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Review: Field Trip Music & Arts Festival (June 6th and 7th 2015) at Fort York & Garrison Common

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For the past 2 years Arts & Crafts ‘Field Trip’ has being giving us warmed sonic vibes to launch us into the summer.  If you live in Toronto, you know the winter was extra-long for us this year and there has been an ache to have ‘Field Trip’ 2015 to come to Fort York already!

We love Fort York.  It’s a perfectly accessible Toronto location for a festival; it’s on the TTC line and has enough room to watch bands at each stage.  Now come 5 p.m., its gets a tad congested.  The throngs of people navigating between the Garrison Stage (the larger one) to the TD Fort York Stage (the smaller one) always ends in a bottle neck on the path connecting both stages.  That said this year; the Fort York Stage was built a little further along to allow for a VIP drinking lounge area and a massive food, shopping and activities area.  Even though there were line ups for food, washrooms and drink – everything ran smoothly as the rain steadily fell on the Sunday afternoon crowd.

There were a number of upgrades from last year’s ‘Field Trip’.  The family friendly ‘Day Camp’ area for kids and their peeps was immense.  Sharon & Bram, Girls Rock Camp, Toronto Music Camp and children’s sets from other Field Trip performers all showed up for the party, and were within ear shot of the popular bouncy castle, hula hoops, temporary tattoo stations, kids haircuts, ping pong tables and more.

One of many things ‘Field Trip’ does well is their nod to local cuisine vs. food trucks.  Tucking into the likes of FOOD DUDES: Captain Crunch Fish tacos, Smoky Rueben Sandwich, Dirty Chili Hash, Nutella balls*, Mac & Cheese Balls* and DEAVA’S FEED YOUR SOUL: BBQ Korean Short Ribs, Pork Belly Sandwich, Lemongrass Chicken Salad, Thai Chicken Sandwich (all farm to table) were things of beauty after long days in the sun.

The Mess Hall was brought back with Ivy Knight.  On June 6th we witnessed a Cake Decorating Contest where participants played cake boss with plain cakes and buffet of colourful candies and sweet goodness.   On June 7th, Ivy and her team of brave Field Trippers came together to build the biggest hoagie – relay style!

The roster of bands that were on ‘Field Trip’s’ schedule this year was sure to excite.  With diversity in musicians reflecting the diversity of Toronto included of ‘From Jamaica to Toronto’, ‘De La Soul’, ‘The War on Drugs’ and ‘Purity Ring’ on Day 1.  We felt the afterglow well into ‘Alabama Shakes’ set.  Day 2 was even more of a love in with ‘Father John Misty’, ‘Temples’ and ‘Marina & The Diamonds’.  If your body wasn’t aching after all of this you weren’t partying hard enough.  Then again for some of us, it doesn’t take much.

We had a great chuckle at the Laugh Barracks which was presented by Mail Chimp as the day wound down. It is a hilarious new addition to Field Trip, with performances from two of Comedy Bar’s most popular shows, Laugh Sabbath and Chuckle Co.  Sometimes you need to take a break away from the music.

Fort York is a wonderful home for ‘Field Trip’ and we hope it continues to be.  The rustic Canadiana vibe, locals meeting out of towers and familiar soothing tunes as it christens us into the summer’s arms is a big hit!  The detail, love and camaraderie that go into putting on ‘Field Trip’ from the Arts & Crafts crew makes us look forward to 2016.


Arts & Crafts and The pleasure of buying from a Canadian Music Label

I’ve told you lovelies before about how much I dig this Canadian label.  Not only do they have lovely bands on their roster like Dan Mangan, Belle Orchestre and Timber Timbre but they have great customer service.  Customer service and a record label?  Who knew?

I was looking for the first Dan Mangan CD for a friend in the UK and found HMV’s pricing ridiculous as it usually is.  Logging onto the the A&C website I happened to find ‘Postcards and Daydreaming’ priced at considerably less than that of HMV.  http://www.arts-crafts.ca/index-ie.php

So of course I popped that DM CD into my check out bag as well as Star’s first two albums (they are no longer on A&C – boo!) http://www.galleryac.com/.  When I proceeded to the check-out I noticed I could save on the shipping by actually going to their office on Richmond Street here in Toronto and picking up the CD’s myself.  Can you imagine?  Talk about reducing my carbon footprint.

Bundles I’d like for you to peruse when you have a moment (it’s nice to get a lil extra bang for your buck) are the following:

Cold Specks

Cold Specks Deluxe Bundle

Catalog # AC070-B003

Release Date: 22 May 2012

Label: Arts & Crafts

Audio Formats: CD, LP

Release date: May 22nd, 2012


Cold Specks Bundle

Cold Specks Bundle

I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

includes the Gallery AC Exclusive track “Grave Goods”.



– I Predict A Graceful Expulsion CD or LP

– Holland 7″

– Cold Specks Unisex Tshirt

– Cold Specks cotton tote bag

– Digital Booklet

– Instant MP3 download of the album on release day

– All Pre-orders receive an instant download of “Blank Maps” and Gallery AC exclusive “Grave Goods”


Dan Mangan

Postcards and Daydreaming

Catalog # FUM001

Label: File Under Music

Audio Formats: CD, MP3-320kbps, FLAC

Dan Mangan:  Postcards and Daydreaming

Dan Mangan: Postcards and Daydreaming

Postcards and Daydreaming is the debut album from 2010 Polaris Prize shortlist nominee, Dan Mangan. This album is a collection of folk driven tunes complete with beautiful string and horn arrangements. Fans of Bon Iver and The Wooden Sky will find commonalities in the downbeat yet hopeful music of Dan Mangan.


1.Not What You Think It Is

2.Unnatural Progression

3.Above the Headlights

4.Journal of a Narcoleptic

5.Don’t Listen

6.So Much for Everyone

7.Western Wind


9.Come Down

10.Some Place to Come Home to

11.Reason to Think Aloud

12.Ash Babe


Timber Timbre

Creep On Creepin’ On

Catalog # AC061

Release Date: 5 Apr 2011

Label: Arts & Crafts

Audio Formats: CD, LP, MP3-320kbps, FLAC, Apple-Lossless

Timber Timbre:  Creep On Creepin' On

Timber Timbre: Creep On Creepin' On

The follow-up to 2009’s self-titled release, multi instrumentalists Taylor Kirk, Mika Posen and Simon Trottier come together again on heartrending compositions that engage, transport and challenge.

Creep On Creepin’ On moves forward from the band’s eponymous album towards the realization of its ability to simultaneously invoke and disguise the most essential elements of pop and rock music with chilling authenticity.

Peeps, I wish more record companies did this.  The pricing, customer service, promoting the beauty within the artists sound and just keeping it real.  It’s so nice to know that I can support Canadian bands and their label truly cares about their customer (you and I) and how they get their brand message out in a sophisticated but also down home Canadian way.

Thank you Jenna for the lovely package and being so generous!  It’s always a pleasure doing business.

Mel xo