2014 Toronto Urban Roots Festival Guide for Downtown Summer Music Showdown


It’s the sophomore year for TURF and thanks to last year’s great success it appears they’re ready to outdo themselves.

Toronto Urban Roots Festival will launch into its 2nd year from July 4 – 6.  Growing from its inaugural success last year, round two will expand to 3 stages and include 44 artists over the 3 day stretch.  Hosted in the historic Fort York Garrison Common, this downtown-centric festival combines local and international talent to form an outdoor festival extravaganza.  There will be vendors accompanying the musical acts, including food trucks, booze stations, merch and more.


Irish punk-rock with a 3-piece suit. Flogging Molly at TURF 2013.

TURF 2014 Headliners

TURF Tickets

If you’re looking to get in on all the action, your best bet is to snag a 3-day pass ($149.50), which gets you in-and-out access to Fork York Common for every day.  But if you’re looking to get in on ALL the action, grab a Master VIP wristband ($329.50).  It gives you all the perks of the regular VIP, like your own lounges, washrooms, bars and stage-front access, but also includes guaranteed entry to all 12 Club Series after-hours shows.  If you’re looking for the full experience, look no further.

TURF perfectly combines the sensational sound and vibe of a huge outdoor festival while managing to avoid the massive layouts that can keep you bogged down or overwhelmed.

TURF Club Series

Continuing from last year, TURF’s festival shows will be accompanied by the returning Club Series, where The Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace will host after-hours “bonus shows” for a select group of TURF performers.  Unless you’re a Master VIP TURF wristband-holder, all of these shows require an individual ticket.  Depending on who's playing and what night it corresponds to the TURF line-ups, these shows can get packed fast.  So if it's someone you really want to see in a more intimate setting, you'd best get there early.  For a full list of who’s playing on what night and at what venue, check the Club Series page.

With the success of it's first year, despite the initial apprehension of being a large music festival set right downtown, TURF proved it can pull off the best elements of rural and urban for a 3-day music fest.  Be sure to grab your tickets before time runs out and don't forget to check out the video below for a recap of TURF 2013. 

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Brent Gladney
Brent Gladney

Brent Gladney is a writer and content grunt for Beforelastcall.ca.
He spends his spare time writing unfinished novels, listening to the devil's music and creating Would-You-Rather questions.