Stephen Lewis and the BIG Band of Fun

Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun has toured across the globe and taken their BIG FUN to world renowned festivals like Glastonbury (UK), Burning Man (NV), Mountain Jam (on The 1969 Woodstock Music Festival site), The Boomtown Fair (UK), The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (CAN), and dozens of others across Canada, America, and Europe.

In 2020/21 the band made the most of their time away from physical touring with extremely successful live streamed performances. These virtual shows and performance videos exceeded a collective 350,000 + views and included a special Mountain Jam live stream which billed the band directly alongside Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, and Michael Franti. Their efforts during the pandemic also lead to an East Coast Music Association Award and Music New Brunswick Award Nomination for Artist Innovator of the Year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2022, Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun will be returning to the world's stages in a big way with tours and festival dates across the globe including - a return performance at Glastonbury Festival, a massive tour in The United Kingdom with 12+ major festivals plays, major Canadian Festival plays at Hillside Festival, Mariposa Folk Fest, Harvest Music Festival, and Ness Creek Music Festival, and the long awaited return of US touring.

Best described as energetic funk music on steroids, their performance is guaranteed to include BIG jams, BIG smiles, and BIG FUN! Get ready to sing, sweat, and dance with Stephen Lewis & The Big Fun (Duo)!

Shows

Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Wed. June 22nd 16:00 - 22:00
Free
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.