50 highlights from the Field Trip Music Festival
Venerated Toronto record label Arts & Crafts celebrated their 10th birthday in the only way they've ever known how: by bringing everyone together and seeing what happens. And by everyone, I mean everyone: not only did most of the entire label's active roster play the inaugural edition of the festival, but flagship band Broken Social Scene broke their "indefinite hiatus" for a one night airing of their seminal 2002 album You Forgot It In People.
Many of the label's up-and-comers also had their chance to shine early on in the day, with stellar sets by Still Life Still, Cold Specks, and Trust pairing perfectly with the delicious eats and gorgeous urban sprawl all around the Fort York-Garrison Commons site. The festival had two stages operating back-to-back to ensure set overlap and sound bleed were never issues, and it wasn't until the very end of the day's events that it seemed the venue was overly packed. With multiple art installations, creative food offerings, and a lineup featuring some of the finest bands on one of the nation's best independent labels, one can only hope this birthday party continues year after year.
Photos by Roger Cullman