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Photo by Alina Bykova

Podcast: Of Canadian music, Fordfest and the closing of The Grid

In our first podcast since the relaunch of our site, host Zack Pothier shared (0:05) a few news items of interest from the past couple of weeks. First, the closing of The Grid, a free Toronto weekly that won numerous awards but could not generate enough revenue to keep it afloat. Last week, the nominees for the 2014 Polaris Prize were …

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Photo Gallery: Toronto Urban Roots Festival

Just over 200 years ago, the grounds of Old Fort York would have echoed the sounds of canons and gunfire from Toronto’s War of 1812. But, for a sunny weekend in July, the national historical site became an oasis for those with an ear for urban roots music. For three days, 44 artists and thousands of …

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TURF Review: Andrew Bird

He sang “…come back to Chicago, the city of lights” on America’s Independence Day, but you’d never suspect that Andrew Bird didn’t want to be right there, on stage at the Toronto Urban Roots Festival. Dressed in a black dress shirt, tailored jacket and spotted blue scarf, Bird serenaded the audience with his song “Pulaski …

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Band Profile: Born Ruffians

Somewhere between a yell and a howl, the vocals from Born Ruffian’s frontman Luke LaLonde establish the four-person Toronto band as prominent contributors to the folk-rock genre. Forming in 2004, the band has noticeably matured over the years, all without compromising the acoustic drum foundation that they’ve always relied on. Going from Little Garcon on …

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