Arts & Crafts is about more than paper maché and rubber stamping; it’s something that has undoubtedly become a staple in the vocabulary of any indie music fan. Based out of Toronto, Canada, Arts & Crafts Productions is a record label founded by Jeffrey Remedios and Kevin Drew. Remedios, a former Virgin Records exec, and Drew, co-founder of Broken Social Scene, have cultivated a record label that represents both established and up-and-coming artists such as Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Los Campesinos!, Cold Specks, and more. Amongst their alumni bands are Stars, The Most Serene Republic, and Phoenix. The label has taken home 20 JUNO awards, presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the record industry, and is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
One of the most exciting events being held in honor of the tenth birthday is the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival, which will be taking place this weekend on Saturday, June 8th, at Fort York and Garrison Common up in Toronto. It’s a one day, two-stage music festival that will run from noon until roughly eleven PM that night. The festival is welcoming families, and kids under the age of ten are able to go free. For everyone else, though, the tickets cost $75—before all the fees.
Still, in a summer that is crammed with music festivals, the Field Trip festival promises to be a unique fest. Instead of the self-awareness, image-obsessed attitude that permeates other fests (see: the planning that goes into what people are going to wear to Coachella) where it becomes more about the “look” and less about the music, the Field Trip show will undoubtedly be all about the performances, serving as a true reflection of the attitude Arts & Crafts Productions has maintained over the years. Furthermore, it’s a spectacular line-up: Broken Social Scene is co-headlining, returning from their hiatus for only the Field Trip fest, along with Feist, Bloc Party, Stars, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, Zeus, Cold Specks, Gold & Youth, and more. To top it all off, the posters for the show are beautiful, too. For anyone looking to find more information on the Field Trip Music & Arts fest, there is info available on both fieldtriplife.com and arts-crafts.ca.