Montreal International Reggae Festival - conscious reggae in all forms


By: Janice Dayle

iwayne_lavagroundreggae.jpgDrawing from the best of the best in the reggae genre, Montreal International Reggae Festival lead people revealed a line-up that will surely have this year's season tickets going like hot cakes. Long time Montreal favorites like Black Uhuru, Third World, Tony Rebel and Jah Cutta are expected to grace the stages of Montreal's Old Port along with brand new fresh cultural sounds from Kymani Marley, Mikey Dangerous, I Wayne, Gyptian, Turbulence and a host of others.

July 13, 14 and 15, 2007 are the dates to mark on your calendars, for the festival which started in 2004 with a bang that has not diminished. Each year Executive Producer, Cezar Brumeanu and his tight crew inject brilliant innovative strategies intensifying the excitement Montreal's reggae fest brings.


Keeping with the theme "United Against Violence," the festival has aligned itself with the organization, Leave Out Violence (LOVE) and continues to aim at encouraging peace, love and unity through reggae music. Youth from the non-profit LOVE will operate a free One - Love Stage that will be situated north of the Quays of Montreal's Old Port. Young artists will showcase their talents along with some seasoned Canadian based reggae musicians from 11am until 2pm each festival day.

Breathing a refreshing new life into the worthy and increasingly popular festival, Lottery leaders, Loto Quebec have jumped in to support one of the festival's aims of bringing people together for the benefit of Quebec society. Free shows are scheduled for the Loto Quebec Stage and they include performances by Kymani Marley on Friday night, Halifax's Andru Branch and the Half Way Tree Band, to name a few.

This year's festival has endless novel features. There is a final night Cruise with Luciano, Dean Fraser and Mikey General appearing live, attractive travel packages, special VIP admission and of course the main ingredients being - countless veterans and rising stars like: Admiral Bailey and Steele as well as dynamic women in reggae like Queen Ifrica and Tanya Mullings - so check it out.