2018 marks the sixth annual Field Trip Music & Arts Festival.
From humble beginnings in 2013 as a 10-year anniversary celebration of Canadian independent music company Arts & Crafts, the festival has grown into Toronto’s unofficial kickoff to summer festival season. In 2013 the one-day event featured two stages curated entirely from Arts & Crafts’ roster, co-headlined by flagship collective Broken Social Scene alongside 11-time JUNO Award and Polaris Music Prize winner Feist.
Today Arts & Crafts and Live Nation partner on an event that’s about much more, championing creativity and community in its many forms, and a celebration of diversity and the city of Toronto.
“Field Trip was built around the themes of discovery and community. In addition to world-class musical performances, the festival’s focus is on numerous elements of the city’s proud culture,” Jeffrey Remedios, co-founder and then president of A&C said in 2013. “Field Trip is a celebration of Toronto, of community and above all else, of the collaborative spirit.”
Field Trip programming crosses genre and generation, with children and comedy performances, all accessible by bike, foot and public transit in the heart of downtown Toronto at the city’s historic Fort York & Garrison Common.
Among the many acts that have visited and that we have been proud to host Broken Social Scene, Feist, Phoenix, Robyn, Alabama Shakes, The National, My Morning Jacket, Interpol, The War On Drugs, Kevin Drew, Gord Downie, Constantines, Arkells, July Talk, Father John Misty, De La Soul, Hayden, Trust, The Kills, Vance Joy, Purity Ring, Charlotte Day Wilson, Thundercat, BADBADNOTGOOD, A Tribe Called Red, The Pharcyde, Jazz Cartier, Santigold, Sharon & Bram, Charles Bradley, Of Montreal and so many more.
You can see this year’s lineup here. And below, take a look back at some Field Trip memories…