Almost two decades gone, but as fresh as ever in our minds, the 90s were the decade ska music took centre stage on the global music scene. As a new crop of bands were inspired by the sounds of Jamaica and blended them with the sounds of punk, hip-hop and alt rock, ska music was firmly planted into our collective musical consciousness. Few bands at the vanguard of that movement left an impression as lasting as that left by So-Cal legends, NO DOUBT. One of the best, most fun tribute bands you're going to see around these parts, DOUBTLESS pays tribute to this truly iconic bands of the 90s.
Comprised of members of the some of Vancouver Island's coolest bands – LoveCoast, Dope Soda, Timebenders and Fox Glove – DOUBTLESS plays the songs of No Doubt with a unwavering sense of fun and palpable love for the classic originals. After debuting at Victoria Ska & Reggae Festive night, is our good friend TECSTYLEZ. One of the city's most reliable connoisseurs of groove, TecStyleZ always has something ready to get you moving. al in 2018, and laying down two blistering performances up Island earlier this summer, we are stoked to welcome back this incredible band.
The 90s weren't just a time for ska music though. West Coast hip-hop is indelibly linked to the decade as much as the bouncy sounds of ska and there might be no better keepers of that energy and that sound than Victoria's very own ILLVIS FRESHLY. Combining old-school hip-hop flavours, dope MCing, live instruments and big west coast bass, Illvis Freshly is rapidly building a small empire of loyal followers. As they grow and spread their name far and wide – playing festival slots around the continent, rocking headlining shows around western Canada and releasing a string of lights-out singles and albums – hometown shows back in Victoria each always feel a little more special than the last. This Saturday night is looking to be another in a line of unforgettable shows from the hometown heroes. Joining us for the party, holding things down on the wheels of steel throughout the night is our good friend TECSYTLEZ. One of the city’s most reliable connoisserus of groove, TecStylez always has something ready to get you moving.
Illvis Freshly (Funky Hip Hop with Live Guitar)
Illvis Freshly is a funky, bass heavy, hip-hop monster. They’ve blended the classic sample heavy hip hop sound of the 90s with live rock n roll, guitar, rapping, and turntablisim. The two MCs, Danimal House and Doc Zoo, bring high energy, raw, and unforgiving lyrics with crazy flows and a wide variety of content and themes. DJ Mt Doyle is always ... more info
Originally from Toronto, this Victoria transplant didn't waste any time after his arrival in establishing himself as a DJ with an impeccable ear and deep love for music. With his roots in spinning hip-hop, down-tempo beats and reggae, TecStyleZ is the perfect sonic addition to the west coast, where the sounds he plays with feel so at home. When hom... more info