For Toronto concert-loving parents, seeing live music is not always a family affair. But when a music fest makes it this easy to enjoy with Kids in TOw, you just have to make the trip.
Field Trip, Toronto’s downtown community music and arts festival, turns 3 on June 6 and 7. Canadian music fans take over Fort York and Garrison Common for a weekend of super musical performances over three stages, plus a whole lot of food, drinks, art, photography, comedy and fashion.
For family Field Trippers, kids 12-and-under are free with an adult ticket holder. And this year, they have even more to keep those little music-lovers busy at the TD Day Camp.
Youngsters and young-at-heart can take in mini sets by the likes of Sharon & Bram, Girls Rock Camp, Toronto Music Camp and some Field Trip performers at the TD Day Camp Stage, all within earshot of a bouncy castle, hula hoops, kids’ Rock & Roll hair stylings, 4D bouncy Twister, bean bag tosses, a giant connect 4 and a craft area. (Most are accessible from 1 to 5 pm or for most of the daylight hours.)
Get a feel for the family experience from last year’s trip:
Getting there: Fort York is located south of the Gardiner and north of the Lakeshore in between Fort York Blvd and Strachan. Should you drive, there is parking at Canadian Exhibition Grounds. For those arriving on bike, there is valet service at both east and west entrances. There is also a promo for first-time Uber users. On TTC, the Bathurst 511 “Exhibition” streetcar southbound, the 509 Harbourfront streetcar westbound from Union Station, and the 63 Ossington Bus from Eglinton West Station get you there. (No RV parking or camping.)
Low-down: Gates will open at 1 pm both days, and the festivities wrap up at 11 pm on Saturday and 10 pm on Sunday. General admission two-day weekend pass is $120; Single Day General Admission is $85. Children 12-and-under are free with an adult ticket holder (to a max of two children per adult.) Buy tickets via Ticketmaster.ca as well as in person at Rotate This (801 Queen W) and Soundscapes (572 College).
What to bring: The usual with Kids in TOw. Small backpacks please. Picnic blanket, sunscreen, hats and umbrellas, You can bring sealed snacks and bottles of water. For the littlest ones in TOw, a carrier or stroller and noise buffer earphones are always a good idea.
Line up: You can build your schedule.
And this just makes you happy. Peanut Butter and Jelly with Sharon & Bram and Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and Arkells’ frontman Max Kerman: