The TD IRIE Music Festival has become a summer staple for dance and music lovers. Now in its 11th year, the festival is renowned for showcasing talented artistes.
The fun will begin this weekend as the TD IRIE Music Festival opens the party season in Mississauga. Among the artistes scheduled to perform are international reggae sensation, Etana, who will headline the first IRIE Women’s Showcase in Mississauga on Saturday. She will be joined by a who’s who of rising Canadian female artistes, including Belinda Brady, Ammoye and Dahlia. Other artistes who will perform at the TD IRIE Music Festival in Mississauga include internationally-renowned Bunji Garlin, who will headline the Sunday performances, Moses Revolution and Papa Levy.
Title sponsored by TD Bank, The TD IRIE Music Festival provides an opportunity to promote greater understanding between diverse cultures and the traditions of the Greater Toronto Area – the world’s most culturally diverse region.
“IRIE Fest is a fun, free, family friendly showcase of the best in reggae, world music, dance, great food and other artistic endeavours,” said Phil Vassell, TD IRIE Musical Festival’s Artistic Director and co-founder. “That is what the IRIE Music Festival has always been about.”
The festival will also be held later this summer in Toronto and will feature former Soul II Soul member, Richie Stephens, along with Half Pint, who will bring their dancehall grooves to Nathan Phillips Square. As an added treat, an inaugural IRIE Fest showcase will be held in Oshawa; headlined by reggae, R &B and hip-hop star, Wayne Wonder.
“We’ve consolidated our downtown Toronto festivities at the newly revamped and renovated Nathan Phillips Square, and branched out to include Peel and Durham and better connect with culturally diverse populations in those regions as well,” said Vassell.
The TD IRIE Music Festival will be held on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at Mississauga Celebration Square (near Square One); Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 in Memorial Park in downtown Oshawa; and Friday, August 2 to Monday August 5 at Nathan Phillips Square, in downtown Toronto.
Admission is free for all venues. As official media partners of the TD IRIE Music Festival, City, OMNI and Rogers TV will provide coverage of the festivities.
For more information, visit.www.iriemusicfestival.com and see ad on page 12.