By Len Chan : The Calgary Reggae Festival is now in its 10th year. The event, which took place August 14-17, is eagerly awaited for by the many reggae fans in Western Canada, Washington, Idaho and Montana and for many it is the only chance to see reggae icons and stars all together at one festival. Over the years many stars such as Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd, Steele and Carrie Mullings have returned to Calgary to perform.
This year newcomers to the reggae genre were given a free preview at Shaw Millennium Park. Some perhaps have heard reggae music here and there, especially
the Bob Marley song “One Love” which is still very popular and well remembered, but to see performers live is something else. At the preview, Calgary’s Powerhouse, and JK and the Relays, Winnipeg’s Mello Man, Toronto’s House of David Gang and Jamaica’s Lukie D. performed.
The main event on Saturday included an impressive lineup of Reggae Bands, including Dj Cry and Simple, The Steadies, and the Jason Wilson Band with Dave Swarbrick. Performers included Tony Rebel, Leroy Sibbles, Steele, Ammoye, Yaz Alexander, Elaine Shepherd and Ky-Mani Marley. Many fans were wearing the Reggaefest T-Shirt as they grooved to the music. Special opening ceremony guest was Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Ammoye and Elaine Shepherd performed mid-afternoon as a prelude to an exciting evening.
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