Tropical grooves and vibrations take over the waterfront when the 13th Annual Island Soul Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre from July 30 to Aug. 2. This free, long-weekend festival is dedicated to Caribbean culture and explores the lively music, colourful dance, insightful film and delicious food from the islands – all without leaving the city!
The roster at this year’s Island Soul Festival includes music from Jamaica, Trinidad and all islands in between. Highlights are Jamaican roots-reggae singer and activist Queen Ifrica (daughter of ska legend Derrick Morgan); veteran Calypso band Roy Cape and the Kaiso All-Stars; classic rocksteady group The Melodians; The Kingdom of Soca with Dr. Jay de Soca Prince; Jamaican crooner Frankie Paul and select members of Judgement Yard, a fraternity of skilled Rastafari musicians headed by Sizla Kalonji.
Island Soul also sets the scene for the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, a burgeoning film festival that presents the best of Caribbean cinema with two days of film screenings, thought-provoking workshops and Q&A sessions. In total, 13 films will be presented, including Queens of Sound: A Herstory of Reggae and Dancehall which focuses on Queen Ifrica’s (and other female reggae artists’) hardships and triumphs within the male-dominated reggae industry.
Island Soul revelers are also treated to a generous selection of Caribbean fare at various food demos and at the Best Caribbean Dumplings in Toronto Cook-Off. The public can vote for the best Caribbean dumplings in Toronto at harbourfrontcentre.com/worldroutes/dumplings. Voting is open from June 15-July 15. On Aug. 1, a cook-off will be held to determine the winner.
The big theme behind all programming in this year’s World Routes summer festivals is ‘globalocal’, or global to local, a theme programmed into each festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from around the corner to around the globe!
For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit
harbourfrontcentre.com/worldroutes or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.
Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W. Toronto, Ontario.