2011 Performer Line Up Featuring The Music Of The French Caribbean

Hail from the beautiful Island of Trinidad and Tobago.Guney started performing at age 6 and won his first competition at age 9 (The Penal Calypso Competition) a competition which he dominated for the next 4 years. Guney entered the Canadian scene in 1994. His first recording was released in 1995 and reached the Caribbean Top 20 Chart.Since then Guney went on to record and released many other hit songs and won numerous awards for his achievements including:
Canadian Ex-Tempo Monarch (1998, 1999 _ 2000)
Miami Int Calypso Monarch (1999)
Canadian Calypso Monarch (2000)
Just to list a few.


I-CIENT-CY MAU is a prolific artist that, after listening to the melodies and lyrics to his songs, Will leave you excited, exhilarated, pondering and yearning for the next song and ultimately the next CD. Soon to be one of Jamaica’s Reggae ambassadors, Born and raised in the outmost parts of Jamaica’s ghettos namely Trench Town, and central village in Spanish Ton, I-CIENT-CY is aroused by daily struggles of the masses and inspired and strongly influenced by some of Jamaica’s greatest musical ambassadors. Trench Ton being the catalyst for Reggae music, I-CIENT-CY is heir to that legacy founded by his predecessors has developed the MAU WARRIORS the unique sound accredited to the group.


In 2009, Radio-Canada crowned Wesli as “Montreal’s revelation”. This premier world music artist – also the recipient of a 2010 Babel Med Music France Award and a nomination for a 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award (for solo world music album) – is an incredibly talented singer, guitar player, percussionist, producer and arranger.

Chris combette 

Moses Revolution 

 Curtis B

Born in Trinidad _ Tobago in the small town of Gasparillo, Curtis B started singing in elementary school at the tender age of 9 years old. This paved the way for him to participate in many competitions at an early age and he was always in the winner’s circle.

Prince Koloni and energy Crew 


Black Out Sound International

Kyssi Wète

United Nations In Kompa

 More to come. Check back soon!!

2010 Performers

Beres Hammond

He is considered Jamaica’s greatest practicing singer/songwriter and anyone who has listened to his CDs or experienced the fervor elicited by his live performances would undoubtedly agree with that top-ranking assessment. A distinguished artiste with a career expanding over 35 years Beres’ voice, rich and flavorful, creates sounds ranging from sultry R_B, gospel, jazz to roots reggae, maintaining lyrical freshness and vocal excellence.

The Mighty Sparrow

Mighty Sparrow or Birdie (born Slinger Francisco, July 9, 1935, in Grand Roy, Grenada, West Indies) is a calypso singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Known as the “Calypso King of the World,” he is one of the most well-known and successful Calypsonians. He has won Trinidad’s Carnival Road March competition eight times and has been named Calypso Monarch eleven times.


He started his professional career in 1972 in the calypso tent “The Original Brigade” and grabbed his audience with a double-entendre The Electrician.

1978 was a successful season with Dustbin Cover and the debut on the stage of National Calypso Monarch where he now is a veteran of this competition.

He started his professional career in 1972 in the calypso tent “The Original Brigade” and grabbed his audience with a double-entendre The Electrician.

1978 was a successful season with Dustbin Cover and the debut on the stage of National Calypso Monarch where he now is a veteran of this competition.

Bunji Garlin

Both a composer and performer of  Soca and ragga Soca, Garlin is a prolific lyricist who calls himself the Lyrics King, a title very few would dispute. Ragga is a blend of Soca with Dancehall music, a genre he adopted and made his own during his first years on the music scene. He also sings songs that blend soca with other genres such as Reggae, R_B and Chutney.

Bunji Garlin performs both in his home country and abroad, where he spends the major part of the year after Carnival season ends in Trinidad. His performance reviews are usually glowing, as crowds always respond well to his high-energy performances, as well as his lyrical confidence and eloquence evidenced in his amazing ability to perform freestyle lyrics with an ease which most performers could only aspire to.

Fay-Ann Lyons 

Before becoming a solo artist in 2005 Fay-Ann released many hits while front lining for Soca band Invasion. She also delved in the Ragga Soca field with hits such as Breakaway; Most Wanted That is Carnival, John Quickie and many others and has shown us her melodious side with groovy hits as Wave, The Lyrics King and The Lyon Empress and One Day.

Fay-Ann created history in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2009 by becoming the first woman to win the Power Soca title as well as going on to take the Groovy Soca Monarch and the bmobile People’s Choice titles with her 2009 Carnival contributions “Heavy T Bumper” and “Meet Super Blue”. She then went on to win the 2009 Road March title with her tune ‘Meet Super Blue’ becoming the first woman to take 4 major titles in a carnival season.

Inner circle 

To anyone who’s familiar with the band’s 20-year-plus history in the reggae field and their immense popularity around the world-there much more to Inner Circle than what meets the eye. Indeed, this Jamaican-bred, Grammy winning quintet is one of the world’s most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70s. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy -filled live performances has allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal.

Culture ft Kenyatta 

Kenyatta Hill’s debut single, “Daddy” confronts the emotional pain and uncertainty he felt after the loss of his father, Joseph Hill, the front man of the legendary vocal trio Culture, whose 1977 record “Two Sevens Clash”, helped define the roots reggae genre. In August 2006, while on tour in Germany, Joseph Hill suddenly fell ill and passed away. Rather than cancel the rest of the tour, Kenyatta, who had served as Culture’s sound engineer since the age of fifteen, decided to step in for his father.

Lenya Wilks 

Lenya Wilks, considered a bonafide vocal powerhouse (just ask mentor Beres Hammond), has been inching towards a music career for years. Since her collision with fame on the televised talent series “Digicel Risings Stars” in 2008, there has been no looking back. And with all the musical treats she is about to serve up, this St. Catherine, Jamaica born singer might help change the music industry.

Curtis B 

Curtis B is definitely a talented singer and an energetic performing sensation. When it comes to audience appeal and spell binding stage performances he is an individual that should not be under estimated. He might be up and coming but he packs a memorable musical punch.

Born in Trinidad _ Tobago in the small town of Gasparillo, Curtis B started singing in elementary school at the tender age of 9 years old. This paved the way for him to participate in many competitions at an early age and he was always in the winner’s circle.


Levitasyon (Levitation) is a music group based in the Toronto area who perform French-Creole Caribbean rhythms of Dominica, Haiti, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe _ Martinique! The two main vocalists are Levi Loblack and Paula Letang. Levitasyon has released 2 albums and an Urban Award nominated song entitled Mesaj An Boutey (Message In A Bottle).


You can describe the bands music as an infectious blend of Soca, Reggae and R_B music. Colour Quest prides itself on putting on a great performance each time out. They will certainly leave you wanting more. To enter the world of “Colour Quest” is to take a journey through love, joy and peace through music. Come experience the journey.

Doc Higgins

Doc Higgins has been singing and writing thoughtful and topical songs for many years. He performs with his acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars sprinkled with harmonica lines, and he brings along his Les Paul for some clean, mellow, solid-body sounds. Doc’s songs are mostly folk with roots, jazz, blues, and popular influences. His insightful reflections on being human in a personal and global context are expressed through melodies and musical styles that leave the listener with a memorable sense of having experienced his message. In September 2010, Doc will release his new CD entitled “Strange Highs and Water Eyes” with tracks including “Wish Life Again”, “Find Another Way”, and “Song For The People Of Haiti”.

Larry Christopher

Lawrence Christopher, was born October 1957, and is a Chef by trade . For the last 30 years he has been between cooking and raising a family. An inspired artist he is ready to showcase his musical skill set at the Barrie Caribfest local and proud on Aug 13th.


Hailing from the silver sands of Wasaga Beach and Lake Simcoe, TooNice is the brain-child of John Touchette (vox and guitar), Cheryl Morris (Vox), Chris Penney (Bass), Eric Skoglund (keys, Trumpet and Sax) and Ryan Chasmer (Sticks and skins). Initially conceived in 2008, Toonice has grown into an unruly and unstoppable movement to ‘Unite’ the world as one. Influenced by the sweet rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean Islands and the rich, politically charged Ska of Los Angeles and London, TooNice is largely exemplifies a diverse incorporating elements of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Dixie Cups, The Melodians, and Peter Tosh; and contemporary artists such as Sublime, Slightly Stoopid and Bedouin Soundclash.

Mount Zion Fellowship Choir

The Mount Zion Fellowship Choir is a vibrant and charismatic group of young people from the Greater Toronto Area focused on conveying songs that speak to God as both salvation and consolation. This group’s passion in delivering this message by blending hard-hitting traditional gospel with a contemporary flare, has platform them to reach both an adult and youth audience. Such conviction and excitement as presented by this group, has heightened their soulful renditions of mainstream gospel to that of traditional hymns. This 20 voice choir and 3 member band ranging from 18 to 35 years of age, strives to add an eclectic and unique spin to gospel music so that it reaches beyond the confines of this particular musical genre. This versatility has aided in the longevity and success of this group.


DEMO is a Barrie based band with an eclectic taste in music. Branson Mifsud (guitar), Gabe Beneteau (bass), Andrew Vanbodegom (vocals), Isaac (vocals), Sam Ruttan (drums) and Emily (vocals) all lend their unique talents and personalities to both original and cover music. Demo’s goal is to be heard all around the world

Block Work

Co-Founded by Homie J in 2006 spending a lot of time jumping into studios recording music, they started releasing songs through the internet and local media. Block Work started receiving a lot of positive feedback and performed in shows around Barrie and the GTA. Homie J and Newsense started to build a buzz they got to work on there first mixtape as a team “Make Tha Block Work Vol.1”.August 2009.

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