Our FREE SHOW for July 2nd offers some of the best in international reggae and ska music. There is no better way to spend the day after Canada Day in Victoria than with ska and reggae music. Colombia's Providencia and Isreal's Zvuloon Dub System will be featured along with our own Downtown Mischief as well as Brass Action from Vancouver. Keep the summer going and enjoy some of the best music in town. This free and family friendly event is part our mandate to keep ska music accessible to all-ages.
From Medellin, Colombia, Providencia have been playing their punk and latin-infused reggae since 2001. They have performed at many of the country’s largest music festivals and have worked hard to strengthen the country’s independent music scene. In 2009 they received the Subterrania award for Best Reggae Group, and show no sign of stopping. This 6-piece are full of international energy and will surely be one of the surprise highlights of the festival.
Zvuloon Dub System
Zvuloon Dub System have established themselves as Israel's premier reggae band. The universal messages of roots and reggae music is strong with this group. Their tight vocals and authentic rhythms are great for old and new reggae fans alike. They sing in both English and Amharic have been rocking audiences since 2006. Bringing a true international flair, Zvuloon Dub Soundsystem are ready to rock the Ska Fest stage!
Bringing in some funk and jazz to the Victoria Ska Fest, Downtown Mischief storm the stage with an energy and passion matched by few. Smooth grooves and progressive elements bring up a swell of positive music and good times. Hitting the stage with groups like Jah Cutta, Giraffe Aftermath, and Los Furios, Downtown Mischief will definitely be bringing the party!
The Brass Action
Vancouver’s Brass Action are coming in hard and fast! This energetic and horn-heavy group play a mix of ska, punk, rock, reggae, and whatever else they please. Fans of groups like The Mad Bombers Society and Mighty Mighty Bosstones will love The Brass Action. They’ve mixed it up with The Toasters, Rude City Riot, and The Bone Daddies, and are finally bringing it to the Ska Fest stage.
All Ages/Beverage Garden w/ID. Food Concessions and Merchandise Tents! Single, Double, Harbour and Full Fest Passes on sale now on ticketweb.ca!
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From Medellin, Colombia, Providencia have been playing their punk and latin-infused reggae since 2001. They have performed at many of the country’s largest music festivals and have worked hard to strengthen the country’s independent music scene. In 2009 they received the Subterrania award for Best Reggae Group, and show no sign of stopping. Thi... more info
Zvuloon Dub System (Reggae/Dub/Funk/Jazz)
Zvuloon Dub System brings up-to-date original Reggae that has deep roots in the golden age of Jamaican Reggae (70's and early 80's). Similar to other contemporary Roots bands, ZDS's music is deeply influenced by Funk, Jazz, Rock alongside Jewish and Israeli influences. The sound is flavored by effects and heavy bass that create the deep experience ... more info
Downtown Mischief (Funk/Jazz)
Local bands, Boots of Mischief and DownTown HoeDown, joined forces and became Downtown Mischief. DTM has gone through numerous lineup changes over the past few years, refining their sound and tightening up their overall act along the way. Fronted by two MCs, a singer, and an explosive horn section, DTM blends elements of jazz, funk, and hip hop, me... more info
The Brass Action (Brass Punk)
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The Brass Action is high-energy horn-driven punk at its finest! This 6-piece band brings with it a wide variety of influences and styles to the stage. Be prepared to dance, skank, mosh, sweat, and find out why we're called The Brass Action. more info