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 harbourfrontcentre.com/worldroutes or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.
Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W. Toronto, Ontario.