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Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Showcase!: Vieja Skina, Salshahall Collective, The Capital Collective , The Bandulus

Thu. June 20th Ship Point (Inner Harbour) (All Ages)
4pm - 10pm
*This show is FREE, fully licensed and all-ages!*

Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival has a bit of a reputation of having bands with a whole lot of members. We know, we know. And in that knowing, we decided this year we'd challenge ourselves and see how many musicians we get on a stage in a day. To help us achieve a new best, 8-piece Peruvian ska outfit VIEJA SKINA is making their way to the festival, and to Canada, for the first time. One of Peru's most prominent ska bands, the group combines classic ska sounds with musical elements from the music of the home. We can't wait to show you all how hot this band can get the dancefloor.

Hmmm, 8 members that's a good start but it might be lacking, so, why not throw in 9 or 10 more?! (Or maybe more. We're never really sure!) Vancouver's rhythm powerhouse SALSAHALL COLLECTIVE is making the trek across the Strait for the first time and we can tell you, you do not want to miss this band! They opened up for Ozomatli at the Rickshaw this past January and they set the place on fire. Dancehall, salsa, hip-hop – whipped together and delivered with serious fire, Salsahall Collective should be on the must-see list for any serious groove lover this year. Well, we're doing pretty good so far, so let's keep this momentum and throw 15 or so more musicians onto the pile. THE CAPITAL COLLECTIVE is a veritable ska supergroup, gathering members from some of our favourite local bands – Dope Soda, Bananafish Dance Orchestra, Jon & Roy, Astrocolor, Batuque Axe, Lovecoast...and those are just the ones we know about now! We've heard rumblings of guests and surprises from this very special presentation, so we'll have to wait like everyone else! We're not entirely sure if we'll make that new best, but this you gotta agree, this is a damned good start! Expect big, big sounds this whole night and ALL FOR FREE in our beautiful Inner Harbour. You have zero reason to miss this...

And be sure to grab tickets for the Cherry Poppin' Daddies rocking Distrikt with Apex Breaks and Stephen Lewis right after the harbour!

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Vieja Skina

Combining traditional ska music with elements of the vast musical culture of their native Peru, VIEJA SKINA has worked their way to the forefront of South American ska. A powerful 8-piece, Vieja Skina is sure to leave an impression on our Ska & Reggae Massive as they make their Canadian debut on our main stage at Ship Point. more info

Salshahall Collective

There's been a musical storm gathering on the other side of the Georgia Strait, and the time has come for it to be unleashed on the unsuspecting dancefloors across the land. SALSAHALL COLLECTIVE is a straight-up groove monster, combining the best elements of salsa, dancehall and hip-hop, delivering it all with the power of a brass band. The boasts ... more info

The Capital Collective

To help Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival commemorate 20 years of building true musical community here on the west coast, players from some of the area's favourite bands, past and present – Dope Soda, Leg-Up Program, Lovecoast, Astrocolor, Jon & Roy, Bananafish Dance Orchestra and more – are joining together to bask in their collective love for th... more info

The Bandulus (Ska/Reggae/Soul)

The Bandulus (BAN-DOO-LOOS) are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, a musician from Austin, TX. With the 2006 break-up of his old band Los Skarnales and leaving the Trenchtown Texans, Jeremy decided to venture out on his own and create the traditional ska, reggae, and soul sensation that is The Bandulus. Their first full length album, Ska.Reggae.Sou... more info