Family fun at JAMBANA festival!

The JAMBANA festival, renowned for providing family-friendly entertainment, will feature a number of V.I.P.s this year.

Jennifer and Wellesley Bolt, the parents of Jamaican Olympic gold medalist sprinter Usain Bolt, will be at the festival for a special presentation to the Jamaican Consulate General in Toronto and the Jamaica High Commission of Ottawa. The Bolts will be among several special guests at the JAMBANA V.I.P. Village.

Featuring live entertainment, seven villages, lots of giveaways and delicious food, the festival will provide activities and fun for people of all ages.

Throughout the event, the soothing sounds of reggae, soca, jazz and gospel will be performed live. Artists scheduled to perform include Byron Lee’s Dragonaires, rising Toronto singing sensation Ammoye, Admiral Bailey, Blessed, Steele, Kim Davis, Carl Henry III, Friendlyness and the Human Rights, Kay Morris and Inspector Lenny.

Patrons can also dance through the ages during the “Decades of Dance” feature, which will showcase some of the Caribbean’s most popular dances from the 60s to the present.

In addition, comedians Trixx and Sabu Grant will have you laughing “til your belly bus’!”

Other attractions include the Craft Village, where patrons can shop for unique trinkets. The Children’s Village, featuring rides, face painting and balloon artists, will provide your little ones with hours of fun! When you’re hungry, head to the Food Village, which offers a variety of food to satisfy your palate, from jerk chicken to roasted corn and everything in between.

Admission to JAMBANA is $5 in advance, $7 at the gate. Children age 7 and under will be admitted free. Part of the proceeds will be used by Friends of the Poor to build double-unit homes in Haiti, and hospitals and schools in the parish of Portland, Jamaica, via the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation.

In addition, JAMBANA’s all-inclusive V.I.P. Village tickets are available for $20. Patrons of V.I.P. Village tickets will be provided with a seat, complimentary meal and beverage.

The JAMBANA Festival, produced by Jones and Jones Productions Inc., and presented by Air Jamaica and Digicel, will be held on Monday, August 2 from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road.

For more information, call 905-452-1911, or visit

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