16 Sep Taste of the Caribbean festival 24th edition – musical wrap up 2023
Musical wrap up for the 24th edition of Taste of the Caribbean festival 2023 – July 6-9, 2023, at the Clock Tower Quay, Old Port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
by Steven Lam Shang Leen (@iamsuccessbuilder2023) (independent blogger) September 15, 2023 3 min read
The 24th Edition of Taste of the Caribbean festival (@ilovetotc)started on it’s opening day, July 6, 2023, with a bang, a rum-infused bang, while Chef Jae Anthony of Tropikal resto tantalized the taste buds of a crowd, largely media, in the VIP terrace section on festival grounds, with rum infused oysters and tapas, essentially, rum infused everything, courtesy of Mount Gay rum. But, on the fourth day, closing night, what started with a bang, ended in a heavy rain downpour during some of the best musical moments. At the launch, many honourable mentions offering gratitude to the following partners were shared with media: The City of Montreal, the Government of Canada, Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) and several other corporate sponsors like Del Monte, Eska water, Mount Gay Rum, Amarula, Pepito Sangria, Rosemont, 3 Lacs, Flor de Cana, Straight Vodka, Carib beer, and Omerto cocktail just to name a few.
This edition of the Taste of the Caribbean festival (@ilovetotc) welcomed as many as 96,300+ festival goers in and out of its grounds, for the 4-day cultural music engagement, who were fortunate enough to immerse themselves in the ever-noticeable thumping reggae bass bottom lively-up vibrations with the famous rhythmic upbeat / upstroke of the guitar, and the accompanying heavenly keyboard accompaniments to provide that ear nourishing loving sound. It is all lively up music from hereon, throughout all 4 days of intense musical programming.
Although, there were 26 Caribbean genre music artists that performed at the 24th edition of Taste of the Caribbean festival (@ilovetotc), 21 of them were music artists from Montreal. The latter artists, that formed the majority of the festival’s artist line-up are thus part of the Official Minority language musical Community (OLMC) performing in English in a majority French city.
Miss Diva Rising reggae star from Montreal hits the stage to perform her following song: Jah your love is amazing, Number One girl and Talk to me
DJAMBOOLA performs the following numbers during their Caribbean Dance Workshop: Stand Up Doh Fit You – PROBLEM CHILD, NOW No One Waiting – NADIA BATSON x DESTRA GARCIA, Everybody – RUPEE, Ministry Of Road – MACHEL MONTANO, Famalay – MACHEL MONTANO, Tick Tock Boom – DJ FLEX, Joanna – AFRO B, Téré Téré – TOOFAN, Calm Down – REMA, Buga – KIZZ DANIEL, Ambassadeur – DADJU, Yopé – INNOSS’B, État Major – EXTRA MUSICA, Shuperu – DOPENATION, Chacun Sa Chance – KYRS’M, Coller La Petite – FRANCKO, 1er Gaou _ MAGIC SYSTEM, Gweta – TOOFAN, and Zangoulé – SERGE BEYNAUD
UKPONG ”PONG” ETANG dazzles the crowd with his steel pan (Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument) performance with the following tracks: Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You, Bill Withers – Just The Two of Us, T-Pain – I’m Sprung, Charly Black – Party Animal, Linky First – Rock and Come In, V’ghn – Trouble in the Morning, Oxlade – Ku Lo Sa, CKay – Love Nwantiti , Ruger – Dior, Rema – Calm Down, and Patrice Roberts – Bless This Party
Nueva Vista performed the following song list: Fria, Criminal feat. DJ Kleancut & Christian John, SakPase feat. Toppy X Man, Enviciado, Ayer Sone, Mamacita feat. Fame Holiday, Skip Hype Crowd, AntiStress and Creme Brulee.
Saya percussion (@saya_percussion) carries an all-ages crowd as he guides a percussion workshop while supplying his own arsenal of tam tam drums to the festival crowd. This Saya percussions workshop brought lots of energy and crowd unto the festival grounds and somehow woke everyone up like a big dose of coffee! Bravo!
Keon KD Dan performs the following numbers: Here I am to worship, I lift my hands, My all in all, In his presence.
Kya Kindu performs the following numbers on her energizing stage performance: Bae, Give it up, Love is so pure, Mountain May Day
Leesa Mackey & Kali Thurton started their set with a slight sound issue, Nevertheless, they carried on with their performance as the rain started to trickle down, while they performed the following songs: Praise Jah, Peace Pipe, Crucial Rock, Love, the ever popular ‘’Redemption song (Bob Marley’s classic)’’, Walking on sunshine and they closed off by playing their version of Pimpers Paradise.
Montreal Reggae star legend Dan Fyah Beats (@danfiyahbeats) energized the stage while his relentless chi karate kicked the rain away while he performed the following 6 song set list: Sata, I love Jah Jah (RiddimWise), Jah Give, Lovin You, Papa use to tell me, and Crazy.
A popular Carib / Latin musically gifted singer and entertainer, Cuban roots Montrealer, Adan de Dios (@adandedios), gracefully closes the evening while a very heavy downpour continued throughout his set list and certain members of the audience sought refuge under umbrellas and tent kiosks. The following Latin rhythm songs were performed by him and two other members of his trio: Colegiala, Chan chan, Pare Cochero, Caballo Viejo, Bilongo, Lágrimas Negra, and A Puro dolor…he is the type of eclectic act that one would have perform at their own wedding celebration especially for Latin music lovers!
We were also blessed to have Stages Canada Caribbean musical artists from Toronto perform at the Sunday edition of the Taste of the Caribbean festival including rising star Caribbean music success artists such as Juno Award Nominee Josemar (@josemarjudgeread), 2011 Juno Award winning artist Elaine ‘Lilbit’ Shepherd (@LILBITMUSIK), who was the recipient of the Best Reggae Recording for her song ‘’Likkle But Mi Tallawah’’, performed while also collaborating on a duet with reggae artist Golden Chyld (@goldencyldmusik) (recently number 1 on the Rebel Vibez acclaimed Canadian reggae charts), Toronto’s Natural Fyah (@nfyah), and International reggae artist who was imported to Canada, Legato.
Toronto reggae artist and Juno Award Nominee Josemar performed the following songs to support his set, while engaging the crowd with his positive vibes while strumming his guitar: Acapella- By the rivers of Babylon, Don’t Let It Get To You, RIP Fake Friends, On My Mind, She’s Over me (Live Guitar)
International reggae artist from Jamaica Legato (@Legatomuzic) electrified the stage with his charisma and provided perhaps the most memorable show of all the acts, and set us up to enjoy the following original song titles: @LEGATOMuzic – Places to reach, Mommy Song, maroon 5 refix, Marijuana, Reggae Mek Yuh Rock, Sweet Reggae and Love Song
Bahrain born, Juno Award winning, Elaine ‘’Lilbit’’ Shepherd (@Lilbitmusik) graced the stage performing the following numbers impeccably: I believe in you and me, Alive, All my life, Simply the best, Easy on me.
Our Caribbean style DJ line-up who spun their musical frenzy jam for the enjoyment of all our beloved festival goers includes some of Montreal’s very best names such as Daven Ray (@officialdavenray), Mr C-Real , Stuba (@Djstuba), Don Barbarino (@don_barbarinoofficial), DJ Fabio Brizzi (@DJFabioBrizzi), TLC Sounds (@Tlcsounds), Blaster (@Djblaster).as well as Energy Squad and DJ Judgement on the Saturday, lighting up the stage alongside the one and only DJ Selecta Jinx (@selectajinx), who was our beloved host for the 24th edition of Taste of the Caribbean festival (@ilovetotc)! Thank you, DJ Selecta Jinx, for being the Man behind the scenes on the stage and for keeping to our musical programming while terrifically hosting the 4-day festival bliss.
Stages Canada Masterclass (@Rebelvibez)
For the first-time ever Stages Canada (@Rebelvibez) team presented the Stages Music Business Masterclass at the 24th Edition of Taste of the Caribbean festival (@ilovetotc), which sought the participation of artists who are already successful in the industry, and who were able to provide their practical experience and advice to the participants. We humbly thank Stages Canada for the partnership and for the bountiful music engagement that they were able to coordinate for the benefit of our festival goers in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
We happily and humbly thank all our talented artists who have passionately given us their time and talent during the successful 24th edition of Taste of the Caribbean festival (@ilovetotc). See you all next year!