Reggae music is being welcomed in Black Creek Pioneer Village for the 17th staging of Rastafest. The two groups have designed special programming to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The First annual Canadian Reggae Music Conference takes place at York University on Thursday, August 17, 2017, and Friday August 18, 2017. The keynote speaker of the conference is entertainment attorney and music business consultant, Lloyd Stanbury, author of the book, Reggae Roadblocks: A Music Business Development Perspective.

As the conference winds down, wander over to Black Creek Pioneer Village and relax before dinner. Stroll through the historic village, hear the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer, smell (or taste!) bread baked fresh in the wood-burning oven, and watch as sheep’s wool is turned into yarn right before your eyes. Families can spend the day at Black Creek Pioneer Village exploring the world of Ontario’s early settlers. With over 40 buildings to explore, farm animals to meet in an interactive farmyard, and costumed guides to show you the way, it’s just like stepping back in time. Rastafest ticket holders enjoy 50% off regular admission to Black Creek Pioneer Village all weekend long.

At 6:00 pm, we invite conference delegates to join us on the Black Creek patio. As you enjoy a delicious dinner, you will be entertained by the reggae play, Danger to the Public, written and directed by Masani Montague, BA (Hons), MES and some of the best reggae bands and artists in Canada.

Saturday August 19, 2017 and Sunday August 20, 2017, we will see Black Creek Pioneer Village’s North property (7060 Jane Street, North of Steeles Avenue West) rock and sway to the sounds of Reggae’s finest artists while enjoying children/youth entertainment, ancestral drumming, a unique one of a kind Kijiji market place with arts and crafts, as well as food vendors and farmers market.


Emperor and Empress Stage Show

International and national reggae artists from Canada and the Caribbean performing at a live concert.

Kijiji Market Place

Arts and crafts, merchandize, food and arrays of other products on sale.

Ancestral Drumming

Nyah Binghi drumming from the Rastafari culture.

Youth/Children Area

Cultural and educational activities and games for youth and children.

Band Showcase

Bands from various genres will perform on August 19, 2017 and August 20, 2017