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"United Against Violence"

by Olivia Deane

Montreal is definitely well known for its array of diverse and colorful festivals that peak in the summer months and continue year round. Every year, thousands of people from around the world come to indulge in our multi-cultural celebrations, which reflect our cosmopolitan city.

This year a new festival hopes to bring the message of unity through its music and culture. The Montreal International Reggae Festival, the first of its kind in Canada will be at the Old Port of Montreal (Jacques- Cartier Pier) this summer from June 4-6. The festival will feature over 100 music, art, and dance performances over a three-day span. Artists from Jamaica, England, Africa, United States, and across Canada will take part in the first annual event. Some of the well-known performers include Maxi Priest, Junior Kelly, Ce'cile, Tantro Metro & Devonte, Dean Fraser, Marcia Griffiths, Rankin Scroo, and Beres Hammond. Although the festival focuses primarily on Reggae, there will also be R&B, Hip-Hop, Alternative, Rock, Jazz, Latin, and World beat performances.

The Montreal International Reggae Festival committee has chosen the theme "United Against Violence" for this year's festival. Their goal is to "unite people from all walks of life for a 3-day reggae celebration against violence" and to "foster positive attitude, racial and religious harmony, as well as a greater understanding and appreciation of our unique multicultural society."

Over twenty thousand people are expected to attend this celebration. Tickets are available at various outlets around the city including Admission. A daily pass ranges from $30-$40 while a weekend access pass is $80.

For a complete list of artists, ticket info, how to volunteer or perform, visit the official website www.montrealreggaefestival.com





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