The band you’ve known as Mobadass is now known as The Steadies! Same great band, same wicked style, but poppa’s got a brand new name.

The Steadies take the explosively popular Top 40 sound and mix it with rocksteady and reggae influences, creating what they’ve dubbed, “island rock.” No matter your mood, The Steadies pick you up and carry you to the beach in your mind, the club in your dreams, the place you go to clear your head and dance. It’s a scene where rumbling fault lines rip open the dance floor, and the only thing that keeps you from falling over is the gravitational pull of the steady beat. The Steadies aren’t invited to the party --- they are the party.

The Steadies’ frontman Earl Pereira got his rock n’ roll pedigree as a founding member of the highly successful Canadian band Wide Mouth Mason, who had three gold records, three Juno nominations, and a host of other accolades and awards. Pereira has toured the world, playing over 3000 shows and opening for iconic artists like The Rolling Stones, Alanis Morissette, AC/DC, and Nelly Furtado. He was named one of Canada’s top bass players by Canadian Music Magazine and has been featured on MTV, Muchmusic, and the Ryan Seacrest Show, as well as in publications like Rolling Stone Magazine and The National Post. The Steadies’ established line up also includes Trinidadian guitar prodigy, Justin 'Juice' Lee and drum phenom Lex Moon.

Hitting the ground running, demand for The Steadies is already high with 100 shows booked a year the past 3 years. The Steadies have played with talent such as The Wailers, Ziggy Marley, Bedouin Soundclash, K-OS, and many more. They were showcased at the 2010 Winter Olympics and The Grey Cup and have performed countless festivals across Western Canada including Victoria Skafest, Vancouver Fusion Fest, Calgary Reggaefest, Sask Jazzfest, Regina Summer Invasion, Keowna Center of Gravity and more.

The band recently released their second full-length album Love Revolution digitally world-wide in July 2016.



Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Sun. June 26th 14:00
Victoria's 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival Closing Day FREE Show
Trish (Backed by Phonosonics), Parayhyba Ska Jazz Foundation, DonKristobal, The Steadies, Buddy Jay's Jamaica Jazz Band, Young Royal
Sunday, June 26, 2022 @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour),
Doors @ 2pm, FREE, All-ages

In the spirit of community and bringing together through music that birthed Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival, we always try to close a festival with a fresh, world-class lineup that allows everyone to find something new and access music they might never have a chance to see. We are always looking to open up new musical avenues for our audiences and this year is no different. Headlining our closing day is Toronto reggae/R&B songstress TRISH making her festival debut backed by our dear friends PHONOSONICS. Armed with an incredible falsetto, unique vibe and powerful stage presence, Trish has made a splash on the Canadian music scene through both her solo work and her work with the Juno-nominated Sattalites. With the help of Phonosonics, Trish is sure to close our festival with something special – guaranteed to send the people home with love in their hearts and a smile on their faces.

Our closing Sunday spetacular also brings the return of Brazil's PARAHYBA SKA JAZZ FOUNDATION. The supremely dynamic 7-member group lit up the Inner Harbour the last time they made it up here. They've proven themselves as keepers of traditional Jamaican jazz sounds with an emphasis on strong jazz aesthetic. Their shows are showcases of ska and reggae classics, played with colourful energy and a deep, abiding respect for the art of ska music. Joining the party is big-time reggae outfit from Colombia, DONKRISTOBAL. Making well-crafted reggae that draws equally from traditional and current inspirations with splashes of things like jazz and Bolero, DonKristobal uses to music to commune with the audience as he sings his songs of inspiration and love. A firm believer in the power of music, DonKristobal has worked extensively with youth in his home Medellín.

We are so excited to welcome back one of our favourite bands working in Canada today as THE STEADIES make a triumphant return to the main stage to help us round out another year of celebrating musical community. Ska, reggae, soul, funk, straight-up rock – it doesn't matter what The Steadies are doing because when they're on stage you know it's going to be played with serious skill and sexy, smooth style. Wether you've seen them before or you're experiencing them for the first time – The Steadies at the Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest on the main stage under the afternoon sky is a show you definitely do not want to miss. BUDDY JAY'S JAMAICAN JAZZ BAND is also on the bill for this free closing day celebration. Playing well-crafted original music that touches on ska, dub, reggae, rocksteady and calypso with a deep abiding respect for the roots of the music, there's no one doing it like Buddy Jay and the crew right now. With 8 members banging out the tunes, their sound is big and draws music-lovers of all kinds in. We're also very stoked at the return of our friend and one of the most knowledgable selectors we've ever encountered, YOUNG ROYAL, as he keeps the crowd hopping between bands. Come join us as we close out our 23rd year and take the first steps into the summer!