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Ludacris To Headline TFOB Friday

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Toronto, ON (February 20, 2018) – Stand Up! The original Dirty South recording artist and actor: Ludacris, is headlining Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB2018), presented by the Beer Store, on Friday, July 27, 2018. TFOB2018 runs from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, in Exhibition Place. His performance is presented by 93.5 The Move.

“Ludacris will bring the southern hospitality to Toronto’s Festival of Beer and fans are sure to love it,” said Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, “The live music, paired with food and beer, will make Friday night an experience to remember.”

This will be the first time Ludacris headlines Toronto’s Festival of Beer. Last year’s (2017) Friday concert was met with a roaring attendance when the legendary hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman hit the Bandshell Stage and this year is expected to be just as electrifying.

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Tickets for #TFOB2018 sell out in advance every year — so consumers are encouraged to buy early. To see what ticket levels are currently available, please click HERE. For more information on what each ticket type includes, or to see what other performances are happening on the Bandshell Stage, please visit: www.beerfestival.ca. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ event.

About Ludacris:

Born Christopher Bridges on September 11, 1977, in Champaign, Illinois, Ludacris moved to Atlanta during his high-school years and attended Banneker High School there. He then studied at Georgia State University.

His entry into the rap industry came via radio; he worked as a disc jockey at Atlanta-based urban station Hot 97.5 (which later became Hot 107.9), where he was known as DJ Chris Lova Lova, and this was how he became acquainted with Timbaland. The producer featured Ludacris (then billed as Ludichris) on the song “Fat Rabbit” from his album Tim’s Bio (1998), and with such a high-profile feature to his credit, the groundwork was laid for the rapper.

When the Dirty South movement broke nationwide at the turn of the century, Ludacris rode it to immediate widespread popularity, becoming arguably the most commercially successful Southern rapper of the time.

In 2000 the Atlanta-based rapper signed to Def Jam’s newly established Southern rap subsidiary, Def Jam South, and became the label’s flagship Dirty South artist. Def Jam repackaged his underground album Incognegro (2000) as Back for the First Time (2000) and issued “What’s Your Fantasy?” as its lead single. The song soon became a national hit, beginning a long string of hits that would include Billboard Hot 100 number ones (“Stand Up,” “Money Maker”) and Top Tens (“Move Bitch,” “Splash Waterfalls,” “Pimpin’ All Over the World,” “Runaway Love”), as well as a bunch of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top Tens (“Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes,” “Rollout [My Business],” “Saturday [Oooh Oooh!],” “Get Back,” “Number One Spot”).

Moreover, Ludacris established himself as a versatile actor, notably appearing in such mainstream films as 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Crash (2005), and Fred Claus (2007), among other films and TV series. Along with associate Chaka Zulu, Ludacris also founded his own boutique label at Def Jam, Disturbing tha Peace (aka DTP), which released albums by such diverse rap/R&B acts as Shawnna, Bobby V., Field Mob, and Playaz Circle.

In 2014, the rapper announced his ninth album and released the EP Burning Bridges as a preview. Ludaversal followed a year later, with Usher, Miguel, and Big K.R.I.T. on the guest list, along with production from David Guetta, Rico Love, and Cashmere Cat. After adding more acting roles to his résumé, Ludacris returned in 2017 with the singles “Vitamin D” with Ty Dolla $ign and “Vices.”

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store features hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, live entertainment, and plenty of #BeerLove from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, in Exhibition Place. It’s Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage.

For more information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis

Marketing & Communications Manager

dav@beerlicious.ca

Jon Sinden

Vice President of Marketing

jon@beerlicious.ca

 

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Dwayne Gretzky To Headline TFOB Saturday

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For the first time ever, the renowned music phenomenon known simply as Dwayne Gretzky will be headlining Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB 2018), presented by the Beer Store, on Saturday, July 28, 2018. The annual summer sampling event returns to Bandshell Park, in Exhibition Place on July 26-29, 2018 with a newly added fourth day of festivities for attendees to enjoy. Dwayne Gretzky’s performance is presented by Q107 and 102.1 The Edge.

The legendary Saturday of Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a day that everyone needs to experience,” said Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, “Dwayne Gretzky will bring the hit songs and the energy and we’ll bring a massive selection of brews and tasty culinary treats for fans to enjoy.

Dwayne Gretzky is a collection of Toronto musicians that delve into nostalgia, uniting fans of all ages to sing along to the greatest hits of the last 50 years and by performing with energy and fidelity. Their performance at TFOB2018 will be exactly that, as they plan to take their electrifying show to attendees; all in celebration of #BeerLove.

Tickets for TFOB2018 sell out in advance every year – so consumers are encouraged to buy early. All Early-Bird tickets have already sold out, however fans still have a chance at purchasing tickets at the remaining tier levels. For more information on what ticket tiers are still remaining, please visit: www.beerfestival.ca. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ event.

 

Dwayne Gretzky is a live music collective celebrating the greatest songs of all time. Transcending both era and genre, this prodigiously talented group of Toronto musicians captivates audiences with a masterfully curated tour of artists from both the classic and modern pop canon – from Bowie to Beyoncé, Springsteen to Spears, The Supremes to The Strokes. With tasteful precision, chameleonic versatility and a flair for the dramatic, Dwayne Gretzky scratches our collective itch to be surprised by the familiar.

In an increasingly saturated and scattered music landscape defined by predictable playlists and individualized consumption, Dwayne’s high-energy nostalgia trips recall the serendipity of flipping through the radio dial, and the joy of coming together en masse to celebrate and sing along to the best songs ever written. Boasting 100+ straight sold-out shows in their hometown of Toronto and with venue capacities growing into the multiple-thousands, Dwayne Gretzky’s momentum is a testament to the band shattering conventions and re-defining what audiences want in a live music experience.

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store features hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, live entertainment, and plenty of #BeerLove from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, in Exhibition Place. It’s Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage.

For more information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis

Marketing & Communications Manager

dav@beerlicious.ca

Jon Sinden

Vice President of Marketing

jon@beerlicious.ca

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What Ticket Type Is For Me?

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There are many avenues to experience the greatest beer festival ever created. Since we added a whole extra day to enjoy TFOB 2018, now there’s absolutely no excuses!! Since there are so many options to consider, we thought we’d break it down a bit for you…

General Admission Ticket 

The General Admission ticket is our first offering and is perfect if you prefer to weigh your options first before you decide to go all in on the beer and food sampling. It’s simple but a great way to kick start your experience at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. – especially if you have never been to the event before. The General Admission ticket is available all four days of the festival but Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the only days that come with five (5) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs. The Thursday General Admission ticket doesn’t come with tokens so we have gone ahead and made it a cheaper ticket to reflect that different.  This ticket offers entry in to the event at the regular listed hours. 

Hoptimized Admission Ticket

The Hoptimized ticket has always been our most popular ticket at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. This ticket adds just enough pizazz to your experience without any additional bells and whistles that you didn’t ask for. The Hoptimized ticket includes early access to the festival for an additional 1.5 hours and ten (10) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs.   

VIP Admission Ticket

The VIP experience has been around for a few years now at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. The VIP Admission Ticket includes an express entrance and early entry in to the event, ten (10) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs, a catered meal that comes with two (2) full drinks in the VIP lounge, and access to air-conditioned washrooms

Club TFOB Admission Ticket

Club TFOB is our most exclusive and newest offering at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. This ticket includes an express entrance and early entry in to the event, access to the Club TFOB lounge that has an air-conditioned washroom and a private bar, and 15 sampling tokens for beer, food and even souvenirs. Club TFOB ticket holders will also experience incredible cuisine from a top Chef in Toronto, and access to a complimentary oyster bar in the Club TFOB lounge that is available for the first two hours of gates opening. This ticket is only available on Friday and Saturday during Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store.

HERE is the full pricing grid for each ticket type. Yes, the sooner you buy, the better deal you get.  See you in July! 

 

 

 

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Thank You #BeerFam

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TFOB 2017 is in the books.

Here are some takeaways from the event that was:

1) Oh Canada! Listen friends, we all know that Canadian brewers create outstanding beer, but sampling all the great beer from coast to coast takes time, effort and a whole lotta cash. That’s precisely the reason why we created the #Canada150 Pavilion. 48 brands of beer – most of which are not available in Ontario – BUT during TFOB 2017 they were here. From PEI to BC, we showcased the best – and you loved it. The feedback about the variety and selection of brews was awesome. We’re gunna take that energy and inject it to next years feature country… or countries? We’ve said too much. 

2) Get In Ma Belly! The food this year was the perfect pairing to all those brews. Did you even try the paid thai fries from Fidel Gastro’s? Or the pulled pork pie from Pie Commission? OH MY GAWD! Or those delishous Hot Bunz from Hot Bunzz Street Cuisine? GEEZ!! Or how about Lobster Mac n Cheese from Matty’s Seafood? WOWZA!! Honestly, bellies got stuffed and we will do our best to offer even more selection next year.

3) 416 Brews To Discover! Did you have a fav? You must have found something new and exciting this year. 100 brewers showcasing their hard work and efforts. We are already putting the notes together for next year to introduce more and more brewers and more tasty brews. We are always looking for brand new brewers who have never been to our event to get them in our New Brews section. Tweet us if you’ve discovered something new so we can share it withe world!

4) Join The CLUB! Club TFOB was a new offering this year. Chef Craig Harding of Campagnolo and Afrim Pristine of the Cheese Boutique displayed their culinary skills, alongside full-sized brew samples, wine and more. This was an experiment to see if this luxury style option would be something you’d want… and you said yes! The ticket also got you early access to TFOB and air conditioned VIP restrooms, snacks and more. We will be offering Club TFOB again next year, so stay tuned!

5) Let There Be Music! Method Man & Redman were legendary. The energy = unreal. The benchmark for TFOB Friday has been set. We are hard at work seeing who we can get for you next year. TFOB Saturday with Sloan was so memorable for all the right reasons. The vibe was perfect. Sloan playing the hits, brewers pouring the best and the sun shining down on us all. On TFOB Sunday, Alan Doyle brought everything that’s great about his east coast vibe to the Main Stage. It was like the perfect ending to a beautiful weekend. Soulfully leading us into Sunday evening. We promise to keep looking for artists that compliment the beer/summer vibe and can’t wait to announce next year’s line-up to you. 

All in all, a pretty epic weekend that saw great weather, countless good times and smiling facing all around. Hope you’ll join us again next year. We’ll go on sale December 1st 2017. 

Thank you #BeerFam  

Here are some pics from TFOB 2017!

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