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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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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

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

“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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