Sunday, March 24, 2019

REGGAE MUSIC IN CANADA // Organize and Centralize


AN ARCHIVE OF THE CANADIAN REGGAE MUSIC INDUSTRY


The reggae music industry in Canada has existed almost as long as reggae music itself has, with its impact establishing itself in Canada with the emergence of Jamaican artists touring the country in the mid-1960s, and naturally with the increase of Jamaicans relocating north with the implementation of the Canadian Immigration Act of 1967. 

This unofficial overview and archive of the reggae music industry in Canada was constructed with the intention of providing a resource for reggae creators, consumers, and supporters in Canada and around the world. This cultural sector is broad, as is any genre. From the musical aspect to the industry and business side, the media, and the consumers, there are many factors that are at work to construct and maintain reggae music in Canada.

The following directory lists some of the many important elements of the reggae music industry: Broadcast Radio, Online Media, Recording Artists, Events & Festivals, and DJs & Sounds, collated as a source of support and as a means of encouraging new connections.

Are you working on any ideas in support of the growth of the Canadian reggae music industry? We'd love to participate; contact us at jcuf@kyapublishing.com to find out about our cultural communication services.

REGGAE RADIO IN CANADA


This list includes broadcast radio programming in Canada with a primary focus on reggae music, news, and culture. This is a work in progress: we are happy to make additions as we become aware of additional programming. Have we forgotten a radio program or host that you'd like us to list? Please contact us as jcuf@kyapublishing.com, or tag us on Instagram at @JamaicanCanadianLove.

DELROY G SHOWCASE | G 98.7fm (Toronto)
I.R.S. (INTERNATIONAL REGGAE & SOCA) | CFMU 93.3fm (Hamilton)
LEVEL THE VIBES | CFRO 100.5fm (Vancouver)
MORNING RIDE | 89.5fm (Toronto)
RADIO DUBPLATE | VIBE 105.5fm (Toronto)
REBEL VIBEZ | 105.5fm (Toronto)
REGGAE'S GOLDEN STAIRCASE | VIBE 105.5fm (Toronto)
REGGAE ROCKERS SHOW | CITR 101.9fm (Vancouver)
RIDDIM COME FAWAAD | CFBU 103.7fm (St. Catharines)
RIDDIM TRACK | G 98.7fm (Toronto)
VIBE DRIVE SESSIONZ | 105.5fm (Toronto)
WIZOLOGY SHOW | VIBE 105.5fm (Toronto)

CANADIAN REGGAE ONLINE


This list includes websites, online radio stations, and prominent social media portals in support of Canadian reggae music. Are there are any sites you'd like to bring to our attention, to add to this list? Please email us at jcuf@kyapublishing.com, or tag us on Instagram at @JamaicanCanadianLove.

Canadian Reggae World
CanJam Muzik
Caribbean Vibrations
G View TV
Ital Roots Radio
Reggae Mania
Reggae Run Tingz
Reggae Xclusive
Toronto Reggae

CANADIAN REGGAE RECORDING ARTISTS & REGGAE MUSICIANS IN CANADA


This list includes recording reggae artists, bands, and musicians of the past and present whose careers were based in Canada, although not all are Canadian-born. Did we forget to mention any artists? No disrespect intended! Drop us a line at jcuf@kyapublishing.com and we'd be happy to add to our list. Be sure to tag us on Instagram at @JamaicanCanadianLove and we'll share your artist news and events online!

20th Century Rebels
Adri Zhina
Adrian Miller
Afua Cooper
Akustix
Allen's Conditions
Ammoye
Big Sugars
Blessed
Carl Henry
Carla Marshall
Chester Miller
Clifton Joseph
Critical and Revolutionary Tea Party
Devon Haughton
Devon Martin
Dezzle
DJ Ray
Donna Makeda
Dru
Dub Poets Collective
Dubmatix
Elain Lil Big Shepherd
Elsworth James
Errol Blackwood
Exco Levi
Eyesus
Friendlyness and the Human
Fujahtive
George Banton
Ghislain Poirier
Glen Ricketts
Humble
Innocent
Inspector Lenny
Ishan People
IRanimoo
Jackie Mittoo
Jah Beng
Jay Douglas
Jayson
Kafinal
Kardinal Offishall
Kaisha Lee
KConeil
Kim Davis
Kirk Diamond
Korexion
Kreesha Turner
Kulcha Connection
Kulcha Ites
Kwesi Selassie
Lazah Curretn
Leejahn
Lenn Hammond
Leroy Brown
Leroy Sibbles
Liberty Silver
Lillian Allen
Lix
Lyndon John X
Magic!
Makeshift
Mandiela
MC Caddy Cad
Mel Dube
Melanie Durrant
Messenjah
Michie Mee
Mikey Dangerous
Mojah
Mustiboy
Nana McLean
Naomi Cowan
Netoyut
Nkrumah
One
R Zee Jackson
Raggadeath
Rally Bop
Ras Lee
Razalution
Revelation
Skaface
Sky Star
Snipa Wizdom
Snow
Sol Odel
Sonia Collymore
Sunforce
Syren
Tabarruk
Tanya Mullings
Tasha T
The Mountain Edge
The Resinators
The Shanksters
The Sheiks Band
The Webber Sisters
Tony Anthony
Trade Winds
Trinity Chris
Truth and Rights

CANADIAN REGGAE EVENTS & FESTIVALS


This is a list of  annual events that take place in Canada, with a prominent focus on reggae music and/or Jamaican culture. Have we left out any important celebrations? Please send us a link at jcuf@kyapublishing.com so we can update our directory! If there is an upcoming event you'd like us to share on our Instagram page @JamaicanCanadianLove, please tag us and we'll repost your flyer!

Caribana aka Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Toronto)
Edmonton Reggae Fest (Edmonton)
Grace JerkFest (Toronto)
Harbourfront's Island Soul (Toronto)
Irie Music Festival (Toronto)
Jamaica Day (Toronto)
Jambana (Toronto)
Montreal Reggae Festival (Montreal)
Ottawa Jerk Fest (Ottawa)
RastaFest (Toronto)
Reggae Fest Calgary (Calgary)
Reggae Music Conference (Toronto)
Scarborough African Canadian Festival (Toronto)

CANADIAN REGGAE DJS / REGGAE SELECTORS / CANADIAN REGGAE SOUNDS


This is a list of Canadian Reggae DJs, sounds, selectors, and MCs, from past and present, as compiled by online sources. Have we missed anyone significant? No disrespect intended! Send us a link at services@kyapublishing.com, or tag us on our Instagram page @JamaicanCanadianLove and we'll add to this list of DJs.

Acid
Big Toes
Bigga Boss
Black Magic
Black Reaction
Blax Dun Da Place
Boodoo
Brimstone Gold
Capone
Chippy Military
Chris Dubbs
Delroy G
DJ Baldy
DJ Chocolate
DJ Hoppa
DJ Tyrone
DJ Verse One
Dub Connection
Faction Sound
FatKat Ent
Fire Boss Steenie
Firesquad
Flatline
George Barrett
Gideon
Heavy Metal
Ill Kidz
Infamous
John J
Journey
Judgement Day
K Zar
Killowatt
King Sharp to the World
King Turbo
King Vower
Lindo P
Louie Sutherland
Maceo City Crew
Magnum Force
Military
Mon a Galis
Mr. Jay
Mystic Sound
Outcast
Patrick Roots
Pressure Drop
Redemption Sound
Reggae Crew
Renegade Squad
Selecta Abel
Soul Vibes
Spex
Street Team
Sunshine Sound Crew
Supa Loaded
Super Heavy
Tank Gyal
Tasha Rozez
Whitebwoy
Xtra Stock
Zee

REFERENCES


Here is a list of some of the key books, websites, and resources that we used to investigate the history and development of Reggae Music in Canada. This is a work in progress; we look forward to continuing to contribute to this growing body of work, and the overall research and development of this important cultural genre.

"A Brief History of Reggae Music in Toronto" (December 2014) by David Dacks

"Active Canadian Reggae-Dancehall Juggling Sounds and DJs" (April 2016) by Ron Nelson

Canadian Reggae World

“Global Reggae” (Canoe Press, 2012) by Carolyn Cooper

"Guide to Canadian Reggae Artists" (December 2007) by Nicky Dread

"Juno Awards: Reggae Recording of the Year" by the Juno Awards

"Jackie Mittoo and the Golden Age of Canadian Reggae" (November 2018) by CBC

"Research Guide to Reggae Lane: Jamaica's Reggae Music Scene: 1960s to Present" (June 2016) by Toronto Public Library

Toronto Reggae

Wikipedia






Compiled by Stacey Marie Robinson for Kya Publishing's "Urban Toronto Tales" blog.


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