World renowned reggae superstar, Ziggy Marley, will treat audiences to a feast from his latest album, Fly Rasta, when he performs at the Luminato Festival this weekend.
The Festival Hub at David Pecaut Square is a fully licensed site and the home of the Luminato Lounge featuring Parts & Labour. The Luminato Lounge will embody the essence of Parts & Labour restaurant in Parkdale with a strong emphasis on bringing rustic comfort food to the Festival Hub – unique and accessible food and cocktails that are sure to excite all palates.
The Luminato Lounge, located at 55 John Street, will be open every day of the Festival “from 12 noon ‘til late!”
For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city, creating a home for artists to play, share and create. Luminato Festival is the international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their worldview.
This year the festival features a special night, Saturday June 14. Dedicated to New Orleans Jazz, Reggae, and funk, including Toronto’s own Heavyweights Brass Band, Soul Rebels, the Refugee All Stars and Marley, the highlight is part of the Special Weekend Concert Edition.
“Inspired by New Orleans’ glorious brass band tradition, The Heavyweights Brass Band has shared stages with Trombone Shorty, Galactic and fellow Luminato Festival headliners The Roots. Their debut album, Don’t Bring Me Down, was a knockout, as is their seismic new Brasstronomical.
“Described by the Village Voice as ‘the missing link between Public Enemy and Louis Armstrong,’ the unique, brassy sound of The Soul Rebels emerged in the early 1990s when cofounders Lumar LeBlanc and Derrick Moss married traditional New Orleans jazz with pop and hip-hop.
“In 2002, the Sierra Leone civil war ended and the Refugee All Stars emerged like light from the darkness. Under the direction of Reuben Koromo, the band progressed from jam sessions in Guinean refugee camps to fledgling recordings in their native capital of Freetown.
“Six-time Grammy winner, Emmy Winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley.
As front man of Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, he released eight best-selling albums garnering three Grammys, with chart-topping hits like Tomorrow People. His anticipated fifth solo studio album Fly Rasta was released earlier this year.”
Those that have seen Marley in performance know that he is just as electrifying as his legendary father and is an incredibly talented artiste in his own right.
Solo since 2003, Marley has delivered eight acclaimed albums, and founded U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), a foundation for the betterment of children in Jamaica, Africa and throughout the world.
Free performance times for Saturday are: 1PM The Heavyweights Brass Band, 2:30PM The Soul Rebels; 7PM The Arsenals (Luminato Lounge Stage), 8PM Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.
Gates open 7PM for the 9PM show with Ziggy Marley – The Fly Rasta Tour. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at luminatofestival.com or by calling 416-368-4TIX (4849).