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Ditching the Classroom: A Field Trip in the Six

By Noah Scanga

June 2nd, 2016

We all remember class field trips as one of the better aspects of attending school. Most of us viewed this as a day out of the classroom and an opportunity to get up to no good. In hindsight, however, we were truly learning through experience.

After celebrating music and art in the Toronto scene for 10 years, management firm and artist services company Arts & Crafts Productions hosted the inaugural Field Trip Arts & Crafts Music Festival in 2013. The event has grown in the past four years and now features a stage dedicated to live stand-up comedy, food from dozens of local establishments and Toronto-based celebrity chefs, visual art displays, live and interactive installations, and a marketplace where you can find some of the city’s most exclusive wares from artists and designers.

Field Trip also hosts a day camp area for children, boasting a wide array of activities and entertainment geared towards the family. But what the event has ultimately has been gaining prominence for over the past several years is its emerging talent line-ups. Not only does this year’s bill feature creatives from across the globe, but myriad locally grown acts as well. 2016’s Field Trip welcomes established names like Jazz Cartier, July Talk and Holy F*CK, but organizers have also included plenty of room for fresh new Canadian talent. 

Basia Bulat

Bulat has cut her teeth touring North America and Europe, and has had her music aired on Hockey Night in Canada on several occasions. She’s also been known for incorporating the autoharp into her songs. The singer-songwriter will be performing at 6:45 on Sunday, June 5 at the Fort York Stage.

Basia Bulat

Dear Rouge

This Vancouver-based couple has played across the country, sharing their electric-pop rock songs with their ardent fans. The tandem already has a handful of awards under their belts, including a 2016 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year. You can catch them at 2:55pm on Sunday, June 5 at the Garrison Stage. 

Dear Rouge

The Beaches

The Beaches

These four femme fatales have been rocking stages since 2012 with their own spin on new-wave music. They’re performing at 3:30pm on Saturday, June 4 at the Fort York Stage.

Brave Shores

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Brave Shores

This young indie-pop band has been killing it over the airwaves this year with their single “Never Come Down”. They hit the Fort York Stage at 4:40pm on Saturday, June 4.

Kalle Mattson

A young singer-songwriter based out of Ottawa, this artist has gained a reputation for creating music videos that captivate viewers. He’ll be opening up the festival on Sunday, June 5 at 1:30pm on the Fort York Stage.

Field Trip kicks off this Saturday, June 4th at Fort York and Garrison Common and runs through Sunday, June 5th. For ticket information and line-ups, check the event’s official site here.

Don’t be that kid who always missed the bus. 

Kalle Mattson