ReggaeFest News and Upcoming Events
ReggaeFest 2014 News
- Artiste applications are now closed for ReggaeFest 2014. Thank you to all of those that applied. If selected you will be contacted by our Selection Committee by March 31, 2014.
- THANK YOU to everyone that helped to make ReggaeFest 2013 - ReggaeFest X a huge success!!! What an amazing way to celebrate 10 years!
- ReggaeFest happens the third week in August each year.
- Project ROAR was a great success! The team was in Portland, Jamaica from Feb 20-24, 2012 to help build a Resource Centre for the Windsor Forest Primary School. A HUGE THANK YOU to all who donated to help this awesome cause! Photos are now posted on the Festival Society page. Check them out to see how your donations helped make a difference!
- ReggaeFest is proud of its connections to the local community and has supported Boy Scouts, Brothers United Soccer Team, Calgary Broncos Athletic Association, Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter, CJSW Radio 90.9 fm, CUSO, Elektra Dance Group, Kids Up Front Foundation, St John Ambulance and various groups with ticket and merchandise donations.
Shout Out! - Leroy Sibbles
Shout Out! - Yaz Alexander
Shout Out! - Ammoye
Shout Out! - The Steadies
Events We Support
The Wailers: 30th Anniversary of "Legend" Tour -- Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon, Banff, AB.
A Fundraiser for Project ROAR
Project ROAR: Calgary ReggaeFest is embarking on a school and community outreach project called Project ROAR (Reach Out And Restore). ReggaeFest has adopted the Windsor Forest Primary School in Portland, Jamaica and will be helping to develop a Resource Centre. The Resource Centre will be used by the school as well as the entire Windsor Forest community.
Please help us to raise the funds needed to complete the Resource Centre.
Are you a Rastagarian?
Calgary ReggaeFest lasts only a few days. Being Rastagarian can last a lifetime.
By its simplest definition, a Rastagarian is a Calgarian who shares the values of Caribbean culture and, specifically, Reggae music.
It's not a religious movement, it's not social commentary, and it's not scary. Rastagarians are the youthful Calgarians of all ages, shapes, sizes and colours who celebrate our city's cultural, social and aesthetic revitalization.
So when you're asked "Are you a Rastagarian?" say "Yes!" It's an invitation to ReggaeFest. Moreover, it's an invitation to participate in the things that help make Calgary a more progressive, culturally rich experience. No strings attached - just food, fun, great music and new experiences.
ReggaeFest 2013 Performers
A former backing vocalist for UK Reggae giant, Pato Banton, Yaz has also worked with the likes of Steel Pulse, Eddie Grant, Dean Fraser and many other luminaries in the Reggae field.
Throughout their career House of David Gang has been known for their uplifting roots rock Reggae sound reminiscent of Kingston, Jamaica's music scene in the late 70's mixed with a modern roots Canadian feel. The band takes its name from The House of David, an after-hours spot on Queen Street West that was a hot spot for artists from the city's burgeoning Rastafarian and Reggae community from the late 80s until the mid 90s. Now with the release of their album "Reggae Warrior" on NuFunk Records, the band continues to pave their own road as Canada's hardest touring Reggae band.
Currently #6 on the Canadian Reggae Music Charts!
Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee and Canadian Reggae Music Award winner from Downsview, Ontario. Wilson was the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and is the cousin of UB40’s Michael Virtue. Known for incorporating jazz and Scottish and English folk influences atop a Reggae foundation, Wilson is a multi-instrumentalist though is perhaps best known for his piano skills.
The singer-songwriter has performed and recorded with UB40, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie, Ernest Ranglin, Pee Wee Ellis, Dave Swarbrick, Ron Sexsmith, The Mighty Sparrow, Percy Sledge, Brinsley Forde (Aswad), David Francey and many more. No other Canadian Reggae artiste has toured as much as Wilson in the past ten years. With intriguing lyrical imagery – mostly culled from moments in history – Wilson presents a uniquely irresistible take on the Jamaican art form.
Created by former members of Montreal's Planet Smashers and Calgary's Mocking Shadows, J.k & the Relays brand of soul-drenched ska is killing packed dance floors night after night and turning heads at every show.
The band released their debut EP, TimebomB! In 2011 and have been touring AB with NYC legends The Slackers!
Dancehall singer Lukie D has been serenading crowds around the world with his unique brand of soulful vibes for two decades. He has collaborated with some of Reggae’s top artistes such as Beenie Man, Lieutenant Stitchie and Gentleman. Lukie D’s latest release, Love Again demonstrates the artiste’s progression and maturity with conscious tracks such as Crying Out and Your Kingdom is Falling.
The album features pop-infused, love ballads such as Wanting You, Young Love and a cover of R&B power ballad No Air with Reggae songstress Me’Lonie.
Bob Marley’s conviction and passion for music unintentionally was passed to the lives of his offspring and has allowed the Marley name to remain relevant amongst the hierarchy of the reggae sound. The Marley surname is synonymous with Jamaican royalty, resonates world-wide recognition and represents the pioneer of a cultural, political and social revolution. Ky-mani Marley is the second youngest of Bob Marley’s eleven children but even though he bore the surname of the legendary reggae icon, his childhood told a different story.
Growing up in inner-city Miami and being exposed to an urban lifestyle, Ky-Mani had no interest in following in the footsteps of his world-famous father, however the seed planted by Bob sprouted in 1997 when he teamed up with hip-hop artiste Pras of the Fugees and collaborated with Eddy Grant on “Electric Avenue.” This would be the defining moment that would see the young Marley picking up the torch lit by his legendary father so many years before.
Ky-Mani’s 20+ year career has been defined by his ability to experiment and combine a diverse range of musical genres and influences making him an international Reggae superstar. His style is underpinned by his classical Reggae pedigree but he is also known for weaving the sounds of hip-hop, soul and jazz throughout his music.
This multi-talented artiste has found success not only in music but on the silver screen as well. He starred in the wildly popular cult classic film “Shottas” alongside fellow artiste Spragga Benz and in 2002, starred in the critically acclaimed film “One Love” alongside Cherine Anderson. 2004 saw Ky-Mani acting alongside Bill Paxton and Orlando Bloom in the Frank Flowers directed film, “Haven.”This year the internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Ky-Mani is on a worldwide tour in support of his sixth full-length studio album “The Evolution of a Revolution” and will celebrate ReggaeFest’s 10th anniversary in Calgary on August 17.
Leroy Sibbles is one of the founders of Reggae music. He is considered a ‘living legend’ by fans and students of Reggae. Born in Kingston, Jamaica Leroy began his career as the lead singer of the rock steady group, The Heptones. While playing with The Heptones, he recorded many classic Reggae tunes including Party Time, Fatty Fatty, Book Of Rules, Baby Be True and Heptones Gonna Fight. Leroy also played an integral role in the creation of many of the famous ‘Studio One’ rhythm tracks frequently sampled and re-recorded today. He wrote and arranged many of the Studio One ‘classics’ as well as played bass and provided harmony.Leroy moved to Toronto in the mid-70's where he lived for 20 years. During his residence, Leroy helped establish Reggae music in Canada and was often described as ‘the Godfather of Reggae in Canada’ and the ‘sweetest singer in the business’. He also released 6 solo albums while residing in Toronto. They are: Now, Strictly Roots, On Top, The Best (Micron Music), Meanwhile (Attic) and Evidence (A&M).
Mello Man: MySpace
Born Cornelius Hibbert from St. Thomas, Jamaica, Mello Man (aka Mr. Sweet Voice) is one of the most authentic Reggae singers in western Canada. Now based in Winnipeg, Mello Man started his singing career in 1989 with the Jah Vibes band at the Black-o-Rama festival’s tribute to Bob Marley. He has toured with many major Reggae artists, such as Third World, Frankie Paul, and Chevelle Franklin. Mello Man is known as one of Canada's best new artists in terms of Lovers' Rock and Roots.
Mello has recently released his debut album entitled Child of the Universe.
Power House Band is a dynamic and diverse multicultural band located in Calgary that plays genres such as R&B, Funk, Ska, Soca, Reggae, and Rock & Roll. Variety is the spice of life with Power House as they perform at weddings, anniversaries, festivals, clubs, stadiums, and private parties, etc. Power House is comprised of world-class musicians that have played with distinguished artistes such as Ras Michael, Sean Paul, Pink, Janet Jackson and many more.
Tony Rebel is a Jamaican Reggae deejay and entrepreneur. His career took off when he worked with Donovan Germain's Penthouse setup in the early 1990s. He had a big hit in 1990 with "Fresh Vegetable", and established a singjay style of delivery and is recognized as one of the few dreadlocked 'cultural' deejays of the ragga era.
In addition to writing and producing 11 full-length albums, Tony Rebel has also put on one of Jamaica’s most notable music festivals. Rebel Salute is a world-class roots Reggae festival that preserves the healthier aspects of Reggae music. Combined with the warm hospitality and abundant culture of the Jamaican people.
Today's ideal artiste is somewhat of a Renaissance person - one who can sing, write, produce and engineer and everything in between. Sadiki fits the bill. Sadiki masterfully combines a wide range of influences from Nat King Cole to Beenie Man and was twice nominated as the “Most Promising Entertainer” in 2007 and 2011 by the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).
As part of Chicago's sizeable Jamaican community Sadiki was exposed to the newest Reggae sounds coming out of Jamaica as well as the cutting edge of Hip-Hop and R&B. Through these influences Sadiki has developed a vocal range and lyrical skills that brings together the best of both worlds. In November 2012, Sadiki released his third solo album “Jah Is The Only King”. The title track from that album is Sadiki’s 3rd #1 on the BBC World Reggae Beat Top 10 Chart.
Elaine Shepherd born in Bahrain, began performing at a young age. Blessed with a confident voice and creative ability, Shepherd is recognized as "the little girl with the big voice," as her iconic tone draws a listener into her world of dramatic presence and passion.
In 2011, Shepherd received a Juno for Reggae Recording of the Year, two awards at the 2011 WCRMA's for Best Female Vocalist, and Single of The Year, and was nominated for Best Female Vocalist, Best Reggae Single, and Artiste of the Year at the 2011 RMAA's.
The Steadies take the explosively popular Top 40 sound and mix it with rock steady and Reggae influences, creating what they’ve dubbed, “island rock.” No matter your mood, The Steadies pick you up and carry you to the beach in your mind, the club in your dreams, the place you go to clear your head and dance.
The Steadies have played over 500 shows including performances with Grammy award-winners The Roots, The Wailers, Collective Soul, Arrested Development, K-OS, Bedouin Soundclash and more. The band has headlined countless festivals across Canada and have showcased at the Winter Olympics, the Grey Cup, and at numerous industry conferences.
Dave Swarbick: Web Site
In 2004 Swarbrick received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in 2006 Fairport Convention received an award for "Liege And Lief", the most influential album of all time, as voted for by the listeners.
In 2010 Swarbrick released ‘raison d’être’, his first solo album for nearly 20 years. Backed by a startling array of guest musicians, including Beryl Marriott, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Kev Dempsey and a Canadian Reggae outfit (The Jason Wilson Band), Swarbrick produced one of the greatest and most innovative albums of his long career. Reviewed in over 20 publications, it received a four star award in Mojo and was described as "truly stunning" by Living Tradition.
Press Release: CALGARY, Alberta Monday, August 12, 2013
ReggaeFest, Calgary Folk Music Festival, and National Music Centre Team Up on "Rebel's Music" Workshop
..... The Calgary International Reggae Festival's tenth anniversary week begins with two spectacular events.
Kicking off the ReggaeFest-ivities on Wednesday August 14, 2013 at 7PM, ReggaeFest, in partnership with the Calgary Folk Music Festival and the National Music Centre (NMC), will host a workshop and performance entitled Rebel's Music: When Folk Meets Reggae. The workshop will feature award-winning Scottish-Canadian Reggae artiste Jason Wilson and legendary English fiddler Dave Swarbrick. Swarbrick and Wilson have teamed up to produce a breathtaking mixture of folk and Reggae for their new album entitled "Lion Rampant" (2013). Unchained from the purists' convention, the album surveys the history of those rebel musics that have traversed back and forth across the "Black Atlantic" for the past three centuries.
Admission is free of charge.
"These two artistes are masters of their craft and we are extremely proud to have them with us for ReggaeFest. David Swarbrick's legendary career spans an incredible six decades; he's one of the most decorated Folk musicians of all time and Jason Wilson is one of the most accomplished and seasoned Reggae artistes Canada has to offer. It's a very exciting event," says ReggaeFest Producer, Leo Cripps.
ReggaeFest will also host a special viewing of Marley: the Movie, a documentary on the life, music and legacy of Bob Marley at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington on Thursday, August 15 at 6:30PM, tickets are $10.
Included in the ticket price is a special performance by Yaz Alexander, one of the UK's finest contemporary female vocalists. Yaz Alexander will treat the audience to a soulful and energetic performance before she graces the ReggaeFest stage on Saturday, August 17.
In October of 2003, six Calgarians came together with the same vision – to increase the awareness of Reggae Music in Western Canada and to provide an avenue where this music can be heard. The Calgary Reggae Festival Society (CRFS) was formed. CRFS is set on a mission to promote local, regional and national awareness of Reggae Music in Canada and will also strive to lobby mainstream media to give the music more airplay. 10 years later the Calgary International Reggae Festival is one of the largest reggae music festivals outside of southern Ontario.
Join the Rastagarian movement at www.Facebook.com/CalgaryReggaeFest
Winner of the 2010 Canadian Reggae Music Achievement Award for Best Concert Promoter, the CRFS is a 100% volunteer group that is diligently working to ensure that ReggaeFest is the best family friendly summer festival in Calgary.
For More Information Please Contact:
Calgary Reggae Festival Society
T: (403) 355-5696
Calgary Reggae Festival Society
Mailing Address :
Calgary Reggae Festival Society
Chinook RPO, PO Box 30244
Calgary, Alberta T2H 2V9 Canada
CRFS Board of Directors: 2013-2014
ReggaeFest 2013 Organizing Committee
- Julie Abbott
- Tara Andrews
- Ronnie Bach
- Jolene Brunn
- Kwesi Cripps
- Leo Cripps
- Don Dixon
- Irene Dutka
- Estella Foster
- Randy Gibbs
- Stephen Hinds
- Matt John
- Melissa Mackenzie
- Chris Martin
- Allison McDonald
- Cindy Nield
- Sarai Serrano
- Dixie Taylor
- Vincent Vaughan
- Clarence Wynter