It may be a week before the solstice, but here in Victoria, summer kicks off when the first festival on the island opens their gates. This year that honor goes to Victoria Ska Fest! Starting TODAY at Ship Point in downtown’s inner harbor, Ska Fest kicks things off at 4:30pm, with a free evening of ska and reggae to get the city warmed up for what’s to come over the next five days. A word of caution: With an amazing lineup of music, tons of free workshops, and the ever growing Rocksteady Collective, things can get a bit busy in and around downtown. If you’re anything like us, that means being indecisive to the point of no return. That’s why DMNW wants to share these can’t miss moments of Victoria Ska Fest 2017, because we wouldn’t want you to miss out on all the fun! Mike Love Hailing from Hawaii, Mike Love’s positive, soul quenching lyrics and sun kissed rhythms makes their Ska Fest debut in 2017! An enormous presence in the modern reggae scene, Mike Love is on a mission to show the world love will conquer all…or was that Lionel Richie? Where & When: Sugar Nightclub, Saturday, June 19 @ 9pm Tarrus Riley One of the biggest names in the world ofrReggae today, Tarrus Riley has been recognized as one of the hardest working artists in the scene since the release of his debut album in 2004. Having worked with the likes of Major Lazer, and known for his rich, provoking voice, Tarrus Riley is sure to bring exactly what the heads are after and then some! Where & When: Ship Point, Friday, June 18 @ 4 – 10pm Rocksteady Collective What you thought Ska Fest was just about the music? The Rocksteady Collective represents the visual art aspect of the festival, with a collection of artists from different mediums! Hosting workshops, musical shows, and an amazing gallery, the Rocksteady Collective is a multitude of like-minded creativity under one roof. Don’t miss their launch party on Friday!! Where & When: Odd Fellows Hall, Friday, June 18 & Saturday, June 19 Pages: 1 2 Shawn McNicoll Part man, part buffalo, part maple syrup. Pretty much the Canadian version of Grizzly Adams.