The Human Rights and PRRR @ ArtBar in Guelph - Presented by GAIN Fest x Hillside

Fri Apr 26 2024 at 08:00 pm

37 Quebec St, Guelph, ON N1H 2T1, Canada | Guelph

The Human Rights
Publisher/HostThe Human Rights
The Human Rights and PRRR @ ArtBar in Guelph - Presented by GAIN Fest x Hillside
GAIN Fest 2024, along with Hillside Presents:
The Human Rights & PRRR
Friday, April 26th, 2024
Artbar, 37 Quebec Street, Guelph
Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
Tickets at
Part of:
10 piece modern roots reggae band The Human Rights return to the royal city for the first time after their epic set on the Island Stage at Hillside 2023, along with local favourites, the up and coming neo-soul quintet, PRRR.
Prrr is a 5 piece RnB and Neo Soul band based in Guelph, Ontario, with backgrounds in jazz, rock, funk, theatre and hip-hop. Members Grace Fast, Emmitt Leacock, Lucas Williams, Max DeGroot and Michael Moskal came together in the spring of 2023 to form what is now prrr. The band met in their first year at the University of Guelph through playing at the Bullring Open Mic. Since forming, prrr has played stages in Toronto, Waterloo and Guelph, and they have begun writing and recording originals with the hope of releasing an EP in 2024.
The Human Rights first came together in 2007, around the talents and vision of lead singer and Toronto Reggae lion Friendlyness (Big Sugar, Culture Shock, Truth And Rights), drummer Eric Woolston (Maylee Todd, The Hooded Fang), versatile bassman Tyler Wagler and the band’s original keyboardist Bernie Pitters (Toots & The Maytals, Hit Squad), who passed away in 2023 and in whose loving memory the band continues forward. The band quickly gained a reputation as Toronto’s house Reggae band of sorts, sharing the stage and often backing the likes of The Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, John Holt, Freddie McGregor, Sanchez, and other top international Reggae artists. In 2014, much-loved Toronto vocalist Tréson (who has recorded with the likes of Black Uhuru spearhead Mykal Rose) joined the band, giving The Human Rights a distinctively powerful two-man front line that seamlessly moves between modern roots reggae, lovers rock, soul, R&B and dancehall vibes. After Bernie Pitters’ health began preventing him from touring, Canadian keys legend Dave Jackson stepped in on bubble and skank. The “Declaration of Human Rights” horn section is now led by acclaimed trombonist Tom Richards, who is best known from his genre-bending work with The Heavyweights Brass Band and Riverrun.
By the end of 2024, The Human Rights will have played over 250 festival and club shows across Canada and the United States. Their live highlights include: The New Orleans Reggae Festival, Austin Reggae Festival, Hillside Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, The Phoenix Concert Theatre and many other top venues across North America. They have released three full-length albums, including their 2016 self-titled record which was produced by Canadian music icon and Big Sugar founder Gordie Johnson and their most recent LP Reggae Strong (2021) which is dedicated to Bernie Pitters. Their fourth album is expected to be released in late 2024.

Event Venue & Nearby Stays

37 Quebec St, Guelph, ON N1H 2T1, Canada


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