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“Let’s feel the pulse of Toronto!” Feist shouted during her performance at the Arts & Crafts 10th Anniversary Field Trip Festival this past Saturday.

Indeed the pulse of Toronto was beating strongly as Arts & Crafts celebrated their 10th anniversary with an all-day concert featuring 15 bands. Gold & Youth kicked off the fest at the Fort York Stage, while Still Life Still held it down at the main Garrison Common Stage. The Fort York Stage was surprisingly intimate, which worked well with Cold Specks’ gorgeously, haunting voice and the bellowing beats of Timber Timbre. Over at the main stage, Bloc Party and Stars had a huge crowd dancing and singing along furiously to every song. But you could tell everyone was awaiting the headliners Feist and Broken Social Scene.

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Feist, as always, put on an incredible live performance. She switched up the arrangements to her songs to keep things fresh but her powerful voice stayed the same and perfectly echoed across the giant crowd. The sun was setting and when the darkness came, Broken Social Scene walked out to loud cheers and screams and You Forgot It In People commenced. They played the entire album and it was flawless. “Almost Crimes” got everyone jumping around and “Lover’s Spit” had the crowd swaying. But lead singer Kevin Drew’s words were just as powerful as the music; reminding everyone about the importance of love and Toronto coming together. He also took a few blows at Mayor Rob Ford and encouraged the the audience to rebuild the broken city. It was those words that made us realize that the festival was not just about the music but it was about Toronto celebrating our city together in one place.

Field Trip 2014? We’re game if you are!

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A FEW HIGHLIGHTS IN A FEW WORDS:
- Amy Millan bringing out her daughter while singing with Jason Collett.
- Spotting Feist watching Timber Timbre’s set.
- La Carnita’s fish tacos.
- The surprisingly not-so-smelly Porta Potties.
- Feist telling the crowd that she biked to the festival.
- Metric’s James Shaw surprising BSS on stage and Kevin Drew’s heartwarming reaction.

Forget about my highlights, check out what the Twitterverse had to say:
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Photos by SoTeeOh

Posted by Simone Zucker

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Arts & Crafts is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with the inaugural Field Trip Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, June 8th at Fort York and Garrison Common. The one-day event features two stages curated entirely from Arts & Crafts’ diverse artist roster, co-headlined by a one-night-only return from hiatus for flagship collective Broken Social Scene and 11-time JUNO Award and 2012 Polaris Music Prize winner Feist. The lineup also includes Bloc Party, Timber Timbre, Hayden, Cold Specks, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, The Darcys, Jason Collett, Zeus, Gold & Youth, and more.

“Field Trip was built around the themes of discovery and community. In addition to world-class musical performances, the festival will incorporate local art, gourmet food and unique elements of Toronto’s proud culture,” said Jeffrey Remedios, co-founder and president of Arts & Crafts. “Field Trip is a celebration – not just of Arts & Crafts’ 10-year anniversary and our artists – but of Toronto, of community and perhaps above all else, of the collaborative spirit.”

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The “L” Word

The “L” Word is a series of posts where we’ll be featuring songs and videos with the word “LOVE” in the title. For most of us, music plays a major role in our lives, especially when it comes to the topic of LOVE. From break-ups to make-ups and everything in between… music has been there along the way. We hope that you’ll be able to relate to some, if not all, of the songs we post.

The 7th pick is from UK artist James Blake with his cover of Feist’s “Limit To Your Love”. If you’re unfamiliar with James Blake, make sure you check out his CMYK ep which was released earlier this year.

Previously: “What’s Love Got To Do WIth It”, “What Is Love”, “Love and Happiness”, “Is This Love”, “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “I Will Always Love You”

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Look At What The Light Did Now

This past Sunday, The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) hosted the Toronto premiere of “Look At What The Light Did Now”, a film documentary about recording artist Fiest and her journey to create her Grammy-nominated album – “The Reminder”. The film not only follows Leslie Feist, but it takes a closer look at the creative process between her and her collaborations, including interviews with Chilly Gonzales, Jamie Lidell and Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew.

The video above is a duet of the title track “Look At What The Light Did Now” with Feist and Little Wings.

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