Toronto Urban Roots Fest

Toronto Urban Roots Fest

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TURF announces first wave of artists for 2016

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Toronto — Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) returns to Fort York Garrison Common Historical Site on September 16th-18th. Today the festival is excited to announce that Death Cab For Cutie, James Bay, Barenaked Ladies, Dropkick Murphys, Explosions in the Sky, Matthew Good, Jake Bugg, The Sheepdogs, Lush, The Hives, Lake Street Dive, Matt Andersen and The Bona Fide, Drive By Truckers, Guided By Voices, Matt Mays, Rheostatics, Okkervil River, Corb Lund, The Felice Brothers, The Mekons, Marlon Williams, Julien Baker, John Moreland, Skinny Lister, and Midnight Shine, are all set to perform at the festival. TURF will be announcing 19 more artists, including other headliners, in June!!

Passes go on sale tomorrow (Friday, May 27th) at noon. Purchase a MASTER PASS here, 3 DAY PASSES here and 3 DAY VIP PASSES here.

This year the festival will expand to four stages for the first time with its first PARTIALLY TENTED STAGE named the BATTLE Of YORK, and an invasion to inside the museum grounds with the new REBELLION STAGE!

TURF will also have a new VIP area in 2016, more exclusive to VIP ticket buyers which gives patrons all the usual amenities plus the front of stage experience at three of the four stages. In past years, TURF artist guests, sponsors and upgrades got the same VIP amenities. In 2016 these folks will get their own VIP but not any front of house privilege. This means in 2016 the VIP area will be smaller and more exclusive to actual VIP ticket holders.

TURF was recently nominated for two awards in the first ever Canadian Live Music Awards, both for Medium Festival of the Year, and New Kid on the Block, alongside the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Interstellar Rodeo, Field Trip, and Way Home.

The nominations came on the heels of being the only Canadian festival this year nominated by the prestigious Pollstar Awards in the category of North American Festival of the Year alongside The Newport Folk Fest and San Francisco’s Treasure Island.

Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) set to announce first wave of artists for 2016 on May 26th

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TURF will take place on September 16th to 18th at Fort York Garrison Common Historical Site

Early-bird sale exclusive to 2016 ticket buyers begins on Friday, May 13th

Toronto — Toronto Urban Roots Fest (TURF) returns to Fort York Garrison Common Historical Site on September 16th-18th. TURF will begin to announce performers for 2016 on Thursday, May 26th. Until then the festival will be having an early-bird sale exclusively for 2016 ticket buyers, only at Ticketfly commencing on Friday, May 13th ending Wednesday May 25th at midnight.

  • Regular 3 day $150.00 + $7FF + $13.50SC = $170.50
  • VIP 3 day $250.00 + $7FF + $15.00SC = $272.00
  • MASTER VIP 3 day $350.00 + $7FF + $15.00SC = $372.00

New for TURF 2016…

An expansion to four stages for the first time in TURF’s short history, its first tented stage, and an invasion to inside the museum’s grounds.

Due to ongoing City of Toronto construction on the Gardiner Expressway, the South Stage is being relocated and divided into two side stages for 2016. The new BATTLE OF YORK STAGE will be in the venue parking lot adjacent to the EAST STAGE and partially tented. The new REBELLION STAGE will be located inside the grounds of the Fort.

TURF will also have a new VIP area in 2016, more exclusive to VIP ticket buyers which gives patrons all the usual amenities plus the front of stage experience at three of the four stages.

In past years, guests of TURF, artists, sponsors and upgrades got the same VIP amenities but in 2016 these folks get their own VIP but not any front of house privilege which means in 2016 the VIP area will be smaller and more exclusive to actual ticket holders.

TURF’s artistic curation will also see some minor changes in 2016, “Some of the Main Stage programming will be a tad more mainstream and or accessible,” says Jeff Cohen, TURF’s Festival Director. “With the US exchange being what it is we approached a number of radio-friendly, higher level Canadian Artists this year, while at the same time really focusing on more hardcore desert island bands on the two side stages.”

Adds Craig Laskey, TURF 2016 Talent Buyer: “I think that we nailed the 2015 fest in terms of alternative, wow artists on the main stage with Wilco and the Pixies, and this year, I think folks will be equally blown away with what we’ve assembled on the side stages, which includes one European artist that has not played in our city in a decade, and another that hasn’t been here in 20-22 years.

TURF was recently nominated for two awards in the first ever Canadian Live Music Awards, both for Medium Festival of the Year, and New Kid on the Block, alongside the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Interstellar Rodeo, Field Trip, and Way Home.

The nominations come on the heels of being nominated by the prestigious Pollstar Awards in the category of North American Festival of Year alongside The Newport Folk Fest and San Francisco’s Treasure Island.

TURF will take place on September 14th-19th, 2016

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Toronto — Downtown Toronto’s annual outdoor multi-day boutique summer roots music festival, TURF (Toronto Urban Roots Festival) has been nominated in the Festival Of The Year category at the upcoming 2015 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.

Other 2016 nominees include the Newport Folk Fest, Pitchfork, Treasure Island and past nominees have included prestigious North American boutique events like Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass, Boston Calling, Austin’s Fun Fun Fun, and San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

Canadian nominees in other categories include the Air Canada Centre for Arena of the Year, and Quebec City’s Centre Vidéotron for Best New Major Concert Venue. The nomination committee includes 163 agents, managers, promoters,and touring industry professionals. The winners will be announced at the 27th Annual Pollstar Awards on February 12th at the SF Masonic in San Francisco.

TURF is also excited to announce the next year’s festival will permanently stay in the fall and at Historic Fort York Common with the 2016 dates confirmed on September 14th-19th

“This year the festival boasted record attendance numbers,” says TURF Artistic Director and President Jeff Cohen. “We found there were more headliner availabilities in September than in July and as our event is very artist focused I think this will allow our programmers Ben Pearlman, Craig Laskey and Donny Kutzbach more space to curate.”

“We’ll be looking at potential programming changes for 2016,” adds Cohen. “We are flirting with ideas for a fourth stage, specifically to add both comedy, and Western style folk fest workshops, with perhaps the addition of a huge tented stage, plus we are going to revamp and increase the VIP viewing areas.”

“We also want to continue our environmental initiatives,” adds Tara King Cohen, TURF’s on-site Designer. “We saved thousands of bottles of water through with last years no bottled water policy thanks to Water-on-Wheels, but we hope to improve our on site recycling efforts moving forward.”

Tickets will go on sale for TURF in early 2016.

THANK YOU!

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A huge thank you to all our incredible artists, fans, vendors, volunteers & staff for yet another unforgettable #turfTO!
We hope we get to do it all over again in 2016!

Important TURF Information!

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Please be sure to check out the TURF website FAQ page before you head down to Fort York this weekend.

The Fort York entrance into the TURF Grounds(250 Fort York Blvd) is in the middle of a Gardiner Expressway
constructor zone! Have no fear, Councillor Mike Layton and the fine folks at Fort York
have fenced it all off. Just head to the Ft York Visitor Center at 250 Fort York Boulevard and follow the
signage towards TURF!

If you notice the sandblasting and jack-hammering Coucillor Mike Layton assures us
it’ll all come to a halt at noon Friday just in time for some great live music. Big THANK YOU to Mike
and the incredible folks at City Hall who are re-arranging their construction timetable for
little ‘ol TURF and music fans across the GTA

IMPORTANT BOX OFFICE INFORMATION:
The TURF Box office is located upstairs beside the new Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Boulevard). To enter the festival grounds go up the stairs, or use the ramp/elevator in the Fort York Visitor Centre.
Single Day General Admission Tickets: have your ticket ready to be scanned as you enter the festival gates
3 Day Tickets – check in at the TURF Box office before entering the festival grounds and pick up your TURF 3 DAY Wristband. Each ticket holder must be present in order to receive their wristband.
VIP Single Day & 3 Day VIP Tickets: check in at the TURF VIP box office before entering the festival grounds and pick up your TURF VIP Wristband. Each ticket holder must be present in order to receive their wristband.
VIP Plus Ticket Holders: Wristbands can be picked up from the Horseshoe Tavern(Cold Specks) or Lee’s Palace(Royal Canoe) starting Wednesday, September 16th.
Wristbands are non-transferable and will be voided if tampered with
**Please Note: There is No Will Call pick-up available at the TURF Box Office.

If you purchased your tickets online through Ticketfly please remember to print your ticket at home or have the bar codes ready on your phone. If you’re having any trouble obtaining your ticket please contact Ticketfly.

TURF Box office Hours:
Friday: 10:00am
Saturday: 11:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm
TURF Gates: 1PM Daily

We will be expecting a large amount of 3 Day and VIP holders checking in on Friday, September 18th. To avoid being held up at the box office, please arrive earlier on Friday to avoid any Box Office congestion.

Please note TURF is going water bottle free this year! Commercial water bottles will not be allowed on site. Please bring an empty reusable water container; we’ll have free cold water available on site.

We’ll be on Twitter and Instagram all weekend posting festival updates, answering questions and running contests! Follow us for your chance to win TURF and band merch, free food, Horseshoe & Lee’s Palace TURF tickets and VIP upgrades for you and your friends! #turfto

We hope you have a great time!
Team TURF

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