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Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2023 to Feature Ice Cube, Third Eye Blind, and T-Pain

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Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Toronto’s Festival of Beer, taking place July 28th – 30th at Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place in Toronto. This year’s entertainment line-up includes American rap legend, filmmaker and actor, Ice Cube with rapper, actor and record producer, Big Boi, on Friday July 28th. California’s alt-rockers, Third Eye Blind, with Canadian Métis indie singer-songwriter, Ruby Waters perform on Saturday July 29th; rapper and singer/songwriter T-Pain and Jamaican reggae singer, Koffee both take the stage on Sunday July 30th to close out the weekend.

Celebrating 25+ years of the golden liquid, this year’s festival features more than 400 brews, fizz and more… for beer enthusiasts and live music fans alike to slake their thirst while they soak up the summer sun. With their official TFOB mug upon entry, event guests may stroll the grounds to sample brews, bubbles, and non-alcohol options, with hundreds of choices available. Patrons are encouraged to sample food from a selection of vendor offerings while enjoying beer-themed games and entertainment activations throughout Bandshell Park — including fan fave, Canadian DJ Charlie B, spinning in the Beyond Beer zone – during the weekend. 

“The 2023 supreme lineup of talent, and range of vendors and their offerings is perhaps the best yet,” said Les Murray, president, Toronto’s Festival of Beer. “With the spectrum of locally produced brews as well as international beverage offerings from a range of committed brewers and makers, our patrons will undoubtedly discover their next new favourite. With the ongoing support of our sponsors, we’re proud to present this year’s must-attend festival of the summer.”

Industry positivity and inclusivity

In addition, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is hosting The Changemakers — a program dedicated to beer craftspeople currently creating compelling change, both within their community and for their industry. These changemakers have created safe and equitable workplaces, have implemented diverse hiring practices and paved the way for accessibility in brewing; all are shining examples of family- and community-minded leaders effecting change, with a compelling story to tell and a good brew to feature.

“Being a changemaker means being someone who takes action to create positive and meaningful change in the world, whether through advocacy, innovation, or simply leading by example,” added Jodie Becker, senior production manager, Toronto’s Festival of Beer. 

“It requires dedication, resilience, and a deep commitment to making the world of beer a better place, one step at a time. We’re proud to highlight these leaders in our industry.”

From start-ups to seltzers, from craft to collectives 

The official list of participating brewers and distillers serving at TFOB 2023 include:

Thornbury Village Craft Cider & Brew House; Wrinkly Bear; Something in the Water; Latina Beer; Miski Brewing Co.; Balderdash Brewing; Northern Maverick; Vieni Estates

Crabbie’s Ginger Beer; White Water Brewing Co.; Hop Valley; Creemore; Steam Whistle

Cool Beer; Old Credit; 8.6; Ace Hill; Wellington Brewery; Puppers; Cerveza Tona; Brickworks Ciderhouse; Golden Field Brewery; Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery; Nickel Brook Brewing Co.; Big Rock; Left Field; Cowbell Brewing; Goose Island

Glory Days Brewing; Amsterdam Brewery; Great Lakes; Waterloo Brewing/Landshark

BEA; Corona; Mill Street Brewery; Radical Road; Bud Light/ Bud Light Seltzer; McClelland Premium Imports; Asahi; Palm Bay; Carib; Smirnoff, and others. 

BEYOND BEER: Vizzy; Simply Spiked; Topo Chico; Arizon Hard; Coors Seltzer; Founder’s Original; Coldstream Clear; Cabana Coast; 40 Creek Whiskey; Mike’s Hard; Clubtails; Vice Spirits; JNS International; Nutrl; Diageo; Ranch Water; Bulleit Bourbon; Cottage Springs; Cutwater (Labatt cocktail); High Noon Seltzer; Aperol, and more.

Food vendors include Heirloom; Ontario Corn; Meltwich; The Real Empanada; Nozomi Fusion Kitchen; Giro D’Italia; Poutine Supreme; Oyster Boy; Craig’s Cookies; Hotdog Al; 

Tiny Tom; 6 Spice Rack; Twigz Pretzels, and more, all designed to perfectly pair.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer tickets are now on sale at www.beerfestival.ca. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ years event; please enjoy responsibly. Tickets range from $65 – $75 for General Admission, to $75 – $90 for Hoptimized tickets, and $125 – $150 for the Bandshell Lounge / Front of Stage ticket, new this year. The Hotel X Stay and Playpackage at $610 includes a one night stay at TFOB’s partner hotel, Hotel X, with Front of Stage ticket benefits and must be purchased for double occupancy.

Hoptimized Ticket includes: 

  • early access to festival ground, a commemorative TBS mug and Bet99’s First Ones on Us token (redeemable at Bet activation in festival) 
  • exclusive entrance with direct access to Toronto Event Centre’s pool/patio lounge ALL DAY
  • includes exclusive in / out access gate from Hoptimized ticket pool/patio lounge area directly into the festival park
  • free use of pool and patio area, with cabanas, lounge and poolside deck seating 
  • cash bars with full beverage options and a curated premium food menu offered, for purchase (cash, debit/cc only) 
  • full access to pool/patio areas’ outdoor luxury trailer style restrooms
  • private poolside lockers and access to pool towel service, available for rent for a nominal fee

Bandshell Lounge/Front of Stage Viewing Ticket includes:

  • access to Bandshell Lounge located behind the Bandshell Stage
  • beautiful indoor / outdoor lounge space
  • curated food and beverage menu, for purchase
  • exclusive access to front of stage viewing
  • indoor air-conditioned restrooms  
  • two free beverages, redeemable in the lounge only

Hotel X Stay and Play offer includes:

  • two Bandshell Lounge tickets and all the rewards included in that ticket
  • a one night stay at Hotel X in a double occupancy room

All tickets are subject to applicable fees and taxes, details available online. Gates open at 4:30pm Friday and 1:30pm Saturday / Sunday for GA ticket holders. Hoptimized and Bandshell Lounge ticket holders are granted early admission one ½ hours before GA gate times. 



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