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5 Must-See Artists at Field Trip 2017

By: Staff –

Field Trip Festival 2017

Toronto’s essential downtown music and arts festival is celebrating five years with its biggest lineup yet.

Field Trip has become the unofficial kick off to the city’s busy summer festival season and this year’s bill continues a tradition of curating a world­-class, boutique music event inside the gorgeous and intimate confines of the city’s Historic Fort York & Garrison Common. Driven by a love of community and discovery, Field Trip 2017 welcomes a rich program of not only music, but family-friendly programming, comedy and an exploration of Toronto’s culinary scene starring some of the city’s leading entrepreneurs. All the music, food, drink and activities integrate with collaborative explorations on themes of visual art, technology, fashion and more, like nowhere else.

Need help creating your perfect Field Trip 2017 schedule? Check out our picks for the five artists you need to check out at this year’s festival!

Tickets are now available here

Broken Social Scene


Beloved Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene are back after seven years of radio silence. Their new track “Halfway Home” follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2010 album, Forgiveness Rock Record, and is a welcome return from the Juno Award-winning group.

Broken Social Scene materialized in 1999 when K.C. Accidental’s Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, formerly of By Divine Right, bonded their friendship into a band. They spent the next few years honing an atmospheric rock sound in their native Toronto and the dynamic was great. And with a new album expected to be released this year, Broken Social Scene are set to reclaim their spot on the indie rock throne.


A Tribe Called Red

Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound.

If you’re an indigenous person living in a country that was forcefully colonized, it’s all too common to find yourself underrepresented and misrepresented if not blatantly and systematically devalued and attacked. Positive role models and a positive self-identity are hard to come by, yet the Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.

Looking to the future, without losing sight of their past, ATCR straddles a broad range of musical influences based in modern hip-hop, traditional pow wow drums and vocals, blended with edgy electronic music production styles. Currently made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman, the group release their critically acclaimed third album, We Are the Halluci Nation, on September 162016, and solidified their mission to promote inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice. They believe that indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms. If you share this vision, then you are already part of the Halluci Nation.



Grammy Award-winning band Phoenix draw elements from their eclectic ’80s upbringing to arrive at a satisfying blend of rock and synthesizers. The French synth rock band, which consists of vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d’Arcy, and guitarist Christian Mazzalai, artfully reproduce the slick sounds of mid-’70s California pop with new-millennium flair.

With a new 30-second tease of new music back in March, fans are eagerly anticipating new music from the quartet, and who knows, you might be lucky enough to hear some new tunes when they perform at Field Trip this June!



One of the more unusual success stories in 2000s’ pop music, the singer-songwriter born Leslie Feist has gone from performing with a sock puppet and calling herself Bitch Lap-Lap to becoming a critically acclaimed artist with five albums of cooled-down grown-up pop.

With her new album, Pleasure, set for release on April 28th via Universal, which is said to explore “emotional limits … loneliness, private ritual, secrets, shame, mounting pressures, disconnect, tenderness, rejection, care and the lack thereof”, don’t miss Feist’s first Field Trip performance since 2013!


Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vets Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16.

With his newest album, Drunk, (out Feb. 24th via Brainfeeder), the album is a 23-track epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the Grammy-winning singer/bassist and finds a few of his friends joining him along the way including: Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus.

Don’t miss Thundercat this summer at Field Trip 2017!



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