IRIE Music Festival Adjusts to Toronto Violence for Simcoe Day 2012
The annual TD IRIE Music Festival celebrates Caribbean, reggae and related music in two cities: in Mississauga in mid-July, and in Toronto around the Simcoe Day holiday weekend that starts the month of August.
In 2012, however, recent gun violence in Toronto has led the IRIE Festival organizers to make adjustments.
Focus on the Free 2012 IRIE Concert Events
The focus for my blog is free or fascinating annual events in Toronto, so I missed the free IRIE concerts in Mississauga Celebration Square. As well, this article will neglect the IRIE Music Awards, to be held Aug. 2nd. Feel free to follow the link to the official IRIE Toronto web site below.
Rather, let’s look at the schedule for free IRIE music in Toronto.
IRIE 2012 at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto on August 3-6
Three performers headline the shows at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, beginning on Aug. 3, 2012. It’s the famous square in front of “new city hall”, at Queen and Bay Streets.
Soca sensation Fay-Ann Lyons will perform on August 3, 2012.
Richie Spice, the “prince of fire”, delivers contemporary reggae to promote his message of inspiration and empowerment.
Third World, a band since 1973, continues to win awards.
The latest press release assures us that IRIE Festival Toronto performances continue August 3-6, 2012 at Nathan Phillips Square. It might be fair to say this is the IRIE Reggae festival, since “world music” was planned for the Yonge-Dundas Square venue.
The best way to find Nathan Phillips Square is by TTC. Take the Yonge/University subway to the Queen Street station, exit, and walk south then west along Queen Street.
IRIE Postponed the Yonge-Dundas Square Concerts for Aug. 4-5, 2012
The TD IRIE Music Festival, in light of the recent gun violence in Toronto, postponed the Yonge-Dundas Square concerts which would have featured world music by artists such as Renee ‘Shi’ Wilson.
The Globe and Mail reported that the IRIE organizers’s would shift these events “to later in the year”. This shifts the concerts away from the Aug. 4th and 5th dates which would have been squarely in the Simcoe Day weekend.
The official press release says that the Toronto IRIE performers who had been slated for Yonge-Dundas Square will instead “be given an opportunity to perform at the Urban Music Festival which will be held in Toronto from November 1 through 4, 2012“.
Link to the Official TD IRIE Music Festival Web Site
Perhaps the best features of the official TD IRIE Music Festival web site are the details about the performers. It also notes the festival’s green initiatives to promote energy efficiency and other eco-friendly goals.
Looking for More Annual Toronto Events?
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Simcoe Day is Ontario’s version of the Canadian “civic holiday” that adds Monday to the first weekend of August.
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