Field Trip 2017 Recap14 June 2017 / by Nicole Di Donato (author)
With a stellar lineup, tasty food and art installations, Field Trip Music & Arts Festival once again kicked off the summer in downtown Toronto.
Celebrating its fifth year, Field Trip returned to Fort York & Garrison Common on June 3 and 4. The festival started in 2013 as a 10-year anniversary party for Canadian independent music company Arts & Crafts. Since then, the event has evolved into so much more. Aiming to promote creativity, community and diversity, Field Trip offers something for people of all ages.
“It’s the official Toronto summer kick-off,” said Kate Killet, festival-goer. “You get to see all of your friends and check out some awesome music.”
They did it again this year with another awesome lineup consisting of Broken Social Scene, Phoenix, Feist and A Tribe Called Red as the headliners. Other acts who performed include BADBADNOTGOOD, Thundercat, Cloud Nothings, James Vincent McMorrow, Timber Timbre, Tei Shi, Royal Canoe, Joseph, Hannah Georgas, Harrison, Bernice, Overcoats, Walrus, among others.
Each day had a variety of artists and genres - from indie and pop to jazz and electronic music.
On Saturday night, Indigenous Producer and DJ Crew A Tribe Called Red got everyone in the crowd moving with their blend of electronic music and traditional First Nations vocal chanting and drumming.
Day one headliner and Canadian super collective, Broken Social Scene, took the audience down memory lane, bringing out the women of the group: Leslie Feist, Amy Millan and Emily Haines. In addition to playing some of their classics, the band also performed songs off their highly anticipated album Hug of Thunder, including their single “Halfway Home.”
Festival-goer Jennifer Hyc said she was most excited to see Broken Social Scene at Field Trip: “I think this is going to be my fourth time seeing them, but it doesn’t get old.”
Although day two had a rainy start, the clouds soon cleared and it ended up being a hot, sunny day. Toronto-based jazz/hip-hop group BADBADNOTGOOD performed, along with other Canadian acts.
It was clear who many attendees were excited to see on day two when Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter Feist took the stage. Feist played tracks off her new album Pleasure including “Century,” “Any Party” and “I Wish I Didn’t Miss You.” She also performed her older songs such as “I Feel It All,” “Sea Lion Woman,” and “My Moon My Man.”
Day two headliner, French indie pop band Phoenix, put on an amazing light show and performed songs off their new album Ti Amo as well as tracks off their previous albums. To wrap up their set, lead singer Thomas Mars did a crowd walk while thanking members in the audience. With high energy, catchy songs and cool lights, Phoenix was the perfect act to end off the festival.
Other than live music, the festival had some of Toronto’s best food vendors on-site. Festival-goers were able to get everything from pizza, tacos, burgers and poutine to sweeter treats such as waffles and smoothies.
Field Trip came to life with art installations from this year’s festival artists in residence. The work of Toronto artist Rajni Perera was showcased throughout the festival grounds - available for attendees to explore and immerse themselves in.
Festival-goers who were looking to get some shade were able to check out some cool indoor events located in Fort York’s historic barracks. One of them was the Laugh Barracks, the indoor comedy stage that featured local comedians such as DeAnne Smith and K Trevor Wilson as well as people from Perfect 10 Comedy and Comedy Records. Attendees were also able to visit the Analogue Gallery Sound Image Exhibition, which showcased some of the best Canadian music photography.
The festival was family friendly, offering a ‘Day Camp’ space where parents and kids enjoyed a wide range of activities such as hula hooping and live performances.
“Aside from the obvious, which is just the community and the general atmosphere around here, I think [my favourite part is] seeing the kid’s stage and seeing the kid’s bands that are playing,” said Hyc.
Sugar Hoops, a hula hoops performance and fitness company, was on-site at the event.
Mandy Harvey, CEO and founder of Sugar Hoops, said her favourite part of Field Trip is “all the different ages of people coming in [her] section and hula hooping, with great music all around.”
Many attendees loved the fact that Field Trip attracted people of all ages.
“It’s awesome how there’s so many little kids around - just a great family vibe,” said Mandy Mohart, festival-goer.
To see photos from the event, take a look at the gallery to the right and watch our recap video below: