PREVIEW: Toronto Urban Roots Festival | Sept 18-20

The fall season is coming up which means festival season will shortly come to end. But do not fret, as the much-anticipated Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) is approaching for its third year in a row and it features promising headliners such as Of Monsters and Men, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and the Pixies, that you sure do not want to miss. Running this weekend from September 18th to September 20th, festivalgoers will be able to experience a great spectrum across the indie and urban folk genre that is sure to diversify your music palette. It is no excuse to miss this weekend before festival season leaves Toronto until late spring. These are the must-see acts that you definitely want to catch this year at TURF.

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Tickets are still available through their website http://torontourbanrootsfest.com/.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
It’s been a while since Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros rolled into town, and if you haven’t seen them yet then this is your chance. While Alex Ebert performs the classic songs that many fans all know and love, it’s his stage presence that brings everyone together as he makes a well-appreciated effort to connect with the audience in both song and performance. Alex Ebert creates an intimate experience by extending a friendly atmosphere as if the whole audience is sitting around a campfire and singing songs. Nothing feels like home than singing “Home” with Alex Ebert and a large crowd that is sure to be heard throughout the city.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
St. Paul & The Broken Bones have recently released their debut album Half The City. Their album, produced by Alabama Shakes’ Ben Turner, pulls on the heartstrings of your soul with Paul Janeway’s crooning voice and soulful melodies that get you dancing. It’s hard to pass by the charisma and passion that they put in with every performance as they invite everyone to enjoy the music. If you are in need of some soul searching in your life, then look no further.

Shakey Graves
Alejandro Rose-Garcia also known as Shakey Graves has had some ongoing success provided his heart-stomping repertoire have given him praiseworthy buzz over and over again. The one-man band showcases an effortless musical performance that only scratches the surface of what goes on behind the mastermind of his musicality. If you are looking to take away an unforgettable experience from this festival then take some time out of your day to be captivated by Shakey Graves.

Wilco
Wilco’s hand at experimentation in their music has allowed them to evolve into one of the most iconic bands in our generation that audiences have enjoyed time and time again. It’s hard to justify missing a band that has influenced the alternative rock genre, as Wilco songwriter Jeff Tweedy significantly plays a part in alternative music. Their music should be something to look forward to experiencing live as they will be performing songs off of their new LP Star Wars and of course, the classics.

The Elwins
While there are many bands that have come from all parts of the world, there’s nothing better than watching homegrown talent showcased at the festival. The Elwins have had some success as they have been on the festival circuit and toured alongside big acts such as Jukebox The Ghost. After their international success, they have come home to play for the hometown audience. Playing songs from their sophomore album Play for Keeps, make sure not to miss Toronto’s own.

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