Thursday, August 17th to Sunday, August 20th
Rastafest, Canada’s largest Rastafari festival, highlights artists from Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean. The festival pays homage to Rastafarian culture and history in Canada. Reggae has influenced music and culture around the world.
Rastafest takes place August 19th and August 20th at the historic Black Creek Pioneer Village’s North Property (7060 Jane Street) and features an impressive line-up of artists, including Bushman, Kabaka Pyramid, Nana Mclean, Jay Douglas, Carl Henry, and Iauwata. Special artists from Chicago are Wadadah from Black Sabbath Sound, Princess Kazayah, Nego Hights, and Ras I-Dre.
The four-day festivities start with the first annual Canadian Reggae Music Conference, August 17th at the Toronto Plaza Hotel, and August 18th at York University. Special guest speaker is Lloyd Stanbury. Stanbury is an internationally recognized Reggae music expert, entertainment lawyer, and author of the book, “Reggae Roadblocks.”
Conference speakers also include Kabaka Pyramid; Kwasi Osei Bonsu, entertainment lawyer;Karen Marie Mason, film, television and music industry expert; Masani Montague,BA(Hons),MES, playwright/director and founder of Rastafest; Sista Irie, radio producer; Klive Walker, author of the book, “Dubwise: Reasoning from the Reggae Underground”; King David, song writer; Marvin Prince, singer, producer and songwriter; Jay Douglas, song writer and entertainer and Ras Sekou Tafari, poet, founder/publisher of the newspaper, “Rastafari Speaks.”
Join us for the Rastafest launch party, August 17th, at Reggae Lane on Eglinton Avenue West in Toronto, which starts at 3:00 p.m.
Rastafest is organized by Masani Productions and sponsored by Rastafest Inc.