It’s HERE! Festival season, that is. This weekend Field Trip Music & Arts Festival returns to Fort York & Garrison Common with The National, Robyn, July Talk, of Montreal, Santigold, and many more. But Field Trip isn’t just about the music. There’s so much more to the experience. Here are five reasons to check out this year’s festival, beyond the amazing lineup:
Family has always been a major theme at Field Trip, and kids 12 and under even get in free! Not only are there plenty of activities like hoola hoops, a bouncy castle, and face painting to keep the kids busy, but there’s an entire stage dedicated to family-friendly programming with music for and by youngsters at the TD Day Camp. Last year’s highlight was everyone’s favourite childhood musical group, Sharon & Bram, who skinnamarinky dinky dinked their way back into our hearts in the Collective Arts Black Box with Kevin Drew, Max Kerman, and Raina! This year’s big draw are the soon-to-be superstar sisters from the hit television show Nashville – Lennon & Masiy.
Food is another major highlight of Field Trip each and every year. Expect to find everything from fish tacos to Chimney Stax, with mouth-watering veg and gluten-free options. It’s not all about the food trucks, either! Toronto’s thriving culinary scene will be on display with celebrity chefs and awesome food events all weekend long. One to look forward to is the Mess Hall with kitchen babe, Ivy Knight. Food writer, cookbook author and weekly industry event curator with The Drake Hotel’s 86’d Monday, Ivy has been mixing up amazing ways for people to play with food for years. Check out the program here.
After last year`s success, the Laugh Barracks will be back this year! Take a break from the sun in this indoor comedy stage featuring some of the city`s best up-and-coming funny people and established joke tellers. This year`s laugh lineup includes stand-up comics Dave Merheje and Scott Thompson, rap battle league Rapp Battlez, and feminist comedy duo The Crimson Wave.
Get ready for Historic Fort York & Garrison Common to come alive as artists transform the space into a diverse and colourful retreat in the heart of the city. This year`s festival installations come from the extremely talented chalk wizard Justin Cozens, the very bold interdisciplinary artist Lido Pimienta, and the magical botanical duo, Wild Altar. Another art highlight can be found inside the Fort’s historic barracks buildings and is one of Field Trip’s longest standing fixtures: the Analogue Gallery Sound Image Exhibition. Showcasing the best in Canadian music photography, 2016’s curation will also feature some of the best moments from Field Trip`s past.
Festival goers can once again browse an awesome selection of treasures from local designers and Field Trip partners. You can expect to find some unique creations from local artists and rare wares.
Be sure to drop into the Indie88 Yurt once again to get some swag, H20, and charge up your phone!
(Main photo: Field Trip)