Selector DoReiMi

My random purchase of one of the many ‘70’s reggae compilation albums started it all. Of course, I thought I had heard reggae before but not like this. Junior Murvin’s Police and Thieves swung an acoustic door wide open for me that has remained so. A revelation.

I have written no books on Jamaican popular music, have not been part of any entourage. I have not actively sought out a place in this world. I have kept my fascination private. I am an artist who works in many mediums and have created international public and private installations. But whatever corner of the world I’ve been working in, I have always traveled with my constant companion--reggae music.

Why? Because within reggae’s extensive body of musical genres, whether rockin’, riddim’, or a ballad or lyric, a message exists for every mood. Reggae always uplifts and stimulates my brain and body to move forward. Through all its incarnations to present day, this music remains supple and fresh. It is music that is always experimenting and changing while still remaining true to its deep roots. I am fascinated by the simple fact that Jamaica, a tiny, impoverished island created a sound culture that has a massive global influence on the popular music and culture of today.

I am thankful for my Canadian upbringing where many reggae world greats immigrated, making their music accessible in Toronto’s smaller venues. So often referred to as the reggae fraternity, Hope Road will offer a feminine perspective giving thanks and celebrating those who have dedicated themselves to these vibrant and mysterious soundscapes. This installation will pay tribute to the tenacity, vision, and resourcefulness required from the many artists and engineers involved in reggae’s ever changing sound process.

A sound beam will be left at every partnering museum. Within this beam, a chant, a lyric, a piece of Jamaican popular music will live allowing participants to step in and feel the spirit.