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Field Trip Music & Arts Festival, 2016: Reasons You Need To Go

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Updated: 6 December 2016
This June 4th and 5th, the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival will be more than just a music festival; it’ll be an experience. Arts & Crafts’ Field Trip is a place where you can take in some of the best music, sights, and food Toronto has to offer, all in one weekend.

The Food Trucks

Aside from the world-class music, Field Trip has some of the most delicious food in all of Toronto. With over 20 gourmet food trucks present every year, there’s absolutely no chance of going home hungry. In the past, they’ve featured tons of Toronto favorites like Buster’s Sea Cove, Gourmet Gringos, and even a winner of the Food Network’s Food Truck Faceoff, Fit to Grill. From vegan sushi bowls to deep fried beer batter banana fritters, your taste buds will be tingling.

Shrimp Tacos | Courtesy of Buster's Sea Cove
Shrimp Tacos | Courtesy of Buster's Sea Cove

The Venue

Field Trip takes place in the heart of downtown Toronto at Fort York and Garrison Common, which was the site of the Battle of York in the War of 1812. Today, Fort York functions as a historic site museum with various exhibits like restored period rooms and museum galleries. This makes Field Trip a festival where you can relive parts of Canada’s rich history and enjoy the refreshing vocals of Basia Bulat or the gritty sounds of July Talk.

250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 392 6907

The Venue | Courtesy of Field Trip
The Venue | Courtesy of Field Trip

The Artwork

Beyond the historic setting, Field Trip comes alive with a series of installations that involve photography, painting, technology, fashion, and more. This year there’s a free virtual reality experience that’s inspired by one of the festival’s performers. Also, a lot of the pieces at the festival are created during its two day run, which means a blank canvas transforms into an intricate work of art right before your eyes. In previous years, renowned artists like Heather Goodchild, Young Offenders, and Golden Age Botanicals have brought their unique visual creations to the Field Trip scene.

Artwork | Courtesy of Field Trip
Artwork | Courtesy of Field Trip

The Comedy

If you want a break from the hot summer sun, the indoor comedy stage “Laugh Barracks” features new local comedians and several of the city’s most recognized joke tellers. There’s something for everybody with a variety of improv, prop, observational, and physical humor, which are all sure to make every audience fall over laughing.

The Marketplace

The Field Trip Marketplaces is a hub where festival goers can browse through a diverse selection of local vendors. In the past, this has included an Etsy booth, a manicure station, and even an on-site barbershop. Why not pick up some vintage tees or band merch while enjoying the smooth summer sounds of the hippest music festival in Toronto?

The Market Place | Courtesy of Field Trip
The Market Place | Courtesy of Field Trip

The Lineup

Last but definitely not least: the lineup. From the likes of ABC series Nashville’s Lennon and Maisy and their sweet country twang to headliner The National’s euphoric emotional tenor, this is one weekend that Toronto music lovers won’t want to miss. Robyn, the other headliner, is a Swedish dance pop vocalist whose upbeat electronic vibes will get everyone grooving in the middle of Garrison Commons. With other big names like Basia Bulat, Dear Rouge, and Ra Ra Riot, this festival has Toronto’s streets buzzing with excitement already.

The Lineup | Courtesy of Field Trip
The Lineup | Courtesy of Field Trip