The 14th annual Bob Marley Birthday Celebration (special 75th birthday edition)
SPECiAL 75th BIRTHDAY EDITION
& FOOD DRIVE
(529 Bloor St. W., Toronto)
Featuring: LAZO & EXODUS
with LAZO Finn (Juno winner & former vocalist for The Wailers)
MUSIC FOR RADIO AIRPLAY:
NuFunk Concerts’ Bob Marley Birthday Tribute is the biggest and longest-running Bob Marley Tribute in Toronto, and one of the hottest local reggae concerts of the year! It showcases the best of Toronto's reggae music scene while raising important food donations for the Parkdale Food Bank. This year, North America's #1 Bob Marley Tribute band, Lazo & Exodus, are joined by up-and-coming Toronto bands Reggaddiction & Rayzalution and The Pressure Drop DJs for a heartfelt tribute to reggae’s first international superstar and its most revered political activist, for what would have been Marley’s 75th birthday.
Lazo & Exodus
Lazarus J. Finn (aka Lazo) began his music career at 15 years of age with a band called Black Blood, whose very first album charted #2 and received extensive airplay in the Caribbean. Soon after immigrating to Canada, Lazo formed his own band, Unity, to showcase his original compositions. Upon relocating to Toronto he created Lazo Reggae in Toronto, and released the well-received recording, "Satisfaction Guaranteed." Lazo subsequently produced two solo CDs, "Something Real" and "Impetus," for RAS Records in Washington, DC. He was the first Canadian artist signed to the label. "Impetus" was such a strong effort that it was the first independent album to chart on Vancouver's Z95.3 (Top 30). Lazo's 2010 release, "Passin Thru" (Y.T. Records) is considered by many to be his finest release.
Lazo tours tirelessly throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. In 2010, he toured the United States and South America as a member of the world-renowned Wailers. The group was Bob Marley's original backup band, featuring Aston "Family Man" Barrett on bass, and the legendary Keith Sterling on keys. The South American leg of the tour included African reggae star Alpha Blondy. Lazo is also known as the frontman for the Bob Marley - Legend show produced by Craig Martin's Classic Albums Live.
Delivering crossover vibes, refreshing vocal harmonies and powerful instrumental riddims, Reggaddiction is one of the top up-and-coming bands in the Canadian reggae scene. Single releases from the band’s highly anticipated upcoming Neil Young reggae tribute album Ganja Harvest have received stellar reviews and national airplay on CBC Radio. The band opened up for the legendary Sister Nancy in early 2019, featured at the Beaches Jazz Festival in July and is currently planning an album release tour.
Rayzalution is an all-female reggae band from Toronto, Canada. Combining heavenly harmonies with exceptional musicianship and dynamic performances, this powerhouse of talented female musicians capture their audiences with their very first note. In November 2019, Rayzalution set out on a USA East Coast tour with the queen of reggae Marcia Griffiths and veteran dancehall artist Lady G. During this tour, the band performed in multiple states alongside these iconic women. Despite the band being together for only three years, the band was fortunate to share the stage with multiple international reggae acts. The band is currently in the studio working on their first EP to be released in 2020. Rayzalution’s objective is to represent and showcase female musicians and to deliver reggae music expressing the love, peace, togetherness, and spirituality needed in our world today!
The Parkdale Food Bank
The Parkdale Community Food Bank is a grassroots organization, founded by volunteers in 2007 and serving 3,000 people each month. Located on King Street West in the heart of Parkdale, their philosophy reflects a strong commitment to a client-based model, where respect, inclusion and the dignity of their members is the first priority. The food bank uses a shopping system, as opposed to the more common hamper system to maximize selection and respect member's various dietary needs. The Food Bank has only one employee and relies on 50 committed volunteers. With no direct funding from any level of government, The Parkdale Community Food Bank raises all of its funds independently and is dependent on donations from individuals and events like the annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute.
Community Sponsors: CIUT 89.5fm TorontoReggae, AIM 2 IMPACT, Fusicology, SnapD, No Flaw radio, Slammin Media and more.