Donkristobal, a Colombian paisa artist, in his lyrics and melodies reflects a fusion of pleasant and difficult thoughts that navigate in a sea of apparent tranquility, his lived experiences are the inspiration to compose and surprise us musically. Maturing, seeing the beard grow and fearlessly revealing the passage of time, sees freedom in music and this mixture of sensations, presenting them in a sound inspired by the flavor of Cuba with the cadence of Jamaica. His characteristic sound, is sophisticated, elegant and rich, inspired by bohemian nights in New York and the stories and stars of Cuba and Jamaica, a base of Reggae fused with Jazz, Bolero, Urban.

His debut album allowed him to get in touch with the youth of the Medellin metropolitan area and share his music and personal experiences in different Educational Institutions, demonstrating that good music is still alive, strong and close to home. He has participated in several national and international festivals, such as Vive Latino 2018 (Mexico), Rock al Parque 2018 (Colombia), Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest 2017 (Canada), Reggae Session 2016 (Peru). DonKristobal has also collaborated and shared the stage with Ky-Many Marly, Los Cafres, Cultura Profetica, Dread Mar I. There may be quite a few people keeping real reggae alive these days but few are doing with the passion and flair of DonKristobal.


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!