Field Trip’s genesis story begins with Canadian independent music label Arts & Crafts, whose ten-year anniversary in 2013 became the first iteration of the festival. Originally a one-day event, the series began with a full bill of Arts & Crafts bands, co-headlined by a return from Toronto’s house band and family collective Broken Social Scene alongside 2012 Polaris Music Prize and multiple-time Juno winner Feist. Field Trip now fills the historic Fort York and Garrison Common every year for two days in early June, with world-class musical lineups playing against a backdrop of the city skyline.
Catering to the music community, families and Toronto as a whole, Field Trip crosses genre and generations, reflecting of the diversity of the city. Arts & Crafts friends and favourites Timber Timbre, the Darcys, and Trust have all played the festival, though they’ve roped in impressive international acts, too, including American hip-hop trio De La Soul and Swedish electro-pop maven Robyn.
This trip isn’t just for adults, either: the weekend offers children 12 and under free entry, with Field Trip Day Camp programming offering young talent the chance to shine on stage. Also present are a bouncy castle, a creative photo booth and carnival games to engage an intergenerational audience.
The green space of Fort York and Garrison Common is transformed over Field Trip weekend into a colourful retreat, with Toronto food trucks and installations from the city’s emergent visual creators and festival artists-in-residence showcased throughout.