History will be made on July 1 at Scarborough Civic Centre and July 3 at Nathan Phillips Square with a star-studded reunion of some of Jamaica and Canada's most celebrated foundation reggae artists. Musicians and singers of Jamaican origin who put Toronto on the map as an international reggae hub in the 70s and 80s will join the Kingston All-Stars on stage to create a powerful showcase of talent.
Drummer Sly Dunbar rose to international prominence alongside bassist Robbie Shakespeare as reggae's best and most innovative rhythm section. The duo have lent their rhythmic punch and near-telepathic interplay to some of reggae's most important sessions. Guest appearances at famous recording sessions and multiple albums gives Dunbar his renowned status.
Mikey "Mao" Chung
Chung, of Chinese Jamaican descent, grew up on Tewari Crescent in Jamaica.He began his music career in the 60s with the Mighty Mystics and rapidly made a name for himself as a legendary reggae guitarist. Having played with well over a dozen bands and musicians, Chung's talent is undeniable.
Hux grew up in rural Port Antonio, Jamaica playing a small box guitar for Mento bands like the Jolly Boys. His signature muted-string picking style fits perfectly with sounds of Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae, and can be heard on records from Paul Simon, Bob Marley, and Toots & the Maytals.
Robbie has played the keyboard with various session bands including Now Generation, Sound Dimension, Word, Sound and Power, and Sly and Robbie. He has also toured with many reggae artists, including Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, and Third World.
Yvonne Moir, a staple in Toronto's Ska community, conceived Bangarang Horns alongside countless ensembles, tours, and recording projects. Moir, Dennis Passley (tenor saxophone), and Alison Hanley (trumpet) make up this dynamic group of horns. The trio is making their debut in company with Kingston All-Stars.
For 37 years Jah Cutta has toured the Caribbean, Canada and the United States, sharing the stage with Peter Tosh, Beres Hammond, The Wailers, Ken Boothe, Luciano and Sugar Minott, and performing at numerous reggae festivals, including Rebel Salute in Jamaica, the Montreal and Calgary Jazz Festivals, and Montreal's Festival of Lights.
Ranford "Ronnie Bop" Williams
One of the original guitarists in "The Upsetters," Ronnie Bop quickly made waves in the Jamaican music scene. Recording on what many reggae fans believe to be the best of Bob Marley, Ronnie Bop's renowned work with Bob Marley and The Wailers is a testament to his incredible career as a musician.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Stranger found success as a songwriter in 1962. His musical achievement followed him to England, where he toured extensively as a singer after working with a number of producers such as Lee Perry. He later opened the first Caribbean record shop in Toronto, where he now resides.
Son of reggae-soul singer Alton Ellis, Noel found a voice of his own at a young age in Kingston, Jamaica. After moving to Toronto, Noel discovered a lively West Indian population and several record shops that catered to his musical talent and interests. He remains a part of Toronto's 70s-born reggae scene.
Carol Brown's musical journey began with The Loving Sisters duo in the late 60s. After captivating audiences in Jamaica, Brown moved to Canada as a solo artist developing her career and performing with several musicians such as Leroy Sibbles and Sugar Minott. Brown's newest single will be released in 2017.
Tony "Bassie" Hibberts
Bassie's career as a session bass player started in Toronto at the legendary Summer Studios with the likes of Jackie Mittoo, Bruce Coburn, Johnny Osbourne, and countless others. Thirty years later, his music career continues in Kingston, Jamaica as an engineer and bassist for multiple bands and musicians.
Moss "Mossman" Raxlen
Kingston All Stars is spearheaded by Moss “ Mossman “ Raxlen, a multi-faceted musician, writer, arranger, producer and engineer. Moss will be doing the live dub mixing for the band.