The Bob Marley One Love Experience is here in Toronto but only until August 14. Fresh from London (U.K.) comes this wonderful immersive multi-room exhibition highlighting the legendary reggae singer and songwriter’s life. It’s not just about his music but the exhibit is also a journey through his passions, influence and continued legacy.
The incredible exhibition includes never shown in public photographs, as well as his greatest hits, awards, instruments, tour equipment, original art work by global artists, and other memorabilia from the Bob Marley Foundation’s archives. It also speaks to Marley’s love for sports and philanthropic endeavours that continue his legacy.
In BOB MARLEY ONE LOVE EXPERIENCE, fans venture through the exhibition, greeted by different elements of Bob Marley’s multi-faceted life. First up, the One Love Music Room commemorates Bob Marley’s achievements through accolades and giant art installations, including a massive wall-sized portrait of Bob Marley by the internationally acclaimed Mr. Brainwash. A multi-sensory experience is discovered in the One Love Forest, and at the heart of the exhibition fans can honor and rejoice in Marley’s musical catalogue at the Soul Shakedown Studio – a live listening experience meets virtual concert. The Beautiful Life area allows fans to delve deeper into Marley’s other personal joys, from football to family whilst the Concrete Jungle and Fan Art Exhibition is anchored by more world-famous artwork by Mr. Brainwash. Fans can also submit their Marley and One Love inspired art to be included in the exhibit at Lighthouse Immersive Artspace. To submit artwork for consideration within the exhibition, please visit: www.bobmarleyexp.com. Finally, audiences will discover The Next Gen Room celebrating Bob’s family and legacy through the next generation.
Visitors are invited to explore the various rooms with plenty of photo ops while Bob Marley’s greatest hits play overhead (or with headphones – a nod to the Silent Disco). Sing and dance as you please. It’s really hard to resist!
We were invited to attend the opening night reception recently and had the chance to meet with the Grammy award winning singer, Cedella Marley — one of the Bob Marley’s 10 children and her mother Rita Marley. She is also mother of Skip Marley. Cedella was part of the group Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers along with her siblings.
Cedella also is a powerhouse — along with being a singer/musician, she’s an actor, fashion designer, author, and currently the acting director for the Bob Marley Foundation.
At the reception we were treated to an energetic performance by King Cruff, met with performers for the upcoming Toronto Caribbean Carnival, and enjoyed our favourite Jamaican fare – Patties, Oxtail Stew, Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas and Plantain! Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without Red Stripe and Rum Punch! What a night!
Tickets for the BOB MARLEY ONE LOVE EXPERIENCE in Toronto begin at $24.99 (+ fees). The exhibition produced by Lighthouse Immersive is now at 1 Yonge Street at the Lighthouse Artspace for a limited run until August 15, 2022. For more information, visit www.bobmarleyexp.com and follow @bobmarleyexperience on Instagram and Facebook.