From August 6-8, the Quays of the Old Bay in Montreal will once again be filled with the sultry sounds of reggae music. Yes, the Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) is back with another amazing platform of Caribbean music excellence. “This year we have created a sense of lasting legacy by showcasing internationally respected Caribbean musicians, whose music continues to bring people from all walks of life together,” says MIRF President, Eric Blagrove.

Already known for its cultural diversity, the easily accessible island city of Montreal will host thousands of diverse people from all over the world as they gather in “Unity Against Violence,” the festivals recurring theme. In its seventh addition, the festival will be headlined by Bunny Wailer, one of the original Wailers who, along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, helped to popularize the sound of roots reggae.  

Each day, a different genre will be featured: the first night of the festival has been dubbed “Caribbean Night,” showcasing the sounds of Soca and Calypso and featuring international successes, Byron Lee’s Draggonaires, Becket, and Pluto. Then on Saturday August 7th, “Dancehall Night” commences with the bombastic, high-energy sounds of the genre’s most popular artists like Lady Saw, who was actually the first female dancehall DJ to win a Grammy, Little John, often credited with being the first dancehall singer, Cham, and Mr. Vegas. On the final night, reggae music veterans and headliner Bunny Wailer perform for “Vintage Night.”

Tickets can be purchased according with the night desired or for the entire weekend. Individual tickets start at $40, while inclusive week-end tickets are $115. They can be purchased online or in-person at select venues. For more information on the festival and tickets, visit www.MontrealReggaeFest.com

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