Reggae in the Fields marks 40 fine years

Junior Smith
Junior Smith

Reggae in the Fields, a radio program broadcast on CKCU FM 93.1 FM for the last 40 years, is celebrating this milestone with a year-long celebration starting on Saturday, June 11, under the patronage of Janice Miller, Jamaica’s high commissioner to Canada.

Considered as Canada’s longest running reggae radio program hosted by Junior Smith over the entire period, the program organizers are inviting you to join in the celebrations.

“Jones & Jones congratulates Junior Smith on his accomplishments on his 40th anniversary of broadcasting reggae music in Canada. His program Reggae in the Fields, Canada’s longest running reggae radio program, sits in a pivotal position in our nation’s capital and has been a significant contribution to the promotion of reggae music in Canada,” said Denise Jones, president of Jones & Jones.

“As founding chair of the reggae category of the Juno Awards, his knowledge of reggae music in the national capital region was instrumental as we gathered data to assist in the creation of the JUNO Reggae category in 1985.”

Two events are planned for June 11 – a day-long family picnic at Vincent Massey Park and a dance at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Ottawa.

The events at Vincent Massey Park on Heron Rd. begin with a domino tournament from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This sudden-death playoff will crown the “Best Domino Player in Ottawa.” Register your domino team with Nervall at 613-797-4736 by May 22.

Between 12 noon and 6 p.m, both CKCU FM 93.1 and CHUO 89.1 will broadcast live from the park. This will be a double simulcast between both radio stations. This radio marathon will be hosted by O’Shea Adagio, Papa Richie, Junior Smith, Mikey Wizdom and a variety of special guests.

Then between 2 and 4 p.m, Soccer Festival hosted by Rockers United Soccer Club will take to the pitch. All children 5-13 years are welcome to participate. Register with Peter at 613-769-5141 by May 22.

Other activities include card games, prizes and surprises. Limited edition Reggae in the Fields anniversary T-shirts will be for sale and Caribbean cuisine available.

The day’s activities conclude with a dance held at St Joseph’s Parish Hallat 174 Wilbrod St.

Music starts at 9 p.m. so come early to enjoy a variety of oldies but goodies and more recent tunes. David Supersound, DJ Cruss, Music Master, Nebula and Upfront will entertain.

Contact Junior Smith at reggaeinthefields@gmail.com for more information.

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