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TFOB Friday with Nas!

Performing on the OLG Bandshell Stage on Friday, July 24

Get ready because this is going to the be biggest show of the summer for all of you hiphop heads out there! Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is proud to announce the one and only Nas as the official headliner for the opening night of its 2020 festival. The iconic rap legend will perform on the OLG Bandshell Stage during the opening night of the festival on Friday, July 24. #TOBeerFest runs from July 24 to 26 and this show is in partnership with Flow 93.5.

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Nas is one of the most iconic lyricists to ever grace the microphone. He is a gifted poet, confessor, agitator, metaphor master, and tongue twisting genius. Ever since he dropped his 1994 album Illmatic, the hiphop game changed forever and people to this day continue to refer to it as one of the greatest hiphop albums of all time. An album which he released before he was legal drinking age.

Three decades on, Nas continues to be the explosive, outspoken and brutally candid rapper we all love with timeless hits like If I Ruled the World, N.Y. State of Mind, The Message, Nas Is Like, It Ain’t Hard To Tell, Made You Look, and so many more.

How do you like that for a hiphop show? This is the opening night act the an already stacked lineup on the OLG Bandshell Stage. We’ve already announced Sam Roberts Band with Bedouin Soundclash, and Five Alarm Funk on Saturday, July 25, and TLC on Sunday, July 26! It’s going to be the party of the summer, so you don’t want to miss it. Best part? We still aren’t done… Our lineup on the Complete Country Stage presented by Twisted Tea is the next announcement so stay tuned for that!

Want some music to listen to while you jump around in excitement? Check out our Spotify playlist below and give us a follow while you’re there to show some love…

Also, check out some of Nas’ music videos below:

Nas – If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
Nas – Nas Is Like
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Nas – The World Is Yours

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by THE BEER STORE is a three day celebration of the golden beverage! This year, we’re celebrating 24 glorious years. Join us from July 24 to 26 for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. 

Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We have a bunch more announcements coming up for this year so stay tuned!  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

Get TFOB FRIDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB SATURDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

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Are TFOB 2020 Tickets On Sale?

In light of the City of Toronto’s announcement with respect to events and festivals being cancelled until August 31st due to the impact of COVID-19, the 24th edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer originally scheduled to take place this July will be postponed.

We will be contacting all ticket holders in the coming days with additional information regarding refunds and other ticket options. If you have any questions, please email us at info@beerlicious.ca and we will be happy to assist.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Q: When Do TFOB 2020 Tickets Go On Sale?

Tickets for the 2020 edition of #TOBeerFest go on sale December 3, 2019 but, you can purchase your tickets before everyone else if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. We’ll send you an email when our presale starts and this way you can claim yours first!

Q: What’s the difference between Hoptimized, Club TFOB and General Admission tickets?

Good question. HERE is the difference between all the ticket types we offer. 19+ only.

Q: What are the prices of TFOB 2020 tickets?

Tickets for the 2020 edition of #TOBeerFest start at $50 for a General Admission ticket to Friday. They go right up to $115 for a Club Ticket ticket. The Early Bird tickets (which go on sale December 3, 2019) are the best value, so get yours early! Early-Bird prices go up on Jan 28th, 2020 (at 8am), and again on March 31, 2020 (at 8am) and again on May 26th, 2020 (at 8am).  SEE FULL PRICING GRID HERE.

Q: What bands are playing Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2020?

A: We announce one headliner at a time. The best way to find out before everyone else is to sign up through our TFOB Email List. You can do so by clicking HERE.

Q: Where is Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2020?

A: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the addy is 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Google Maps is Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. 

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

A) There are two stations on Exhibition Grounds. Here’s how to get here: 1) 29 Dufferin Bus – Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station, board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place. 2) 511 Bathurst Streetcar – Take the Bloor subway to Bathurst Station, board the #511 streetcar south to Exhibition Place. There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station. 3) 509 Harbourfront Streetcar – Take the Yonge-University subway to Union Station. Take the 509 Streetcar from the Union Station southbound streetcar tunnel towards Exhibition Loop . There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station.

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

  • Friday, July 24 from 4:30pm to 11pm (early access at 3:00pm for Club TFOB and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Saturday, July 25 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Sunday, July 26 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB and Hoptimized ticket holders)

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

  • 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
  • Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening.
  • 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
  • Blanket
  • Smoking / Cannabis Policy: Toronto’s Festival of Beer has designated smoking areas on the grounds where smoking is permitted. Consumers smoking outside the designated areas will be asked to extinguish their smoke and move to a designated area. Consumer’s refusing to abide by the smoking policy will be subject to removal from the festival grounds. Consumers are allowed entry with a small quantity of “personal use only” cannabis (recreational or medicinal) in a pre-rolled format (max 3 pre-rolled, single-wide at 68-70mm in length). Entry will be denied for anyone with loose leaf cannabis, cannabis edibles / oils or other cannabis products.
  • All illegal substances are strictly prohibited.

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

  • Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you. This is a 19+ event)
  • Any type of Water Bottle – We offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Don’t bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets as well as Hydration packs are prohibited
  • Coolers
  • Umbrella
  • 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.

Q: What will the security be like at the festival? How long will it take to enter?

Our front gate and security staff are industry professionals who will help get everyone in to the event in an efficient and safe manner. Please anticipate a short wait before entering the event so that our staff can be thorough in searching our attendees. It’s for your own safety so let’s work together on this and it will help everything move a lot quicker. Below is our formal notice regarding our safety protocol when entering the event…  

In order to provide our patrons with a safe environment, the following security measures may be in effect:

1) As a condition of entry and for the purpose of public safety, everyone will be subject to reasonable search of their person including the use of hand-held metal detectors and/or pat downs.

2) Searches may cause brief delays in entering, so we encourage everyone to arrive early. Those patrons who do not carry any items into TFOB will enter more rapidly than those who bring items in with them. Guests are encouraged to leave belongings in their vehicles or at home whenever possible.

3) Law enforcement personnel will be present at entrances along with our staff to ensure guest safety. We thank our guests for their patience and cooperation in making your experience at TFOB safe and enjoyable.

4) Please report any suspicious activity in or around TFOB – See Something, Say Something
Safety is everyone’s responsibility – if you see suspicious activity please report it to any member of our Event staff or uniformed Police personnel.

Q: Where Is The Actual Entrance To Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2020?

The front entrance is located at the Better Living Centre. All Gates (A, B, C) will go through the front entrance of the BLC. (Say BLC in your best Snoop Dogg impersonation and you’re a legend). The only entrance that is outside of the BLC is the Club TFOB Entrance which is right next to the BLC on the west side.

Q: – Should I Bring Cash?

Yep. We appreciate plastic just as much as the next person, but cash is king at the Festival. We have teams walking around (pictured) 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.

Q: How Do I Get 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. They are dedicated booths that sell tokens, along with mobile token teams. They will be easy to spot.

Q: Can I Bring A Backpack?

The quick answer is no… Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. We’ll be using metal detector wands and searching all small bags, totes, and drawstring bags 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.

Q: Will I be photographed at the event?

Our photography / video team might see you and say… “WOW! That person looks like they are having the best time, I need to capture this moment!” If that happens you should know that by entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Beerlicious Inc.

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

Don’t drive! It’s a Beer Festival and chances are you’ll be enjoying some beverages. Please enjoy the convenience of the TTC or a cab or an Ubes. Yeah, we said Ubes. Just no drinking and driving whatsoever.  If you are the DD, here’s some parking info: we do not have designated parking for the festival. We recommend finding Pay Parking in Liberty Village or just avoiding driving altogether, if that’s an option for you.

Q: What Was There To Eat at TFOB 2019?

In a word… LOTS. The food purveyors coming to the festival this year will be second to none. We will post the final list by June, 2020 so keep checking back and you’ll find all the details! Explore them all and be sure to take lots of eating breaks. This is all part of #TasteTFOB – our commitment to providing an incredible food experience. We will definitely raise the bar again in 2020! Stay tuned!

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

You need to stay hydrated. That’s why we offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Just take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. Do not bring your water bottle from home, they will be taken away. 

Q: What Happens If It Rains? Or If It’s Too Hot?

Whatever the weather, we will still be pouring. Rain or shine, the show goes on! Remember to dress for the weather and wear sunblock. Even if it is grey and cloudy, wear sunblock. This is vital. Sunblock and water are soooooooo key!! Your raincoat and rubber boots may make your experience if it calls for rain.

Q: Do You Really have 400+ Brews To Discover?

Our festival hosts 100 brewers from all over the world every year and most brewers bring multiple brands. 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, At TFOB we have every type of brewer imaginable. From big to small, and, from local to international.

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TFOB 2019 Friday Schedule

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store kicks off next weekend from July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place and we couldn’t possibly be anymore excited then we already are! On top of that, our site map and full schedule for each day is finally here.

Below you will find the full schedule for Friday, July 26 with each performer listed and vendor location.

Still need tickets? Better hurry up because they are moving fast. You don’t want to be that one person out of your friends who has SERIOUS FOMO!

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See the full Site Map here Site Map


Time Event Location
3:00pm Doors open for Hoptimized, VIP and Club TFOB Main Gates
4:30pm **Doors open for all Ticket Holders** Main Gates
5:00pm Michie Mee OLG Bandshell Stage
6:00pm Boot Camp Clik (Black Moon, Smif N Wessun, Rock) OLG Bandshell Stage
7:15pm DJ Jazzy Jeff OLG Bandshell Stage
8:30pm Ghostface Killah and Raekwon OLG Bandshell Stage
9:45pm Public Enemy Radio OLG Bandshell Stage
10:30pm **Last call for alcohol**
10:45pm **TAPS OFF**
11:00pm **Gates Closed – Get Home Safe**

Twisted Tea Complete Country Stage Line Up

Time Event Location
4:30pm **Doors open for all Ticket Holders** Main Gates
4:30pm Kris Ulrich Twisted Tea Complete Country Stage
5:30pm Blackie Jackett Jr Twisted Tea Complete Country Stage
10:30pm **Last call for alcohol**
10:45pm **TAPS OFF**
11:00pm **Gates Closed – Get Home Safe**

TFOB SITEMAP

TFOB Festival Sitemap 2019


LocationBrewery
80Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
85Big Rig Brewery
20Big Rock Brewery
21Sober Carpenter
91Bobcaygeon Brewing Company Ltd.
97Catapult Brewing Co
53Central City Brewers and Distillers
93Folly Brewing
96Cool Beer Brewing Co.
98 & 99Creemore Springs
26Singha Lager
79, 87,88Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
86 & 89Great Lakes Brewery
19The Craft Brand Company
25Hoegaarden
24Brickworks Ciderhouse
60Goose Island Brewery
22McAuslan Brewery Inc.
84Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
76Northern Maverick Brewing Co.
95Old Credit Brewing Company Ltd.
54Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
61 & 62Zubr & Tyskie
92Post-Game Brewing
23Powerhouse Brewing Company
81Prince Eddy's Brewing Co.
94Silly Sir Brewing Co.
82 & 83Fat Tire Amber Ale / Von Bugle
78Stock & Row
57Stonechurch Vineyards
77Storyteller Beverages
90The Six Brewing Co.
58Overhop Brewing Co

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Everything You Need To Know About Attending TFOB 2019

Well hello there Beer Fam … Here are the most common questions we get asked. If the answer you’re looking for is not below, please reach out to us on Twitter and we’ll be happy to connect and try to answer your question.

Q: Can I Still Get Tickets to TFOB 2019?

Yes, you can! TFOB Saturday is currently sold out but you can still grab tickets for TFOB Friday and TFOB Sunday:

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Buy TFOB Saturday Tickets

Buy TFOB Sunday Tickets

Q: Where is Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019?

Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the main entrance addy is 195 Prince’s Blvd. Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Google Maps is Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. 

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

There are two stations on Exhibition Grounds. Here’s how to get here: 

1) 29 Dufferin Bus – Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station, board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place. 

2) 511 Bathurst Streetcar – Take the Bloor subway to Bathurst Station, board the #511 streetcar south to Exhibition Place. There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station. 

3) 509 Harbourfront Streetcar – Take the Yonge-University subway to Union Station. Take the 509 Streetcar from the Union Station southbound streetcar tunnel towards Exhibition Loop . There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station.

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

TFOB Friday Hours: 

  • 3:00p – Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 4:30p – General Admission Doors Open / Kris Ulrich (Complete Country Stage)
  • 5:00p – Michie Mee
  • 5:30p – Blackie Jackett Jr (Complete Country Stage)
  • 6:oop – Boot Camp Clik (Black Moon, Smif N Wessun, Rock)
  • 7:15p – DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • 8:30p – Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
  • 9:45p – Public Enemy Radio
  • 10:45p – Taps Off
  • 11:00p – Closed

TFOB Saturday Hours:

  • 12:00p – Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 1:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 1:00p – Conor Gains
  • 2:00p – Supersonic
  • 2:45p – Owen Barney (Complete Country Stage)
  • 3:15p – Frank Ryan
  • 3:45p – Kris Barclay (Complete Country Stage)
  • 4:15p – Dwayne Gretzky (Set 1)
  • 5:30p – Brett Kissel (Complete Country Stage)
  • 6:45p – Dwayne Gretzky (Set 2)
  • 7:45p Taps Off
  • 8:00p  Closed

TFOB Sunday Hours:

  • 12:00p –Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 1:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 2:30p – Blackie Jackett Jr (Complete Country Stage)
  • 3:15p – NDAI
  • 3:45p – Tim & The Glory Boys (Complete Country Stage)
  • 4:15p – CHOCLAIR
  • 5:00p – Hunter Brothers (Complete Country Stage)
  • 6:30p – Ashanti & Ja Rule
  • 7:45p  Taps Off
  • 8:00p  Closed

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

  • 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
  • Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening.
  • 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
  • Blanket
  • Smoking / Cannabis Policy: Toronto’s Festival of Beer has designated smoking areas on the grounds where smoking is permitted. Consumers smoking outside the designated areas will be asked to extinguish their smoke and move to a designated area. Consumer’s refusing to abide by the smoking policy will be subject to removal from the festival grounds. Consumers are allowed entry with a small quantity of “personal use only” cannabis (recreational or medicinal) in a pre-rolled format (max 3 pre-rolled, single-wide at 68-70mm in length). Entry will be denied for anyone with loose leaf cannabis, cannabis edibles / oils or other cannabis products.
  • All illegal substances are strictly prohibited.

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

  • Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you. This is a 19+ event)
  • Any type of Water Bottle – We offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Don’t bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets as well as Hydration packs are prohibited
  • Coolers
  • Umbrella
  • 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.

Q: What will the security be like at the festival? How long will it take to enter?

Our front gate and security staff are industry professionals who will help get everyone in to the event in an efficient and safe manner. Please anticipate a short wait before entering the event so that our staff can be thorough in searching our attendees. It’s for your own safety so let’s work together on this and it will help everything move a lot quicker. Below is our formal notice regarding our safety protocol when entering the event…  

In order to provide our patrons with a safe environment, the following security measures may be in effect:

1) As a condition of entry and for the purpose of public safety, everyone will be subject to reasonable search of their person including the use of hand-held metal detectors and/or pat downs.

2) Searches may cause brief delays in entering, so we encourage everyone to arrive early. Those patrons who do not carry any items into TFOB will enter more rapidly than those who bring items in with them. Guests are encouraged to leave belongings in their vehicles or at home whenever possible.

3) Law enforcement personnel will be present at entrances along with our staff to ensure guest safety. We thank our guests for their patience and cooperation in making your experience at TFOB safe and enjoyable.

4) Please report any suspicious activity in or around TFOB – See Something, Say Something
Safety is everyone’s responsibility – if you see suspicious activity please report it to any member of our Event staff or uniformed Police personnel.

Q: Where Is The Actual Entrance To Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019?

The entrance to Toronto’s Festival of Beer is in front of the Better Living Centre (195 Princes’ Blvd). All Gates (A, B, C) will go through the front entrance of the BLC. (Say BLC in your best Snoop Dogg impersonation and you’re a legend) This is just a few steps away from where the entrance has been for the past number of years, so it’s not a dramatic change – just wanted to give everyone the heads up.

Q: – Should I Bring Cash?

Yep. We appreciate plastic just as much as the next person, but cash is king at the Festival. We have teams walking around (pictured) 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.

Q: How Do I Get 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. There are dedicated booths that sell tokens, along with mobile token teams. They will be easy to spot.

Q: Can I Bring A Backpack?

The quick answer is no… Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. We’ll be using metal detector wands and searching all small bags, totes, and drawstring bags 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.

Q: What Are The Rules Around Smoking Cigarettes / Cannabis?

We will have designated smoking areas on the grounds where smoking is permitted. If our security staff see you smoking outside these designated areas they will ask you to extinguish your smoke and move to the proper area. If you refuse to abide by the smoking policy, our security staff will kindly ask you to leave the festival grounds. We don’t want to do that – lets just have fun and be courteous to everyone so we can all have a good time!

You will be allowed to enter the festival with a small quantity of “personal use only” cannabis (recreational or medicinal) in a pre-rolled format (max 3 pre-rolled, single-wide at 68-70mm in length). Entry will be denied for anyone with loose leaf cannabis, cannabis edibles / oils or other cannabis products. All other illegal substances are strictly prohibited.

Q: Will I be photographed at the event?

Our photography / video team might see you and say… “WOW! That person looks like they are having the best time, I need to capture this moment!” If that happens you should know that by entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Beerlicious Inc.

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

Don’t drive! It’s a Beer Festival and chances are you’ll be enjoying some beverages. Please enjoy the convenience of the TTC or a cab or an Ubes. Yeah, we said Ubes. Just no drinking and driving whatsoever.  If you are the DD, here’s some parking info: we do not have designated parking for the festival. We recommend finding Pay Parking in Liberty Village or just avoiding driving altogether, if that’s an option for you.

Q: What Will I Be Able To Eat at TFOB 2019?

In a word… LOTS. The food purveyors coming to the festival this year will be second to none.  Explore them all and be sure to take lots of eating breaks. This is all part of #TasteTFOB – our commitment to providing an incredible food experience. See who is coming to TFOB 2019 HERE.

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

You need to stay hydrated. That’s why we offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Just take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. Do not bring your water bottle from home, they will be taken away. 

Q: What Happens If It Rains? Or If It’s Too Hot?

Whatever the weather, we will still be pouring. Rain or shine, the show goes on! Remember to dress for the weather and wear sunblock. Even if it is grey and cloudy, wear sunblock. This is vital. Sunblock and water are soooooooo key!! Your raincoat and rubber boats may make your experience if it calls for rain.

Q: Do You Really have 400+ Brews To Discover?

Approximately 100 brewers from all over the world will be here. 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, At TFOB we have every type of brewer imaginable. From big to small, and, from local to international. Plus, this year we are featuring three exciting TFOB Spotlights: Michigan, Toronto’s East Brewery Collective, and Funk Town.

That’s it! We can’t wait to see you all this weekend at TFOB 2019.

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TFOB Spotlight: Michigan, USA

The TFOB Spotlight programme at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is designed to help beer lovers discover the latest and greatest in beer and shine the spotlight on some of the many things we love about beer and the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer, the amazing styles of brews currently available, and even people and breweries doing great things. We are proud to announce our second TFOB Spotlight of 2019: Michigan, USA.

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Michigan, USA is known to be the home of some of the top breweries in North America. The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer will feature five of these brewers who will be serving over 40 different brews for fans to enjoy. These breweries are:

Each of these breweries will be setting up with their signature brew at the 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. You will have a chance to speak to representatives from each of these breweries and learn about what goes in to making their signature brews. TFOB Spotlight: Michigan, USA will be available all three days of TFOB 2019 so, come and have a taste from July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.

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 in July 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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Just Added to TFOB Friday: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and more!

We told you we weren’t finished! Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by The Beer Store is proud to announce Raekwon & Ghostface Killah; DJ Jazzy Jeff; Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon and Rock of Boot Camp Clik; and the Canadian hip-hop trailblazer Michie Mee! Each of these iconic acts will take the stage with The Legends of Hip-Hop: Public Enemy Radio. Grab your tickets now while supplies last!

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There you have it! TFOB Friday’s complete line-up is here. Ready to let your inner ‘hip-hop head’ run wild? Listen to our Spotify playlist below and give us a follow while you’re there to show some love…

Also, here are some classic music videos from these new additions to TFOB Friday:

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 in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day.  Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We will be announcing our participating brewers and food vendors very soon.  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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Complete Country Stage With Brett Kissel, Hunter Brothers, and Blackie Jackett Jr!

You asked and we listened… Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by THE BEER STORE is proud to announce our new secondary stage that is completely dedicated to country music. The Complete Country Stage presented by Twisted Tea will feature some of today’s hottest country music acts including country music superstars Blackie Jackett Jr. on Friday, July 26,  Brett Kissel on Saturday, July 27, and the Hunter Brothers on Sunday, July 28. This announcement is in partnership with KX Country. Grab your tickets now while supplies last!

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It’s been an amazing few years for each of these artist and we are excited to have them perform for all of you at #TOBeerFest. Blackie Jackett Jr. is a well lubricated country steamroller, with as many as 7 players some nights and they are ready to blast their unique brand of old school smart-assed country rock. Brett Kissel earned his second career Juno Award last month, walking away with the award for Country Album of the Year for “We Were That Song,” after previously winning his first Juno in 2014 in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category. Hunter Brothers have also been on the steady rise recently, with their upbeat new single, “Lost”, in the Top 10 at Canadian Country Radio. Their album State of Mind has been the #1 Canadian selling country album for three consecutive weeks since its release and has quickly amassed more than 3 million global streams across digital platforms since release.

There you have it! Another music announcement to get you excited for summer… Want some music to listen to while you jump around in excitement? Check out our Spotify playlist below and give us a follow while you’re there to show some love…

Also, check out some of their music videos below!

Blackie Jackett Jr:

Brett Kissel:

Hunter Brothers:

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 in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day.  Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We have a bunch more announcements coming up for this year so stay tuned!  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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TFOB Friday with The Legends Of Hip-Hop: Public Enemy Radio

You read that right… The legends of Hip-Hop are coming to Toronto this summer. Public Enemy Radio will headline Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store. This is the same Public Enemy that you knew growing up just with a new name – led by Chuck D, DJ Lord and Jahi. Flavor Flav will not be joining the band on this show but they will still bring you back to the hip-hop foundation of 2 turntable and a microphone with all the hits that you love from Public Enemy. It all goes down at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place on Friday, July 26 and is in partnership with Flow 93.5. Toronto’s first and only Hip-Hop radio station.

Most of you already know how legendary TFOB Friday is but if you’re new to our festival, trust us when we say that this year is going to be extra special. It’s the biggest Hip-Hop show of the summer and tickets sell out every year. Grab yours now while supplies last and don’t miss out!

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There you have it! Friday’s announcement is here. Want some music to listen to while you jump around in excitement? Check out our Spotify playlist below and give us a follow while you’re there to show some love…

Also, check out the videos below from Public Enemy Radio:

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 in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day.  Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We will announce the headline entertainment for Sunday very soon.  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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Are TFOB 2019 Tickets On Sale?

The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store  happens on July 26 to 28 and we can’t be more excited – just like you! We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately so we figured we make your life easier by posting answers to the most common questions we get asked below. If you don’t see your answer, please reach out to us via email or Twitter or Facebook.

Q: When Do TFOB 2019 Tickets Go On Sale?

Tickets for the 2019 edition of #TOBeerFest go on sale December 4, 2018 but, you can purchase your tickets before everyone else if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. We’ll send you an email when our presale starts and this way you can claim yours first!

Q: What’s the difference between VIP, Hoptimized, Club TFOB and General Admission tickets?

Good question. HERE is the difference between all the ticket types we offer. 19+ only.

Q: What are the prices of TFOB 2019 tickets?

Tickets for the 2019 edition of #TOBeerFest start at $45 for a General Admission ticket to Friday. They go right up to $115 for a Club Ticket ticket. The Early Bird tickets (which go on sale December 4, 2018) are the best value, so get yours early! Early-Bird prices go up on Jan 29th, 2019, and again on April 2nd, 2019 and again on May 28th, 2019.  SEE FULL PRICING GRID HERE.

Q: What bands are playing Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019?

A: We announce one headliner at a time. The best way to find out before everyone else is to sign up through our TFOB Email List. You can do so by clicking HERE.

Q: Where is Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019?

A: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the addy is 200 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Google Maps is Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. 

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

A) There are two stations on Exhibition Grounds. Here’s how to get here: 1) 29 Dufferin Bus – Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station, board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place. 2) 511 Bathurst Streetcar – Take the Bloor subway to Bathurst Station, board the #511 streetcar south to Exhibition Place. There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station. 3) 509 Harbourfront Streetcar – Take the Yonge-University subway to Union Station. Take the 509 Streetcar from the Union Station southbound streetcar tunnel towards Exhibition Loop . There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station.

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

  • Friday, July 26 from 4:30pm to 11pm (early access at 3:00pm for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Saturday, July 27 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Sunday, July 28 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

  • 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
  • Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening.
  • 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
  • Blanket
  • Smoking / Cannabis Policy: Toronto’s Festival of Beer has designated smoking areas on the grounds where smoking is permitted. Consumers smoking outside the designated areas will be asked to extinguish their smoke and move to a designated area. Consumer’s refusing to abide by the smoking policy will be subject to removal from the festival grounds. Consumers are allowed entry with a small quantity of “personal use only” cannabis (recreational or medicinal) in a pre-rolled format (max 3 pre-rolled, single-wide at 68-70mm in length). Entry will be denied for anyone with loose leaf cannabis, cannabis edibles / oils or other cannabis products.
  • All illegal substances are strictly prohibited.

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

  • Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you. This is a 19+ event)
  • Any type of Water Bottle – We offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Don’t bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets as well as Hydration packs are prohibited
  • Coolers
  • Umbrella
  • 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.

Q: What will the security be like at the festival? How long will it take to enter?

Our front gate and security staff are industry professionals who will help get everyone in to the event in an efficient and safe manner. Please anticipate a short wait before entering the event so that our staff can be thorough in searching our attendees. It’s for your own safety so let’s work together on this and it will help everything move a lot quicker. Below is our formal notice regarding our safety protocol when entering the event…  

In order to provide our patrons with a safe environment, the following security measures may be in effect:

1) As a condition of entry and for the purpose of public safety, everyone will be subject to reasonable search of their person including the use of hand-held metal detectors and/or pat downs.

2) Searches may cause brief delays in entering, so we encourage everyone to arrive early. Those patrons who do not carry any items into TFOB will enter more rapidly than those who bring items in with them. Guests are encouraged to leave belongings in their vehicles or at home whenever possible.

3) Law enforcement personnel will be present at entrances along with our staff to ensure guest safety. We thank our guests for their patience and cooperation in making your experience at TFOB safe and enjoyable.

4) Please report any suspicious activity in or around TFOB – See Something, Say Something
Safety is everyone’s responsibility – if you see suspicious activity please report it to any member of our Event staff or uniformed Police personnel.

Q: Where Is The Actual Entrance To Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019?

The front entrance is located at the Better Living Centre. All Gates (A, B, C) will go through the front entrance of the BLC. (Say BLC in your best Snoop Dogg impersonation and you’re a legend) This is just a few steps away from where the entrance has been for the past number of years, so it’s not a dramatic change – just wanted to give everyone the heads up.

Q: – Should I Bring Cash?

Yep. We appreciate plastic just as much as the next person, but cash is king at the Festival. We have teams walking around (pictured) 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.

Q: How Do I Get 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. They are dedicated booths that sell tokens, along with mobile token teams. They will be easy to spot.

Q: Can I Bring A Backpack?

The quick answer is no… Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. We’ll be using metal detector wands and searching all small bags, totes, and drawstring bags 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.

Q: Will I be photographed at the event?

Our photography / video team might see you and say… “WOW! That person looks like they are having the best time, I need to capture this moment!” If that happens you should know that by entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Beerlicious Inc.

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

Don’t drive! It’s a Beer Festival and chances are you’ll be enjoying some beverages. Please enjoy the convenience of the TTC or a cab or an Ubes. Yeah, we said Ubes. Just no drinking and driving whatsoever.  If you are the DD, here’s some parking info: we do not have designated parking for the festival. We recommend finding Pay Parking in Liberty Village or just avoiding driving altogether, if that’s an option for you.

Q: What Was There To Eat at TFOB 2018?

In a word… LOTS. The food purveyors coming to the festival this year will be second to none. We will post the final list by June, 2019 so keep checking back and you’ll find all the details! Explore them all and be sure to take lots of eating breaks. This is all part of #TasteTFOB – our commitment to providing an incredible food experience. We will definitely raise the bar again in 2019! Stay tuned!

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

You need to stay hydrated. That’s why we offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Just take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. Do not bring your water bottle from home, they will be taken away. 

Q: What Happens If It Rains? Or If It’s Too Hot?

Whatever the weather, we will still be pouring. Rain or shine, the show goes on! Remember to dress for the weather and wear sunblock. Even if it is grey and cloudy, wear sunblock. This is vital. Sunblock and water are soooooooo key!! Your raincoat, rubber boats, umbrella may make your experience if it calls for rain.

Q: Do You Really have 400+ Brews To Discover?

Our festival hosts 100 brewers from all over the world every year and most brewers bring multiple brands. 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, At TFOB we have every type of brewer imaginable. From big to small, and, from local to international.

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#TOBeerFest PRICE GRID

Welcome to the 2020 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store. #TOBeerFest runs Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26. You must be 19+. Early Bird tickets go on sale December 3, 2019! Buy early to save. Only the ticket types that are currently on-sale will be clickable. Tier pricing for each event day will automatically transition upon the capacity sell out and/or scheduled start date. See you in July!

#TOBeerFest TICKET PRICES

AVAILABLE TICKET TYPES General Admission Hoptimized Club TFOB

Ticket Type/Date
Limited quantities available per Tier level. New Tier Starts Upon Sell Out.
Fri.
July 24th
Sat.
July 25th
Sun.
July 26th
EARLY BIRD General Admission SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
TIER 1 General Admission $55.00 $55.00 $55.00
TIER 2 General Admission $60.00 $60.00 $60.00
TIER 3 General Admission $65.00 $65.00 $65.00
EARLY BIRD Hoptimized SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
TIER 1 Hoptimized SOLD OUT SOLD OUT $65.00
TIER 2 Hoptimized $70.00 SOLD OUT $70.00
TIER 3 Hoptimized $75.00 $75.00 $75.00
Club TFOB $115.00  $115.00 $115.00

*Limited quantities available per Tier level. Tier pricing for each event day will automatically transition upon the capacity sell out. Once transactions are complete, tickets are non-refundable, or transferrable and cannot be exchange. By purchasing a ticket you agree to the Beerlicious purchase agreement which can be found HERE.

For a breakdown of ‘What’s included with each Ticket Type’ please CLICK HERE.

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