Since Wayhome announced that they will not be returning for summer 2018 (which you can read more about here) many wondered whether other music festivals in Ontario were doomed to the same fate. But, have no fear, because Field Trip is here! And it looks like they’re here to stay. This year the music and arts festival will be taking place over the weekend of June 2 and 3.
Located in the heart of Toronto, at the historic Fort York Garrison and Common, Field Trip began as a humble celebration of Canadian independent music companies and artists back in 2013. Six years later, interest in the two-day festival continues to grow.
In fact, Field Trip has set itself apart from other large-scale music festivals that are often held in isolated venues and require up to five days of camping and on-site attendance. Field Trip recognizes that not only is this environment not family-friendly, but it’s also not commuter friendly. As their website proudly declares: “Field Trip programming crosses genre and generation, with children and comedy performances, all accessible by bike, foot and public transit…”
Accessibility is an important aspect of the music festival scene that is often overlooked. For example, Montreal’s incredibly popular Osheaga music festival takes place on an island park, Parc Jean-Drapeau, which is only accessible via subway or car. This makes entering and especially leaving the festival at the end of the day quite a daunting and anxious experience.
In contrast, Field Trip’s location in central Toronto allows for various forms of transit access. They also allow for festival goers to come and go as they please, which is unusual for festivals of this scale. While Field Trip is designed to showcase Canadian talent, inclusivity and accessibility is really the heart of what they are trying to achieve. Their ticket prices are reasonable, their programming and activities are for all ages, and their location is accessible to Torontonians, and even those in the surrounding GTA.
Tickets for the festival will be available for purchase March 9.