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Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest Day Two: Thursday Free Show!: Kobo Town, Dope Soda, Tasman Jude, Boomshack

Thu. July 2nd 2015 4:30pm - 10pm doors at 4pm Ship Point (Inner Harbour) (All Ages) 4:30pm - 10pm doors at 4pm
Free
Thanks to an overwhelmingly successful crowd-funding campaign last fall, the Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest is thrilled to present some of our best free programming ever.

Kobo Town, founded in 2004, blends Canadian and Caribbean cultures through the contemporary reimagining of calypso music. Founder, Drew Gonsalves, grew up in Trinidad and moved to Ottawa when he was 13 with his Québécois mother. Caught between two worlds, Gonsalves turned to music and poetry, eventually creating Kobo Town as his artistic outlet. Their performance at last year's fest proved to be a highlight, it ending with the sold-out crowd chanting and embracing in a group hug after the final notes were played.

Dope Soda is one of the dopest acts on Vancouver Island and not afraid to admit it. Combining snappy horns with cunning lyrics, these guys are sure to impress. Co-lead singers Dave St. Jean (also known as Dave DiRT) and Matt Carter swap vocal duties with horns and keys, never missing a beat in the process. They pull in influences from jazz, punk, and Jamaican music, all the while bringing as much energy to the stage as they do musicianship.

Who says the prairies can’t breed great reggae bands? Certainly not Tasman Jude, who hail from Grande Prairie, Alberta, and are one of the most exciting young talents in the Canadian reggae scene today. Their downhome, roots approach to reggae has taken the group across Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean.

Boomshack has quickly proven itself to be one of the hottest groups in Vancouver Island's groove-music scene. Blurring the lines between soul, jazz, Latin, and reggae, Boomshack come with a bag of soulful tunes backed by air-tight rhythms and a blasting horn-section.

Kobo Town

Kobo Town, founded in 2004, blends Canadian and Caribbean cultures through the contemporary reimagining of calypso music. Founder, Drew Gonsalves, grew up in Trinidad and moved to Ottawa when he was 13 with his Québécois mother. Caught between two worlds, Gonsalves turned to music and poetry, eventually creating Kobo Town with fellow Trini expats... more info

Dope Soda

Thirsty for music that is both dangerous and danceable, refreshing as a mojito and as eye-opening as a whiskey sour? A cocktail party mix of reggae, punk rock, jazz, hiphop, and ska? This is DopeSoda. Dope Soda formed in late 2011, a fresh concoction of six of the top jazz, rock, and Jamaican-music-inspired musicians from Vancouver Island, with ... more info
Articles: Interview with Dope Soda, Interview with Dope Soda

Tasman Jude (Reggae)

Who says the prairies can’t breed great reggae bands? Certainly not Tasman Jude, who hail from Grande Prairie, Alberta, and are one of the most exciting young talents in the Canadian reggae scene today. Initially founded by Caleb Hart and Al Peterson in 2013, the union quickly evolved, drawing in Derek E Wilde and Bethany Earle and soon released ... more info

Boomshack (Latin/Funk/Jazz/Reggae/Ska)

Just dance. Those two words have been the driving force behind Boomshack since the beginning. Aiming to straddle the line between what is pop and what is hip, everything from rock and reggae to jazz and latin can be found in their music so long as it gets toes tapping and feet moving. Boomshack got its start in the summer of 2013. This is when the ... more info
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