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  1. MAGIC GIANT (indie-folk, LA) with CASTLECOMER (rock, Sydney, Australia) Tuesday, February 12th Velvet Underground doors: 6:30pm 19+ show Tickets / Facebook MAGIC GIANT https://www.facebook.com/magicgiant/ Just announced on the bill for Coachella this spring, with Billboard singling them out as one of “10 Awesome Bands” playing the massive fest this year, LA-basedMAGIC GIANT has been thrilling growing crowds at every stop along its 70-city North American and European tour, celebrating the release of its debut album In The Wind (Washington Square/Concord). With appearances on the Today Show and in Rolling Stone as one of "10 Artists You Need to Know,” the group has toured with acts ranging from The Revivalists to Mike Posner; played shows with bands such as The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, X Ambassadors, Vance Joy, and Foster the People; performed to thousands at festivals ranging from Firefly in Delaware to Electric Forest in Michigan; and was recently tapped as one of the bands to join headliner Bruno Mars at Bottlerock in Napa this spring. DuJour has proclaimed Magic Giant “the most festive band in the festival circuit, quickly becoming a must-see.” Its style has been described by NPR as "upbeat, passionate indie-folk” and by Billboard as inspiring “mass dance-alongs." Its initial single "Set on Fire" broke the top 25 on the US Alternative chart and its current single “Window” recently leaped into the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot AC and Adult Pop charts. The trio, comprised of Austin (lead vocals), Zambricki (viola, banjo, harmonica), and Zang (acoustic guitar, cello) weaves together a musical quilt of alternative, pop, and folk on its LP, uniquely recorded from their solar-powered mobile recording studio while traveling throughout the US. CASTLECOMER
  2. I missed getting verified by Ticketmaster and the Phish mail order tix... hopefully still able to get tix this Friday when Toronto show goes on sale. J
  3. NuFunk.ca in conjunction with CIUT presents the 13th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute, the longest running Bob Marley Tribute in Toronto and one of the hottest reggae concerts of the year showcasing the best of Toronto's burgeoning original reggae music scene and raising important food donations for the Parkdale Food Bank. NuFunk.ca Presents13th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute ConcertSaturday February 9th, 2019Featuring House of David Gangand guest vocalist Michael Garrick, Carol Brown & RaLionplus DJ Shai (Xixgon Int'l), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala DJs) & Brigadier ShazadbadLee's Palace - 529 Bloor St. W. Toronto, OnDoors 9:00 PMTickets $12 Adv, $20 at the dooror $15 with canned food donation to Parkdale Food Bank Online Tickets: Ticketweb: https://bit.ly/MarleyB-Day SnapD Toronto: http://bit.ly/MarleyFeb9 Facebook Link: http://bit.ly/MarleyB-Day Toronto's House of David Gang, currently touring in support of their latest release "Good Vibration," will be joined by legendary Canadian reggae singer/actor Michael Garrick, formerly of the reggae group Sunforce, to perform hits by Bob Marley for a heartfel tribute to the reggae superstar and political activist. Special guests vocalists Carole Brown & RaLion will also pay tribute to Marley and perform original songs. DJ Shai (Xxixgon Int'l), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala Djs) & Brigadier Shazadbad will help set the mood at Toronto's most exciting Bob Marley Birthday Tributes. The Parkdale Food Bank http://www.pcfb.ca/ The Parkdale Community Food Bank is a grass roots organization, founded by volunteers in 2007 and serves 3,000 people each month. Located on King Street West in the heart of Parkdale, the philosophy reflects a strong commitment to a client-based model, where respect, inclusion and the dignity of their members is the first priority. The food bank uses a shopping system, as opposed to the more common hamper system to maximize selection and respect member's various dietary needs. The Food Bank has only one employee and relies on 50 committed volunteers.With no direct funding from any level of government, The Parkdale Community Food Bank raises all of their funds independently and are depend on donations from individuals and events like the annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute. House of David Gang www.houseofdavidgang.com Dubbed Canada's "Reggae Warriors," House of David Gang is an authentic reggae band that delivers late 70s and early 80s-style Jamaican reggae originals and the classic roots reggae songs of greats such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; mixed with folk, soul, calypso, afrobeat and hip-hop influences. The features vocalist King Selah and drummer Jahlin Edwards with guitarists Terell Jervis and Jay Cleary, keyboardist Sam Weller and Fingazz, bassist Snappy Homefry and percussionist/MC SunRay Grennan. The band takes its name from the House of David, an after-hours spot on Queen Street West that was a hotspot for artists from the city's burgeoning Rastafarian and reggae community from the late 80’s until the mid-90’s. After finishing their extensive two month Western Canadian tour this past summer, the band is now focusing on recording new material, working on their new album “Slum” at Slamm Productions in Toronto with the support of an Ontario Arts Council Grant, scheduled to be released mid-2016. While keeping their classic reggae foundation, the direction and feel of the album maintained its roots as well as experimenting with new elements and sounds. The band has also recently released the new single “Good Vibration” as well as a new music video and remix compilation. Listen & Download to the band's brand new song "Good Vibration" here Michael Garrick https://michaelgarricknation.com/ Legendary Canadian reggae singer/actor Michael Garrick, is formerly of the group SUNFORCE who had unique flavour of Caribbean Canadian Reggae. Sunforce was a nationally touring reggae band with hit songs Lightning Strikes & Island in the Sun whose videos were on regular rotation on MuchMusic. was a regular act at the Bamboo Club in the late 90s Listen & Download to Michael Garrick and the One Nation brand new video "Sweet City Woman" RaLion https://www.facebook.com/ralionkangaroots/ RaLion grew up with a father from Melbourne, Australia and a mother from Kingston Ten, Jamaica, whose influence and musical tastes helped shape RaLion’s deep-seeded love of reggae. While his early musical influences came from listening to original roots, rock, reggae with his family, RaLion became ‘hooked’ when the "Talking Blues" (Bob Marley & The Wailers) CD came out. Burning Spear has also been a constant source of inspiration due to his use of horns. RaLion has been studying music his whole life and has over two decades of live performance and studio recording experience under his belt. Lion started his singing career working with The Resinators, followed by The Dream Band; he has also worked with The Satellites, Arsenals Ska, and Fujahtive and he has recently moved on to focusing on a solo career backed by The Kangaroots Crew. RaLion currently has 7 released singles available on CD Baby, Spotify, Amazon & iTunes: “Something's Not Right”, “High Protecta”, “They Don't Know”, “Just Because”, “Darling”, “Everything” (featuring Hermina George) and “Struggling” with more to follow by end of this year. Carol Brown Carol Brown started her musical journey in her early teens as a member of The Loving Sisters ’duo in the late Sixties captivating audiences at Community shows and talent shows in her hometown of Portland, Jamaica. Carol migrated to Canada in 1972 where she continued performing as a solo artist developing her career. She returned to Jamaica a few years later and reunited with her hometown Band who changed their name to The Young Experience with Junior Murvin where she regained her status as resident female singer. The Band toured across the Island show casing in Night clubs, hotel lounges as well as private and community events gaining popularity and building a solid fan base. Carol recorded several singles at that time covering songs like “Touch me Baby” and “Looks like the end” recorded and produced by The Young Experience Band. She returned to Canada in the late Seventies, early Eighties continuing her singing opening and performing on many stage show with several popular artists’ including Yellow Man, Leroy Sibbles, Sugar Minott, Johnny Osborn, Leroy Gibbon, Half Pint. Carol was also performing artist on many other shows throughout Montreal and Toronto accompanying artist such as Alton Ellis, John Holt, Tinga Stewart, Hortense Ellis, Nana McLean, Lord Tanamo, Ken Boothe and Beres Hammond. She recorded and worked with producers Pete Weston Micron Record Leroy Sibbles, Jackie Mittoo, Joe Gibbs among others. Several of Carol’s singles reached the British Reggae charts like “Touch me baby, I wont Hurt your feeling and Feel so good. Her Accolades include awards as Top Female Performer and top Female reggae singer in Canada Reggae Awards in Eighties and Nineties.
  4. we gotta get this project to Toronto!
  5. Found out the sad news that Kevin Rieth, a musician (bass player), music lover and father of two children from our community has passed away after a long battle with MS. I met him at an early Come Together Music Festival and found him to be a kindred spirit; happy go lucky and funny. He had been dealing with immobilization of his condition with such grace and positivity, it's tragic, but in his final post, he says he was happy to make the transition. RIP
  6. Celebrate the new Canadian legalization laws on October 17th at Lula Lounge with The House of David Gang and Friends. Also joining us are Higher Heights Hifi with selections & sound system. Free cover to any MCs who want to touch the mic. Real show-style night so come bring it on!House of David Gang will perform the music of Peter Tosh who coined the phrase "Legalize it."The tragic and premature death of Peter Tosh on September 11, 1987 has robbed the world of a great reggae artist and political activist. Peter Tosh was one of the most militant reggae recording artists, his name, face and songs stand as a symbol of inspiration to people around the world. PETER TOSH, BOB MARLEY, and BUNNY LIVINGSTONE were the co-founders of the greatest reggae group of all time “THE WAILERS.” Online Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legaliztation-celebration-tribute-to-peter-tosh-with-house-of-david-gang-and-heigher-heights-tickets-51053379031 Here's the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1990879674266598
  7. wow, gotta try to make this! Loved Breit's work with Baptista - especially the song Sao Paulo Slim
  8. Last show at Mod Club was great - The band was sounding great. Great people in the audience too. Mark Thackaway was a highlight, as was the interplay between Rich & Mark.
  9. Ziggy Marley Rebellion Rises Tour http://ziggymarley.com/rebellion-rises/Thurs. September 20th at The Opera HouseThis is a 19+ eventEight-time GRAMMY® award-winning musician and reggae icon Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, on May 18th through Tuff Gong Worldwide. Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love. Tickets
  10. ] A meeting of Soul, Funk, World & House Music, Groovin' in The Park is a daylong event at Woodbine Park, the perfect family friendly setting for this community focused dance party which includes delicious food options, beer garden, shaded seating and it's Free! NuFunk Concerts, United Soul, Touch and Ritmo presents Groovin' in the Park Friday July 27th, 2018 WONDER-Full: A Tribute to the genius Stevie Wonder by DJ Spinna Plus live guests: Soul Motivators (8pc Soul-Funk Revue, Do Right Music) & RITMO Collective (live Afro-House Collective) plus: DJ Yogi (Solid Garage), DJ Jason Palma (Footprints, Higher Ground CIUT 89.5fm), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala DJs NYC), Farbsie Funk (Make It Funky) and live video scratching by DJ Tanner Woodbine Park (Queen St. E & Eastern Ave. Toronto, Canada) 4pm to 11pm FREE! Family Friendly, Delicious Food & Beer Garden. RSVP link / Facebook link / Website link Groovin’ In The Park brings together Toronto’s top soul, funk and house music DJs & live bands with world-renowned acts. Last year Toronto's Top DJ crews synonymous with the city's club scene Make it Funky & NuFunk , Footprints, United Soul provide the perfect vibe for amazing live performances by Toronto disco act Tush and international deep soul collective Tortured Soul. Join us again this year on Fri July 27th at Woodbine Park as part of the Beaches Jazz Festival summer program, as we are pleased to bring you WONDER-Full, a heartfelt Tribute to musician and activist Stevie Wonder by DJ Spinna who will spins Stevie Wonder exclusives, covers, samples and remixes. In June 2018, one of most respected DJ/producers in modern music, Brooklyn native Vincent Williams aka DJ Spinna, sustained a ruptured appendix and required an emergency surgery. With the help of an international music community a GoFundMe was set up to help pay for medical bills and lost wages raising over $60,000 US. The esteemed DJ, producer who has worked with the likes of Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist was told to cancel all upcoming gigs including this Toronto appearance. Last week with the blessing of his doctors DJ Spinna has been given the green light to bring his world famous WONDER-Full party to Toronto. “WONDER-Full™ - Tribute To The Genius Of Stevie Wonder www.keistar.net “WONDER-Full™ - Tribute To The Wonder Of Stevie” a concept honoring the legendary genius Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder has expressed his gratitude by calling into the party on multiple occasions and on the 7th installment of the WONDER-Full™ event, the audience was treated to a special surprise with an appearance by Stevie Wonder’s daughter Aisha, who inspired the song “Isn’t She Lovely.” Also adding on to the memorable evening, the crowd received a live phone conversation from Stevie Wonder himself. As he spoke, one could hear a pin drop as everyone was mesmerized by this incredible moment. Stevie Wonder made a very special appearance at WONDER-Full™ Tribute/Concert after party in November 2007 in New York City where he delivered a heartfelt speech to the audience. At the 10th series of the WONDER-Full™ event, Stevie Wonder treated WONDER-Full™ audience to a 'mini' live concert! Always expect the best of the legendary Stevie Wonder at the WONDER-Full™ events as DJ Spinna digs deep in his crates to offer anything Stevie related to the audience, always giving them a memorable musical experience. DJ Spinna www.djspinna.com DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. With a steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul R&B and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) without any restraints. A cornerstone of Hip-Hop’s late 90’s indie-uprise, DJ Spinna made much of his first impression on listeners as the musical background of his group The Jigmastas (having released an impressive slew of 12” singles on his then self-run label Beyond Real during this time) as well as providing the canvats for an array of that era’s lyrical giants including Eminem, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and De La Soul. Turning heads throughout the industry, Spinna’s sonics soon infiltrated numerous genres. Tapped by everyone from Mary J. Blige, to Motown Records for his brilliant Michael Jackson remix of “We’re Almost There”. It’s here his production presence would flourish greatly, as Spinna would go on to revive and revise Jazz and Soul marvels like Donald Byrd, Eddie Kendricks, Betty Carter, Roy Ayers and Al Jarreau. Though it goes without saying his most memorable remix goes to his monumental version of Shaun Escoffery’s “Days Like This”, transforming it into a worldwide dance floor anthem. Which in turn, catapulted Spinna into his now stately touted presence in the soulful house music scene. These releases resulted in the signing to BBE records in 2002 where Spinna released his cult classic fulllength production LP “Here To There” which crossed multiple genres and garnered the attention of serious music fans worldwide. With so much studio work, it’s a marvel Spinna travels as much as he does. The constant, globe trotting performances he’s become equally famed for have brought him as far as Iceland, Croatia, Australia, and South Africa as well as countless jaunts throughout England, and the U.S. Also, his hugely successful tours of Japan, where Spinna is held in the highest regard throughout the country for his craft in music. Not always the lone crowd-controller, Spinna’s collaborated on stage alongside contemporary luminaries like Gilles Peterson, Questlove, Jazzanova, Dimitri from Paris, Joe Claussell, Osunlade, Q-Tip, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Keb Darge, DJ Scratch, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist. He’s a true showman - versatile as ever. Yet of all accomplishments, nothing compares to DJ Spinna’s celebrated Stevie Wonder inspired WONDER-Full DJ performances. Garnering overwhelming fanfare each occasion done - whether NYC, LA, DC, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Japan or beyond - if a WONDER-Full event is booked at a club you can put money on a line around the block and hundreds of Stevie Wonder admirers joyfully rocking the house. The success of these events have led to several collaborations between Stevie Wonder and DJ Spinna including remixes for “My Love Is On Fire" and “Sweetest Somebody” from Stevie’s 2005 “A Time To Love” release. Most notably, in October 2012 Spinna performed an opening DJ set for the “United Nations Message Of Peace Concert with Stevie Wonder” including appearances by Sting, Janelle Monae, Varlerie Simpson, and other luminary artists. Visit New York City any given month and find a number of Spinna themed throw-downs in the city’s esteemed venues - each as memorable as the last. The Soul Motivators www.soulmotivators.com The Soul Motivators are here to restore your faith in funk. A fresh take on a classic sound, they blend 1970’s funk and soul, psychedelic jams and hip-hop breaks. This nine-piece Toronto powerhouse brings explosive energy to stage; playing with greats like Grandmaster Flash, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Bernie Worrell and A Tribe Called Red. The Soul Motivators are now set to release their sophomore album in Summer 2018 on Do Right! Music, featuring the power-house vocal stylings of powerful leading lady Shahi Teruko. TSM stay true to their musical roots while bringing a fresh, unique, soulful energy to the table. It’s only up for here- so let yourself be motivated! Also on the bill RITMO Collective (live), DJ Yogi (Solid Garage), DJ Jason Palma (Footprints, Higher Ground CIUT 89.5fm), DJ Quesquecest (No Wahala DJs NYC), Farbsie Funk (Make It Funky) and live video scratching by DJ Tanner
  11. How was it this year? I was there last labour day and i was surprised how young the community was.. it was a sorry old thing at all. Hoping to be there on Labour Day this year with the House of David Gang.
  12. Make it Funky present AFTER FUNK Celebrates James Brown's Birthday with DJ Farbsie, DJ Quesquecest of No Wahala DJs and Love Wagon. Friday May 4th, 2018 The Velvet Underground - 508 Queen St W, Toronto, ON thevelvet.ca Doors @ 9pm Tickets $10 advance / $15 at the door Facebook Link / Online Tickets
  13. cool that Slowcoaster are on there, I hear they have a reggae album coming out very soon.
  14. Nufunk Concerts present TRIBUTE TO THE WAILERS Celebration of the live of Peter Tosh, Bob Marley & Bunny Wailer with The House of David Gang, Sattalittes, Papa Levy and Noble Works Sound. Saturday April 28th, 2018 Lee's Palace - 529 Bloor St, Toronto, ON www.leespalace.com Doors @ 9pm Tickets $15 advance Facebook Link / Online Tickets THE WAILERS The Original and Legendary Wailers were Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. This night will celebrate this classic Roots Rock Reggae Trio! This trio defined reggae music as a genre and their music is still influencing people all over the world. Such tracks as "Soul Rebel", "Duppy Conqueror", "400 Years" and "Small Axe" were not only classics, but they defined the future direction of reggae. The 3 Original Wailers met in Trenchtown, Jamaica, and that is where the foundation of Reggae and Ska music was built. Toronto Reggae Warriors House of David Gang team up with the legendary Sattalites ISax, Papa Levy and Noble Works Sound for a Tribute to the original Wailers on Sat. April 28th at Lee's Palace.The Wailers were a ska, rocksteady, and reggae group formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, consisting of Bob Marley, Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, and Cherry Smith. "Simmer Down" was the first single released by The Wailers, accompanied by the ska supergroup, The Skatalites, and produced by Coxsone Dodd in 1963. It was the number one hit in Jamaica in February, 1964 for the Studio One Records Label. They were called variously The Teenagers, The Wailing Rudeboys, The Wailing Wailers, and finally The Wailers. By 1966, Braithwaite, Kelso, and Smith had left the band, leaving the trio of Wailer, Marley and Tosh.Some of The Wailers most notable songs were recorded together with Lee "Scratch" Perry and his studio band, The Upsetters. In the early 1970s, The Upsetters members Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his brother Carlton Barrett , formed the Wailers Band, and became the name of Bob Marley's backing band in Bob Marley and The Wailers. The Wailers also recorded such groundbreaking reggae songs as, "Trenchtown Rock", "Nice Time", "Stir It Up", "Get Up, Stand Up", and many others.The Wailers broke up in 1974, with each of the three main members going on to pursue solo careers. Bob Marley went on to international fame with Bob Marley & The Wailers (with the Wailers Band as the backing band and the I Threes as the backing vocalists). Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer each enjoyed considerable solo success, as reggae music continued to gain in popularity throughout the 70's and 80's. They were supported by their respective backing bands, Word, Sound and Power and The Solomonic Orchestra.Most of the group's members have since died. Marley died in 1981, Tosh in 1987, Braithwaite in 1999, and Smith in 2008. Bunny Wailer and Beverley Kelso are the only surviving original members of the group.
  15. Nufunk Concerts present TRIBUTE TO THE WAILERS Celebration of the live of Peter Tosh, Bob Marley & Bunny Wailer with The House of David Gang, Sattalittes, Papa Levy and Noble Works Sound. Saturday April 28th, 2018 Lee's Palace - 529 Bloor St, Toronto, ON www.leespalace.com Doors @ 9pm Tickets $15 advance / $20 at the door Facebook Link / Online Tickets
  16. Ottawa folks... Would love your help in spreading the word! I've got some free passes to anyone who can help with inviting people on FB, Tweets etc... Also trying to figure out some backline ... any tips to places to Rent drums/bass amp?
  17. Hey Bones - I'll take a look at Mike Love for sure! That was a wild one!
  18. that was an incredible show Bob so good to see you and Bones there! Yo was there too!
  19. Friday, April 20th, 2018 aka 420Smokey & The Bandidos presentsA Tribute to the legend BOB MARLEY on 420 - Happy 420!!!House of David Gang (Toronto, Ontario) With support from Aspects & friendsHosted by: Rita CarterMusic provided by: DJ Quesquecest of No Wahala DJsThe 27 Club – 27 York St – Ottawa ON – Doors 9pm – Show 10pm Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2126045544296889/ Tickets: $10 in advance Available at: NRML (184 Rideau St), Vertigo Records (193 Rideau St), Mr. Smoke (43 York St)Bring extra $$$ for munchies. We'll be serving up some amazing finger foods...Jerk Chicken, Veggie Spring Rolls, Fried Chicken Wings, Brownies etc... STARRING: House of David Gang (Toronto, Ontario) Canada’s Reggae Warriors www.houseofdavidgang.com Dubbed “Canada's Reggae Warriors," House of David Gang is an authentic reggae band from Toronto that delivers late 70s and early 80s-style Jamaican reggae originals; mixed with folk, tropical and Canadiana influences. The band takes its name from the House of David, an after-hours hotspot for the Toronto's burgeoning Rastafarian and reggae community from the late 80’s until the mid-90’s. The band adopted the name "House of David Gang" in 1997 when the House of David venue got closed down by city authorities who were able to evict the band based on zoning and noise bylaws. The band then became well-known for live performances at The Bamboo and El Mocambo and hosting the Peter Tosh Tributes for over 25 years. Now the band continues to be influential for played over hundreds of dates across Canada and have shared the stage with top reggae artists such as Lee Scratch Perry, Xavier Rudd, Major Lazer, The Mighty Diamonds, Big Youth, Bushman, Mad Professor, Dawn Penn, Leroy Sibbles, Echo Minott, The Original Wailers and Ill Scarlett. The David Gang band members include Canada's top reggae session artists and have performed in front of enthusiastic crowds at some of Canada’s top music festivals including The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, Hillside Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto Festival of Beer, Ottawa Reggae Festival, Word On The Street, Irie Music Festival, Canada 150 Celebrations and more. A career highlight for the band was a performance for over 30,000 people at The Freedom Festival at Queen's Park in Toronto.
  20. Uma Nota and Nufunk Concerts present THE HUMAN RIGHTS 10 Year Anniversary Party with special guests Exco Levi, Dubmatix, Ammoye, TDot Batu, Maracatu Mar Aberto and many more. Saturday April 7th, 2018 The Redwood Theatre 1300 Gerrard St.E, Toronto, ON http://www.redwoodcircus.com Doors @ 8pm Tickets $15 advance / $20 at the door Facebook Link / Online Tickets Toronto Reggae collective The Human Rights celebrates 10 years of hard hitting live reggae with the best of Canada's Reggae Scene In the spring of 2008 three veterans of the Toronto reggae music scene -- Friendlyness, Bernie Pitters and I-Sax decided to take a chance and come together with four freshly graduated music school students to form an original conscious modern-roots Reggae band. Just months later they found themselves on stage in front of a sold-out Phoenix Concert Hall opening for one of the biggest names in Reggae music, Gregory Isaacs. The spark caught fire and ten years later, The Human Rights are at the top of their musical game. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the band is presenting a special 10 Year Anniversary party featuring an array of special guests and old friends from across the diverse Toronto music scene including: Exco Levi, Dubmatix, Ammoye, TDot Batu, Maracatu Mar Aberto and many more. About The Human Rights www.thehumanrights.ca Since they came together, The Human Rights have built a reputation as one of Canada's top Reggae bands -- specializing in original, high-energy, modern roots reggae with a mix of jazz, funk and R&B influences. The band is fronted by Juno nominee Friendlyness (formerly of Culture Shock & Big Sugar) and Juno nominee Tréson on lead vocals and features a blazing 3-piece horn section, two stellar guitar players, and a rock steady riddim section, topped off by legendary reggae keyboardist Bernie Pitters (Toots and the Maytals, Hit Squad, Leroy Brown, Sly & Robbie). In 2017 The Human Rights had the honour of opening up for world wide reggae legends The Wailers, once again in front of a sold-out crowd at Phoenix Concert Hall in Toronto. The band also performed at Sound Academy, Harbourfront, Roy Thomson Hall and the Jambana Festival. In 2009, 2012 and 2016 they toured across Canada and performed at the Calgary Reggae Festival, one of the top Reggae festivals in the country. Since the release of their debut CD "One Thing" in 2010, The Human Rights have played well over 100 live shows, and released singles for 'Right Now', 'Take A Stance' and 'Old School Track' which spent a record 44 weeks on the listener-voted Rebel Vibez Top Ten Chart. Other highlights include opening for seminal Reggae legends such as John Holt, Beres Hammond, and Freddie McGregor, recording live for Big City, Small World on CBC Radio One, and a song placement in the Trailer Park Boys movie, "Don’t Legalize It." Produced by Big Sugar frontman and Canadian music icon Gordie Johnson, their 2016 self-titled album is The Human Rights’ most ambitious record yet, a powerful statement that the heartbeat of roots Reggae in Canada has never been stronger.
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