Montreal International Reggae Festival

Three days of hopping and colourful Jamaican rhythms.
Montreal’s festive summer season was augmented in 2004 with the emergence of The Montreal International Reggae Festival – offering three days of “Reggae Rocking”. With an aim to not only showcase the pulsating Reggae beat of internationally renowned musicians, but also to highlight excellence amongst a diverse set of ‘Reggae Ambassadors’ from all corners of the world including Canadian based musicians. This festival continues to be held in high esteem. Consistently embracing the theme, “United Against Violence” the Montreal International Reggae Festival has become a significant tradition for Reggae music lovers in and outside of Canada.

Reaggae took form following gradual musical transformations from Mento to Ska; to Rock Steady and then Reggae. Reggae music became most popular in the 1970s when it burst onto the international scene through popular songs by artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers. While originating in Jamaica, a Caribbean island with many cultural influences, Reggae has been adopted and mastered by great musicians in all corners of the world. Reggae music also evolved over the years creating wide variations of what was initially an ‘up beat one drop’ sound. Today the genre is identified by the titles, Dance Hall, Dub, Lover’s Rock and Roots/Conscious Reggae – each strongly interconnected with the other.

Friday, August 18, 2017
4pm to 11pm

Saturday, August 19, 2017
3pm to 11pm

Sunday, August 20, 2017
3pm to 11pm

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