It’s here! We’re in it! It’s festival season! We’ve slowly been working our way through Toronto’s best summer fests and Field Trip is finally upon us. If you’ve had any doubts about whether or not to buy a ticket, we’ve got a point (or 2 or 3 or 6,) to prove before you make the final decision.
Round up the gang because Field Trip is right around the corner! This year, the Toronto music festival will be setting up camp at Fort York & Garrison Commons from Saturday, June 4th to Sunday, June 5th and if you act fast, you can still grab one-day, two-day or VIP tickets. Need a little more convincing? We’ve got 6 reasons why you should dig into your Summer savings and splurge on a Field Trip ticket:
1. The stacked line-up
Like any great festival, the real draw is the music. This year, Field Trip features a diverse group of artists that range from international pop star Robyn to homegrown rapper Jazz Cartier to indie rock favorite The National, and many more. Our advice? Check out the schedule for yourself and build your days around the times your favorite musicians are performing. That way, you won’t miss out on any of the music, food, fun or art, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore.
2. It’s family friendly
Staying home because you’ve gotta watch the kids is no excuse to miss this event. Field Trip is Toronto’s most, if not only, family friendly music festival! Kids have their own stage, dubbed the ‘Day Camp’, where they can rock out to performers like Sharon & Bram, Girls Rock Camp, Max Kerman (Arkells), and more. When your tots are tired of singing their hearts out, they can hustle over the hill to hula hoop, jump in a bouncy castle, play ping pong & more. Oh, and kids under 12 get in for free!
3. The delicious local grub
If you’re a regular reader, we’re assuming it’s because you like to eat (hello, we specialise in food!) and discover all the best bites Toronto has to offer. If that sounds about right, Field Trip’s selection of grub will certainly tickle your fancy. The line-up of vendors has yet to be revealed, but there are promises of local kitchen celebs (cough, cough, Chef Anthony Rose,) and an amazing assortment of restaurants to suit everyone’s palate. Last year’s culinary collection included Caplansky’s, Fidel Gastros, Chimney Stax Baking Co., and Fit to Grill.
4. You’ll laugh your a** off
And you don’t even need to bring your ‘funny’ friend to entertain you (unless you want to, of course). This year will be the second of Field Trip’s indoor comedy stage. Named the Laugh Barracks, the stage will be shared by local comics like Dave Merheje and Scott Thompson, feminist comedy duo The Crimson Wave and rap battle league Rapp Battlez. Pro tip: this is the place to be if you’re hiding from the sun.
5. Sleeping + Bragging Rights
While Field Trip is a 2-day festival, there’s no camping. That means you can go home after a long day of dancing and sweating, and still look fresh and at your best the next day for all the street style photographers on site. Another plus? After the festival, if you’ve got enough energy, you can hit the town with your friends who (regrettably) didn’t splurge on Field Trip tickets and brag about all the cool acts you saw.
6. Art Exploration
The historic Fort York & Garrison Common is beautiful in itself, but Field Trip will transform the park into something truly special. In the past, Field Trip has worked with local artists like Young Offenders, Heather Goodchild and more to create unique artistry, and this year will be no different. Field Trip will work be working with a yet-to-be-revealed crop of artists to create one-of-a-kind installations that are sure to rack up the likes on Instagram. Plus, Analogue Gallery will be popping up inside Fort’s historic barracks buildings to showcase top Canadian music photography, including best-of moments from past Field Trips.
Bonus: Tickets aren’t even that expensive! A one day pass will run you $75 and that gives you access to at least 15 performers. Plus, you can’t really put a price on happiness, can you? Grab your tickets here.
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