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What You Need To Know About Attending Spring Sessions 2017!

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The weekend is here. Your Spring Sessions tickets are purchased, cottage vibes are in the air! All that’s left to do is figure out the deets… important stuff, like… how will I get there? Should I wear my flowy tank and khaki shorts or my jean jacket and summer dress with the flowers on it? Can I bring water? Will my backpack be okay? What time does the band go on stage? Where can I find my favourite beer? Let us help you with those answers so that you’re guaranteed to have your best Spring Sessions yet! Below are the Top 10 tips on enjoying Spring Sessions…

Note: Sunday Tickets are available online until 12:00pm. After 12:oopm, they are only available at the Gate!

Location: Fort York: Garrison Common. HERE is a map.

Sunday Hours:

  • 12:00pm – Doors Open
  • 5:15pm – The Trews Live & Acoustic Campfire Session (BUY TICKETS)
  • 6:15pm – Last Call
  • 6:30pm – Taps Off
  • 7:00pm – Closed

10 – What You Can Bring…

  • Valid photo ID – This is a 19+ event (a photocopy of ID does not count)
  • Your Ticket. (Best to print it out and bring with you, unless you ordered a mobile ticket)
  • -Sunblock
  • -Sunglasses
  • -Hat
  • -Comfortable Shoes
  • -Cash
  • -TTC tokens / PRESTO card
  • -Mobile phone – to take selfies, call a cab or Ubes – Please enjoy responsibly, don’t drink and drive.
  • -Raincoat, Umbrella (check the weather before you leave home)
  • -Blanket

9 – What You Can’t Bring With You…

  • -Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • -Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you)
  • -Water Bottles – All of our vendors will offer free water. You do not need to bring that fancy water bottle!
  • -Opened water bottles
  • -Food
  • -Chairs
  • -Coolers
  • -Large video cameras
  • -Selfie Sticks (seriously, are these things still a ‘thing’? lol)
  • -Cameras, other than for personal use
  • -Mobile phone charger (there is no place to plug it in)
  • -Water guns
  • -Your own glassware/bottles.
  • -Illegal Substances (aka: Weed, ganja, green, doobs, doobies, reefer, trees, hash, hashish, devils lettuce, shrooms, or any other type of drug)

8 – Think Ca$h

We appreciate plastic just as much as the next person, but cash is king at the Festival. We have teams walking around that will be selling tokens and they’ll only accept cash. We’re not saying empty your bank account, but be prepared if you want to move around quickly.  ATMs will be on site. Token Booths do accept Credit Card Payments, but we always reco cash for getting ‘er done quickly.

7 – Tokens

Tokens are the onsite currency. 1 token = $1. Most samples onsite are 1 token for a 4oz pour. Some brewers charge more: imports and premium brands.

6 – Your Backpack Will be Searched

We’ll be using metal detector wands and searching backpacks at the gate – it’s not that we don’t trust you, it’s just how it goes! You’ve all been to events before and witnessed someone giving security a hard time over searching their belongings. The reason we do it is not because you’re a criminal, but because we want everyone to be safe and have a great time.

5 – Don’t Drink & Drive

Don’t drive! It’s a Beer Festival and chances are you’ll be enjoying some beverages. Not only do we not want you to drink and drive, but it’s going to be a challenge maneuvering your way around the city with large events going on.  Please enjoy the convenience of the TTC or a cab or an Ubes. Yeah, we said Ubes.

4 – Great Beer is Great Beer

Try something new, something crazy or maybe something you can’t pronounce. Let us open your eyes to a whole new world of beer. *Starts singing A Whole New World from Aladdin*. Seriously, there are over 18 brewers to sample from, but don’t forget about your old favourites! See who is coming HERE.

3 – Bring Your Appetite

The food purveyors we have this year are second to none. See the entire LIST! Explore them all and be sure to takel ots of eating breaks.

2 – Marshmallows & Bocce & Soccer Darts & Live Music

Spring Sessions has all the fixings of a cottage. This includes fire pits and marshmallows. Fans can expect us to break the marshmallows out each day around 4pm. The Bocce courts are provided by Track & Field and the soccer darts and other sporting activities are provided by the Toronto Sport & Social Club. Alt-Country outfit Elliott Brood will play live on Saturday May 20 and Canadian Rockers The Trews will play live on Sunday, May 21.

1 – Drink Water & Dress for the Weather

Seriously, stay hydrated. Each booth has free bottled water. All you have to do is ask for it. And you can also take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. And don’t forget to wear sunblock. Even if it is grey and cloudy. This is vital. Sunblock and water are soooooooo key!! Your raincoat, rubber boats, umbrella may make your experience better since the Sunday forecast calls for rain.

After 12:00pm: Sunday Tickets Are Only Available At The Gate. They are $45.

Before Noon: you can still purchase SUNDAY tickets online:

Get SUNDAY Spring Sessions Tickets to see The Trews!

Use code SAVEFIVE to save $5 off Tickets!

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Top 6 Things To Do At Spring Sessions THIS WEEKEND!

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Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer happens THIS weekend at Fort York Garrison Common!

Location: Fort York: Garrison Common. HERE is a map.

Hours: Noon to 7pm on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

We will have plenty of activities for you and your mates this weekend. We created a Top 5 list to highlight what is going on at Spring Sessions … and because people tell us ‘You’ll get more clicks on the article if it’s a Top 6 list”:

1) See Live Music

Juno award-winning outfit Elliott Brood are playing a live acoustic Campfire Session on Saturday, May 20. Then, the very next day, Canadian Rockers The Trews will play their very own Campfire Session on Sunday, May 21. Pick your day and use code SAVEFIVE to take $5 off your tickets.

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Use code SAVEFIVE to save $5 off Tickets!

2) Become a Legend at Soccer Darts

THIS IS BREAKING NEWS… The Toronto Sport & Social Club are bringing Soccer darts to Spring Sessions. We’re hearing that this may be the biggest thing to hit Toronto since the invention of the beautiful game! Haha. We totally can’t wait to try it!

3) Own The Bocce Court

Some reports stat that Bocce is the most played activity in the world. Thankfully Track & Field Bar has picked up on the trend and will be at Spring Sessions to host all your bocce needs. Bocce Standards Association rules apply. (Totally just made that rules part up. Apologies to those who are actually a part of the BSA. No disrespect homies.)

4) Roast A Marshmallow, or ten!

Hanging around a fire pit is pretty much mandatory. It’s like Rule 1 of the cottage: “If your clothes don’t smell like camp fire, were you actually even at the cottage, bro?” We have confirmed approval from the executives that marshmallow decisions…. THERE WILL BE MARSHMALLOWS!

5) Taste A Brew

18 brewers will showcase their wares this weekend at Fort York: Garrison Common. HERE’s the list of who is coming.  Our recommendation is to take your time. Sample it, don’t just drank it all down. Brewers work super hard to craft each brew. This is their life work. Enjoy it… and as always, please sample responsibly.

6) Eat Some Food

We hand selected and curated our favourite food purveyors and here’s a quick list of who will be there: Mustache Burger, Chimney Stax Baking Co, Ontario Corn Roasters, Oyster Boy, Tiny Toms, and Smoke’s Poutinerie. HERE’S the list.

There you go. Some tips from us to you. Here’s a video to get a taste from last year…

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Every Sloan Album Ranked

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Guess what! Canadian rock icons Sloan are headlining Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Saturday, July 29 to help celebrate our country’s 150th birthday festivities. The legendary hit-makers will close off the best day party in Toronto this summer and tickets are going fast. General Admission tickets are only $42.50, Hoptimize tickets are Sold Out, and VIP tickets are SOLD OUT! Make sure you grab your tickets now, while you still can:

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Use code BEER to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

In the spirit of this great news, we thought it would be great to rank every Sloan album that ever was. We know, there is a lot to cover, but we thought we could take a trip down memory lane with you and listen to some iconic Canadian tunes that will keep you humming all day. So crank up the volume on your computers and get ready to enjoy the complete list of Sloan nostalgia. Enjoy!

  1. Action Pact (2003)

Action Pact isn’t Sloan’s best bunch of songs, and at this stage of the game there’s a certain formulaic same-ness to much of what the band does, but this is still a consistently entertaining batch of tunes. It’s comprised primarily of short, punchy rockers primarily written by Chris Murphy and Patrick Pentland.

Some great songs to listen to on this album are: “Hollow Head”; “I Was Wrong”; “Ready For You”; and even “Who Loves Life More?” just to name a few.

  1. Double Cross (2011)

Double Cross came out when Sloan was celebrating their 20th anniversary. The title signifies just that: two crosses in Roman numerals being 20. This is the type of record that makes you want to talk about every song individually, despite the fact that it flows perfectly as a complete album. As great as all these songs are individually though, they sound best together, and hearing them in relation to one another reveals things about them that are harder to catch when they’re separated.

Some great tracks to listen to on here are: “The Answer Was You”; “Laying So Low”; “Your Daddy Will Do”; and “Unkind.”

  1. Commonwealth (2014)

Commonwealth is the 11th studio album that Sloan has released and when it came out, It was a very interesting time for the band.  As they grew in popularity, fans had noticed how musically gifted each of the members were and people started asking when each band member would come out with their own individual solo projects.

As Ferguson states in an interview with Noisey (Source), each of the band members had talked about working on solo projects for quite some time but they all agreed how obnoxious it would be to do it. Instead, they decided to create one two-disc Sloan album that had each side dedicated to songs that the individual band members had wrote. It was very creative and experimental which is why this piece is definitely worth checking out.

  1. Pretty Together (2001)

This album is more serious and mellower than Sloan’s previous albums. It lacks the band’s customary playfulness and serious attempts at rocking out. Particularly on side two which is overstuffed with what I personally think is too many “soft rock” ballads.

On the plus side, some great songs on this album include “If It Feels Good Do It”; “The Other Man”; Dreaming Of You”; “It’s In Your Eyes”; and “Your Dreams Have Come True.”

  1. Parallel Play (2008)

Parallel Play is the album that followed Never Hear the End of It and  has been referred to as a fusion of that album’s strengths. Each song on Parallel Play winds into each other with a consistency unlike any other Sloan album prior to this.

Some great tracks from this album are “Believe In Me”; “Cheap Champagne”; “All I Am Is All You’re Not”; and “Witch’s Wand.”

  1. Between the Bridges (1999)

What’s interesting about Between the Bridges is how autobiographical the lyrics are and how seamless the song-to-song transitions are. Some tracks that truly stand out on this album are: “The N.S.”; “Beyond Me”; “Don’t You Believe A Word”; “Friendship.” It’s arguably the band’s most cohesive album to date and when all is said and done, as with most Sloan albums this is one where you can simply press play and be assured of 40+ minutes of entertaining music. This album continues to cement Sloan’s legacy as one of the best, if not sadly overlooked bands of the 1990s.

  1. 4 Nights At the Palais Royale (1999)

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4 Nights At the Palais Royale is a largely enjoyable memento made for the fans. It’s the only live Sloan album we’re going to cover in this blog because it is by far their best. It gives listeners a glimpse of Sloan at the height of their career and it captures a lot of what made them so popular at that time. Highlights include a great rendition of “G Turns to D” and “Money City Maniacs.”

Despite it always being a gamble for a band to come out with a live album, the reason this works so well is because it shows the band having fun. They rip through some of their best hits and when the crowd cheers you get the feel of what the energy is like at their shows.

  1. Navy Blues (1998)

Navy Blues was the fourth studio album released by Sloan and it was released under their independent label Murderecords.  Like most other Sloan albums, this piece has a consistent stream of infectious melodies, clever lyrics, and exuberant performances.  It’s one of the bands heavier albums for sure, with a more down and dirty feel to it.

Songs worth listening to on this album are “Iggy & Angus”; “Money City Maniacs”; “She Says What She Means”; “C’mon C’mon (We’re Gonna Get It Started)”; “Chester the Molester,” and “I Wanna Thank You.” No matter what you are looking for on  this album, much like other Sloan albums, offers catchy and instantly memorable tracks that will keep you humming for a long time.

  1. Smeared (1993)

Smeared is the band’s first full length album and shows Sloan in their fuzz-roots prime.  It starts with their hit song “Underwhelmed” that truly cemented them as a key player in the 90s rock scene. The album also features the catchy, crisp and clean three part harmony of “500 Up,” a song definitely worth listening to if you haven’t already heard it. The album is also Sloan’s first raid into power pop, the style and sound that would be embedded in their future albums.

  1. Never Hear The End Of It (2006)

Never Hear The End Of It was the answer to Action Pact. The band’s intent was to make a 180 degree album that was able to show the depth of what the band was capable of, especially after the criticism they received from the music they made on the previous album without Andrew Scott.

What’s great about this album is that these songs are inextricably linked together. This album shows that the bands newfound freedom at the time had obviously inspired them, as there’s no shortage of standout songs, such as “Flying High Again,” “Who Taught You to Live Like That?,” “Listen To The Radio,” “Fading Into Obscurity,” “Right Or Wrong,” “Before the End of the Race,” “I Understand,” “Can’t You Figure It Out?,” “Set In Motion,” “I Know You,” and “Last Time In Love.”

  1. One Chord To Another (1996)

If you know anything about Sloan, then you know that this album was the one that almost never was. Which is unfortunate considering it’s arguably one of their best.

In a nut-shell, the album was essentially abandoned by their former record label which forced the band in to hiatus for a while. Luckily they re-emerged with the backing of Universal Music after they started their own label called Murderecords.

Jay Ferguson has even gone on record stating that One Chord To Another is his personal favourite because of the growth the band went through during this time. It make sense when you think about it – you really connect with people when you are able to fight through the trenches with them. Ferguson goes on to say that the album is ‘meaningful because it meant they were back in control of their career.’ You can read the full interview here.

  1. Twice Removed (1994)

Two years after Twice Removed was released, Chart magazine voted it the best Canadian album of all time. It’s Sloan’s quietest record, replacing the recurring distortion of “Smeared” with more dynamics throughout. It’s a timeless piece that never sounds dated and uses retro rock staples, mixed in with the slacker, lo-fi vibe of the ’90s. (Source)

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TFOB Summer: Saturday Tickets Still Available!

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Friends, here we are. As you know, TFOB Saturday always sells out pretty quickly. We cannot find the words to show our appreciation, so please know that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your support of this event is everything.  We like you. We like you a lot. It might be love.

Saturday Ticket Update:

  • Saturday VIP Tickets – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday Hoptimized Tickets – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday General Admission Tickets – Still available! Use code BEER to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

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Totally amped to welcome Canadian Rockers SLOAN to #TFOB2017. Read the Official Press Release of our SLOAN announcement… and then picture a sunny Saturday afternoon in July, with your friends, over 300 types of brews, and amazing line-up of food purveyors and this:

Also, take a look at the video below to get a taste of what TFOB is all about. #TFOB2017 is July 28-30 Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. This year our feature country is *drum roll please* … CANADA! No better time than Canada’s 150th celebration aka: #Canada150, to raise a glass with breweries and brews from coast to coast! We’ll bring the best of the best to Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store.

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Alan Doyle To Headline TFOB Sunday

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TFOB Sunday is a magical day. Forever known for the chill vibe, TFOB Sunday is the day to cap off the legendary weekend with an array of tasty food options and hundreds of brews to choose from… and now… we are so very proud to announce the perfect mix of music to compliment this day: Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies alongside country artists David James, Eric Ethridge, and Dani Strong.

Alan Doyle – of Great Big Sea fame – and The Beautiful Gypsies are currently on the road, playing Sold Out shows all over North America. Their adventure will land them in Toronto on Sunday, July 30 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place for thousands of beer (and music) lovers at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store.

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!
Use promo code DOYLE to receive $5 off per general admission ticket!

Upgrade your ticket to the VIP Experience so you get in early, get a full dining experience and VIP washrooms!

In addition to Petty Harbour’s very own, we are super stoked to welcome some emerging and established country artists. David James, Eric Ethridge and Dani Strong. See below for videos from our TFOB Sunday line-up! Enjoy and see you Sunday, July 30 at Bandshell Park.

For your chance to win tickets, listen to KX96 or KX94.7.

TFOB SUNDAY SCHEDULE:

  • 12:00pm – Doors Open for Hoptimized & VIP Ticket Holders (Learn more about the VIP Experience)
  • 1:30pm –  Doors Open for General Admission Ticket Holders.
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm:  To be announced soon!
  • 3:00pm – 3:40pm:  Dani Strong
  • 4:00pm – 4:45pm:  Eric Ethridge
  • 5:15pm – 6:00pm:  David James
  • 6:30pm – 7:45pm:  Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies

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Method Man & Redman to Headline TFOB Friday

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Attention Beer Lovers… the rumours are true! Funk Doctor Spock and Johnny Blaze, AKA: Meth & Red, AKA: Method Man & Redman, will be live and in concert on Friday, July 28.  They will be joined by Canadian HipHop pioneer Saukrates.

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Use promo code METHODMAN to receive $5 off per general admission ticket!

***TICKET UPDATE: VIP Tickets are now SOLD OUT. Hoptimized & General Admission Tickets moving fast!***

It’s been a while since HipHop Icons Method Man & Redman came through Toronto, so we are expecting a legendary show full of energy. Remember, we are bringing over 300 types of brews, a crazy selection of food, the Grilling Tent and more. See you and your #BeerFam on Friday, July 28th at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.

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Canadian Rockers Sloan To Headline #TFOB2017

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Super stoked to welcome Canadian Rock Icons Sloan to Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. Man, these guys are legends. All they do is write super catchy songs. Have you ever seen them live? They are incredible. Wowza. We. Can’t. Wait.

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Use code BEER to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

Read the Official Press Release and then picture a sunny Saturday afternoon in July, with your friends, over 300 types of brews, and amazing line-up of food purveyors and this:

More videos below!

PS: We also feature a Spring version of our Summer event. It’s called Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions and we kick it cottage-style on the May Two Four Long Weekend.

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Brewers Plate + TFOB Sunday Complimentary Ticket Offer

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******THIS OFFER IS NOW OVER*****

This is an extremely limited offer, but we are amped to share it with you… Purchase a Brewers Plate 2017 ticket right now, and we will send you a complimentary pair of tickets to TFOB Sunday to see The Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies on Sunday, July 30th. This offer won’t last! In fact, it ends on Tuesday, May 2nd at Midnight.

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If you love sampling great beer and enjoying tasty food, these are two events not to be missed. And now to experience both of them, all you need to do is purchase your Brewers Plate ticket and we’ll set you up with TFOB Sunday tickets. That’s a crazy value. Do the math. Yes, you can buy more than one ticket to Brewers Plate, and you will receive a pair for each ticket. This offer expires on Tuesday, May 2nd at Midnight.

If you’d like to take advantage of this limited offer, here are the steps:

  1. Get your Brewers Plate ticket! (before Tuesday May 2nd at Midnight)
  2. You’ll get your Brewers Plate ticket right away via an email from Ticketfly.
  3. Come to Brewers Plate on May 4th.
  4. On Friday May 5th, we’ll email you your pair to TFOB Sunday. (Yes, through the magic of technology, we can check who bought their ticket during the appropriate window)

Tip to Enjoy Brewers Plate:

Remember the dress code: Your Band Tee Shirt: This is paramount! You gotta follow the dress code! Start searching in your closet or the nearest Value Village for the perfect band tee shirt. This band tee shirt thing adds an amazing element to the evening. Seeing vintage ones is super cool. Actual quote from last year: “Where did you get The Thomson Twins tour tee shirt?” It was so rad. See the Photo Gallery from last year to get a taste!

Here are 6 Tips To Enjoy Brewers Plate on May 4th

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TFOB Friday: Wu-Tang & Def Squad Originals Method Man & Redman

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Wu-Tang Clan & Def Squad Originals: Method Man & Redman Headline Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Friday, July 28, 2017

Paired With A Performance by Canadian Hip-Hop Pioneer: Saukrates

Toronto, ON (Tuesday, April 11, 2017) – The iconic hip-hop duo and founding members of rap super groups Wu-Tang Clan and Def Squad, Method Man & Redman will make their long awaited return to Toronto this summer at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store, with a supporting performance by Canadian hip-hop pioneer Saukrates. On Friday, July 28th, both Method Man and Redman otherwise known as Funk Doctor Spock and Johnny Blaze will headline the Bandshell Stage, Exhibition Place with Saukrates on the opening night of the legendary summer beer festival. The opening night performances are presented by 93.5 The Move.

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Use promo code METHODMAN to receive $5 off per general admission ticket!

“What an iconic lineup of hip-hop heavyweights opening Toronto’s Festival of Beer, 2017!” said Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, ” It’s been so long since Method Man, Redman, and Saukrates have played in Toronto. This is going to be epic!”

Method Man and Redman last performed in Toronto in June, 2013. Fans will get the chance to relive the nostalgic sounds of RockWilder to close out the opening night of the event. Additionally, Saukrates who is a fellow member of Gilla House collective with Redman will make his return to the stage since his tour in 2015.

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n, and Saukrates are the latest additions to the 2017 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer and will share the Bandshell Stage the weekend of July 28 to 30 with the likes of Canadian rockers Sloan, East-Cost coast folk rocker Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, along with count
ry music acts David James, Eric Ethridge, and Dani Strong. The remaining supporting acts for the festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store are going fast so consumers are encouraged to buy early. Currently, Hoptimized and VIP tickets are sold out for Saturday (July 29), with very few General Admission tickets left for that day. Tickets can be purchased online at www.beerfestival.ca.Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a 19+ event.

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About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB) presented by the Beer Store is a celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, showcasing experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring more than 300 brands, amazing entertainment, and summer fun, TFOB takes place July 28-30, 2017 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place. This is a 19+ event.

About Method Man & Redman:

Method Man & Redman (A.K.A Red & Mef, Mef & Red, Mr. Mef and Funk Doc or Funk Doc and Johnny Blaze), are a hip-hop duo, composed of rappers Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan) and Redman (of Def Squad). They are signed to Def Jam Recordings as the duo as well as solo artists. While they had been collaborating since 1994, it was not until 1999 that they released a full-length collaborative effort, Blackout!. The follow-up album, Blackout! 2, was released in 2009.

Method Man often gives a shout out to Redman on tracks that do not feature Redman; this usually comes in the form of “What up, Doc!” referring to Redman’s alias “Funk Doctor Spock”. In 2001, they both starred together in the comedy/stoner movie titled “How High”. The duo have both said a sequel will be released in late 2017.

The duo have known each other long before signing with Def Jam. While at Def Jam, they reunited in 1994 on tour and met again in 1995 in the recording studio of the late Tupac Shakur. They recorded “Got My Mind Made Up” for Shakur’s multi-platinum album “All Eyez On Me”. After this they had friendly battles freestyling with each other on Yo! MTV Raps! which ultimately led to their collaborative debut single How High In 1999, the two rappers appeared together on “Rap Phenomenon” along side with The Notorious B.I.G on his posthumous album “Born Again”

On May 7, 2009, in promotion for their second studio album, Method Man & Redman released a mixtape titled Lights Out, which was hosted by DJ Green Latern. In 2013, Method Man and Redman previewed a new track called “Lookin’ Fly Too” featuring Ehikmostz. They continue to record together with both eyeing careers beyond DefJam.

In 2014, Method Man put out his 5th studio album titled Meth Lab. His next studio album called Crystal Meth is scheduled to drop in 2017. Redman put out the “Muddy Waters 2 Mixtape” in 2013, and then in 2015 his album Mudface.

About Saukrates:

Saukrates is a Canadian rapper, singer, and record producer. He is the co-founder of Capitol Hill Music, and lead singer of the hip-hop/R&B group Big Black Lincoln. He is also a member of Redman’s Gilla House collective.

Saukrates arrived on the hip-hop scene of the early-nineties, a post-native tongues rapper and producer who pioneered the Canadian hip-hop scene. He has been awarded multiple Juno nominations for Best Rap Recording and through his career has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Nelly Furtado, Nas, Common, Redman, and Xzibit to name a few.

A fixture in the top-tiers of the Canadian hip-hop scene, he is present as a rapper, singer or producer on almost every Canadian major label hip-hop release over the past 20 years. Providing the likes of K-os, Swollen Members, Jully Black, Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal, and Choclair with his unique style of production that has become synonymous with the Torontonian hip-hop sound. Recently he has maintained his prevalance working with the best of the new breed of Canadian rappers such as: Classified, Shad, Tre Mission, SonReal, and OB O’Brien.

In 2015, Saukrates released his 4th release Amani; a 4-trak EP featuring co-production by Rich Kidd and Snaz, and guest appearances by Son Real. The release of Amani was a defining moment in Saukrates’ career as he wiped the slate clean to begin a new chapter. A chapter in which Saukrates became more introspective, experimental and fervent in his approach to music.

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TFOB Sunday: Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies

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Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies Set To Headline Toronto’s Festival of Beer Presented by the Beer Store. With Supporting Performances by Country Artists David James, Eric Ethridge and Dani Strong

Toronto, ON (April 4, 2017) – Canadian artists will be featured alongside an incredible selection of brews at the 2017 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB) presented by the Beer Store. Alan Doyle, the popular front man of Great Big Sea – will join his touring band, The Beautiful Gypsies, to headline the Bandshell Stage, Exhibition Place on Sunday July 30th. Sunday’s entertainment line-up will be rounded out by additional performances from a trio of talented country artists: singer-songwriter David James, up and coming Eric Etheridge and captivating performer Dani Strong. Sunday’s line up and performances are being presented by KX94-7 New Country FM and KX96 New Country FM

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“We are very excited to welcome Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies along with David James, Eric Ethridge and Dani Strong to TFOB,” said Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, “The mix of folk and country music paired with an incredible selection of brews is the perfect way to celebrate the summer and close out Toronto’s Festival of Beer!”

Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store are going fast so consumers are encouraged to buy early. Currently, Hoptimized and VIP tickets are sold out for Saturday (July 29), with very few General Admission tickets left for that day. Tickets can be purchased HERE and start at $42.50 + taxes and fees with the ability to Hoptimize the experience for an extra $12. Consumers can also choose try the new VIP experience. Learn more about the new VIP experience, by clicking HERE. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ event.

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB) presented by the Beer Store is a celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, showcasing experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring more than 300 brands, amazing entertainment, and summer fun, TFOB takes place July 28-30, 2017 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place. This is a 19+ event.

About Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies: 

Alan Doyle is an actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author, and best known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea. He hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993 with Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power, in which they fused traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada.

Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies is Doyle’s solo project and is equally adept to drawing a crowd.  They recently released their second album So Let’s Go in January 2015, which continues to cement Doyle’s reputation as one of Canada’s most treasured musicians and storytellers.

About David James:

Award winning country artist David James (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) lives by the motto “nothing worth having comes easy and opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” and work hard he does.

With his debut performance at Boots and Hearts this past summer, a new EP Songs About A Girl, and two 2016 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Award™ nominations in the Rising Star and Recording Package of the Year categories, this Winnipeg native has been busy mapping out his musical trajectory.

Continuing a year of many exciting moments, he also received his first (2016) 19th Annual Canadian Radio Music Award nomination for Best New Group or Solo Artist: Country.

Showing no signs of slowing down, he was recently back in the studio, recording new music.  James will release a new single, “What If I Don’t”, as well as hit the road opening shows for Chad Brownlee in early 2017.

About Eric Ethridge:

Canadian country newcomer Eric Ethridge has gained a serious amount of momentum since he released a series of orchestra country-pop music videos back January 2015; one of which garnered him a mention in rolling stone magazine.

Subsequently his social media presence enjoyed a drastic increase with over 250,000 Youtube hits and an increase to over 1400 YouTube subscribers.

In August of 2015 Ethridge was the runner-up in the Boots and Hearts emerging artist showcase, and has since had continued interest from both American and Canadian record labels, and is now one of the newest additions to the Feldman’s Agency roster.

In early 2016 Ethridge was selected by a panel of industry professionals from across Canada to be one of the top 6 finalist for the CCMA Discovery Program, which then went on to win the CCMA Discovery Award. He has shared the stage with major  acts such as Jess Moskaluke, Brett Kissel, Emerson Drive, Chad Brownlee, The Bros. Osborne, Randy Houser, Chris Young, Billy Currington, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line.

Ethridge is currently working with several producers: Jeff Coplan (Love & Theft, Tim Hicks, Black Jack Billy) , Todd Clarke (Phillip Phillips, Autumn Hill, Madeline Merlo), and Brian Howes (Nickelback, Keith Urban, Chris Daughtry, and Hinder) to develop his sound for his debut EP to be released in Early 2017.

About Dani Strong:

Dani Strong is a singer/songwriter with an unparalleled stage presence. Her debut album, Time To Breathe has already hit #1 on the country charts and #2 over all genres at iTunes! The new album is brewing a buzz about Strong, who is blazing her trail as an independent artist in both Canada and south of the border as well.
Not only is Strong an exceptional songwriter, but she is also a captivating performer with incredible depth and charm.  Feeding off of her audience she can win over any room with her brilliant wit and clever humour or simply dominate the stage with an absolutely haunting execution of one of her emotional pieces.

Strong’s story is one of dedication, heart, loss and triumph.  It has not been a short and paved road to where she is now.  Strong has learned, first hand, what it means to “pay your dues” and earn the respect of seasoned musicians, industry representatives and music fans alike. Strong’s story is unique and her talent as a songwriter and performer are exceptional and captivating.

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