NuFunk Concerts Presents
Saturday, February 11th – 9:00 PM
17th Annual BOB MARLEY BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE
North America’s #1 Bob Marley Tribute Act
Lazo & Exodus
with special guests Pressure Drop Selectashosted by Kwasi “da Food God” Douglas
Lee’s Palace – 529 Bloor St. W
FREE Jamaica T-Shirt, Toque & Swag for any non-perishable food donation to the Parkdale Food Bank.
NuFunk Concerts’ Bob Marley Birthday Tribute is the biggest and longest-running Bob Marley Tribute in Toronto, and one of the hottest local reggae concerts of the year! It showcases the best of Toronto’s reggae music scene while raising important food donations for the Parkdale Food Bank. This year Lazo & Exodus returns to the Tribute joined by up-and-coming Toronto band Reggaddiction and The Pressure Drop Selectas for a heartfelt tribute to reggae’s first international superstar, for a special celebration of what would have been Marley’s 78th birthday.
Featuring: LAZO & EXODUS
North America’s #1 Bob Marley Tribute Band with Lazo Finn (Juno winner & former vocalist for The Wailers)
& The Pressure Drop Selectas
NuFunk Concerts’ Bob Marley Birthday Tribute is the biggest and longest-running Bob Marley Tribute in Toronto, and one of the hottest local reggae concerts of the year! It showcases the very best of Toronto’s roots reggae music scene while raising vital food donations for the Parkdale Food Bank. This year, North America’s #1 Bob Marley Tribute band, Lazo & Exodus, are joined by up-and-coming Toronto band Reggaddiction and The Pressure Drop Selectas for our annual tribute to reggae’s first international superstar, for a special celebration of what would have been Marley’s 78th birthday.
Lazo & Exodus
Juno award-winning Lazo brings to the stage a roots rock reggae rousing performance that is sure to keep the audience rocking, grooving, and talking about their experience for weeks to come.
Arriving in Canada in the 80s Lazo continued following his dream of honing his craft as a prolific songwriter and multi-talented musician. He has produced several albums including “Impetus,” Juno nominated album “Something Real” and Juno award-winning album “Heart and Soul”. As a former member of the Wailers Band, he provides an outstanding Bob Marley tribute. Lazo is a Graduate of the University of Toronto where he studied Political Science and History. As a lifelong learner, he continues to focus his attention on world issues including the environment, pan-African concerns, and his philanthropic endeavors as well as agriculture and growing food insecurity.
Lazo tours tirelessly throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. In 2010, he toured the United States and South America with the world-renowned Wailers. The group was Bob Marley’s original backup band, featuring Aston “Family Man” Barrett on bass, and the legendary Keith Sterling on keys. The South American leg of the tour included African reggae star Alpha Blondy. Lazo is also known as the frontman for the Bob Marley Legend show produced by Craig Martin’s Classic Albums Live.
Reggaddiction is a Toronto-based 10-piece reggae band based known for delivering cross-over vibes, refreshing vocal harmonies, and powerful instrumental riddims. The band includes sensational vocals led by the 2020 Soul Slam Winner Dave “D’Vocalz” Matthews, charismatic songstress Trish Campbell and Sunray Grennan the son of the famous Jamaican drummer Winston Grennan (who recorded hits with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots & The Maytals). The backing band includes a who’s who of Toronto’s top reggae musicians including multi-horn, multi-percussion, multi-drum, and a powerful guitar, bass, and keys instrumental section.
In early 2023 the band released “Ganja Harvest, a reggae interpretation of Neil Young’s definitive album “Harvest.” The band’s live debut was in February 2019 opening for Sister Nancy and some of the largest shows in Canada have followed including headlining both the 2019 Beaches Jazz Festival at Woodbine Park with Otis Gayle, the 2019 Caribana launch party at Dundas Square with Carol Brown. Reggaddiction was also a featured performer at the 2021 Q107 Virtual Canada Day Picnic. CBC selected the band’s remix interpretation of “A Man Needs a Maid” featuring Jimmy Reid for national radio airplay on CBC Radio One and national airplay for additional singles from the “Ganja Harvest” album (A reggae tribute to Neil Young) have followed including “Harvest” on CBC’s Big City Small World.
With a stage filled with reggae riddims powered by a 10-piece band and three talented vocalists, Reggaddiction will take you back to the island. Expect a night when we can all come together, dance and rejoice, and live in a world of ONE LOVE!
Pressure Drop Selectas
Chuck Boom and Guv’nor General are the hosts of Pressure Drop, one of downtown Toronto’s longest running music nights, at which they play strictly vinyl selections of the finest Jamaican music dating from the 1960s to today. Pressure Drop selectors have opened for such top-drawer reggae acts such as Sister Nancy and Noel Ellis, and also been guests at such iconic Toronto parties as Footprints and Turning Point.
The Parkdale Community Food Bank
The Parkdale Community Food Bank is a grassroots organization, founded by volunteers in 2007 and serves 3,000 people each month. Located on Queen Street West in the heart of Parkdale, their philosophy reflects a strong commitment to a client-based model where respect, inclusion, and the dignity of their members are the first priority. The food bank uses a shopping system, as opposed to the more common hamper system to maximize selection and respect members’ various dietary needs. The Food Bank has only one employee and relies on 50 committed volunteers. With no direct funding from any level of government, The Parkdale Community Food Bank raises all of its funds independently and is dependent on donations from individuals and events like the annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute.