With the 17th annual Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival just over a month away, we are pleased to announce the continuation of the Rocksteady Collective for it's 6th consecutive year. This exhibition is our visual arts component to the festival. This year's Rocksteady Collective will feature many artists, with a variety of mediums. This will be the very first year the Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival will feature culinary arts and metalwork.
We are excited to be holding this year's gallery at The Odd Fellows Hall, home of the prestigious Odd Fellows. Completed in 1897, this unique building was designed by the same architect as City Hall, and offers a timeless atmosphere.
Launch Party - FREE admission!
Check out our Rocksteady Collective Launch Party on Friday June 24th from 5-7PM, located at The Odd Fellows Hall at 1315 Douglas Street. Come browse the art, enjoy complimentary culturally significant appetizers with a flare of culinary arts, and watch our video arts presentation from the Wolfpack Project.
This year we will be featuring two Rocksteady shows, both held at The Odd Fellows Hall. Friday June 24th we have Compassion Gorilla, w/ Cheko & The Lion Rockers, and Saturday June 25th we have Bousada w/ Buckman Coe and Mr. Fantastik. Tickets only available at door. $10 with Full Fest pass or proof of other ticket purchase, or $15 for those not attending any other festival shows. VIP get in FREE!
We are proud to once again welcome back Verse to the Rockteady Collective's list of artists. His murals show a unique blend of portrait street art and wild style graffiti, and are always a festival favourite.
We are excited to welcome back Amethyst Dance Troup who are sure to tantalize our audience with choreographed dance and adult entertainment. A fan favourite from last year!
Your host for the evening will be none other than the festival's Rocksteady Collective Coordinator, Sean "Flynch" Behnsen, our society's big-bearded, band interviewing, slice of pecan pie.
Amethyst Dance Troupe
Eric Holden (Gourmet Munchies)
Laban Pitman-Johnson (Wolfpack Project)
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John Hopkins is a cartoonist/graphic artist from Victoria BC. He "draws" his inspiration from his two radical children and from a burning desire to never fall into the trap of growing up. From an early age he has been scribbling on anything and everything and had no plans on stopping. His artwork contains a mash-up of retro cartoon characters and e... more info
"Steve Feltham" (dancehall/hip hop)
Steve Feltham, AKA VERSE, is an avid painter and lifelong devotee of the arts. Steve moved to Vancouver Island to pursue his formal training at The Victoria College of Art in Victoria, BC, later staying on to also pursue his career as a Chef. When not in the studio Steve can most often be found fly fishing and exploring his beloved West Coast – p... more info
Sean Behnsen is our Rocksteady Collective Coordinator and Media Liaison for the festival. As an artist he tends to explore a variety of mediums from using coffee stain as watercolour paint, to realistic pencil sketch portraits. It's difficult to predict what he will bring to this year's Rocksteady, as every new piece he creates is about exploring n... more info
Amethyst Dance Troupe
Amethyst Dance Troup was founded in the fall of 2012 and has grown to include 4 members: Caity Howes, Meghan Kelly, Sarah Wilson and Lauren Wills. With a strong background in belly dance, their unique style is a fusion of lyrical, modern, erotic, burlesque and jazz. Their choreographies and group pieces are created through a fully collaborative pro... more info
Warren Smith is a local artist born and raised in Victoria. Throughout the years he has explored mediums ranging from comic illustration to tattooing. He is currently working as a portrait artist, utilizing his skill with standard and colour pencils. He has been involved in the creation and participation of a local fundraiser, a benefit that raise... more info
Stephanie Sprinkling completed her diploma in Fine Arts at Camosun College in 1996 and since then has continued to explore new avenues in art. Also skilled in drafting and photography, Stephanie has merged the linear with her love of whimsy and colour to create works that bring delight and warmth to the viewer. Individuals close to Stephanie inspir... more info
Ginja Lion Art is passionate, playful, and radiating with a colourful zeal of energy and flow. "I seek the natural focal points, patterns and guidelines to lead the viewer's eye. FUN is my personal mantra. This means not taking everything so seriously. When painting, I believe there are no mistakes, only an additional layer – and that is okay!... more info
Eric Holden is an up and coming chef with a passion for fresh, local ingredients infused with international flavour and techniques. He is currently working towards his red seal certification at Camosun College. Eric is also a junior member of the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks (ccfcc). He doesn't just prepare delicious edibles... T... more info
Laban Pitman-Johnson is the founder of The Wolfpack Project. "The vision for this project goes hand in hand with my dreams of a world with more kindness, art, music, love and anything in between that makes you feel. Our aim is to gives you goose bumps and make the hair on your arms stand up. We want to inspire you, keep you moving forward and encou... more info
Arielle Houghton is a local Victorian through and through. "I love the beautiful BC nature, art and of course music. Currently studying at UVic, I’m excited for a summer full of dance and artwork. I love visual arts, poetry, people, travel, social justice and I’m very passionate about taking action to help mitigate social justice issues. One wa... more info
"Combination13 (aka Steve Kitchen) is a Graphic Artist based in East Vancouver, BC – Armed with a distinctively unique, in your face style - Combination13 are well known for gigposter artwork and contributions to the burgeoning BC Craft Beer scene, via the Parallel 49 Brewing Company. Combination13 contributed most of our festival poster art this... more info
T-Rav the Transformer is a 28 year old musician, artist, designer and sound engineer. "I’ve been making art all my life and began playing music over 14 years ago. I’ve been doing portrait commissions regularly in a self-developed style that highlights the subject's inner radiance in a palate of vibrant neon colours. I currently play guitar, sin... more info
Sean Brookes is an illustrator and painter currently practicing in Victoria, BC. He was educated in graphic design at Esquimalt High and studied digital animation in post secondary college, where he obtained his diploma. Sean's true passion lies in comic book style illustration/storytelling and poster design. He is currently working on a purgator... more info
Ry Williams honed his welding skills on a volcanic island in the Pacific Rim of Fire. He was taught by a master metal-smith the secret ways of ancient lava moulding. Part of the training included creating and then being branded by a hieroglyphic emblem, forged from a meteorite.
In Ry’s spare time he has been creating the armature for dinosaur bo... more info
Leah Craig has been drawing and creating since a very young age, inspired deeply by the beautiful West Coast scenery and island lifestyle.
"I have worked with many different mediums, such as, pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolours, paint pens and acrylic paint! My parents were always very encouraging to create and express myself through art, which I ... more info