Black Seeds are proof that the beating heart of reggae lies with the people, from whichever nation or part of the world they call home. For nearly two decades, The Black Seeds have been putting in the work and channeling the sound of that beating heart. Formed in 1998 while guitarist/vocalist Barnaby Weir was working at Radio Active, an independent radio station in Wellington, New Zealand. Weir was one of a very small number of DJs at the station regularly spinning Jamaican-rooted music. In short time, just spinning the music wasn't enough and it was time to play it themselves. Since then, The Black Seeds have established themselves as not only one of New Zealand's most recognizable bands but as one of the faces of the global reggae movement. Recording and practicing inside a former karate dojo that's been dubbed “The Surgery Studio” by the band's engineer, The Seeds have honed their sound into a sleek, smooth reggae weapon of fun, touring regularly around North America and Europe. Having countless shows and five – soon to be six – albums their belt, the group has mastered their dub reggae foundations, giving them the perfect canvass to splash with funk, soul, blues and straight-ahead rock and roll.

Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Sat. June 17th 2pm - 10pm
$29.50-$32.50 Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
This is a special one for all our family out there in the Skankster's Paradise.

Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society favourites Mad Caddies headline a night to remember at the Inner Harbour. The band is as sharp and fun as ever, even after two decades. “It’s incredible. I really never thought we’d go for 20 years. I don’t want to sound clichéd but it’s been a long, strange trip for sure,” lead singer Chuck Robinson told the VBCSS's Blake Morneau during their last festival visit. “We’re so lucky to be able to keep doing this. We’re really thankful and grateful to the fans who still come out to have a good time.” The ongoing success of the Mad Caddies is a triumph, tempered by the specific humbleness and gratitude that comes from an understanding of and respect for the artist/fan relationship. The Mad Caddies aren't rockstar divas. They are lovers of the music, and even though they're creators, they're still fans and likely in the crowd with the rest of our Ska & Reggae family.

Joining the Caddies on this ska-spectacular are Easy Star Records champions and modern reggae warriors, The Skints. The UK quartet combines so many facets of the reggae family tree – dub, ska, two-tone, punk, dancehall, hip-hop – as to create an entirely unique, wildly unpredictable style. With dynamic male/female harmonies and grimy rapid-fire dancehall raps, the Skints paint vivid sonic portraits of hard city life in London over top of sunny dub reggae with way more heavy bottom end than they have any right to use.

Representing that sunny ska hotbed of Long Beach, California are Skunk Records trio Perro Bravo. From his work as a original member of Sublime – he's responsible for the lead vocals on the band's cover of “Scarlet Begonias,” and remained a producer for the band until its end – to his founding of the Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Happoldt has repeatedly proved his catchy, sun-soaked mettle. Formed in 2010, Perro Bravo is upholding that strong tradition of skank-friendly reggae-tinged music.

Over-stuffing an already jam-packed bill are rowdy Victoria hip-hop quartet, Illvis Freshly. With a firmly old-school vibe, couched in an aggressively bouncy EDM sound, the quartet of mischief makers has been rocking bodies and making people bounce all around British Columbia, including a highlight performance at last years Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest. With the release of last year's Illenials – a party-ready rocker of an album that features fellow Festival performer Caleb Hart – Illvis Freshly further cemented their place as one of the most unique and exciting acts to emanate from Vancouver Island in a long time.

Sat. June 17th 9pm
$17.50-$20-$22 Ticket Info  Buy Tickets Online 
A special night for all our those true reggae lovers among us. The only MIKE LOVE makes his Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest debut! If you haven't heard about Mike Love, now is the time to learn yourself a thing or two about one of the most important forces in the current reggae climate. In these troubled, frantic times, Love's music is a salve for humanity. Songs like “Penniless” and “I Love You” tackle societal ills and general love respectively, showing the range of Love's inspiration. This deeply inspired love for humanity and the Earth is buoyed by incredible guitar work and Mike Love's saccharinely sweet voice. The combination of positivity and top-tier musicianship has won Love fans all over the world, winning him appearances at Cali Roots, Wanderlust, the Montreal Jazz Fest and, at long last, Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest!

Joining Mike Love in this celebration of reggae are California's BURNT. For 15 years now, California's BURNT have been soldiers in the struggle to keep real roots reggae alive and well on the west coast, with an eye always forward, looking for new ways to evolve and add to the traditions of the music they love so much. With their passion for soulful melodies, bass-heavy riddims and lyrics that deal with both parties and politics, BURNT have become beloved west coast reggae favourites, exciting the reggae massive up, down and all around our beloved coast.