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2014 Calgary International Reggae Festival: More Than Music

CALGARY, Alberta – The 2014 Calgary International Reggae Festival has brought together one of the most diverse and exciting lineups in Reggae Music. From August 14-16 Rastagarians will unite at Shaw Millennium Park to be part of the 11th year of ReggaeFest. This year’s lineup features true Reggae royalty Third World, Canadian superstars Exco Levi and Belinda Brady and joining us all the way from Beijing, China the incomparable Long Shen Dao. ReggaeFest’s dedication to showcasing Albertan, Canadian and international Reggae talent is the reason why ReggaeFest is quickly becoming one of the premiere Reggae festivals in North America.

On Friday, August 15 kicking off two nights of high-energy performances, Venezuelan imports Uno Band, Jamaican roots rockers Raging Fyah will be performing a free concert alongside Calgary’s Infiniti Band and Toronto’s Mountain Edge Roots & Culture Band.

In addition to two exciting main stage shows, ReggaeFest and the National Music Centre presents “Reggae: Between Continents”, featuring interactive discussion on Reggae’s impact across the globe as well as live performances from Uno Band and Raging Fyah at the National Music Centre on Thursday, August 14. And just a week earlier, on Thursday, August 7 Reggae lovers can whet their palates with Reggae on Film: The Story of Lovers Rock at the Plaza Theatre at 6:30 PM; tickets are $10 at the door.

The Calgary International Reggae Festival prides itself on being more than a music festival. ReggaeFest is about celebrating culture, friendship and community. Good music, good food and good vibes are what bring Rastagarians of all ages together each year on the third weekend August.

Tickets are on sale now at all Calgary Safeway stores until August 15 and online via ReggaeFest.ca. For more information on this year’s lineup and events visit www.ReggaeFest.ca.

In October of 2003, six Calgarians came together with the same vision – to increase the awareness of Reggae Music in Western Canada and to provide an avenue where this music can be heard. The Calgary Reggae Festival Society (CRFS) was formed. CRFS is set on a mission to promote local, regional and national awareness of Reggae Music in Canada and will also strive to lobby mainstream media to give the music more airplay. 10 years later the Calgary International Reggae Festival is one of the largest reggae music festivals outside of southern Ontario.

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