Picture a five member live reggae, rock jukebox that runs off beer; who's track listing's are a mixture of unreleased songs by: Sublime, The Police and Bob Marley performed live at private party.



In the past Year Manitario has managed to open for national touring act’s like Dick Dale, The Beautiful Girls, La Severa Matacera, play countless other shows, receive college radio airplay, appear in local press, ink sponsorship deals, place songs on a compilation CD, in pod casts, in ring tones and in a radio commercial. And all of this, from a band who’s only released recorded material is a demo CD the result of one of the band’s early weekend jam sessions.

Manitario has drawn comparisons to Sublime, The Police and Bob Marley with five members: Adam Shilton, Damon Bell, Jason Bell, Ron Bell, Patrick Sullivan with influences from Reggae, Rock, Punk, Soul and Dub they have found their own style of music, which is infectious, fun loving and danceable.

Their live show appeals to audiences of all ages as their sound has a “classic” quality, combined with the fact they are great friends who love to play music together: Adam says “It’s Family at this point. There’s nobody I can see playing music with outside of them anymore.” Their camaraderie on and off stage has become it’s own show endearing them to audiences making them on of the hottest new acts from Victoria.


The name is a one-word definition of the dynamic within the group; 3 of its members hail from Manitoba and the other 2 from Ontario. The band saw it self constantly getting split by opinion about: politics, music, hockey, beer, and just life in general along the lines of where they grew up.

They liked that the name was undeniable “Canadian” and that when it was coined other people just didn’t get it thoughts that it was to “local” or “regional” prevailed. The name has become like the nickname someone gives you that you hate but everyone continues to call you buy, but in this case it was the band’s light hearted nature that led them to do it to themselves.


“WITH IT’S “UNDENIABLE CANADIAN” name, ska/reggae group Manitario has taken Victoria by Storm.”

“With the distinctive clipped off-beats that are so characteristic of reggae, Manitario’s music is eminently dance-able.” – Focus Magazine

“An infectious vocal hook and rhythmic groove validates this ska/reggae offering. The performance is so live sounding I could see smoke rising from my PC monitor and I had to burn incense because I was afraid the neighbors would get high and catch my buzz.” – Garage Band


Discover The Friendly ~Ep/Demo
*5 song demo produced and recorded by Manitario

The track "Cool Out" recieved college radio airplay
as well as being awarded Track of the Day and Track of the Week and featured in Podcasts on Garage Band dot com.

The True North Strong... Compilation Cd
*one song on compilation recorded and produced by Manitario

The track "Judge Not" recieved strong college radio airplay, was featured on CBC and has appeared in a radio commercial on 91.3 the Zone

Set List

Manitario plays one two hour set or two hour and fifteen minute sets. It depends on what the venue wants and how many bands that are on the bill.

Manitario have a large and constantly evolving setlist of original tunes to draw from, and occasionally perform select covers with the Manitario seal of approval, ranging anywhere from a jammed out-funky version of Payola's "Eyes of a Stranger", to a haunting reggae-rock version of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger".