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Rastafest: Rastafari Arts & Culture Festival, August 8th, 2013, Toronto

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Canada‚Äôs largest celebration of Rastafarian heritage and culture kicks off on Thursday, August 8 at York Woods Public Library, (1785 Finch Avenue West) with Kuumba visual art exhibition featuring works of Rastafarian artists and continues on Thursday, August 15 with TweenFest where children and youth performers will showcase their talent in dub poetry/spoken word, African/Caribbean drum, dance, music, theatre, visual arts and martial arts.  Admission is free.  Show time:  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

The activities culminate on Saturday, August 24 at Downsview Park, (Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West) starting with free workshops in African dance, drums, dub poetry, a youth talent show, ital food demonstration, domino tournament and Oware games at the Flex Zone from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The family-fun festival continues with an international reggae concert featuring Queen Ifrica, Everton Blender, Screwdriver, Tasha T, CharDavid aka Iley Dread, Papa Levy, Jah Kettle, Jannett Scott, Prince Everald, Empress Lyrics, Dahlia, Leta Montague, Trinity Drummers, Majestic Warriors, and FND from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Backing bands:  Mountain Edge and Hardcore.  Admission:  $5. Children are free.

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