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Lawless On June - 11 - 2012

VSF Toots & Delirians FlyerThe Delirians will be heading out on tour in July for 2 weeks going to Canada and back for the 2012 Victoria Ska Fest. That’s really good news as it is since it’s the largest North American festival dedicated exclusively to the music of Jamaica. It’s five days of amazing events and bands indeed. That would be enough for any young band to be giddy.

What’s even better than that though is that the band will be supporting not one but two international touring Reggae artists. The 2012 Victoria Ska Fest kicks off on Tuesday July 10 at Ship Point Harbor in Victoria. The show is headlined by another of their inspirations, a true legend and originator in every sense of the word. They will be direct support for Toots & The Maytals! Bananafish Dance Orchestra will open this show. They supported the Skatalites on the Echoes of Kingston tour in April.

Then 2 days later on Thursday Juy 12th they’ll support international touring New Zealand Reggae artist Katchafire at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver.

Katchafire Canada FlyerKatchafire first played at the 11th annual festival in 2010 and were so well received they’ve been asked back this year. They play a soulful roots style Reggae and have been touring consistently around Australia, United Kingdom, all over Europe and United States plus large and small festivals elsewhere .

Other bands on the fest this year include Leroy Sibbles, The Pietasters, CLinton Feron, Easy Big Fella, Monkey and a plethora of local and touring talent.

The Victoria Ska Fest is in it’s 13th year and it’s the largest longest running festival of its kind in North America. It has also become one of Canada‚Äôs most anticipated annual music festival. As in year’s past there will be workshops on various aspects of creating music. The festival also supports the Alpha Boys Project which is working to collect instruments to donate to the Alpha Boys School in Jamaica which of course was the foundation for so many of the islands musical greats.

Here is a teaser video promoting the festival.

Find out more about all the bands on this year’s event at the Victoria Ska Fest website.

Read the full press release below:

VICTORIA’S 13TH ANNUAL SKA FESTIVAL KICK OFF with TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
Toots And The Maytals, The Delirians, Bananafish Dance Orchestra
@ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Tue. July 10th 5pm – 10pm doors at 4:30pm
$35 adv. + HST & service charge where applicable

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 VICTORIA’S 13TH ANNUAL SKA FESTIVAL in the finest fashion with a performance that festival fans and organizers have been yearning for many years.

We are proud to announce that the legendary TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS will kick off the festival with his own brand of ska/reggae/soul at Ship Point Inner Harbour.

It’s been 12 long years since Toots and the Maytals have blessed this Island with their presence at one unforgettable performance at Market Square. Now several albums and hundreds of performances later we are pleased to have him make this historic return at Ship Point Inner Harbour.

Toots and the Maytals is known as the king of ska/reggae/soul by people all over the world. Timeless songs such as “54-46”, “Sweet and Dandy” , “Time Tough”, and “Country Roads”have become anthems in their own right. And to add to that collection of songs Toots has continued to make new albums and collaborate with many artists that cross other genres in country, hip hop folk and more.

True Love released in 2004 was one of his most celebrated albums in the past ten years. It features past Victoria Ska Festival artists such as The Skatalites, Easy Star All Stars, and Ken Boothe. But the range he covers in his collaborations on the album are staggering. Other legendary artists on the album include: Manu Chao, Eric Clapton, No Doubt, Bootsy Collins, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, The Roots and so much more. Toots and the Maytals’ most recent album is called Flip and Twistreleased in 2010.

The roots of the genre are as strong as ever, and their dedication to the craft is testament to this. Our festival would not be where it is today without the amazing talent of this group and their performance will surely be once in a lifetime experience.

Joining Toots and the Maytals is THE DELIRIANS straight outta East LA! With their Big Boss sound, The Delirians have already made a name for themselves gaining much attention locally as well as Internationally Playing alongside bands such as The Skatalites, Derrick Harriot, The Slackers,The Toasters,Lets Go Bowling, Easy Star All stars and Bad Manners to name a few. The Delirians play a blend of reggae, ska, and funky soul to bring you a one of a kind, original yet familiar sound that is altogether fire for your heart, and ice for your soul.

Finally Bananafish Dance Orchestra will be our Island representation on this triple bill. Bananafish Dance Orchestra came together through similar interests in Latin/jazz a few years ago through at Malispina Jazz Program. Since the initial assembly of the band, Bananafish Dance Orchestra have become one of BC’s most exciting up and coming Latin/jazz bands appearing on festivals such as Vancouver Island Music Fest, The Big Time Out and Victoria Ska Festival. This will be their second appearance in as many years.

This show is ALL AGES w/licensed beverage garden for those 19rs+
Food Concession and Merchandise Tents on site

Doors: 4:30pm sharp!

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