Opening Ceremonies of 12TH Annual Irie Music Festival  Showcases Toronto’s Reggae Pioneers

Toronto, ON ~ July 29, 2014 ~ TD IRIE Music Festival Founder and Artistic Director, Phil Vassell and Canadian reggae music’s most celebrated artists officially kick-off the 12th Annual TD IRIE Music Festival. This special showcase celebrates the legendary Queen Street West bands that pioneered the Toronto-centric reggae sound which continue to influence today’s music scene including Magic!’s #1 Billboard Top 100 hit Rude.

What:

Opening remarks
Live performance by a who’s who of Toronto’s reggae elite
Followed by interview opportunities

When:

Friday, August 1, 2014
12:00 Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Where:

Nathan Phillips Square
City Hall
100 Queen Street West

Who:

Phil Vassell – TD IRIE Music Festival Founder and Artistic Director

Fergus Hambleton, JoJo Bennett and members of the Sattalites
Rupert “Ojiji” Harvey and Carl Harvey of Messenjah
Adrian “Sheriff” Miller, 20th Century Rebels/Earth, Roots & Water
Rudi Quammie Willliams, Truth and Rights
Jason Wilson, Tabarruk
Michael St. George
Lillian Allen
Lorraine Segato, Parachute Club

The 12th Annual TD IRIE Music Festival is a FREE multi-day, family-friendly festival that takes place August 1-4, 2014 (Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto) and August 23-24, 2014 (Celebration Square, Mississauga).The lineup includes internationally renowned soca, reggae, and calypso artists such as Alison Hinds, Richie Spice, Etana, Richie Stephens, and David Rudder, along with local talent such as Juno Award-winning Odel, The Arsenals (known for “100% Kick-Ass Ska”), and soca DJ group D’Enforcas, as well as up-and-coming artists. The Nathan Phillips Square weekend concludes with a traditional island-style “blocko” featuring some of Toronto’s best DJs including Toronto’s legendary DJ Carl Allen spinning a mix of reggae, calypso and soca. In addition to showcasing some of today’s top reggae music acts, the festival offers dance, spoken word/literature, visual arts, tropical food, and more.

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