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416 Brews To Discover at #TFOB2017

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All the Beer! Well, not all of it, but a lot of it will be at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. Super pumped to share that 416 brews will be available at TFOB 2017. 80+ brewers will be bringing their product to the people from July 28-30 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. It’s all about discovery and we hope you discover your next ‘go-to’ or re-discover a past favourite. We listed out most of the brewers below, but please keep in mind we are always adding to the list!

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Use promo code 416 to receive $5 off per general admission ticket!

Here is the 2017 roster of breweries at Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store:

3 Brasseurs – Abbot Ale – All or Nothing Brewhouse – Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Angry Orchard – BATCH – Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. – Belgian Moon – Belhaven Black – Benediktiner – Big Rock Brewery – Bitburger – Blood Brothers Brewing – Bobcaygeon Brewing Co. – Brick Brewing Co. – Brickworks Ciderhouse – Brock Street Brewing Co. – Bud Light – Bud Light Radler – Budweiser – Carib – Caple Rd. Craft Cider – Carlsberg – Charles Wells – Cool Beer Brewing Co. – Coors Banquet – Coors Light – Corona – Cowbell Brewing Co. – Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Creemore Springs – Czechvar – Dusty Boots – Faxe – Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – FRANK Brewing Co. – Goose Island – Granville Island Brewing – Great Lakes Brewery – Guinness Blonde – Henderson Brewing Co. – High Park Brewery Ltd. – Hobgoblin – Hop City Brewing – Horizon Beers – Innis & Gunn – Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc – Lagunitas – Lancaster Bomber – Lech – Left Field Brewery Inc. – Lost Craft Inc. – Madjack – Manantler Craft Brewing Co. – McClelland Premium Imports – Mill Street – Miller Genuine Draft – Miller Lite – Molson Canadian – Moosehead Breweries – Naughty Otter – Northern Maverick Brewing Co. – Old Credit Brewing Co. – Old Speckled Hen – Old Tomorrow – Pilsner Urquell – Pommies Cider Co. – Post-Game Brewing Co – Rainhard Brewing – Rickard’s Raddler – Rickard’s Red – Samuel Adams – Shed Brewing Co.- Shock Top – Sleeman Breweries – Smirnoff – SOL – Somersby – Steam Whistle Brewing – Stonechurch Vineyards – Strongbow – Tempt No. 9 – Tiger – Twisted Tea – Tyskie – Upper Thames Brewing Co. – Wanderoot – Waterloo Brewing Co. -Wernesgruner (plus more to be announced soon!)

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All or Nothing Brewhouse – Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company – Shed Brewing Company Ltd. – Rainhard Brewing Co. – High Park Brewery – Cowbell Brewing Co. – Great Lakes Brewery – Henderson Brewing Company – Bobcaygeon Brewing Co. – Brock Street Brewing Co. – Cool Beer Brewing Co. – Left Field Brewery – Old Credit Brewing Co. – Old Tomorrow Brewery – Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Hop City Brewing Co.

New Brews

FRANK Brewing Co. – Manantler Craft Brewing Co. – Post-Game Brewing Co – Rorschach Brewing Co.-Upper Thames Brewing Co. (plus more to be announced soon!)

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TFOB Saturday: Sold Out!

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Attention Beer Lovers… it is our beer duty to let you know that TFOB Saturday is SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support. The legendary Saturday of TFOB will feature Canadian rockers Sloan, plus top chefs in the grilling tent, plus over 300 types of brews – presented by the Beer Store.

We have recently unveiled our Stay The Night package with Hilton Toronto. This is now your only chance to secure tickets to this legendary Saturday, as 2 Hoptimized tickets come with the Stay The Night package – which also comes with a President’s Welcome Basket full of goodies.

TFOB FRIDAY UPDATE:

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.

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

***TICKET UPDATE: VIP & HOPTIMIZED Tickets are now SOLD OUT.  GA Tickets moving fast!***

TFOB SUNDAY UPDATE:

The Sunday of TFOB 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.

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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.

 

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Stay The Night with Hilton Toronto x TFOB

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Stay the night with us and Hilton Toronto. We’ve teamed up with Hilton Toronto to make sure you have a place to stay on the day you choose to come to the event. Pick your package and we’ll see you in July! Any package you choose comes with a special surprise from Les Murray (Festival President) and features some #FreshGLB from Great Lakes Brewery. Also, if you are looking for Hoptimized tickets to Friday or Saturday of TFOB, this is the only place to still get them! MUST BUY TWO TO RECEIVE HOTEL PACKAGE. Total Hilton Hotel Overnight Package price is $450 + HST. 

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Each Stay The Night package comes with a glorious room for the night, Hoptimized tickets and a President’s Welcome Basket featuring some #FreshGLB from Great Lakes Brewery. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what you get…

One night double occupancy room for two

  • Hotel Package Includes: One double occupancy room for either Friday July 28th, 2017 or Saturday, July 29th, 2017, booked under your name at Hilton Toronto.  Hotel includes Free Wifi. (DOES NOT INCLUDE INCIDENTALS INCURRED BY GUESTS). Guest must provide a valid credit card for incidentals upon check in to the hotel.

Two Hoptimized Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer

  • Hoptimized Tickets include: 10 sample tokens. Access through Express Entrance. Exclusive access to Festival for an additional 1.5 hours. Commemorative Festival Sampling Cup
  • MUST BUY TWO TO RECEIVE HOTEL PACKAGE. Total Hilton Hotel Overnight Package price is $450 + HST. 

One President’s Welcome Basket

  • Gift Basket will be available at check-in. Gift Basket includes official branded TFOB merchandise and an assortment of beverages from Great Lakes Brewery – all hand selected by TFOB President Les Murray. 

These packages won’t last. Hope to see you in July, ya bunch of beauties.  #BeerFam

Stay The Night FAQ:

How does this all work?

Purchase your package through Ticketfly via our website. You will receive a ticket confirmation email from Ticketfly right away with your Hoptimized tickets attached. You will receive a second email from Hilton Toronto with your confirmation code no later than July 15.

Can I buy this with a Single Ticket?

No. This Package is only available for two tickets and double occupancy.

What is a double occupancy room?

Double occupancy means two adults in a room. It can have one king or two queens….subject to availability. All rooms are 2 queen beds to begin and you can try changing that to one king once the booking is made. Subject to availability. 

Where is Hilton Toronto?

145 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2. Here’s a Google Map.

When can I check in/ check out?

Check in at 3pm. Check out at Noon.

How do I get from Hilton Toronto to Toronto’s Festival of Beer and back?

We highly reco that you leave your car at home or parked at the hotel. Call a cab or hail an Ubes. Here’s a Google Map of where TFOB takes place.

 

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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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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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#TFOB2017 Presents Sloan

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Legendary Canadian Rockers SLOAN to perform at Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2017, presented by the Beer Store

Toronto, ON (February 15, 2017) – You’d have to be a fool, not to think about it! Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB 2017), presented by the Beer Store is back on July 28-30, 2017 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. This year, Juno award winning rock band Sloan will headline the festival on Saturday, July 29 presented by 94.9 the Rock.

“We are very excited to have Sloan play TFOB 2017,” said Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, “The Saturday of the festival has always been the most talked about day of that weekend because the atmosphere can’t be compared to anything else and this year is gearing up to be another big one. It’s a day and performance that you won’t want to miss!”

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

This year, TFOB 2017 will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by creating a massive 100, 000 square-foot pavilion which showcases both beer and culinary delights from various regions across Canada. As part of this celebration TFOB 2017 will also be showcasing various musical acts that hail from different regions in Canada, as well as the U.S. Sloan is the first of three headliners to be announced. Headliners for Friday and Sunday of TFOB 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store sell out in advance every year — so consumers are encouraged to buy early. Tickets can be purchased HERE and are $42.50 with the ability to Hoptimize the experience for an extra $12. A Hoptimized ticket gives the consumer early access and 5 extra sample tokens. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ event.

About Sloan:

Over the course of their 25 year career, the four songwriters in Sloan have amassed an outstanding collection of over 200 songs on eleven studio albums.  Recently named one of Canada’s top five bands of all-time in a CBC critics poll, Sloan continue to write, record and tour well into their third decade together.

Last year, Sloan took to the road performing over 70 shows in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their album “One Chord To Another”.  2017 will find the band in studio writing and recording new material.  This summer the band will be performing their hits and fan favourites at festival concerts across North America. Check out Sloan’s official website HERE.

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer 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, TFOB takes place July 28-30, 2017 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place, Toronto. This is a 19+ event.

For more Information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis

(416) 635-9889 x27

Dav@intelivents.com

Jon Sinden

(416) 635-9889 x26

jon@intelivents.com

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