Month: May 2017
Jason Wilson (Toronto, ON)
Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee and Canadian Reggae Music Award winner from Downsview, Ontario. Born to Scottish parents, Wilson was the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and is the cousin of UB40’s Michael Virtue. Wilson played his first night-club gig with Messenjah when he was only fourteen. 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), Dick Gaughan, David Francey and many more. Wilson has extensive studio-session experience on his native instruments the piano and voice, but also on bass, guitar and accordion.
Oral Fuentes (Saskatoon, SK)
Oral Fuentes’ musical experience started in his home country of Belize, where he was involved with a multicultural band, ‘Caribbean Jam’, playing for many local and countrywide events. Since then Oral has traveled intensively to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Surinam, Guyana, USA, and the Caribbean.
After moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1992, Oral teamed up with musicians from Saskatoon, playing the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Calgary Reggae Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival and many other festivals and cultural shows.
Oral’s musical style includes Reggae, Soca, Punta-Rock and Brukdown (both musical styles from Belize) with other Caribbean and Latin Rhythms. Oral writes and performs his own songs.
PowerHouze Band (Calgary, AB)
PowerHouze is a dynamic & diverse multicultural band located in Calgary, AB. Variety is the spice of life with PowerHouze, which plays genres such as R&B, Funk, Soca and Reggae. The band is made up of world class musicians that have played with distinguished artists such as Ras Michael, Pink, Celine Dion, and many more.
There is never a dull moment for the crowd when PowerHouze plays thanks to their powerful stage presence that comes from their extensive background in the entertainment industry. Known for getting the party started all across Western Canada and Western USA, this is a band you don’t want to miss when it comes to your city! The members of PowerHouze are focused on being a positive influence to the community.
Aktivate (Calgary, AB)
Aktivate is a Calgary-based Reggae band led by a Jamaican-Canadian who has been creating and performing songs for many years. They have shared the stage with some of Jamaica’s greatest performers such as Culture, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, Shaggy, and the Wailers.
Aktivate has been absent from the stage for some years but is looking forward to performing and releasing songs for the world to enjoy and be introduced to its style of rhythm and lyrics. The music reflects the band’s outlook on life and concern for all people, with a wish for peace, unity, and justice.