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Spring Sessions Heads Back To The Fort On May Two Four Weekend

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Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer returns to Fork York: Garrison Common on May Two Four Weekend

Toronto, ON – The fourth annual Spring Sessions of Toronto’s most iconic beer festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer, comes home to its roots on the May long weekend, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, at the historic Fort York: Garrison Common (250 Fort York Boulevard). New for this year, the festival is introducing Campfire Sessions, which features live acoustic performances by the Juno award winning trio, Elliott Brood on May 20 and east-coast bred, Toronto-based rockers The Trews, on May 21.

“Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer is going to be an incredible time to stay in the city,” said Les Murray, President of Beerlicious Inc., “We have Canadian rockers Elliott Brood and The Trews headlining our festival, along with a fantastic selection of brews to sample and a great roster of local restaurants and food trucks for people to enjoy. We’re also bringing back the cottage in the city theme this year, with fire pits, outdoor games and lawn chairs to tie the theme together – you don’t want to miss it!”

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Building on last year’s success, Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer will celebrate the cottage theme again this May long weekend: with more games, entertainment, BBQ and beer than ever before. To add to the excitement, the festival will have fire pits on site that are scheduled to ignite during the Campfire Sessions while marshmallows will be handed out to attendees to create an unforgettable and delicious experience.

Tickets to Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer are on sale now. Earlybird tickets start at $30, while regular price tickets start at $35. All tickets include a commemorative festival sampling mug and five sampling tokens.

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About Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ sampling event that is hosted by the same company that powers Canada’s largest beer festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer.

The 2017 edition of Spring Sessions takes place on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 during the Victoria Day long-weekend at Fort York: Garrison Common (250 Fort York Boulevard).

The event celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history with experts of the brewing craft from around Ontario and a wide selection of restaurateurs, food trucks and performances for people to enjoy, all within a cottage theme. Featuring 30+ brands onsite, this is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage and cottage in the city!

About Elliott Brood:

Elliott BROOD’s brand of fuzzed-up roots music makes for captivating, frenetic performances, which also translates on the band’s acclaimed records. Elliott BROOD has won a Juno, been nominated for Genie Award and hit the Polaris Short List. Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country,’ but those descriptions don’t capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music. Work and Love, their most recent and most personal album to date, is the sound of a grown-up band searching their hearts for all they’ve lost and gained. They are presently in studio working on the follow up  album Ghost Gardens which is set for release in the Fall of 2017.

About The Trews:

The Trews are a Canadian hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, consisting of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Gavin Maguire. The band is currently based in Toronto, Ontario.

The band started their career with the name One I’d Trouser, a line taken from a song in Monty Python’s “The Meaning Of Life”. They changed their name to Trouser, and eventually The Trews. They released an EP as One I’d Trouser, and a second EP under the name The Trews.

In the early summer of 2002 the band entered Rocksearch, a high-profile contest that is held annually by CHTZ-FM, a St. Catharines (Southern Ontario) rock radio station. Winning the contest would prove to be their big break as they soon landed a recording contract with Bumstead Productions Ltd.

Since then, the band has released five studio albums, three live albums, one compilation album, and five EPs. The Trews have also won a number of awards for their work, including: Seven East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), Three Independant Music Awards (US), and Five Juno Award nominations.

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Elliott Brood To Headline Spring Sessions Saturday

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We LOVE this band and are so stoked to see them perform acoustically in our very first Campfire Session this year at Spring Sessions Day 1: May 20, 2017 at Fort York: Garrison Common. Live music pairs best with cold beer, great food, and best friends – so please consider your May Two Four Weekend booked. Honestly, Elliott Brood playing a Campfire Session is exactly what cottage vibes are all about. We’ll supply the marshmallows.

Get Spring Sessions Tickets!

Use code SAVEFIVE to save $5 off Tickets!

Here’s a little bit more about Elliott Brood:

Elliott BROOD’s brand of fuzzed-up roots music makes for captivating, frenetic performances, which also translates on the band’s acclaimed records. Elliott BROOD has won a Juno, been nominated for Genie Award and hit the Polaris Short List. Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country,’ but those descriptions don’t capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music. Work and Love, their most recent and most personal album to date, is the sound of a grown-up band searching their hearts for all they’ve lost and gained. They are presently in studio working on the follow up  album Ghost Gardens which is set for release in the Fall of 2017.

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The Trews To Headline Spring Sessions Sunday

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The Sunday of the May Two Four Long Weekend has just become the greatest Sunday in the history of Long Weekends. Proud to announce that Canadian Rockers The Trews will headline the acoustic Campfire Sessions at Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer inside Fort York: Garrison Common.  Picture a glorious Spring day (glorious because most people don’t have to work the next day), surrounded by great brews, tasty food and cottage vibes. Add in some friends and maybe even meeting some new friends… then mix it all up with an acoustic rock show from The Trews and roasting a marshmallow or ten at the campfire. That’s Spring Sessions. That’s the Campfire Sessions. See you there!

Get Spring Sessions Tickets!

Use code SAVEFIVE to save $5 off Tickets!

Here’s a little bit more about The Trews:

The Trews are a Canadian hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, consisting of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Gavin Maguire. The band is currently based in Toronto, Ontario.

The band started their career with the name One I’d Trouser, a line taken from a song in Monty Python’s “The Meaning Of Life”. They changed their name to Trouser, and eventually The Trews. They released an EP as One I’d Trouser, and a second EP under the name The Trews.

In the early summer of 2002 the band entered Rocksearch, a high-profile contest that is held annually by CHTZ-FM, a St. Catharines (Southern Ontario) rock radio station. Winning the contest would prove to be their big break as they soon landed a recording contract with Bumstead Productions Ltd.

Since then, the band has released five studio albums, three live albums, one compilation album, and five EPs. The Trews have also won a number of awards for their work, including: Seven East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), Three Independant Music Awards (US), and Five Juno Award nominations.

 

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Save The Date! Spring Sessions is May 20-21, 2017

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On May Long Weekend in 2017, a hand-picked selection of food purveyors and breweries will set up shop inside Fort York Garrison Common for Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions. Expect all the amenities of a cottage in the heart of the city, as this legendary event returns to its roots for a glorious May long weekend celebration of the Golden Beverage! Tickets will go on sale in March 2017, so stay tuned!

Join the Facebook event and be the first to know when earlybird tickets go on sale.

 

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8 Awesome Food Choices For May Two Four Weekend 2016

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Please note: This content is from 2016.

There are plenty of places to fill your belly in our fair city over a long weekend. You can also do it yourself at home on the BBQ. Those are all fine choices, but we’ve done a little legwork and made it super easy for you to enjoy a wide selection of tasty food all in one place. That place is the Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. May 21-22 at Sherbourne Common. Now, on to the food:

 

Here is our curated a list of incredible food selections:

 

1) Ted’s World Famous BBQ:

May Two-Four BBQ FoodTed Reader is a legend in the BBQ world. He has been innovating the BBQ game, when you were sitting in a high chair eating mashed yams. Teddy will be spinning a pig on a spit all weekend long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Chimney Stax:

May Two-Four Chimney Stax FoodChimney Stax create giant towers of doughy goodness. Fresh-made, rotisserie-baked bread served sweet or savoury. They can be shared, but really… who do you even like that much to share these awesome treats with?

 

 

 

 

 

3) Ontario Corn Roasters:

May Two-Four Corn-on-the-cob FoodThe maestros of roasting corn are back. The smell of roasting corn is scientifically proven to make you a better person. It’s science. Food that comes with its own handle is pretty much the best thing ever. Mother nature approved!

 

 

 

 

 

4) Pie Commission:

May Two-Four Pie Commission FoodGourmet-style, handheld, savoury pies made from the freshest of ingredients. Basically, take the best stuff in world and wrap it all in a savory pie. Pro tip: the Butter Chicken Pie packs a little punch if spice is your thing.. Also the Beef N’ Beer Pie seems to be super popular at our beer event… obvs!!!

 

 

 

 

 

5) Oyster Boy:

May Two-Four Oysters FoodIf you’ve never tried Oyster Boy, you must be shucking out of your mind. Oysters pair perfectly with pretty much every beer at Spring Sessions. Trust us, we ‘re experts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Tiny Toms:

May Two-Four Donuts FoodThe legend of Tiny Toms grow with every beer event. Like, one time: Tiny Toms doughnuts saved a man’s life. (Not really, but I had fun typing that) Get your hot little hands on these hot little doughnuts and wash it down with a cool brew and your pretty much living the dream.

 

 

 

 

 

7) Mama Raty’s Meat Pies:

May Two-Four Meat Pies FoodDaaaaamn Mama Raty, back at it again with those meat pies! Seriously, they make meat pies. Meat. Pies. Do you need any other reason? Fine Finnish Meat Pies are the new black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Smoke’s Poutinerie:

May Two-Four Poutine FoodPoutine is almost a food group now, so we had to have these legends at Spring Sessions. There is nothing I could write that hasn’t been said already about Poutine. Little known fact: Poutine literally translates to ‘awesome stuff in my belly’. True story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it. If these food choices don’t make you a wee bit hungry, then I’m sorry to say that you have no soul. See you on the May Long Weekend!

 

Get tickets to Saturday, May 21st Spring Sessions HERE.

(use code TWOFOUR to save $5 off tickets)

 

Get tickets to Sunday, May 22nd of Spring Sessions HERE.

(Ticket comes with Official Spring Sessions Snapback)

 

WAIT… what about the beer? HERE are some thoughts on what beer you’ll be able to sample at Spring Sessions.

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5 Best Bets For Enjoying the Cottage In the City 2016

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Please note: This content is from 2016.

Spring Sessions Happen on the May 2-4 Long Weekend in Toronto

Years ago I lost touch with my friend Mike. He had an awesome cottage in Muskoka that we crashed at every long weekend. It slept about 15 people, had a hot tub on the deck, a boat on a nice lake. Mike, I miss you man.

Every since we lost contact I’ve been trying to find a cure for my long weekend cottage needs. I can assume there are more people like me searching for that cottagey fix. That’s why we (the gang behind the legendary summer festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer) created Spring Sessions. May Two Four Weekend, in the city.

Here are your 5 Best Bets for enjoying the Sesh’:

1) Bocce

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.)

2) Let There Be Fire!

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?” There may be marshmallows. Currently seeking approval from the people who make those marshmallow decisions.

3) Giant Jenga

Picture Jenga, but bigger. Just be warned: if you decide to go ‘open toe’ with your footwear then a falling Jenga tower may be a hazard. Seriously.

4) Good Food

We hand selected and curated our favourite food purveyors and here’s a quick list of who will be there: Ted’s World Famous BBQ. Chimney Stax. Ontario Corn Roasters. Pie Commission. Oyster Boy.Mama Raty’s Meat Pies. Tiny Toms. Smoke’s Poutinerie. HERE’S a blog about all of our food choices and why they are most excellent.

5) Great Beer

Yes, there are only awesome Brewers at the ‘sesh. See the complete list HERE. Our recommendation is to take your time. Sample it, don’t just drink it. Brewers work super hard to craft each brew. This is their life work. Enjoy it… and as always, please sample responsibly.

Hope to see you on the May Long Weekend!

Get tickets to Saturday, May 21st Spring Sessions HERE.

(use code TWOFOUR to save $5 off tickets)

Get tickets to Sunday, May 22nd of Spring Sessions HERE.

(Ticket comes with Official Spring Sessions Snapback)

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5 Things To Do In The City On The May 24 Long Weekend 2016

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Please note: This content is from 2016.

The 5 Best Things to do in Toronto This May 24 Weekend

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a buddy who invites their friends to the cottage every May two-four long weekend. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not too bad though because Toronto is a kick-ass place to be in, especially during the Spring and Summer. There’s some pretty cool stuff to do this May 24 weekend in Toronto.

This is why you don’t need to worry about FOMO like you did when you were 19 because everywhere you turn there is something that can scratch that itch for entertainment.

That’s why we put a list together for the people that won’t be getting away to the cottage but are still looking for something fun to do in Toronto with their pals. Here are 5 things that you can do in the city on your May 24 long weekend.

 

1. Face off with your buds in a sweet game of Archery Tag

Axe ThrowingArchery tag is like stepping in to the war of Castle Black from Game of Thrones, minus the severe injury that would come along with the real thing. What could be more fun than shooting foam tip bow-n-arrows at high speeds towards at your buddies and only for one team to come up as the winner. There are a ton of archery places to choose from in Toronto, but if we had to recommend a few we would say Archers Arena and Archer District are a good place to start.

 

 

 

2. Axe Throwing

axe throwingAxe throwing has become super popular around the city in the last few years. It’s like dart throwing on steroids! What’s great is that there are multiple games to play when you go to these Axe Throwing places so you won’t get bored after a few tries. Places like BATL and Bad Axe Throwing each take large groups and allow you and your friends to play different games to keep you entertained from start to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Go On A Brewery Tour

steam-whistleToronto has some of the best beer! We know this for a fact, of course.. There are different tours available across the city that all aim to fulfill your thirsty taste buds. Our pals like Great Lakes Brewery, Mill Street Brew Pub and Steamwhistle Brewery all have really good tours and are even opened on the long weekend. Be sure to arrive early though, most are on a first come first serve basis.

 

 

 

 

4. Catch The Boys in Red at BMO Field

TFCOn May 21 Toronto FC faces Columbus Crew SC at BMO Field and it’s the perfect place for you and the buds to enjoy some excitement by cheers on the boys in Red. Make sure you let our Italian brother Sebastian Giovinco know that we sent you!

 

 

 

 

5. Go to Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2016!

Toronto Festival of Beer 2016. Spring Sessions 2016.On May 21 and 22 we’re hosting the 3rd annual Spring Sessions Festival, or as we like to call it – the Sesh’. Come celebrate the long weekend ‘cottage style’ in the city at the foot of Lower Sherbourne Street. We will be bringing together 20 breweries and food vendors. Tickets are $30 and they are going fast!

 

 

 

 

 

Hope to see you on the May Long Weekend!

Get Tickets to Saturday, May 21 Spring Sessions HERE.

(use code TWOFOUR to save $5 off tickets)

Get tickets to Sunday, May 22 of Spring Sessions HERE.

(Ticket comes with Official Spring Sessions Snapback)

 

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Which Brewers Will Be At Spring Sessions 2016?

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Please note: This content is from 2016.

It’s a great time to be a beer lover! Whatever style you prefer, we probably have it at the Sesh’. As always, please sample responsibly. We listed 15 below, but chances are that we add a few more closer to the date. You never know!

 

Here’s a curated list of Brewers at Spring Sessions:

 

1) Steam Whistle

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2) Big Rig Brewery

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3) All Or Nothing Brewhouse

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4) Henderson Brewing Company

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5) Sawdust City Brewing Company

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6) Brickworks Ciderhouse

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7) Old Tomorrow

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8) Goose Island Beer Company

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9) Mill St. Brewery

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10) Great Lakes Brewery

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11) Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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12) Granville Island Brewing

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13) Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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14) Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

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15) High Park Brewery

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Now each Brewer may bring a variety of styles, so while on site, make sure you ask the people working each booth what is on offer. Brewers (and staff of brewing companies) love to talk beer, beer styles, beer trends… so channel your inner beer nerd and start those convos!

Want to find out what food will be there? Check this blog out.

 

Hope to see you on the May Long Weekend!

 

Get tickets to Saturday, May 21st Spring Sessions HERE.

(use code TWOFOUR to save $5 off tickets)

 

Get tickets to Sunday, May 22nd of Spring Sessions HERE.

(Ticket comes with Official Spring Sessions Snapback)

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