What: Field Trip music festival
Where: Fort York Garrison, Toronto
When: Saturday 8 June, 2013
In One Wordâ„˘: Celebration
If you missed last weekend’s Field Trip music fest by Arts & Crafts record label, then you missed out on a unique experience.
Upon arrival at Fort York & Garrison Common at 1pm, I was immediately impressed by the level of organization at Field Trip. Arriving on bikes, we were greeted by a complimentary bicycle valet, and then just two minutes later we were inside the Â festival grounds after slick and friendly greetings by staff and volunteers. First impressions were great, and the whole day would continue in the same vein.
Field Trip was planned and organized by Arts & Crafts records as a celebration of their 10 year anniversary. Families were invited to bring their kids along to enjoy the day out, with kids under 10 gaining free entry. The family vibe did not end there: there was an overriding sense of togetherness and unity throughout. The level of planning and efficiency of this event was immensely impressive. With staff and volunteers situated throughout the expansive Fort York site to help patrons, every area was utilized, with attractions such as an Ontario wine tasting cellar and a Norman Wong art gallery exhibit being set-up in the historic garrison buildings, while indie stores and vendors sold their wares in a market.
There was fun for kids – and big kids too… I had fun with the hula-hoops. Not bad for a first try, I reckon!
The line-up was impressive:Â Broken Social Scene, Feist, Timber Timbre, Stars, Bloc Party, Trust, Hayden, Ra Ra Riot, Cold Specks, Jason Collett, Zeus, The Darcys, Gold & Youth, Dan ManganÂ andÂ Still Life Still.Â
There was something for everyone at Field Trip, but by the end of the night the crowd was united in support as Broken Social Scene reunited for this special hometown show. Feist had reemerged on stage after her show to join BSS, as she performed alongside founding members Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning and other members of the collective.
SinceÂ the cancellation of Virgin Fest three years ago, Toronto has been left wanting for a decent outdoor summer music festival.Â Arts & Crafts fly the flag as Canada’s biggest indie label, and with Field Trip they created a dream day out for Toronto’s indie music and arts community. Broken Social Scene thanked the crowd, the label and everybody as they said goodnight â€”Â and not before reminding us all, as if needed, that this city needs a new mayor.
Finally, an outdoor music festival for adults. 10 years might be a bit too long to wait for another A&C Field Trip!
Â© Â Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice