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Chance Meeting
Friday March 31st, 2023 with Heavy Ben
Jam Can: Canadian Reggae from the 70s and 80s

Chance meeting on a sound dimension of roots and rocktones Let's explore early reggae music that was produced in Canada. Jamaican Canadians comprise about 30% of the entire Black Canadian population. The first Jamaicans who moved to Canada were West Indian slaves imported into New France and Nova Scotia in the late 1700s. In 1962, racial discrimination was taken out of the Canadian Immigration Act and the number of Jamaicans who moved to Canada increased. There was a significant influx of Jamaicans to Canada in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Close to 90% of Canadian Jamaicans reside in Ontario, in part due to Quebec's language laws (ref. Bill 101, introduced by Quebec's separatist government in 1977) that led to a drastic reduction of Jamaicans living in Quebec. Among the "Reggae Royalty" who moved to Canada in the early 1970s were Leroy Sibbles (bassist and producer, The Heptones, Sound Dimension), Jackie Mittoo (keyboardist and arranger, The Skatalites, Soul Vendors/Brothers), and Willi(e) Williams (singer, composer of "Armagideon Time"), each with deep connections to Coxsone Dodd's legendary Studio One label. Light In The Attic's 2006 collection "Jamaica To Toronto - Soul Funk & Reggae 1967 - 1974" illuminated this important piece of Canadian music history.
Ebb Tide
Jackie Mittoo - Let's Put It All Together - Canadian Talent Library - 1975 Canadian
The Messenger Man
Willi (Willie) Williams - 12" - Halifax - 1977 Canadian
Whole Lot Of Loving
Nana McLean - 12" - Whole Lot Of Loving - circa early 1980s Canadian
Taxi De Paris
Chalawa - 12" - Generation - 1979 Canadian
Barb Wire
Baby Rose - Rocktone All Stars Presents Can-Jam Reggae Rockers Disco Style - Rocktone - 1981 Canadian
Last Train Version
Prince Alah & Nazarene - 12" - Generation - 1979
I Love You
Leroy Sibbles - Evidence - A&M - 1982 Canadian
Laraine Brown - Reggae Hit Songs - Creative Sounds - circa early 1980s Canadian
African Wake
Johnny Osbourne - 7" / Jamaica To Toronto - Soul Funk & Reggae 1967 - 1974 - Tropical Records / Light In The Attic - 1971 / 2006 Canadian
Roots Girl
Little John - 12" - Jam Can - 1983 Canadian
Don't Down Me Now
Ernie Smith and The Roots Revival - 12" - Generation - 1979 Canadian
Interactive CKCU
Ben Armstrong (host)
So like good day, eh

3:05 PM, March 31st, 2023
Bobby Calzone
Alright! Right on! Great thème! Great music! Im in for the ride!

3:06 PM, March 31st, 2023
Bless Op!!

3:06 PM, March 31st, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Welcome Bobby and hillbilly Thanks for joining!

3:11 PM, March 31st, 2023
Bobby Calzone
Good day, eh, mon! I was in Québec during the great reggae show and club vibe and witnessed the gradual expatriation of all the rastas to ottawa and toronto... i dont know about the vibe there, but check out Sattaman and real roots radio on facebook . Sure is still a vibe inLondon, and England. Thank you for this great thème!

3:11 PM, March 31st, 2023
Bobby Calzone
I love reggae, but i love hillbilly too :)!

3:12 PM, March 31st, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Bobby, thanks for the tip re: Sattaman Glad to hear that you are diggin' it!

3:16 PM, March 31st, 2023
Bobby Calzone
Sattalites, Messenjah, Jah Cutta, Kali & Dub... Montréal international reggae festival, Rising Sun, Nubia... it was so cool... great memories! Jah bless Canada...back then;)!

3:19 PM, March 31st, 2023
I'm a proud honourary J. Islander cause I go to the WARM church for 10 yrs.... sang in choir before Pandamn....gonna happen again. luv Gospel songs, The Mighty Hosts...& Bobby C.!!!¶;-) Peace! 🌹

3:20 PM, March 31st, 2023
Thanks for the background info. Ben, we are fortunate to have many Jamaicans in the Ottawa …….enjoying the vibes !

3:21 PM, March 31st, 2023
Napalm Dan
Vibes got me ready for a sunny vacation. Bring on the Jackie Mittoo!

3:23 PM, March 31st, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Hi Eddy, indeed!

3:27 PM, March 31st, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
Sup ND? Enjoy your southern jaunt...

3:28 PM, March 31st, 2023
Stoner hb
Toronto, 50s weed, Mexico. 60s, 70s, Jamaica- big improvement!! 80s, 90s....BC Bud!;-) Now, the best ever, QC!!!;-) We smoke in church!! eh Bobby C!;-) (the above is a total figment of a damaged mind)

3:31 PM, March 31st, 2023
Sweet vibes man. Lovin the show.

3:34 PM, March 31st, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
O'shea, great to hear from you! Some "Vintage Love" inspired moments this hour.

3:38 PM, March 31st, 2023
Bobby Calzone
Montréal, NDG Park, in the 80's, dimebags from the rastas... the best! Spiritual élévation, laughter, and the manches!

3:42 PM, March 31st, 2023
Bobby Calzone

3:43 PM, March 31st, 2023
Bobby Calzone
Des manches de munchies, mon! Tabarnak !

3:46 PM, March 31st, 2023
Manley was Bud of Justin's Daddy!

3:52 PM, March 31st, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
hb, that is somewhat ironic as Trudeau Sr's policies were a lot more welcoming of immigrants in the 70s

3:54 PM, March 31st, 2023
Ben Armstrong (host)
We are richer for Ernie Smith et al.!

3:56 PM, March 31st, 2023
AHHH Good stuffffff

3:57 PM, March 31st, 2023

3:58 PM, March 31st, 2023
Libs luved it...they voted Lib to day Thanks!....Qc & new folk kept em in power!! + economy always improved!!! $$$ & cheao labour! duh!!;-) Justin's got a whole new global mess.... Peace!

3:59 PM, March 31st, 2023