*This show is FREE, fully licensed and all-ages!*
Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival has a bit of a reputation for digging up the musical diamonds and bringing them to our stages for all our Ska & Reggae Massive for our signature free shows and year 20 is no different. Coming up from Portland for their Canadian debut to headline the night are THE BANDULUS. This is a band seeping with soul, playing some of the most luscious ska and reggae tunes you're going to hear anywhere around these parts. We are so excited for them to make their debut with us!
Vancouver's rhythm powerhouse SALSAHALL COLLECTIVE is making the trek across the Strait for the first time and we can tell you, you do not want to miss this band! They opened up for Ozomatli at the Rickshaw this past January and they set the place on fire. Dancehall, salsa, hip-hop – whipped together and delivered with serious fire, Salsahall Collective should be on the must-see list for any serious groove lover this year. Before Salsahall Collective lays down their musical smoothness, another gigantic music-powerhouse (in terms of both size and sound) is making not only their festival debut, but indeed their world debut. THE CAPITAL COLLECTIVE is a veritable ska supergroup, gathering members from some of our favourite local bands – Dope Soda, Bananafish Dance Orchestra, Jon & Roy, Astrocolor, Batuque Axe, Lovecoast...and those are just the ones we know about now! We've heard rumblings of guests and surprises from this very special presentation, so we'll have to wait like everyone else! Kicking things off are our longtime friends THE STEADIES. One of Canada's most engaging reggae acts, it's been too long since The Steadies have been in Victoria and we figured Year 20 was the proper time to fix that. Expect big, warm sounds this whole night and ALL FOR FREE in our beautiful Inner Harbour. You have zero reason to miss this...
And be sure to grab tickets for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies rocking Distrikt with Apex Breaks and Stephen Lewis right after the harbour!
The Bandulus (Ska/Reggae/Soul)
The Bandulus (BAN-DOO-LOOS) are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, a musician from Austin, TX. With the 2006 break-up of his old band Los Skarnales and leaving the Trenchtown Texans, Jeremy decided to venture out on his own and create the traditional ska, reggae, and soul sensation that is The Bandulus.
Their first full length album, Ska.Reggae.Sou... more info
There's been a musical storm gathering on the other side of the Georgia Strait, and the time has come for it to be unleashed on the unsuspecting dancefloors across the land. SALSAHALL COLLECTIVE is a straight-up groove monster, combining the best elements of salsa, dancehall and hip-hop, delivering it all with the power of a brass band. The boasts ... more info
The Capital Collective
To help Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival commemorate 20 years of building true musical community here on the west coast, players from some of the area's favourite bands, past and present – Dope Soda, Leg-Up Program, Lovecoast, Astrocolor, Jon & Roy, Bananafish Dance Orchestra and more – are joining together to bask in their collective love for th... more info
THE STEADIES (dance-rock-reggae)
The band you’ve known as Mobadass is now known as The Steadies! Same great band, same wicked style, but poppa’s got a brand new name.
The Steadies take the explosively popular Top 40 sound and mix it with rocksteady and reggae influences, creating what they’ve dubbed, “island rock.” No matter your mood, The Steadies pick you up and car... more info