August 15, 2023 | Vision Newspaper |
2023 marks the 30th anniversary of Rastafest reggae festival. In recognition of this milestone, the festival will be staged from August 17th, 2023 to August 19th, 2023 in Little Jamaica.
Rastafest is Canada’s largest celebration of Rastafari heritage and culture. The festival is a free, multi-disciplined, family fun event highlighting different aspects of the Rastafari and reggae culture. The festival draws from the rich and diverse Rastafari lifestyle, culture, and history. The activities include health and wellness workshops on August 17th at Nia Centre for the Arts, 524 Oakwood Avenue; sound system edition on Friday, August 18th at Reggae Lane parking lot, 1531 Eglinton Avenue West; family, fun activities, ancestral drumming, arts/crafts marketplace and live concert on Saturday, August 19th at Green P parking lot (Eglinton Avenue west & Dufferin Street). Artists include Sativa D Black 1 (from Jamaica), Juno winner Korexion, Polly Pumpie, Donna Makeda, Empress Divine, Jade Faith Richie Flo and Elle Trema.
Rastafest is sponsored by Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, York Eglinton BIA, TTC, Studio M, Rootz Reggae radio and First Friday. The festival is produced by Rastafest Inc, Masani Productions Inc and the Canadian Reggae Music Association.
Live broadcast on CIUT 89.5 FM from 5 pm to 11 pm and live stream on www.rastafest.tv and www.eglintonavenuewest.com. Take the TTC to Rastafest, the better way!