Adding to the excitement of Emancipation Day weekend (also known as Simcoe Day weekend) is the annual JAMBANA festival, which has become one of the premier family-friendly summer events in Toronto.
JAMBANA is sponsored in part by Air Jamaica and produced by Jones and Jones Productions. This year’s event will be hosted by the “Caribbean King of Comedy” Oliver Samuels, and co-emcees Allan Jones of Jones and Jones Productions, actress Marcia Brown and CHRY’s Natty B.
JAMBANA will feature an all-star lineup of acts, including Jan Myers, former lead singer of the gospel group Grace Thrillers and award-winning 14-member Silverbirds Steel Band, who will mesmerize patrons with their show stopping performance of outstanding choreography and steel pan playing.
In praise of the late reggae legend Bob Marley, the festival will hold a “TRIBUTE TO BOB,” a collection of the Jamaican superstar’s classic hits, performed by Majestic Warriors.
JUNO nominees Lyndon John X and the always exciting Steele, sassy Jakki James and rising star Exco Levi will also perform at JAMBANA. Baby Boyz will showcase their outstanding dance moves and Denise Jones will provide “edutainment”.
Headlining the roster of artistes is the “Fantastic Four” quartet of Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis, otherwise known as L.U.S.T.
Kenyatta “Culture” Hill, son of the late great Joseph Hill, will co-headline, performing classics in a tribute to his father.
JAMBANA will feature eight villages, including premier positioning in the VIP Village, which provides a seat, a drink and a meal in close proximity to all the excitement for only $25.
Patrons should visit the Entertainment Village, which will feature a vibrant mix of music, one-of-a-kind delights in the Craft Village, non-stop rides and fun for youngsters in the Children’s Village, living well information in the Health Village and vacation and business information in the Travel and Trade Village. Culinary lovers can satisfy their palate with finger-licking-good foods in the Food Village, and enjoy a domino competition in the Lick A Six Domino Village.
In 2010, JAMBANA friends and family built a house for earthquake victims in Haiti and this year, JAMBANA will continue to help those in need. Part of the proceeds is being donated to not-for-profit organizations “Friends For the Poor” to help build homes in Haiti, and “Helping Hands Jamaica” to benefit hospitals and schools in Jamaica.
“Next year JAMBANA 2012 will be on Monday, August 6, 2010, the day of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence and as we give thanks for the fantastic program we have lined up for this year, we are already programming for JAMBANA 2012,” said Denise Jones, CEO of Jones & Jones Productions Ltd.
This year’s JAMBANA festival will be held on Monday, August 1 at Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the gate. Children 7 and under will be admitted free.
For more information, call 905-452-1911 or visit www.jambana.com.