Reggae Holiday Party: Andru Branch & Halfway Tree / Reggae Holiday Party: Jah'Mila on the Evergreen Stage
Andru Brand & Halfway Tree
Award-winning Canadian recording artist Andru Branch named his band Halfway Tree after the bustling music district in Kingston, where he has worked with many of Jamaica’s most celebrated musicians. From his Juno-nominated collaboration with members of The Wailers, Branch’s single “Keep On Keepin’ On” was recently named one of Exclaim! Magazine’s “Essential Canadian Reggae Tracks”, alongside Drake and Justin Bieber. Celebrating 25 years of packed dance floors, Andru Branch & Halfway Tree continue to inspire fans around the globe, promoting equal rights and social justice. Their music is gloriously hypnotic and their message is positively uplifting. halfwaytree.ca
Wrapped in the roots of the reggae family tree, Jah'Mila makes music that is creatively crafted and deeply inspiring. She has toured with towering reggae bands like The Wailers, Groundation, Black Uhuru among many others. Equipped with over a decade of reggae industry experience, and also with the amazing support of her musical team, she is poised and prepared to stand in the center of every stage.
She has been carrying the torch for roots reggae music in the Maritimes, and she channels her art into a service of advocacy for the systemically oppressed and marginalized. Her single ‘Chant Their Names’ is a cry for change in a system that has failed the black community repeatedly. The lyrics beg for police accountability and implores us to keep the memory of these victims alive by chanting their names out loud. She is passionate about matters of equity and believes that a positive future is possible through community, diversity and inclusion.