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HomeGrown Reggae – June 30, 2017

Please support some of our ReggaeFest Family of Performers when they perform in Calgary at Dickens Pub on Friday June 30.

Calgary ReggaeFest Announces 2017 Artiste Lineup

Calgary, Alberta – May 15, 2017

“Reggae became like a dirty word.” – Leo Cripps, interview with MetroNews, 2015

Between the canceled shows and half-promises, Calgary’s reggae scene was dying. The community, while tight-knit, stood shaken, unsure of it’s future. Everything was all but ready to give one last breath, if not for a lingering heartbeat shared by a kindled few.

And one by one it’s rhythm nodded our heads, and its pulse shook us until we danced, and together we heard it sing. Over a decade has passed since we first shared that heartbeat. Frankly, it’s getting stronger and stronger every year.

On behalf of the Calgary Reggae Festival Society, we are proud to announce the 14th annual Calgary International Reggae Festival!

As one of Calgary’s longest running festivals, ReggaeFest ’17 will unite some of reggae’s most exciting talent, both locally and around the world on one amazing stage this August 17th-19th at Shaw Millennium Park.

Taking the stage this year is The Strong One herself, Etana. Joining her is Mexican reggae pioneers Antidoping, JUNO Award Nominees Lyndon John X and Kirk Diamond, groove machine Vancouverites Mad Riddim with Jason Wilson (who will also be hosting a musical talk!), melodic infused storyteller Pressure Busspipe, dancehall deejay and spiritual successor to King Yellowman Al-Beeno, the original Mr. Gangalee himself Louie Culture, Torontonian empress Natural Fyah, Belize transplant and multi-genre artist Oral Fuentes, multi-dimensional captivator Steele, Ewarton native and breezy voiced Lenya Wilks, hometown heroes Aktivate, as well as the energetic dance inducers PowerHouze Band. Finally, backing our amazing artistes is the just as amazing band Hardcore!

Last year we invited a newcomer family from Syria to ReggaeFest. We were so happy to welcome them to Canadian culture, we’ve decided to invite another family this year!

New this year ReggaeFest ’17 passes grant access to the entire weekend, meaning you get to be there for the full experience! Limited Early Bird Passes are available until June 15.

Stay connected with us via Facebook , Twitter, Instagram, ReggaeFest.ca. You can also follow our hashtag #ReggaeBest2017

Sincerely,

Calgary Reggae Festival Society
Your Rastagarian Team!

Calgary ReggaeFest: Bringing Cultures Together Under the Reggae Banner

Calgary, Alberta – August 8, 2016

This summer the Calgary International Reggae Festival (ReggaeFest) will be inviting some newcomers to Calgary to celebrate the sounds and cultures of Reggae together. The festival kicks off August 18 at noon at Olympic Plaza with a free noon hour concert followed by a free evening workshop and documentary movie screening in the community of Deer Ridge.

Under the banner of ‘Uniting Cultures through Reggae Music’, the annual festival is offering complimentary passes to new Calgary families and some financially challenged families who may want to join in the celebration.

“Initially, we were discussing tickets to just refugee families, to try to help integrate them into the fabric of our city’s mosaic, but we understand we’re also in a tough economy, and still have many new families moving to our city,” says ReggaeFest producer Leo Cripps. “What better way to help out and show Calgary’s spirit of giving than to invite them to come and enjoy some of the city’s festivities,” Cripps continues.

The festival will be sponsoring up to 50 families to the paid event on August 19 and 20 at Shaw Millennium Park.

Last year ReggaeFest suffered a major financial set back due to bad weather and was in major doubt if there would be a festival this year. Through the generosity of its supporters, the festival is set to present an incredible line up of performers. On August 19 and 20 Shaw Millennium Park will come alive with Reggae sounds from across Canada, Colombia, Ghana, the United States and Jamaica

“We are excited to share our event with people who are new to the city,” says ReggaeFest VP, Tara Andrews. “We have already offered tickets through several cultural communities and will be offering more through several local charities and cultural organizations.”

ReggaeFest is a not-for-profit society celebrating its 13th year and is supported by all three levels of government.

For tickets, more information and interviews and please visit www.ReggaeFest.ca or email crfinfo@reggaefest.ca.

ReggaeFest 2016 Merchandise Now Available!

Check out the merchandise table at all of the 2016 Events.

$20 each

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Glen Washington shout out!

Glen Washington is coming to Calgary ReggaeFest – August 20, 2016!!

ReggaeFest 2016: Uniting Cultures Through Reggae Music

Calgary, Alberta – May 14, 2016

Today the Calgary International Reggae Festival (ReggaeFest) announced the line up for the 2016 festival taking place August 18 – 20. Leading this amazing collection of Reggae stalwarts is the legendary Glen Washington and the newest dancehall craze in Jamaica Razor B.

“Glen has been one of those artistes we’ve been courting for several years but has always eluded us with his busy schedule,” says ReggaeFest producer Leo Cripps. “We were quite excited when his management decided he could make it this year.” Cripps continued, “But imagine my excitement when I realized the current hottest dancehall track in Jamaica is by a Canadian; we had to bring Razor B back home.”

Of course ReggaeFest is not just about one or two performers so organizers have selected an amazing array of other stars for the event. From out of Jamaica come the ever-conscious Rootz Warrior, Warrior King and Anthony Cruz. Both artistes are incredibly talented and will mesmerize Calgarians with their performances.

Appearing for the first time ever in Canada will be the Medallin dons, Colombian Reggae sensation, De Bruces a Mi. Together with Calgary’s own Uno Band, whose members hail from Venezuela, Latin Reggae will definitely be represented.

Representing the motherland is the Dancehall Rambo from Ghana, Mr. Fantastik who now makes Vancouver his home and to complete the line up and promote great Canadian talent, ReggaeFest will showcase the sultry voice of Nana McLean, the Dennis Brown revue by Chester Miller, ‘Festival King’ and 2016 Juno award winner Kafinal, Tasman Jude, The Human Rights, Melloman, Aktivate, the Lost Lemons, Dubwise, Roca Roots Family and Hardcore.

ReggaeFest runs from August 18- 20 with performances in various downtown locations and at Shaw Millennium Park.

ReggaeFest Job Opportunity

Click the link below for all the details.

Volunteer Coordinator Job Posting.

Apply by Monday, May 16.

Join our Volunteer Organizing Committee

ReggaeFest is looking for some new volunteer team members to assist with planning ReggaeFest 2016!  Check the links below and let us know if you are interested in joining our team.

Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Media Relations Coordinator

 

Taste of Jamaica – Sat March 26

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The Wailers – Sat March 5 at Cowboys

Calgary ReggaeFest & Cowboys present The Wailers live on the Cowboys Stage, Saturday, March 5, 2016!!  Catch all the Classics of Bob Marley’s legendary band; No Women No Cry, Get Up Stand Up and Is this Love! You won’t want to miss your chance to hear all their hits!

With Special Guest: DJ WAYNE B

Cowboys Calgary: 421 – 12 Avenue SE, CALGARY, AB

Doors:  6:00 pm, Show:  7:00 pm

*Standing Room Only, No Minors*

Purchase Tickets Now: Wailers Tickets

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