Montreal’s 7th Reggae Festival Returns to the Quaint Old Port

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By: Liz Smith

Separated into the themed nights of Caribbean Night; Dancehall Night and Vintage Night, the 7th annual Montreal International Reggae Festival has returned to the Quays of The Old Port in picturesque Old Montreal.

On August 6th, 7th and 8th 2010 this riverside venue will come alive with pulsating rhythms from some of the world’s best Caribbean cultural icons and Canadian based acts.

The festival opens up with a salute to celebrated and adored Caribbean musicians like Byron Lee’s Dragonaires, whose recent golden anniversary brought light to a custom of them literally bringing Caribbean music around the world.

They will carry on that tradition; and will be joined by the witty Pluto Shervington. St Vincent’s ace calypsonian/composer Becket, whose illustrious career spans over 30 years of churning out top hits, will be featured with CKUT’s Howard “Stretch” Carr hosting what organizers promise to be a solid fusion of the old and brand new.
Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) President, Eric Blagrove said, “This year we have created a sense of lasting legacy by show-casing internationally respected Caribbean musicians whose music continues to bring people from all walks of life together.”

Blagrove and the MIRF team will uphold their commitment to presenting an artistic platform of excellence.
Dubbed “Dance-hall Night” – August 7 will feature Lady Saw, the first female dancehall Dee-Jay to win a Grammy. Also called “the red hot night” by festival organizers, it will sizzle with artists like, Mr. Vegas, Sustain, Little John and Baby Cham, who has international collaborations with artists such as Rihanna and Alicia Keys.

Canadian based Lady Shelly, Damien Jackson and JLogix will add to the steam that will wind up a full day of festive activities designed for all ages.

Cultural displays, a children’s corner, information booths and food from all corners of the world, will be on the Saturday festival agenda.
On the final day, August 8, “The Living Legend” Bunny Wailer from the trio of Original Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, will be making his first appearance in Montreal in many years. Other performers for this vintage night include Leroy Gibbons, Frankie Paul, Tony Gits and Peter Tosh’s son ; Tosh 1.

As is customary MIRF identifies heavily with their running theme of “United Against Violence” and they strive to produce events that mirror this sentiment.

From the eldest to the youngest – all are encouraged to check out the rocking rhythms of MIRF under the river breezed Quays of the Old Port in Montreal. Go to for more information or call 514-482-7921.