In a year of major celebrations which will see Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago celebrate their 50th anniversary of independence, the TD IRIE Music Festival has an anniversary of its own.
The festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary with its music festival expanding to the new $40 million Celebration Square in Mississauga this weekend, July 14 and 15.
Celebration Square is located across from Square One. The TD IRIE Music Festival is free and all are welcome.
The musical lineup will also celebrate the music of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Reggae singer Wayne Wonder will be the headliner for July 14 while award-winning Soca star, Bunji Garlin, will get everyone jumping on Sunday, July 15.
The lineup of local performers include some of the best local artists such as Steele, Sattalites, Moses Revolution, Trevor B, D’Enforcas, Errol Blackwood, Donna Makeda, Comfort, Mountain Edge Crew and more.
Artistic director Phil Vassell describes the festival as “a labour of love” that began in Toronto nine years ago at Nathan Phillips Square. “Irie has become a beacon for the promotion of greater understanding between the diverse cultures and traditions of this world-class city, and now to see the initiative grow to encompass the city of Mississauga and the region of Peel as a whole, is a tremendous source of pride for everyone involved in making Irie a success.”
The Irie experience of music and culture will return to Nathan Phillips Square from August 3 to 6 and Yonge Dundas Square August 4 and 5 with Third World, Ritchie Spice, Fay Ann Lyons, Shi Wisdom and Carlos Budd Ford as the headliners.
The TD IRIE Music Festival is a family-friendly event with offerings of Caribbean and international food, a beer garden, arts and crafts, children’s activities and lots of fun.
For more info, visit www.iriemusicfestival.com.
BY CARL WHITMORE