Arts & Crafts today announced the full programming lineup for the 2016 Field Trip Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 at Fort York and Garrison Common. With something for everyone, schedule highlights include expanded family-friendly Day Camp featuring artists from the official lineup partaking in intimate sing-a-longs, comedians raising the roof on the Laugh Barracks indoor stage and a curated collection of the city’s best and brightest bespoke craft vendors.
This year’s Field Trip welcomes a diverse range of over 20 top food vendors, with the return of Toronto food writer and curator Ivy Knight hosting The Mess Hall for a day of laughing, cheering and playing with food. Other community programming includes the Analogue Gallery Sound Image Exhibition showcasing the best in Canadian music photography; art and design exhibit by Toronto’s emergent visual creators; and a marketplace of local vendors selling rare wares.
“The range of interactive community-driven programming is one of the things that makes the Field Trip festival experience so unique – one of the things we’re very proud of,” says Arts & Crafts programming director, Aaron Miller. “A major focus for 2016 was upping the family-friendly activities and really making sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. On top of all the amazing musicians we have coming this year, think of Field Trip as a choose your own adventure celebration of summer.”
A family-friendly festival overall, one of the larger changes for this year’s Field Trip is the expanded Day Camp, a space fully dedicated to activities for parents and children (who can enter the festival for free if they are under the age of 12). The 2016 stage plays host to Jason Collett & Friends, Basia Bulat, Kevin Drew & Friends, Regent Park School of Music, MusiCounts and surprise guests for intimate mini music sets, on top of regular Field Trip performances, all within earshot of the bouncy castle, Sugar Hoops hula hoops, ping pong tables and more.
Launched at Field Trip 2015 to great success, this year’s Laugh Barracks indoor comedy stage features up and coming local funny people as well as a handful of the city’s more established joke tellers, including stand-up comics Dave Merheje and Mark Little, rap battle league Rapp Battlez and feminist comedy duo The Crimson Wave, all sure to have audiences laughing out loud.
THE MESS HALL
Located in Garrison Woods with host Ivy Knight, enter your little ones in one of a kids only watermelon or corn on the cob kid eating contests, or gather the family together to take on a World’s Biggest Hoagie submarine sandwich. Other activities include cupcake decorating, cocktail making competitions and more.
FOOD TRUCKS & RESTAURANT ROW
From BBQ mainstays to fish tacos to gourmet specialty coffee, the range of this year’s food and drink choices also include vegetarian and gluten-free, with local and organic front and centre:
Buster’s Sea Cove
The Poutine Supreme
Steel Cut Coffee
The Flying Chestnut
Heavenly Dreams (Day Camp)
Bread Heads (Day Camp)
Ivy Knight (Mess Hall)
Rose & Sons (VIP)
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival received three CMW Live Industry Awards nominations in 2016, for New Kid On The Block (Best New Festival), Best Family Program at a Festival and Medium Festival of the Year. This year’s music lineup features headliners The National and Robyn, as well as local favourites July Talk, Basia Bulat, Jazz Cartier and more. The full 2016 Field Trip lineup is available at FieldTripLife.com
Ticket prices start at $75 for single day general admission and can be purchased online via FieldTripLife.com, TicketMaster or LiveNation.com. Field Trip is a joint production by Arts & Crafts Productions and Live Nation Canada.