This past weekend we went to Arts Crafts’ Charles Spearin Showcase Field TripÂ music festival with the intention of taking in all the wonders the festival has to offer: Hoola hoop forests, at least four hundredÂ babies wearingÂ some form of ear protection, and even the odd person catching a nap behind one of the old Fort York buildings.
This year there were a couple dozenÂ professional photographers, each with (what we could only imagine is really expensive) gear hanging around their necks. You’ve alsoÂ probably already seen a lot of Instagram photos from the weekend, because apparently at least a third of the crowd spent their time buried in a cell phone (see this post’s featured image).
We took a different route; IÂ was armed with the mid-70′s Pentax Spotmatic F SLR camera myÂ grandparents handed down to meÂ and several rolls of 35mm film provided by our amazing partners for this series,Â Downtown Camera.
Okay, forget the condos.Â Constantines played!
Festival style was on-point. The Darcys‘ Jason Couse wins for best shades of the weekend.
Austra‘sÂ Katie Stelmanis’ shades were a close second.
Dancing was also a big part of the festival. While there were quite a few sensual slow-swayers out there, The Field Trip Stick was a show-stopper. #branchman
Kevin Drew‘s solo set was great. But even thoughÂ Feist joined him for “You In Your Were,” the absence ofÂ Zach Galifianakis wasÂ palpable.
Two of the best parts of Broken Social Scene‘s headlining set: Brendan Canning‘s beautifulÂ locksÂ and the horn section’s asides.
We’re still debating whether or not Hydra is Mother Nature.
Washed Out played in the rain. Despite the constant undertone of whatÂ Fucked Up‘sÂ Damian Abraham described as “Dadcore,” we’re going to refrain from any dad jokes here.
Speaking ofÂ DamianÂ he bit apart roughly a dozen red balls during Fucked Up’s performance. About half of them made an appearance on his head.
Crowd surfing only made an appearance a two shows. Above, at Fucked Up. The other was someone in a lion costume at BADBADNOTGOOD.
BADBADNOTGOOD also gave us a festival staple: The sax solo.
Just like the real at the festival, this collection of images wouldn’t be complete without Charles SpearinÂ (Do Make Say Think, Hydra, Broken Social Scene, Kevin Drew’s solo band, A Tribe Called Red, Shad, Led Zeppelin) Â making an appearance.
Thanks again to Downtown Camera for providing and developing the film!
Field Trip On Film: Photos from the 2014 Festival