Victoria’s 23rd annual Ska & Reggae Festival returns for the first time in three summers and organizers are thrilled to once again welcome the world to the heart of this beautiful city, June 22-26, and present the largest festival program to date.
Undoubtedly, no music has been able to cross borders and cultures like Jamaican music: ska and reggae. From its beginnings on the streets of Kingston to a global phenomenon, ska and reggae music have somehow influenced almost every popular musical genre: it is this spirit of connection and musical community that continues to drive the festival after more of two decades.
Looking up and down at this year’s lineup, you’ll see not only bands from across Canada and the United States, but also bands from Jamaica, New Zealand, Colombia, England, the West Indies, and Brazil.
This is a reflection not only of the global influence of music, but of the cultural melting pot right here in Victoria. No matter where you are, if you like good music, Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest has something for you.
This year, reggae icons The Wailers and King Yellowman share the stage with current Canadian artists such as soul singer Tanika Charles and reggae band Bedouin Soundclash, as well as various international bands such as Three Houses Down from New Zealand, La Real Del Sonido from Colombia and hard driving. exciting local community acts like the indigenous funk power Curtis Clear Sky & The Constellationz and the endless The Steadies.
The festival organizers believe that great music should be as accessible as possible and once again they have created Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest with that in mind. With three days of free programming on the main stage of Ship Point in the beautiful Inner Harbor of Victoria, most shows are free for all ages (with children 10 years and under), free public workshops with festival artists and the lowest market ticket prices. , Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest is ready to return to its place as a true festival of people.
Come one, come all! We welcome the world and celebrate our long-awaited return.