SUR Music Festival to Launch In Toronto with Headliners Musiq SoulChild and Bunji Garlin

by Darling Nicky

SUR Music Festival Fall 2013



TORONTO, ON (Publicity Support Newswire) October 30, 2013 — Dr Jay de Soca Prince and Ian Andre Espinet, two of Canada’s most reputable Urban and Caribbean Event promoters have teamed up to launch the SUR Music Festival on Friday November 22nd , 2013 at the Guvernment Entertainment Complex located at 132 Queens Quay East.  The 1st semi-annual SUR Music Festival shall feature 2 main stages, 8 major acts, and over 20 DJs using the full scope of all 7 venues encompassed within the grounds with the intention to cross-promote Urban R&B and Hip-Hop artists with Caribbean Soca and Reggae artists.

The festival’s inaugural edition shall feature two main sound stages.  The Belvedere Socatherapy Stage headlined by Trinidadian Soca superstars Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons, Edwin Yearwood of Barbados, Skinny Fabulous of St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Soca newcomers Porgie & Murdah will take place at KoolHaus. The Bud Light Platinum Soul Kitchen Stage with performances by Toronto’s Soul songstress Shi Wisdom, world renowned voice Glenn Lewis, and Atlantic Records Neo-Soul artist Musiq SoulChild will take place at Guvernment.

The complete line-up for SUR Music Festival is as follows:


The Asylum Vikings featuring Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons
Edwin Yearwood
Skinny Fabulous
Porgy & Murdah

DJs:  Marxman,  Jump Up Kingz,  DJ Shy,  Junya Menace,  DJ Flip,  2 Touch
Hosted by:  Eman & Dirty Dez


Musiq SoulChild
Glenn Lewis
Shi Wisdom

DJs:  Jester and DJ Spoonz
Hosted by:  Kid Kut

Doors will open at 10 p.m. and all-access ticketed entry will be located at both Guvernment and Koolhaus.  Advanced $30 tickets will be available for purchase Wednesday Oct. 30th online at and participating outlets.  For a complete listing of ticket outlets, please visit  Service charges may apply.  Limited door tickets may be available at Koolhaus entry only.

About the Presenters


Dr. Jay is a respected and highly regarded DJ and radio personality who has rightfully earned the title of Canada’s #1 Soca DJ. Throughout his 25-year career he has interviewed and worked with legends in the Caribbean music industry such as Soca Powerhouse Machel Montano, “Calypso King of the World” The Mighty Sparrow, Canadian Rap superstar Kardinal Offishall, 3-time St. Vincent Soca Monarch Skinny Fabulous, Soca songstress Destra, Barbados’ Soca King Edwin Yearwood to name but a few.

After his decade-long stint as a host at Flow 93.5FM, Dr. Jay and his #1 radio show “Soca Therapy” can now be heard on Toronto’s G98.7FM. Dr. Jay has been crowned one of the top Soca DJs in the industry and has countless DJ of the Year awards to prove it. As one of the founders of the new Kingdom of Soca (KOS), Dr. Jay also produces Toronto’s most highly anticipated Soca fetes (events) each year such as “Doh Cry Ah Leavin’”, “The Return Fete”, “Soca or Die”, “Big People Fete”, “Whiteout” and “J’Ouvert”, with annual audiences totaling over 40,000 patrons.


A dynamic company with a mandate to provide quality, theme oriented, safe entertainment to the Urban community. Established in 2001, it has become one of Canada’s leaders in nightclub and promotions producing or co-producing some of the scene’s most prominent mature, upscale and lifestyle events. Playing host to tens of thousands of patrons and numerous celebrities from the GTA, the United States and worldwide during events such as the annual Caribana [TM] festivities, attention to detail, creativity and passion has resulted in the creation of a musical niche and loyal following across the GTA.

It’s namesake, Ian, is recognized as a visionary in the industry, and has positioned himself as an Ambassador of Urban entertainment. His stable of renowned events include the Legendary Amnesia Old School event, Soul Kitchen, The One, ICON, GroovEssentials, and Seasons to name but a few. In 2006, Amnesia was the first ever event to sign to Universal Music Canada, producing an album based on the iconic event which sold well nationwide.

Connected to some of the biggest names in the DJ world through his infamous events, his track record includes events at many of Toronto’s top venues. Venues seek his events for the preferred audience… Versatility has been key in the production of over 500 events spanning a wide array of themes, musical genres, and demographics boasting special event, weekly and concert  presentation styles. Concerts and celebrity appearances at his events read like a new millennium Toronto Urban Nightlife history lesson: Miguel, Alicia Keys, Jay-z, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, CeCe Peniston, Crystal Waters, Dru Hill, SWV, and Lisa Lisa are just the beginning.


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