Jah Rastafari! Montreal adds another festival to its long list of festivals: Check out The Montreal International Reggae Festival at the Old Port from June 4th to 6th, 2004. Some of the biggest stars in reggae and dancehall have arrived to entertain and speak Truth. The list includes Coco Tea, Buju Banton, Half Pint, Luciano, The Itals, Morgan Heritage, Ce'cile, Mikey General, Kaliroots, Culture among others.
The Festival celebrates the powerful message of "unity" in reggae music and in culture around the world. This year's theme is "United Against Violence," the proceeds go to the Montreal's Children's Hospital Fund.
While at the festival, sample Caribbean cuisine such as Jerk chicken, Jamaican patties, goat curry, sorel and coconut milk at the numerous food stands. Also, don't forget to pass by the vendors selling different reggae tunes and souvenirs. Apart from the music and food, there is a skateboarding rink and face painting for children. Should you run out of cash, there's a Guichet on site.
Reggae is everybody's music and there are Rastas of all creeds and people. Five thousand people came out for the opening night and 20, 000 people are expected to attend by the time the festival wraps up. 15 performances were featured on last night's opening night, including: Montreal's francophone group Kaliroots, world renowned Itals, Junior Kelly and the night concluded with Coco Tea's superb performance.
Don't just take my word for it, you have to come down to the Old Port and experience this.
Location: Metro Place D'Armes and then walk (don't drive…where will you park?) to the Old Port (Jacques Cartier Pier).