Indie music lovers in Toronto will be taken on a Field Trip at Fort York in Toronto on June 4 and 5 with acts from around the world playing on two stages.
Field Trip, now in its fourth year, has rapidly become one of the most anticipated summer music festivals in the city. In that time, the event has grown from a one day festival to celebrate Toronto label Arts & Crafts tenth anniversary to a two-day, two-stage festival with a variety of programming.
This year is no different with headlining sets from acclaimed indie band The National and Swedish synth-pop star Robyn, who recently joined forces with A&C signees Royksopp for the Do It Again EP. The National have also promised that they will unveil material from their highly anticipated seventh album, which they plan to start work on after their summer tour wraps.
Field Trip will also feature sets from A&C mainstay Jason Collett as well as red hot blues rockers July Talk, who recently unveiled their new single ‘Push and Pull’. The two day festival will once again be an equal mix of Canadian and international acts.
Polaris Prize shortlister Basia Bulat will doubtlessly wow fans with songs from her new album Good Advice. Canada will be well represented at the event with Montreal’s Plants and Animals, Holy Fuck and Dear Rouge all slated to play.
Field Trip once again features an array of acts from the US and abroad. Brooklyn shoegazers DIIV will play and they will be joined by Georgia psych-rockers Of Montreal. Australia’s Boy and Bear will play on the festival’s first day.
Discovery has always been a major theme of Field Trip and the event will give many new artists a chance to shine. Rising Ottawa singer/songwriter Kalle Mattson is just one of the many up and coming and under the radar acts slated to play the event.
Lest festival goers think that Field Trip skews towards the younger generation, veteran artist Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires will represent Baby Boomers at the event. Bradley and his band have developed a following thanks to their electrifying live show.
The event promises a little bit of everything for everyone, even kids! A sure sign that Toronto’s hipsters are getting older is the family-friendly programming at Field Trip. This year’s TD Day Camp promises performances for the tykes, as well as participating music schools and community collaborations plus a bouncy castle, hula hoops, ping pong tables and more!
The Field Trip experience doesn’t just include music. The event will also feature a marketplace where festival goers can browse a range of wares from artists and designers between acts. If you’re looking to escape the sun and get a laugh, The Laugh Barracks will feature a mix of new and established Toronto comics.
A major part of the event is the food and this year is no different. A number of Toronto restaurants and food trucks will provide hungry festival goers with sustenance and give them a chance to expand their palates.
Speaking of food, the Mess Hall with “food babe” Ivy Knight promises to bring back memories of summer camp with a culinary food program.
“There are many amazing festival experiences available to people these days, but we take great pride in the intimacy and diversity of Field Trip, and the deep connection we have with the City of Toronto,” Aaron Miller, Manager of Events at Arts & Crafts, said in a statement. “Field Trip guarantees something for all of us, and something new each and every year.”
Tickets, both single day and two-day passes, are available at Soundscapes and Rotate This in Toronto. Or, head to Ticketmaster outlets or purchase them online. Field Trip’s website has all the information you need about pricing.