The Wailers // Phoenix Concert Theatre (Toronto)


The Wailers…if you haven’t heard of them, well, it’s time for you to do some research. It may take you weeks to catch up on their history, but it will be weeks well spent.

We were very excited to cover our first show in Toronto, and we couldn’t have asked for a better kick off show!


The night started off with the communion of a thousand little birds arriving to the Phoenix Concert Theatre, ready to enjoy and share the energy of The Wailers.

Junior Marvin (lead guitar), Donald Kinsey (lead guitar), and Aston “Family Man” Barrett (bass) were still rocking the stage like it was 1979. What an honour to catch these 60+ year olds in action, as well as the rest of the band. The whole package really made a memorable night for the 1000+ concert-goers that night.


The sing-alongs were strong this night as we sang to forget about a hard day’s work with some tunes like Is this Love, Three Little Birds, One Love, and Buffalo Soldier. There were moments of pure happiness, where we were oblivious to anything else in the world, bliss. Musicians and the audience united in rhythm to become one heart.


Tears, Beers, Smiles, Screams, it was an emotional and unforgettable night.

987 out.

Review + Photos: Adriana Avila

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