The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) brings it’s wealth of Reggae greats to the Quays of The Old Port to wind up summer festival fun in Montreal on August 20 and 21. The dates of calendar etchings of MIRF and its line-up of multiple award winners include Grammy winning Third World Band who joins Legends from Studio One which includes The Heptones, six time Billboard Top Reggae Album winner, Beres Hammond and MOBO, EME and Urban Music Award winning Mavado to be part of what is a ‘Reggae Tradition’ in Montreal. Completing the weekend will be a roster of outstanding Canadian Reggae masters that include: Ammoye, Jah Cutta, Iley Dread, Esco Levi and Orthodox Issachar, this year is marked for excellence.
“The emphasis has always been to create a safe and culturally vibrant space to celebrate Reggae music and its enlightening rifts rhythms and lyrics; and 2011 will be staged with that approach. We have included the usual blend of genres, with first rate representations of each.” Says Janice Dayle, MIRF spokesperson.
Two nights of Reggae start off with a sound system clash between: Kilamanjaro, Black Kat, Little Thunder and Crystal - on August 19 at EB Club Lounge. The weekend will see Gyptian featured among Saturday night’s dancehall performers alongside Jahvinci and Wayne Wonder who is billed for Sunday’s classics.
Activities at MIRF will take place throughout each day, as a cultural marketplace is scheduled to unfold in that perfect spot beside the river. An event for all ages, MIRF has been designed as a program that is inclusive of every generation and all who dwell in Montreal or those who seek out the city as a tourist destination.
DATE: August 20 & 21 - TIME: Friday: 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm
For schedules and tickets www.montrealreggaefest.com