Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Main-Stage Closing show! @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Sun. June 23rd 2pm - 10pm Free
*This show is FREE, fully licensed and all-ages!*
We figured to help us wind down one of our most musically diverse lineups to date, we'd shut down Ship Point for Year 20 by giving the festival Massive something of a musical sampler platter, and hit as many of those sonic satisfaction spots as we could. Making his Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest debut and headlining the night is New Zealand electronic reggae emprersario ISAAC CHAMBERS. Fusing soulful reggae and hip-hop with electronic flourishes and deft live instrumentation, Isaac Chambers creates luscious, engaging rhythms to get you moving and back in touch with your funky inner child. He and his band of musical friends are sure to close down this years' main stage in seriously groovy style.
When a musical legend keeps whispering to you about a band, you kind of have to listen. That's how we found THE SCOTCH BONNETS – thanks to the constant insistence from David Hillyard of The Slackers. The Baltimore crew plays some of the bounciest punk-reggae tunes going today and are sure to be a shot in our arms on day 5, as we're all dragging just a little bit. Heating things up before The Scotch Bonnets is one of Canada's hottest purveyours of groove, BOOGÁT. Fresh off a Juno nomination for Best World Music album for his phenomenal San Cristobal Baile In, Boogát is setting the music world on fire with his powerfully funky mix of hip-hop, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton. The Quebec City native, born to immigrant parents from Mexico and Paraguay, sings in French and Spanish, paying homage to his whole, rich musical heritage. Getting things kicked off for our main stage closing showcase is inarguably one of the straight-up smoothest bands Vancouver Island has ever produced, Nanaimo's BOOMSHACK. The festival favourites are guaranteed to get your feet moving while concurrently soothing your soul with their warm, funky grooves.
Leroy Sibbles, Erica Dee LIVE, Phonosonics, DJ Abel @ Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest 20! @ Distrikt
Sun. June 23rd 9pm - 1am $17.50 - $25 advance
What would Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest 20 be without a performance from at least one of reggae music's most legendary vocalists and contributors? LEROY SIBBLES of the Heptones returns for a very special and intimate show at Distrikt to close out this landmark year of the festival. Ever since he started singing with the Heptones as a teenager more than 50 years ago, Leroy Sibbles' has consistently and rightly been considered one of the genre's most talented, expressive vocalists. Not only an insanely soulful singer, Sibbles' contributions to rocksteady and reggae music can be felt as a top-flight bass-player and producers. We are so excited to have this titan of Jamaican music closing out our 20th year. He will be backed by Victoria's own rocksteady powerhouse PHONOSONICS, who will be playing a special set of their own to open the night.
Playing before Sibbles for this Sunday night extravaganza is ERICA DEE LIVE. After an electric show at Lucky Bar this past fall and a highlight set at last year's festival before Culture, we knew we had to bring her back to help us round out the year in style. Singer, rapper, producer, teacher, community activist, Erica Dee has used her skills and talents to build musical community wherever she goes. Her tastes and influences are vast and her music is a reflection of that diversity. She'll be bringing some musical backup for a special live band performance that promises to be equal parts groovy and soulful. One of Vancouver's most notable dancehall selectors, DJ ABEL will be keeping booties and hips moving throughout the night in between live sets from the bands.