Author: Stephen Weir | Date: 31 January 2019
The exciting thing about Black History Month is that it brings to this country Caribbean entertainers who might not normally tour in a cold cold Canadian winter. On Saturday February 16th and Sunday February 17th there will be Tribute to the Legends of Reggae performed first in Brampton and then in Montreal, with over 30 singers, comedians and musicians including Jamaica’s Lieutenant Stitchie, Tiger, Pinchers and Canada’s Exco Levi.
The Tribute will be performed first at the 600-seat Rose Theatre in downtown Brampton on Saturday night (doors open 7pm). On Sunday the show takes to the road for a performance in Quebec at the Jamaica Association of Montreal Hall, 4065 Jean-Talon West.
“ Yes it will be a party of 30 who will ride in a luxury coach to Montreal to warm up the Belle Province with dancehall lyrics and rhythms,” promoter Denise Jones told the Caribbean Camera. “ Be it B Town or Montreal, come prepared to dance all night and sing along with lyrics that make you laugh and celebrate the Diaspora cultural tradition of The Griot, telling our stories.”
“ This is our fifth Tribe to the Legends of Reggae during Black History Month, continuing from our 12-year run of our Tribe to Bob Marley,” “We decided that this was the right opportunity to tribute artists who have contributed significantly to the global growth of reggae and are with us to hear us say thank you - as we remember those who are no longer with us.”
As part of the evening programme Brampton based Juno Award winning reggae singer Exco Levi will perform a tribute to the late Garnett Silk. Silk was a Jamaican Reggae musician and Rastafarian, known for his powerful smooth voice. In the early 1990s he was a rising talent, however his career was cut short in 1994 when he died attempting to save his mother from a burning house.
MC for the two concerts will be former Much Music VJ, Master T. The TD Bank is sponsoring the shows as part of their support for Black History Month.