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Toronto’s Field Trip music festival takes a year off

Sad news out of Toronto festival-land as the city’s beloved Field Trip announced it is taking a hiatus in 2019, with the hopes of returning next summer. See their statement below.

What started off as a 10th anniversary celebration for indie record label Arts & Crafts grew to some of the most important dates on Toronto’s yearly concert calendar. The past six Junes saw Broken Social Scene, Feist, Interpol, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, The National, Robyn, Phoenix, Metric and Yeah Yeah Yeahs all grace its stage as headliners on the historic grounds of Fort York.

With pretty much every artist under the sun passing through the Toronto area at some point during the year (some multiple times), it is very, very difficult for a weekend destination-type concept to gain a foothold in Canada’s biggest music market, let alone maintain it. Just ask the Toronto Urban Roots Fest, AKA TURF. Or WayHome. Or Riot Fest for that matter. Here’s wishing the best to Roxodus, even with Kid Rock and Nickelback as their main draws.

Gilles LeBlanc

Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” wayyy back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. It took him awhile, but Gilles now writes feverishly about all things that rock (and or roll) through his ROCKthusiast alter ego.

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