Cheko & The Pozitive Rebellion

Born in Mexico City, into a large extended family of musicians, Cheko was immediately immersed in the musical traditions of Mexico. Growing up in Guadalajara, he began playing music at the age of 12 and went on to study classical guitar at the University of Guadalajara school of music. Leaving his formal studies, Cheko began to explore other musical styles and sub-cultures and discovered the trombone and latin ska music in the barrios of his hometown. After playing with numerous bands and honing his skills on the trombone, he united with fellow musicians to form his own reggae band, Skanky Roots, in 1999. After touring, and a fast and furious rise to success, the band disbanded and Cheko began to travel on his own. Working solo and in collaboration, he played in Sayulita, Western Canada, and Europe. Today Cheko finds himself based on Vancouver Island, a well-rounded and multi-talented musician whose projects span a variety of genres; reggae, jazz, funk, folk, African and classical.

Cheko embraces reggae music as the vessel in his journey to express a message of peace, respect and love in this time, and to voice awareness and understanding of our common human struggle in this Babylon system. From his Skanky Roots in Guadalajara, Mexico to recent work in Canada with The Lion Rockers Cheko has grown into his own over the years colaborating internationally with an eclectic collection of ska, funk and reggae bands, such as los rastrillos, La Yaga, Monte Bong, Pablo´s Magic Carpet, Jah Coco the Confessions, Ali & the Budz, as well as sharing the stage with international reggae greats like Israel vibration, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, The Skatilites, Cultura Profetica, Los Cafres and more.


Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Wed. June 22nd 16:00 - 22:00
Victoria's 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival Opening Day FREE Show
Three Houses Down feat. General Fiyah, Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun, Street Pharmacy, Cheko & The Pozitive Rebellion
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour),
Doors @ 4:20pm, FREE, All-ages

How else could we kick off Victoria's 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival other than welcoming one of the biggest, coolest reggae bands in the world to our main stage for a FREE kick-off show? New Zealand's THREE HOUSES DOWN feat. GENERAL FIYAH finally makes their Victoria debut and we could hardly be more excited. A 10-piece reggae powerhouse that features otherworldly harmonies, deeply groovy melodies and a banging brass section, Three Houses Down is a true force live. Just like our festival, the band was born out of family and the connecting power of music. With nearly two decades of delighting ears and recharging souls under their belt, it's about damned time this incredible band hits the Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest stage.

Coming all the way from New Brunswick for their only Vancouver Island date in 2022 is STEPHEN LEWIS & THE BIG BAND OF FUN. The last time Stephen Lewis was here he put on an awesome solo show at Distrikt Nightclub, but this time - with his band beside him under the open sky – underA returning favourite of world-renowned festivals like Glastonbury and Mountain Jam, Stephen Lewis & the Big Band of Fun is a true behemoth of funk that leaves a trail of spent, sweaty bodies wherever they go. With big funky bass, smooth hip-hop, bouncy horns and the of the most engaging stage shows in this galaxy or any other, Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun is going to make you DANCE. We're also stoked on another festival debut as we welcome Ontario's STREET PHARMACY. Established in 2006 by Métis singer, guitarist and primary songwriter, Ryan Guay, Street Pharmacy mixes together the honesty of 90s alternative rock, reggae grooves and lightening fast lyrical flow reminiscent of golden age hip hop to forge a unique blend of reggae-jam rock that has kept their fans enthralled for over a decade. Kicking off our 23rd year with the power of reggae is one Vancouver Islands best keepers of the culture as CHEKO & THE POZITIVE REBELLION hit the stage to get the party started in true reggae style.

Come one, come all, as we join together once again welcome the world to the heart of our beautiful city and celebrate the power of musical community. Everyone is welcome as we kick off what is set to a truly special year indeed.