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Celebrate #FlagshipFebruary With These Great Canadian Breweries

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It’s #FlagshipFebruary and that means it’s the time when we celebrate the brews that we first fell in love with, or as we like to say “The O.Gs” of the brewing industry. This was a fun project for us because we dug through some really old photos and managed to come across some pictures from our very first Toronto’s Festival of Beer, which took place in 1996 at Fort York: Garrison Common.

It was a different time back then and a lot of the acclaimed brewers that you know to be the ‘big cats’ in the beer game were much smaller. Some of them were even just starting out. Nonetheless, they had a vision in mind which all brewers work very hard for today, and that is to provide great tasting, high quality beer that represents where they come from.

A lot of these brewers still set up at Toronto’s Festival of Beer to this day so check them out below and grab your tickets now while supplies last. For a full list of what tickets are currently available, check out our ticket price grid in THIS BLOG POST.

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Muskoka Cream Ale by Muskoka Brewery 

First brewed in 1996, the Muskoka Cream Ale is Muskoka Brewery’s flagship brew, and has become a signature beer of the Muskoka region. Unmistakable with its rich amber colour and inviting floral tones, this laid-back, English pub-style ale is smooth and easy-going. With a Cascade hoppiness and full body of flavour, this gold-medal winning Canadian Cream Ale is the quintessential taste of cottage country. Check out this awesome picture of Muskoka Brewery’s booth from the first ever Toronto’s Festival of Beer in 1996!

Arkell Best Bitter by Wellington Brewery

Wellington Brewery is one of Canada’s oldest independently owned microbreweries based in Guelph, Ontario. They craft their award-winning beers in small batches using the freshest all-natural ingredients. Since 1985, they have been a pioneer in the craft brewing scene by producing timeless, traditional style ales, as well as experimenting with new recipes as part of their Welly One-Off Series.

Their signature brew is called Arkell Best Bitter and it was first brewed back in 1985. It’s an amber session ale with a mild, caramel malt body, and a subtle hop aftertaste. With only 4% alcohol by volume, Arkell Best Bitter is an incredibly flavourful light beer that is easy to enjoy. This well-balanced bitter is the perfect session ale for any occasion. Here is a picture we found of them from TFOB 1996 also!

Grasshopper, Traditional Ale, and Pilsner by Big Rock Brewery

Three bold, European-inspired offerings—Bitter, Porter, and Traditional—launched an industry in 1985, a time heavy on easy-drinking lagers and light on flavour. Today, Big Rock Brewery’s ten signature beers, eight seasonals, four ciders, and custom-crafted private labels are brewed daily in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, bringing quality and consistency to craft beer drinkers across the country. Big Rock Brewery was also present at our very first Toronto’s Festival of Beer in 1996.

Pale Ale by Maclean’s Ales

Maclean’s Ales signature brew is the Pale Ale. It’s made with a unique combination of British malts, English Fuggles, and Goldings hops. Add to that a distinctive strain of English ale yeast and the result is a well hopped, malty ale with a fine balance of flavour.

As the story is told on their website, many years ago Charles MacLean developed a passion for two things: riding motorcycles and enjoying great beer. So, in 1978 he traveled overseas to ride a Norton Commando through the beautiful English countryside. At some point along the way he found his gas tank empty and his trip funds running low, so he began working at a nearby pub where he tended the bar. This was his first introduction to the craft of brewing beer.

Once home, Charles began brewing his own ales in tribute to his time spent in England. His passion flourished, as he became one of Ontario’s pioneering independent craft brewers. This eventually led to what has become his signature ale, the very same one that today bears his name. Here is a picture of him in front of the pub he first began working at in England.

Conductor’s Craft Ale by Junction Craft Brewing

Junction Craft Brewing uses five malt and five hop varieties from Europe and North America to give Conductor’s a biscuity, toasted, caramel base, and a dry and bitter taste with a light bitter finish. Floral and citrus notes come from our hopback mechanism that infuses the hop aromas into the beer in line from the kettle as the beer goes into the fermenter. Conductor’s Craft Ale is inspired by traditional ales that “traveled well” when life was more about the journey than the destination.

Canuck Pale Ale by Great Lakes Brewery

The minute you crack your can, aroma of grapefruit, mango, and pine hit you in the face; like a beaver slapping his tail on a pristine small body of water in Ontario. Canuck pours a deep gold, bordering on burnt orange that produces a tight snowy white toque. Take one last nose before getting into the liquid, which you’ll soon find will be hard to put down. Soft carbonation leads into a sweet honeyish start before it gives way to more grapefruit, tropical citrus, canned peaches, and pine. Light to medium body with a very dry finish.

Steam Whistle Pilsner by Steam Whistle Brewery

At a time when big breweries abandoned tradition in favour of speeding up production, Steam Whistle refused to take shortcuts. They followed the same decoction brewing methods that put Pilsner on the map hundreds of years ago, which involves boiling part of the mash at higher temperatures to caramelize the barley sugars and deliver a rich, malty flavour and a creamier head on the poured beer. They still uphold the standards of the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516. Because purity makes perfect beer, and perfect beer takes time. Besides… what’s the rush?

The folks at Steam Whistle like to say they do one thing really, really well, and that’s brew a premium Pilsner. Pilsner is one of the most challenging styles of beer to perfect; it requires a singular focus and years of training to get it right. They dedicate themselves to making Pilsner, because it’s one of the most refreshing beers.

Lug-Tread by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

Since 2006 Beau’s Brewing Co. has been brewing interesting, tasty beers like their Lug Tread Lagered Ale using the best ingredients & local spring water. Beau’s takes pride in creating unique, wonderful, and certified organic craft beer, conceived with honest consideration for the environment and our local communities, and delivered with a true sense of friendly relationship.

Beau’s year-round flagship beer is Lug-Tread, a certified organic lagered ale. A hybrid style, Lug-Tread is top-fermented (like an ale) and then cold-aged (like a lager), giving it light ale notes complemented by a lager-like crispness. Golden-hued and finely balanced, this tasty golden ale has won more than 20 awards for brewing excellence since 2006.

Blonde Lager by Amsterdam Brewery 

Amsterdam Brewery’s story begins back in 1986, with a vision of bringing unique beers, full of flavour to the City of Toronto. It’s a combination of good people, good ideas, and good beer that has brought them to where they are today. The folks at Amsterdam Brewery put just as much craft and care into their beer, as all the things that happen around it. They have enlisted only the most dedicated employees who are relentlessly committed to bring fresh and flavourful beers to local and like-minded beer drinkers.

Brewed fresh daily since 1986, the Blonde Lager is their flagship brew. They use natural ingredients to make it and ensure that it is never heat pasteurized. It’s also always cold filtered for that refreshing clean, crisp taste, and smooth mellow finish.

Amber Ale by Old Credit Brewing

Confident, classy & well balanced. It’s on the ruby side of amber, with an aromatic bouquet that’s engagingly nutty with fresh fruity notes. Expect a distinctive toasted malt character and a thick, creamy, fine-textured head. A fleeting aftertaste that makes your taste buds smile!

Dark by Waterloo Brewing Company

When the Waterloo Brewing Company opened in 1984, they didn’t know craft beers would become so big. All they wanted was a chance to pursue quality without compromise.

Their Dark brew is where it all began. It also happens to be Ontario’s favourite dark lager, craft or otherwise. This very special boar deserves to be poured slowly and with care to release flavours brewed from Canadian malted barley, specialty malts, imported hops, and pure cultured yeast.

The team at the Waterloo Brewing Company adhere strictly to Reinheitsgebot, the centuries-old German Purity Law, the foundation of the world’s finest beers. Using only water, barley, hops, and yeast, their master brewers handcraft recipes both traditional and new.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is a three day celebration of the golden beverage! This year, we’re celebrating 23 glorious years. Join us July 26 to 28 for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. If you have any questions about ticket types THIS BLOG POST should help you out. Make this your Summer tradition!

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TFOB 2018 Friday Schedule

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Time Event Location
3:00pm HOP / VIP / Club TFOB Gates Open Main Gates
4:30pm **Doors open for all Ticket Holders** Main Gates
7:30pm Garçons OLG Bandshell Stage
8:30pm JXCK KXLLY OLG Bandshell Stage
9:30pm Ludacris OLG Bandshell Stage
10:30pm **Last call for alcohol**
10:45pm **TAPS OFF**
11:00pm **Gates Closed – Get Home Safe**

TFOB SITEMAP


BreweryLocation
Amsterdam Brewery99
Angry Orchard54
Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.80
Big Rig Brewery85
Big Rock Brewery21
Bobcaygeon Brewing Co.91
Brickworks Ciderhouse26
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.22
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.23
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.24
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.25
Campagnolo67
Cool Beer Brewery96
Crabbies Ginger Beer59
Faxe Beer16
Faxe Beer17
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery79
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery87
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery88
Fries You Can Dip66
Goose Island60
Great Lakes Brewery86
Great Lakes Brewery89
Heirloom Toronto3
Hop City Brewing Co.97
Hop City Brewing Co.98
Horizon Beers Inc.9
Hot Bunzz Street Cuizine2
Junction Craft Brewing93
Kanpai Snack Bar65
Landshark Lager58
Lech61
Lost Craft77
Meantime38
Melt Grilled Cheese39
Michelob Ultra18
Mill Street Brewery55
Mill Street Brewery56
Naughty Otter83
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.84
Northern Maverick76
Old Credit Brewing Co.95
Ontario Corn Roasters64
Oyster Boy20
Pilsner Urquell27
Post-Game Brewing Co.8
Prince Eddy's Brewing Co.81
Samuel Adams53
Shiny Apple Cider57
Silly Sir Brewing Co.94
Singha Beer19
St. Ambroise15
TFOB Spotlight: Victoria (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)28
TFOB Spotlight: Victoria (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)37
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)31
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)32
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)33
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)34
The Six Brewing Co.90
Tyskie62
Waterloo Brewing78

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We have created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Fenelon Falls Brewing Co:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. was founded by my wife and I. I immigrated to Canada in the 1970s, arriving in Fenelon Falls not knowing a soul, a word of English, or really having a place that felt like home. That didn’t last long. The town welcomed my family unequivocally in every way.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. is an expression of all of that—accepting opportunities, and applying the effort necessary to put a bit of good into the world. It’s a way of saying thanks, playing part in the life of the community, and paying forward the tradition of hospitality that has meant so much to us.

Our brewery offers handcrafted premium beer made in small batches. Our brewing philosophy is to keep our ingredients simple and our processes to a minimum to make beer that allows the flavours and aromas to shine through. Of course, all our beer is brewed with no additives and no preservatives. The way it should be.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

Vienna Lager

  • Traditional Vienna and Munich malts combine to deliver a flavourful, medium body with gentle hop notes and a refreshingly distinctive finish

Red Ale

  • A supremely approachable deep red ale combining sweet caramel notes with citrus aromas for a refreshingly smooth, clean finish

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

Fenelon Falls is known as the jewel of the Kawarthas, and we’re extremely excited to showcase what Fenelon has to offer. We’ll be operational in September and invite you to drop by, sample flavours exclusively available in our taproom and see where the beer is made. Come by boat, car, bus, bike, or foot. The town is always here to welcome you!

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

Great question! People can find more information by visiting our website www.fenelonfallsbrewing.com and by following us on social media:

Facebook: @fenelonbrewco
Instagram: @fenelonbrewco
Twitter: @fenelonbrewco

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

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Spring Sessions 2017: What A Weekend!

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What a weekend! As we clean off our white sneakers and look back at Spring Sessions a few things come to mind. Here’s a list of takeaways from a glorious weekend that included a little Saturday sun, a little Sunday rain and whole lotta cottage vibes…

The Trews Are Incredible: Seriously, Colin’s voice hitting those high notes in Highway of Heroes made me shed a tear.  And that encore. No words. Too good.

Rain Can’t Stop The Pouring: We had 18 brewers and thousands of attendees who powered through some serious sunshine on Saturday and some serious rain on Sunday.

Elliott Brood Are Cottage Vibes: These guys just have the perfect sound for a long weekend. I mean, the vibe on Saturday with the sun and the food and the brews and the people was unreal.

Roasting Marshmallows Is An Art: A 4pm each day, we sparked the fire pits and broke out the marshmallows. Roasting a marshmallow is a simple pleasure. Impossible not to smile when you crush a perfectly golden brown roast.

Soccer Darts Is Hard: We are thankful for Toronto Sport & Social Club for bringing some sporting activities to Spring Sessions. It was super cool to try soccer darts, but it also exposed a weakness in our footy game. Gotta get practicing. See you next year.

Bocce Is Perfect: There is no greater past time on earth. You can hold a brew in one hand and toss some bocce balls in the the other. It’s like there is balance in the force.

Pairs With Beer: Funny how things just pair so well with beer. Tiny Toms Donuts. Chimney Stax Mac n Cheese (with the beer cheese sauce), Smoke’s Poutine… we could go on.

All in all, a pretty solid May 2-4 Long Weekend. We hope you enjoyed yourself. Yes, we are doing it all again next year. Same time, same place.

 

 

 

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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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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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TFOB x GLB Presents #BeerHuntTO

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Hello Beer Friends and Beer Fam, As you all know TFOB Spring Sessions is back at Fort York Garrison Common with a great line-up of ice cold beer and tasty food, alongside some killer live music from The Trews and Elliott Brood. Tickets are on sale now and the link is below… But first! Let’s talk about winning stuff. Introducing #BeerHuntTO. This is a collaboration between the fine folks at Great Lakes Brewery and us, the gang at Toronto’s Festival of Beer.

Here’s the skinny:

You have the chance to score yourself some Spring Sessions tickets, along with some stylish GLB gear. This is sort-of-like a scavenger hunt, but made super simple. Check out THIS link from GLB which explains everything. All ye need to know is that awesome stuff is to be won and you need to follow GLB on Twitter and GLB on Facebook.

More on Spring Sessions:

Do you have plans for the May Two Four Long Weekend? Well… now you do! Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions happens May 20 and May 21 at Fort York: Garrison Common. Come experience a curated selection of beer and food alongside cottage vibes and live music. New this year: Acoustic Campfire Sessions featuring Elliott Brood and The Trews.

Get Spring Sessions Tickets Now!

(and use code SAVEFIVE to save $5 off your tickets)

Discover a new brew, taste some killer culinary, play some cottage games and watch some amazing bands play acoustically in the Campfire Sessions. Sounds like a perfect cottage weekend … without the commute!

Here’s some quick links:

 

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Spring Sessions: Great Brews. Tasty Food. Cottage Vibes

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Do you have plans for the May Two Four Long Weekend? Well… now you do! Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions happens May 20 and May 21 at Fort York: Garrison Common. Come experience a curated selection of beer and food alongside cottage vibes and live music. New this year: Acoustic Campfire Sessions featuring Elliott Brood and The Trews.

Get Spring Sessions Tickets Now!

(and use code SAVEFIVE to save $5 off your tickets)

Discover a new brew, taste some killer culinary, play some cottage games and watch some amazing bands play acoustically in the Campfire Sessions. Sounds like a perfect cottage weekend … without the commute!

Here’s some quick links:

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

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions 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.

“Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions 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, Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions 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 Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions 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 Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions 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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