Toronto celebrates Bob Marley Day

The Opera House on Queen Street West pays tribute to legendary Reggae icons

The songs of Reggae legends, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaac and Joseph Hill excited downtown Toronto recently with Redemption Live, a showcase held in honour of the late Bob Marley’s 71st birthday.

Three of the 10 member Human Rights band paused for a chat during the intermission of the Redemption Live concert. Tom Richards, left, Patrick McGroarty, middle and Ben Macdonald, right.
Three of the Human Rights band members, Tom Richards, left, Patrick McGroarty, middle and Ben Macdonald paused for a brief moment during the intermission to chat. (Krystal Reynolds)

Hundreds of fans streamed into The Opera House to hear the likes of Lucas DiPasquale,The Human Rights, Mr.Cooper, Exco Levi, High Priest, Chest Miller and Hardcore to mark Marley’s Feb. 6 birthday.

The evening started with a performance by The Human Rights. The band performed Bob Marley’s Exodus as their tribute pick, along with singles Simmer Down and Moments.

Lucas Dipasquale stimulates the crowd with his hit single, "No long talking."
Lucas DiPasquale stimulated the crowd with his range of vocals and guitar skills. (Krystal Reynolds)

Reggae singer, Lucas DiPasquale, followed with Dennis Brown’s Brown Sugar and Marley’s One Love.

DiPasquale received a standing ovation for his most popular song, No long talking.

“I recently just started listening to all of the legends,” Dipasquale said. “I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to perform a Dennis Brown song tonight.”

Luck struck twice for Fay Gordon and her partner, Al Green who found relief in each others company whilst unwinding from outside stressors.

Fay Gordon(left) and Al Green(right) pose for a picture at the Redemption Live concert.
Fay Gordon, left, and Al Green pose for a picture at the Redemption Live concert. (Krystal Reynolds)

“It’s great to see Toronto incorporating Caribbean culture in the city,” Green said.

“I take pride in connecting with fellow Reggae lovers,” Gordon added. “Music is universal and we’re gathered here to enjoy it.”