#TBT – Gary Clark Jr. @ TURF

Gary Clark Jr. @ Toronto Urban Roots Fest (RIP) 2014.

As the year gets underway, and the summer festival lineups are being revealed, I am trying to temper my excitement. In the last ten years, Toronto went from not having any big outdoor summer festivals to a major summer festival destination. One of the festivals that has gone by the wayside, was TURF – Toronto Urban Roots Festival. The fest ran for four years from 2013 through 2016, and was a definite highlight of those summers. I even had the opportunity to shoot the first two as one of the festival photographers, which was exciting to be able to have my photos presented to a much bigger audience than I could get on my own.

Gary Clark Jr. performed at the 2014 incarnation of TURF, and I bring this up because last week he announced he has a new album being released. The album is called This Land and is scheduled for release on March 8th. Watch the video for the politically-charged title track below.

A U.S. tour has been announced through May, with no Toronto date as of yet. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the summer brings us.

Photos: Riot Fest Toronto @ Fort York. Sunday, August 25, 2013

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Shot for QRO Magazine

This past weekend, The Replacements reunited to play their first show in 22(!) years, as they headlined the Toronto stop of Riot Fest. Also playing were Iggy & The Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr, Best Coast, The Flatliners & Single Mothers.

To see all of my photos from the day, check out the gallery at QRO.

Photos: Toronto Urban Roots Festival. July 4, 5 & 7th. 2013

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Alejandro Escovado @ TURF. Shot for Beyond the Watch & Toronto Urban Roots Festival

To see full set, click HERE.