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Get weird, Sudbury: Up Here Fest is here

Downtown urban art and music festival runs tonight through Sunday

Are you ready to get weird, Sudbury? Because the Up Here Urban Art + Music Festival is here.

Organizers Christian Pelletier and Jen McKerral kicked off the festival Friday at Kuppajo Espresso Bar on Larch Street, opposite the new large-scale mural by street artist Jarus, depicting a female nickel miner.

DJ Your Worship, Mayor Brian Bigger's nightclub disc-jockey persona, didn't make an appearance as he has in years previous, but the mayor as himself was on hand.

Bigger is a devout music fan with a surprising affinity for techno and house music, as he once revealed to this reporter — casually scrolling through his iTunes playlist following a funding announcement several months ago.

“Up Here Festival really exemplifies their promoting of emerging performers across genres,” Bigger said at this afternoon's launch. “It truly is a festival for everyone. It's all about surprise and making people smile, making people feel good.”

Pelletier praised the support that Up Here, now in its third year, has received from the city.

“They just keep saying 'yes,'” he said. “Whatever crazy questions we keep throwing at the city, whatever we want to do, they just keep saying yes.”

The festival features some 40 musical acts spread across 10 Downtown Sudbury venues tonight through Sunday. has provided extensive coverage on the festival and will continue to throughout the weekend's weirdness.

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