East Coast reggae groups team up for charity ski weekend

Ever since the Jamaican bobsleigh team inspired the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, reggae music and winter sports have gone hand in fur-lined glove. Okay, not really, but there is something fun about mixing reggae and snow activities. It's a little bit of summer in the winter perhaps. That's the idea behind the 5th annual Reggaefest being held at Crabbe Mountain at the end of the month. That, and raising money for charity.

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The theme is described as "Island/tropical vibes to help us transition from a long winter into a warm spring." That may be a little premature, given the snow pack out there, but you get the idea. The musical vibes are coming from three different reggae bands performing over the weekend, plus continuous grooves piping over the sound system on the ski hill. At 11 AM on Saturday, March 28, the music starts in the Reggae Tent, with bands beginning at 3 PM. They include Halifax group Dub Kartel, as well as local favourites King Richard and the Esquire Trio and Dub Antenna. There's a minimum donation of $10, and that goes directly to the charity CRADS, which stands for Capital Region for Disabled Skiers/Snowboarders.

The goal is to raise funds toward the purchase of something called a Magic Carpet. It's an expensive ($250 K) system that takes any disabled, or even able-bodied beginning skiers, to the top of the Beginner's hill. There are also two other fundraising events on the weekend with Dub Cartel; the group plays UNB's Cellar club Friday night, and is sticking around Crabbe Mountain on Sunday for more shows at the Reggae Tent. There's even a special round-trip bus to the hill and back on Saturday, so everyone can practice safe driving.

All the info for Reggaefest can be found at http://crabbemountain.com/reggaefest

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Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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