Boosting Canada’s Talent the Ottawa Reggae Fest Expands

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Canada’s capital will soon be blessed with the up beat one drop reggae rhythm, set to flood Lebreton Flats Festival Park at the second staging of the Ottawa Reggae Festival. Plans are in progress to saturate the place with full blown Reggae vibes on August 21, 22 and 23, 2009 and the spotlight will be on the strong contingent of Canadian talent.

It will be big things in a city that is used to the ‘grand and impressive”; where more than 6,000 reggae lovers flocked the inaugural annual festival last year. “That was supposed to be a one day show that was extended to two days by popular demand,” Danielle Vicha, Festival Director, told Yardflex recently. The success of 2008 influenced the festival’s current expansion allowing more artists to be featured over three days this year.

We want to offer more opportunities for Canadian artists to perform, ”Vicha said. “There will be a nice blend of Canadian artists representing the music community.”

Some of these artists have been blazing up Canada and abroad for some time; they include: Reggae artist, Tam – T, R&B singer, Lady Shelz, Reggaeton sensation, El Neggro and Haitian rap artist J Creole.

While focusing on its mission to promote Canada’s cultural arts and diversity in the Nation’s Capital, with 75 percent Canadian Content, the festival features Grammy winning Shaggy and stellar international performers like, Tanya Stephens, Pressure, Baby Cham and Daniel.

As was the case in year one, there will be something to attract everyone. Festival President, Benjamin Williams said, “There will be a kids’ zone for families with a baby changing station…[as well as] front stage accommodations in the Heineken VIP Lounge for persons with disabilities for no extra charge.”

The different genres to be showcased include Reggae, Dancehall, Reggaeton, Soca, Kompa, World Bear, R&B and Hip Hop. A dub poetry showcase will feature performances by Nth Digri, Doretta Charles and Manchilde. Some of Ottawa’s hottest Dance Crews like: Dy-Verse and Full Clip, will strut their stuff.

“There are so many great performances,” says Vicha, But best of all there is only one stage so you won’t miss a thing”

Missing any part of this volunteer driven event produced by the non-profit Ottawa Reggae Festival group, will be unfortunate for Reggae and music lovers in general. So all who plan to be in the region, should secure their tickets now. Friday and Saturday passes are $35 in advance and $45 for Sunday. Weekend passes can be purchased for $85. VIP tickets for the Heineken Lounge are on sale for $200, offering patrons first-class service, private bar and front stage seating. Tickets are on sale now at

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