What would Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest 20 be without a performance from at least one of reggae music's most legendary vocalists and contributors? LEROY SIBBLES of the Heptones returns for a very special and intimate show at Distrikt to close out this landmark year of the festival. Ever since he started singing with the Heptones as a teenager more than 50 years ago, Leroy Sibbles' has consistently and rightly been considered one of the genre's most talented, expressive vocalists. Not only an insanely soulful singer, Sibbles' contributions to rocksteady and reggae music can be felt as a top-flight bass-player and producers. We are so excited to have this titan of Jamaican music closing out our 20th year. He will be backed by Victoria's own rocksteady powerhouse PHONOSONICS, who will be playing a special set of their own to open the night.
Playing before Sibbles for this Sunday night extravaganza is ERICA DEE LIVE. After an electric show at Lucky Bar this past fall and a highlight set at last year's festival before Culture, we knew we had to bring her back to help us round out the year in style. Singer, rapper, producer, teacher, community activist, Erica Dee has used her skills and talents to build musical community wherever she goes. Her tastes and influences are vast and her music is a reflection of that diversity. She'll be bringing some musical backup for a special live band performance that promises to be equal parts groovy and soulful. One of Vancouver's most notable dancehall selectors, DJ ABEL will be keeping booties and hips moving throughout the night in between live sets from the bands.
LEROY "HEPTONE" SIBBLES is a living legend whose has brought more to ska/rocksteady/reggae than many artists have done in a lifetime.
He was the lead singer for The Heptones in the 1960s and 1970s. For this performance he will be backed by Phonosonics.
In addition to his work with The Heptones, Sibbles was a session bassist and arranger at ... more info
Raw, timeless and dynamic, Erica Dee offers playful melodies over energetic rhythms with a magnetic presence. Having Funk and Soul ingrained in her roots, Dee brings a captivating performance honoring the world’s best old and new hip-hop. This Vancouver based vocalist, DJ, writer and producer has been carving out her own path in the music industr... more info
Phonosonics (Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, R&B)
Phonosonics is Victoria BC's premiere Rocksteady/Roots-Reggae massive. With their soulful harmonies, their blazing horns and their old-school grooves, the band has dazzled audiences across BC, bringing an authentic interpretation of 1960's and 1970's ska, rocksteady and reggae. Phonosonics is a fun-filled act combining the Rocksteady Soul of the ol... more info
Selecter ABEL is among Vancouver's tightest dancehall selecters. Everyone in the dancehall/reggae and hip hop circles know of his skills. In addition to playing alongside some of the hypest underground dancehall, reggae and hip hop acts in North America, Abel plays weekly at a dancehall and reggae night called �BRUKOUT� each and every Thursday ... more info