Announcing The Headliners For Grace Jerk Festival 2017

Grace JerkFestival 2017 Headliners

The taste of the Caribbean takes over Centennial Park from August 11-13. We are celebrating 16 years of delicious jerk meals from the best chefs around the world and the longest running Jerk Festival in North America! We celebrate 16 years with some epic Headliners.

Toronto, ON – The 16th annual Grace Jerk Festival is pleased to announce the August 11-13 headliners.  The 3-day performance schedule kicks off on August 11th with featured performances by Brian McKnight, The Pinchers, Freddie Jackson & Maxi Priest. The full weekend of delicious food, family fun & activities will be capped off by a night full of music and dancing.

Brian McKnight – Will be gracing the stage for our Love and R&B Men of Soul edition on Friday. Along with several Grammy nominations, Brian McKnight has been the recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. He has crossed the boundaries of EVERY medium.

The Pinchers – Legendary is just one word to accurately describe Pinchers, he came up with hits for a variety of producers, including Philip “Fatis” Burrell and Red Man (Mass Out). The single to make the breakthrough, however, was “Agony”. It quickly made him a minor celebrity in Jamaica, to the point where he was offered (and accepted) advertising endorsements from a local vineyard. Catch him live on the festival stage the 12th and the 13th.

Freddie Jackson – After almost 4 decades in the music industry, Freddie Jackson is still upholding his buzz with fans and promoters around the world. Early on in his career, Freddie became the voice of the “Grown and Sexy” by singing some of the world’s most memorable music. Whether it was time to dance or time for romance, Freddie has earned the title as a one of R&B soul’s most valuable contributors, by performing his long resume of pure timeless music. Freddie Jackson joins the stage with Brian Mcknight for our Love and R&B Men of Soul edition Friday the 11th.

Maxi Priest – Only a handful of singers succeed in transcending their genre without losing the essence of who they are. Superstar Maxi Priest is one of those artists whose own unique vision has led him to tremendous international success, being the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts. Maxi Priest is a reggae legend, and he will be helping us celebrate 16 years of JerkFest!

Grace Jerkfest continues to provide an unrivaled level of entertainment, brought to residents of the GTA each year, none of which would be possible without the year-round efforts of our incredible volunteer group and sponsors.

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August 11-13, 2017 will mark Jerk Festival’s 16th year.  Every year in August, Centennial Park comes alive with the largest annual Jerk event of the year.  Over 60,000 people come to enjoy the only food festival that provides an authentic taste of the Caribbean while enjoying the best in Reggae music.  For more information, visit