Something for everyone at Harbourfront’s Island Soul festival

The 13th Annual Island Soul Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre this weekend, 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 the Caribbean including Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. 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 the hardships and triumphs of female reggae artists (such as Queen Ifrica) within the male-dominated reggae industry.

Those attending Island Soul will also be treated to a generous selection of Caribbean fare at various food demos and at the Best Caribbean Dumplings in Toronto Cook-Off, the final of which will be held on Aug. 1 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, please visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.

Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W. Toronto, Ontario.

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