Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival

June 22, 2023 - June 26, 2023
Ship Point

Victoria’s 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival Lineup Announcement – MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

We are pleased to announce the lineup for Victoria’s 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival, once
again taking place in the heart of beautiful downtown Victoria, June 22 – 26, 2022. Our first festival
since our legendary 2019 instalment features a plethora of diverse, exciting and hugely talented bands
and artists from right here in Canada and around the world highlighting the truly global impact of
Jamaican-rooted music.

Headlining our 23rd year is reggae royalty, THE WAILERS. The band of the reggae icon Bob Marley,
The Wailers have been among reggae’s greatest ambassadors for over 60 years, spreading the love
and keeping the spirit of Bob Marley alive and strong wherever they go. In looking to the artists that
built the culture, we are very proud to welcome Jamaican dancehall legend KING YELLOWMAN and
his supremely talented daughter K’REEMA to our stage for a very special Friday night performance on
our “Sons and Daughters of Reggae” showcase. “Sons and Daughters of Reggae” also features the
powerful JO MERSA MARLEY – grandson of Bob Marley and son of current reggae star Stephen
Marley. Canada’s reggae crossover sensation BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH make their festival debut,
alongside Vancouver funk powerhouse FIVE ALARM FUNK. New York’s genre-obliterating trio TOO
MANY ZOOZ hits Victoria for the first time as they take the stage for a Saturday night party that also
features New Zealand reggae heroes KATCHAFIRE.

As a true Festival for the People, in addition to our paid programming we are once again bringing
three nights of world-class FREE music to our signature main stage. These free showcases this year
are highlighted by the Victoria debut of New Zealand’s THREE HOUSES DOWN feat. GENERAL
FIYAH, New Brunswick travelling dance party STEPHEN LEWIS & THE BIG BAND OF FUN,
Canada’s calypso/ska wizards KOBO TOWN, Brazil’s PARAHYBA SKA JAZZ FOUNDATION and
Toronto reggae/R&B songstress TRISH who will be backed by Victoria’s PHONOSONICS.

Even though the music is what makes the headlines, our Rocksteady Multimedia Arts Collective
highlights visual art from some of the area’s most interesting artists and we’ll once again be featuring
internationally inspired culinary delights courtesy of chef Eric Holden. We will also again be hosting a
serious of free workshops with festival headliners that allow the public to get more familiar with artists
in a uniquely intimate setting. With almost all shows being all-ages, some of the most reasonable
ticket prices around and a lineup that touches on an astounding number of genres allied under a
single banner, Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival has something for every music-lover. We are so excited
to once again welcome the world to the heart of Victoria to celebrate the power of musical community.

Tickets on sale through and various in-person locations Friday, April 15 at 10am.