Ten Years On. Reggae Coming In From The Great Outdoors


JAMBANA One World Festival is moving to two indoor Brampton venues
Denise Jones

Jambana, the annual August long-weekend Reggae and Roots festival, has loaded up the truck and is moving from the Markham Fairgrounds to two venues in Brampton.  For its 10th anniversary, the August 5th & 6th  outdoor festival has not only moved cities but is also heading indoors!
“ It is a big step for us to move Jambana from a big field (the Markham Fairgrounds) to fully serviced indoor halls,” Denise Jones, Executive Producer of JAMBANA One World Festival told the Caribbean Camera in an interview last week.  “ There are some huge pluses to this. We are moving to a city where we have produced a number of very successful Reggae events. Brampton has a real hunger for Jambana, and now that we are heading indoors, there is no need for people to drag along their lawn chairs and umbrellas to the see the shows.”
Launched in 2008 Jambana, One World Festival is the GTA’s premiere one-of-a-kind music, arts and food festival celebrating the nation’s growing cultural diversity. The two-day festival features Reggae, Afrobeat, Soca, Dancehall, Gospel, and Dance music along with Caribbean food, vendors and other Caribbean based activities. 
The new venues mark a new chapter for Denise Jones and her family. “Brampton is the ‘home’ of Jambana, “explained Denise Jones, “It’s where the conception of the ideas for the project come from, and it’s the base of Jones & Jones Productions Ltd. – producers of the festival.”
Jambana is using two venues in Brampton, the downtown Rose Theatre and the CAA Centre (formerly Powerade Centre).  Both the theatre and the huge convention hall provide seating and parking. The line-up this summer is, according to the organizers better suited indoors.  There are a finite number of seats available for both days, and One World fans are being advised to purchase tickets before it is a sell-out.
The Rose Theatre is up first, Sunday August 5th from 7:30pm – 11:30pm, and will feature Reggae Ambassadors Third World Band and global dancehall sensation Govana. The hottest names in the game abound, with Juno Award winners Kirk Diamond and Korexion, JUNO Award nominee Jay Harmony, Montreal’s Kaisha Lee, Visionary, Tony Anthony, and the all-female Reggae band Raysolution on the evening bill.
Formerly known as the Powerade Centre, the CAA Centre will host the festival on Monday August 6th from 1pm - 10pm. Ghana’s Grammy Award nominated Afrobeat, dancehall and reggae maestro Stonebwoy are headlining, along with Grammy Award nominees Luciano and Marion Hall (formerly Lady Saw), as well as Juno Award winner Exco Levi.
Both days and locations will feature peripheral activities, vendors and food to interest all, with the CAA Centre including five additional Villages beyond music.

Festival goers will enjoy the Domino Village, the Lick-a-Six Domino community tournament, the Food Village, featuring all the flavours and tastes of Jamaica, the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond, the Arts, Travel and Trade Village, a Children’s Village, and the Health Village, including information on health challenges within diverse communities. 

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