Arts & Crafts today announced the lineup for Field Trip Music & Arts Festival 2016, headlined by indie rock band The National and dance pop icon Robyn. The city’s favourite community festival returns to historic Fort York & Garrison Common for its fourth year on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.
Recognized as the essential boutique music event in Toronto’s very own backyard, the two day showcase of top Canadian and international artists also prides itself in a parade of the city’s top food trucks and culinary pop-ups, as well as a range of collaborative and family friendly programming highlighting art, fashion, technology and more. This year’s diverse lineup features a mix of talent from across genres, including local pop-rockers July Talk, rapper Jazz Cartier, ethereal singer-songwriter Basia Bulat; as well as funk and soul singer Charles Bradley from Brooklyn, New York, dreamy folk band Boy & Bear from Sydney, Australia, and man y more.
Aaron Miller, programming director, Arts & Crafts shared a few of his thoughts with us.
TheSceneInTO: In your opinion, what continues to make this festival such a big success year after year?
Aaron Miller: Diversity. This is a world class festival for Toronto. It’s about bringing the best of the city and country together alongside some of the world’s most creative musical acts. We work hard to program across cultural and generational lines and I think people find meaning in that.
TheSceneInTO: Any surprises you have up your sleeves you can share with us?
Aaron Miller: Then they wouldn’t be surprises! You know what though, there are always things that surprise us. There’s always one or two acts or parts of the festival that turn into something amazing we could never have predicted and you get to watch it in real time. Th at’s what’s exciting.. those are the true surprises.
TheSceneInTO: What have been the top memorable moments over the past years?
Aaron Miller: I think getting through the first year and going “Wow, we threw a music festival. It was also A&C’s 10 year anniversary party so there was a lot of emotion. Alabama Shakes set a high water mark for us in terms of all the elements coming together at once, but on a personal level having De La Soul galvanize the crowd so incredibly a few hours earlier was probably the greatest moment.
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.