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Calgary ReggaeFest's Sneak-Peek Night

Calgary ReggaeFest's Sneak-Peek Night

Posted by Shanelle Weir on August 15, 2014

Cheap daters everywhere will likely agree that the best things in life (not excluding the love of a good man or woman) are free. Show your date how well you’ve grasped the concept of frugal dating (and how diverse your cultural tastes are) at ReggaeFest. This high-energy festival takes over Shaw Millennium Park this Friday evening and all day Saturday with a line-up of acts from around the world. Saturday tickets at the gate will run you $50, but the Friday evening preview promises to give you a taste of the event for nothing more than a smile.

Friday’s main stage features a performance by the dynamic reggae group Raging Fyah from the genre’s birthplace—Kingston, Jamaica. Also on the roster is the Uno Band and Infiniti Band (both from Calgary) and Toronto’s Mountain Edge Roots & Culture Band.

Other things to check out on site? Food trucks slinging Caribbean eats, a beer garden sponsored by Village Brewery and, of course, an open-air dance party.

Now in its eleventh year, the feel-good affair is run by a group of volunteers looking to increase awareness of reggae music in Western Canada. While music is a big part of it, ReggaeFest volunteer Matthew John says that the fest is also largely about spreading positive vibes. “It’s not just about reggae—it’s about the way music makes people feel,” he says. “(The festival offers) a vibrant cultural experience and a sense of community.”

Really, it’s about getting together and feeling all right. The foundation for a quality date, if you ask us.

Cheap Thrills in the Hood...

Drink Not only is the Caribbean known for its music and sandy beaches—much of the world’s rum is produced there. Head to the Container Bar in Kensington for a $13 Rum Runner Punch cocktail—it’s full of the tropical goodness of pineapples and, of course, plenty of rum. A three-minute cab ride (or 20-minute walk) from Shaw Millennium Park, the bar (built inside a recycled shipping container) can be found at 1131 Kensington Rd. N.W. It stays open until 12 a.m.

ReggaeFest sneak-peek: Friday, Aug. 15 at Shaw Millennium Park. 4-9 p.m. Free. Main day performances, Saturday, Aug. 16, noon to 11 p.m. (gates close at 10 p.m.). $50. reggaefest.ca.

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