Canada's Best Coast will be celebrating in Pomp and Pride Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Ship Point Inner Harbour here in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada when TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS makes his long awaited return to Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival XVII. It's been four years since the last time Toots and the Maytals graced our marquee stage at Ship Point in Victoria's Inner Harbour and we couldn't be more proud to bring him to our Ska & Reggae family! Toots Hibbert was there at the forefront of the cultural movement that birthed ska and reggae culture. For more than a half century Toots has remained one of reggae's great ambassadors, his earthy voice one of the most recognizable in the music's history. His catalogue of classic songs, including "Monkey Man," "5446 That's My Number" and "Funky Kingston," remain staples of reggae music, guaranteed to paint a smile across the face of all who hear them. His last visit to the Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest was a show for the ages and this year promises to be even bigger!
Joining Toots and the Maytals will be Grand Prairie's reggae kings Tasman Jude, funky Victoria mischief makers The Leg-Up Program and Comox Valley beat digger Mt. Eliah. In their short lifespan Tasman Jude has established themselves as one of Canada's most important reggae acts, ambassadors and protectors of the culture that we all love so much. The Leg-Up Program is one of Victoria's funnest acts and will provide a blast of energy with their huge wall-of-sound approach to funk and hip-hop. Mt. Eliah will be providing the beats and music in between sets with his crowd-pleasing blend of world-beat rhythms and bouncy electronic grooves.
Early bird tickets on sale now on ticketweb.ca. Hard copy tickets on sale soon at various locations:
Victoria - Jupiter, Lyle's Place, Victoria Tourist Centre
Vancouver - Highlife Records, Red Cat Records, Beat Street Records
Nanaimo - Fascinating Rhythms
Duncan - Area 51
Toots And The Maytals (Reggae/Soul/Ska/Funk)
Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, the leader of the group, was born in May Pen in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He was the youngest of seven children. He g... more info
The Leg-Up Program (Soulful Indie LeftCoast)
The Leg-Up Program is a collaboration of Victoria artists.
Formed in late 2013 to fill-in for a local block party, The Leg-Up Program tore the roof off with their hip hop funk rock soul orchestra and musical collective with approximately 17+ members who contribute to their huge sound. Made up of members from many other local bands, the collectiv... more info
Tasman Jude (Reggae)
Who says the prairies can’t breed great reggae bands? Certainly not Tasman Jude, who hail from Grande Prairie, Alberta, and are one of the most exciting young talents in the Canadian reggae scene today. Initially founded by Caleb Hart and Al Peterson in 2013, the union quickly evolved, drawing in Derek E Wilde and Bethany Earle and soon released ... more info
At its core, good music is all about community—about bringing people together. Ben Howells, aka Mt. Eliah, has been creating musical communities on the West Coast for years. As co-producer of the Atmosphere Gathering festival, Project Intent (a community and environmentally-focused crowd-funding program) and being one third of Vancouver Island’... more info