A look at Dancehall Music Through the Lens of Lesia Bailey

The Visual Evolution of Dancehall Culture in Toronto Photographic Exhibition

On February 1, 2013, Lesia Bailey, photojournalist, motivator and advocate mounts her second photo exhibition aptly named, ‘The Visual Evolution of Dancehall Culture in Toronto’. This exhibition is featured as part of TD Then & Now 2013 Black History Month Series. The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) is the second largest bank in Canada and the sixth largest bank branch network in North America.

The exhibition will be held at the Fourth Eye Gallery, 438 Parliament Street, Toronto, Canada. The exhibition runs from February 1 to 16, 2013. This photographic expose depicts some activities around the Dancehall culture. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, February 2 and a panel discussion (Selectors and Promoters).  On February 16, there will be a closing reception and panel discussion (Fashion Ova Style).

Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s. Initially, Dancehall was a meager version of reggae, which embodied the ‘roots’ style. Roots reggae dominated the music scene for much of the 1970s and early 1980s.  During the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital Dancehall (Ragga) becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms and controversial lyrics. Individuals and groups have criticized the violent and often times homophobic lyrical content of the music.

Dancehall music has gained acceptance across the world, especially in urban areas such as Toronto. The Visual Evolution of Dancehall Culture in Toronto Photographic Exhibition is an important and purposeful display of some of its vibrant and meaningful aspects.  The Exhibition depicts art forms, culture, and music seen through a woman’s eyes and her captivating lens.

This exhibition of thirty 16″ X 20″ photographs and a multimedia video presentation with over 300 still images, tells a compelling story of the evolution and resiliency of dancehall culture with an emphasis on the Canadian vibrancy.

About Lesia Bailey
Lesia Bailey is a photojournalist who has been perfecting her craft for over 22 years. She has travelled throughout North America and the Caribbean covering dancehall events. Her artful work has been published by Mic Check Magazine, It’s Your Time Magazine, Reggaemania, Uprising International, SPLASH, and Caribbean Camera Newspaper. Her work has also been featured in the Toronto Sun, the Jamaica Gleaner, Star, Canada Extra, Hardcore Newspaper and many others.

Lesia is an advocate for marginalized people; she has developed an online conversation blog to assist Caribbean people who have survived abuse.

Contact Lesia at (416) 992-8377 or  lesiabphotography@hotmail.com or
Janet Millington Lynden Management Group, Toronto, Ontario (647) 960-7243 jlove410@yahoo.com

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