The Summer of 2013 is turning out to be jam packed with great bands, tunes and most importantly music festivals! It’s an exciting time to be in Toronto – rainy schizophrenic weather aside.
If you check out anything next weekend, I strongly encourage you to grab tickets fast for TURF. The first edition of the Toronto Urban Roots Festival or lovingly known as TURF, runs from July 4-7, 2013 at Fort York: Garrison Common in downtown Toronto. I was at Fork York last month to catch Arts & Crafts ‘Field Trip’ – it definitely is one of Toronto’s best kept secrets. Not only is it a historic site but it exudes a chilled ‘take your flip flops off’ and frolic in the grass vibe.
What do you get? Well, 4 Nights and 2 Full Days along with 2 Outdoor Stages and 2 Clubs of fantastic musicians from here and afar.
Like whom you ask? Belle and Sebastian, She & Him, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, Camera Obscura, Flogging Molly, Lowest of the Low, Skydiggers and Arkells to name a few!
The price is right too. I suggest buying tickets soon because they are selling like hotcakes. You can get a Turf Multi Day ticket which is a 4 nights, 2 full days and 2 outdoor stages pass for $150 or a VIP pass for $350. Talk about a great deal! For single –day tickets depending on the day you decide to check out, tickets range from $50 – $70 or VIP ranges from $150 to $170.
If you are looking for tickets all Regular and VIP tickets are available online through Ticketfly. Regular day tickets are available at Rotate This, Soundscapes, and The Horseshoe Tavern front bar. Tickets will also be available at the TURF box office at Fort York from July 4-7. Please note the box office is cash only.
I like the idea that this is a very family friendly event and parents with young kids don’t need to worry about grabbing a babysitter for the day. Kids under 10 are free – there is a kid’s area, local food vendors are on site all weekend and various eating options for all diets.
The party doesn’t end at For York either. Once you finish up under the Gardiner kicks your heels back at the Horseshoe Tavern or Lee’s Palace after hours for more tunes, pints and a dance off with your mates. This weekend will be a weekend that will just keep on giving if you organize your schedule right.
I would be nice to leave town and check out those festivals in other Canadian and American cities this summer – but why not save some cash and pump it into our sweet town of Toronto instead? Note: You will not find the majority of these bands at other festivals this summer– this is your only chance to catch them while they are hot.
Speaking about hot – I cannot wait to get my hands on the yummy food vendor’s onsite at TURF. Bring some extra cash not only for pints and Canadian Club spritzers but also to grab nibbles from BeaverTails Pastry, Big Fat Burrito, Caplansky’s and Feng’s Dumplings.
Print out this TURF: COMPLETE LINE-UP and SET TIMES so you are ready for your TURF adventures next weekend! Voila! http://torontourbanrootsfest.com/schedule/
Have fun at TURF and don’t forget your sunscreen! 😉 See you there!
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