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Afrofest will once again be a two-day event after deal with city

Statement released by organizers and the City of Toronto Wednesday confirms event will once again run for two days.

Revelers at AfroFest in Toronto, Ontario, July 5, 2014.

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Revelers at AfroFest in Toronto, Ontario, July 5, 2014.

After facing a cutback to a single day, Afrofest will again hold two days of concerts in Woodbine Park this year, according to a statement by the event’s organizers and the City of Toronto released on Wednesday evening.

The announcement comes after bickering between Music Africa — the organization which puts on Toronto’s summer festival of traditional African music — and the City of Toronto about noise violations and extended show times in previous years.

“Afrofest organizers acknowledge that there were some permit violations related to past years of the festival and, the city admits to unclear communication regarding permit end times,” read the statement signed by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon of Ward 32, Music Africa president Peter Toh, and director Richard Ubbens of the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department.

The release goes on to say that the Toronto Music Advisory Council will be assisting Afrofest and other music events across the city.

Afrofest, launched in 1990, is being held on July 9 and 10 this year.

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