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Live music on the rise in Toronto

This weekend, music fans will flock to Fort York for the first Toronto Urban Roots Fest, a four-day affair that sees the appearances of Flogging Molly, Hold Steady, Lowest of the Low and more (Saturday) and Kurt Vile, Neko Case, Belle & Sebastian and more (Sunday). The festival also includes off-site club gigs at Lee’s Palace and the Horseshoe Tavern. The event is the brainchild of Jeff Cohen, the owner of those two clubs and a prominent local concert promoter. He spoke to the Globe and Mail on how it all came together and how the festival is a part of an erupting Toronto live music scene that already thrives.

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