From the ever-burgeoning club scene of BC’s hidden gem, Victoria, comes Ryan “Juice” Walton. Juice has built a small empire being the go-to party starter of the island and his efforts have landed him gigs from Shambhala with Smalltown DJs to sharing the stage with acts like Bun B, Mat the Alien, The Funk Hunters, Skratch Bastid, & A Tribe Called Red.
Juice won’t be pigeonholed into any genres though. You can catch him rocking a pool party, playing funk, soul & disco late night, or at the club bangin’ rap or late night bass to the wee hours. His rep is growing just as fast as the dancefloors in front of him, definitely a Canadian DJ to keep your eyes on moving forward. He’s not the Jack of all trades, he’s the Juice of all trades.
Kid Ink cruises past all boundaries. The Los Angeles rapper, producer, and performer can seamlessly slip from an irresistible hook into an impeccable verse, effortlessly bobbing and weaving between the club and the streets. There’s absolutely nobody quite like the tattooed from head-to-toe impresario, and that’s the first thing you’ll notice when you take his full-length debut, My Own Lane [Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records], for a spin.
Grinding as a producer since the age of 16, he uncovered this creative highway by perfecting a personal style behind the board first. His production collaborations include everybody from Sean “Diddy” Combs, Sean Kingston, Nipsey Hu$$le, and more. That experience in the studio set the stage for him to become the versatile and vibrant force he is today.
Vancouver reggae legends ROOTS ROUNDUP finally take our Main Stage at Ship Point to help close out another year of super-fine music and art. The music of the longtime champions of west coast reggae was instrumental in the formation of both the Victoria Ska & Reggae Society and Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival.
MAD CADDIES, THE SKINTS, PERRO BRAVO, ILLVIS FRESHLY & BLACKWOOD KINGS at VICTORIA SKA & REGGAE FESTIVAL XVIII (All Ages/Licensed)
It’s another full day of live music for Victoria’s 18th Ska & Reggae Festival. There are various venue around the city including the Inner Harbour at Ship Point. That party gets underway at 2PM and runs through til 10PM. Other venues include Odd Fellows Hall, Victoria Event Centre and Sugar Nightclub. [More info]
International hit tribute and stage show, BEATLEMANIA, will perform the Beatles’ biggest and most treasured hits at the Royal Theatre on July 7 at 7:00 PM.
Relive the heyday of the world’s favourite Pop act with Beatlemania On Tour, the complete live tribute show that recreates a true Beatles experience – authentic costumes, replica instruments and all songs performed with exquisite attention to detail and in their original key! With sold-out shows across the US, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, South Africa and New Zealand this is a must-see spectacular for all Beatles fans!
July 7, 2017 | 7:00pm TICKETS
Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival is proud to host the legend, the titan of American soul and R&B, BOOKER T. JONES. For over half a century, Jones has been leaving his mark on American music, through his own work and collaborations with some of musics biggest and most diverse names like The Roots, Jim James and Gary Clark Jr, to name just a few. His song “Green Onions” has been a popular staple for years and is the only instrumental song included on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” After his unforgettable performance at Alix Goolden last year, we thought it was only fitting to bring this legend back, this time on our signature stage, in front of the majesty of the Inner Harbour sunset.
Providing direct to the legend of American music will be two titans of Jamaican music, Keith & Tex. The golden-voiced innovators of rocksteady started their journey over half a century ago and are still traveling and singing, delighting audiences around the globe with their incredible harmonies. Songs like “Stop That Train,” “Don’t Look Back” and “Tonight” remain some of reggae’s most enduring classics, instantly recognizable and always welcome.
Joining Mr. Jones and Keith & Tex on this very special night is Victoria’s own jazzy funksters, the New Groovement. The powerfully fun 11-piece is custom built to get heads nodding and rumps shaking. Their powerful horns will start the night off right, helping energize the crowd for an unforgettable evening.
The Northern Pikes will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first album, Big Blue Sky, when they bring their tour to the McPherson Playhouse on November 14 at 7:30 PM. TICKETS(on sale June 16 10 am)