This show is like a family reunion of Canada's westcoast bridging together Vancouver (The Boom Booms), Victoria (Caleb Hart & the Royal Youths) and Nanaimo (Boomshack) into one. All three bands are Victoria Ska & Reggae Fest alumni and were happy to come together to make this massive triple bill happen.
Victoria BC Ska Society is excited to welcome back Vancouver's The Boom Booms. The band played at the Legislature Buildings on Canada Day in 2014 as a joint presentation between the City of Victoria and the Victoria BC Ska Society however, this is the first time since 2011 they will be headlining a performance at the festival.
In case you haven't heard of the Boom Booms, the band toured across North America, Latin America and Europe in the past 5 years. Their debut album “Hot Rum”, written on their inaugural tour from Vancouver to Panama, blends Latin, folk, reggae and rock. This album garnered a dedicated fan base spanning continents and generations. Their sophomore album "Love Is Overdue" was produced by Grammy-award winner, Chin Injeti, drawing on more soulful influences. The Boom Booms live show is highly energetic, honest and original, resulting in them headlining the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2012) for 7,000 people and slots at the province’s top music festivals like Squamish Valley Music Festival (2013) and Pemberton Music Festival (2014). They spent three months in Brazil, shooting and funding their socially charged documentary, "Boom Boom Brazil". They were awarded $75,000 in BC’s prestigious Peak Performance Project and The Georgia Straight readers voted them Best Unsigned Band in Vancouver four years in a row.