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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

The Wailers Poster web

2016 Artiste Application Now Open!

ATTENTION ARTISTES!!! We are now accepting applications to perform at ReggaeFest 2016! Application submissions close February 29.

Click the link to apply now!

http://www.reggaefest.ca/artiste-application/

Rastagarians unite! It’s Reggae Week!

Calgary, Alberta – This weekend, August 14-15, Reggae legends and rising stars from Canada and the world will descend on Shaw Millennium Park for Western Canada’s premiere reggae music festival. The Calgary International Reggae Festival celebrates its twelfth year with a weekend of music, food and culture.

 

The Calgary International ReggaeFest presents another talent rich lineup for this year’s festival. European Reggae Music star Ziggi Recado, legendary Reggae veteran Tinga Stewart, Nigerian-Canadian vocalist Omolara and many more will play the main stage on Saturday, August 15.

 

On Friday, August 14 Rastagarians will get a sample of what ReggaeFest has to offer with a night of high-energy performances at Shaw Millennium Park from Canadian pop-ska heavyweights, The Steadies, international rising star Nattali Rize, and Montreal’s Auresia. Entrance is $10 at the gate or free with a ticket for Saturday’s show. Performances begin at 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

 

Come soak up the sun and cool off with some ice cold drinks in our Village Brewery patio.

 

ReggaeFest kicks off this Thursday, August 13 with two Reggae-related events:

 

Reggae Downtown from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: on Stephen Avenue Walk there will be a lunchtime performance by Jory Kinjo at the Stephen Avenue Stage.

 

Reggae Workshop Presentation and Movie from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: visit Cardel Theatre for a multi-media presentation on Rasta and Reggae: The Global Impact AND a movie Roaring Lion: The Rise of Rastafari. Admission is free with a donation to the Food Bank.

 

For tickets to the main event visit Eventbrite or buy them at Heritage Posters and Music (1502 – 11 Avenue SW).

 

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For more information and interviews please contact:

 

Leo Cripps

President Calgary Reggae Festival Society

Producer Calgary International Reggae Festival

Phone (403) 355-5696

Email crfinfo@ReggaeFest.ca

www.ReggaeFest.ca

 

Taj Weekes injured; new artiste announcements

Dear Family,

 

We regret to inform you that due to a serious leg injury, St. Lucian performer, Taj Weekes cannot travel and will not be performing at this year’s Calgary International ReggaeFest. Please join us in sending Taj positive vibes and well wishes for a speedy recovery.

 

But where one door closes another one opens up.

 

We are thrilled to announce two additional performers to the ReggaeFest line up. Kafinal, a rising star on the Canadian Reggae scene in Toronto will be making the last minute trip to put on a show for Rastagarians. Known affectionately as “Canada’s Festival King”, Kafinal is an exciting and engaging performer with a great sense of humor. Check out Kafinal’s special musical shout out to all Rastagarians.

 

Also joining Kafinal on the ReggaeFest stage, is Calgary’s own Dubwise. Dubwise are a reggae, funk, and soul fusion band that will keep the crowd dancing to reggae classics and some original work.

 

We are truly blessed to have such a wealth of exceptional Reggae talent in Canada. Please join us in welcoming Kafinal and Dubwise to the Calgary International Reggae Festival for the first time!

 

Remember tickets are on sale at http://www.reggaefest.ca/tickets/ and available at Heritage Posters (1502 – 11 Avenue SW).

 

Bring Your Own Water Bottle to ReggaeFest 2015

New this year at ReggaeFest – a water station will be available to all attendees on Saturday, August 15.  Bring your own re-fillable water bottle and keep hydrated all day long.  We are sure you will need it after all that dancing!

Bloom is looking forward to performing…..

‘Thank you for the update, this truly is a ” world class” event that you have , the organization and artist contact and promotion that you and your team provide is second to none…On behalf of all of the members of Bloom I can’t tell you enough how honoured we are to be included in this lineup….We are so looking forward to it and we haven’t even played yet….thank you and your team for all you do.’
Sincerely,
Jeff