The Jambana festival returns on August 6 to a new location in The Meadow at Downsview Park in Toronto.
Produced by Jones & Jones Productions Ltd., the event displays the vibrancy of Canada’s cultural mosaic in its finest form, through music, dance, food, history, information and edutainment.
This year the bar has been raised in light of the Olympics and Jamaica’s independence. “Jamaica is more than sports and music though and we will demonstrate the strong hues that Jamaicans in Canada continue to weave into this country’s cultural mosaic,” says Denise Jones, Jambana’s executive producer.
The featured attractions include the Jamaica 50 Jambana VIP Village, a food village, a children’s village, a travel and trade village and a health village.
The day will also feature main stage performances by internationally acclaimed reggae bands and JUNO Award winners accompanied by the rhythms of jazz and gospel.
This year’s line-up includes: Andrew Tosh - son of the late great Peter Tosh, Ken Boothe, Josey Wales, Byron Lee’s Dragonnaires and the Hertford Folk and Cultural Group.
Canadian artistes Divine Brown, Dru, JUNO winner Exco Levi, Steele, Amoy and Mountain Edge will also perform. Caribbean King of Comedy Oliver Samuels is the event’s lead host and a special guest is expected to “pass through.”
Partial proceeds from the event are being donated to Jamaica 50 Inc.’s legacy initiatives.