In 1963, the flight from Jamaica to Toronto was 8 hours. Today itâ€™s 3 1/2. Countless people have made the dwindling journey over the years, but in the ’60s and ’70s there was a new breed of traveler: the finest Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae recording artists the West Indies have ever produced. Weâ€™re talking Studio One, Treasure Isle, Trojan, and WIRL veterans Jackie Mittoo, Johnnie Osbourne, Wayne McGhie, Lloyd Delpratt, The Mighty Pope, Noel Ellis, Jo-Jo Bennett, and many more.
Arriving in their new Canadian home, these talented singers, songwriters, musicians, and performers simply did what came naturally to them. One by one, they hit the studio and captured some of the hardest tunes this side of Kingston. Jamaica to Toronto: Soul Funk and Reggae 1967-74, details this crucial sonic migration and was compiled by DJ/Canadian music historian Sipreano along with Light In The Attic.