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In photos: Arts & Crafts' Field Trip festival and 10th anniversary party

The Toronto-based Arts & Crafts music label threw a 10th-anniversary party and invited 10,000 fans and most of its current roster to Fort York and Garrison Common on Saturday. Dubbed “Field Trip,” the all-day arts and music festival saw young hula-hoopers mingling with older fans who drank wine from guitar-shaped plastic carafes. What was celebrated was the city’s thriving indie music scene and the city itself.  Leslie Feist rocked bluesily and Broken Social Scene reunited grandly, and on a day that was intermittingly overcast, sunshine was decidedly the vibe. Some field. Some trip.

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On Saturday, June 8, at Historic Fort York, the indie-music label Arts & Crafts threw a 10-year-anniversary party for 10,000 fans who wore wristbands on their arms and A&C love on their sleeves.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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"That man does not belong in City Hall," said label co-founder and Broken Social Scene leader Kevin Drew, referring to an embattled mayor. "This city belongs to you," he continued. And for one day, a small part of it did.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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English jitter-rock specialists Bloc Party were one of two non-Canadian Arts and Crafts’ acts of the 15 on the bill for an outdoor festival on two stages. "Thank you very much for the rad afternoon," said frontman Kele Okereke, before the set-closing This Modern Love.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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The 11-hour affair had an easy-going flower-powered air, with plenty of grass to be had.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan wore one of the many, many beards on display.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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Spray it, don’t say it? This guy puts the art in Arts and Crafts.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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Skies threatened but never delivered rain, with the backstage wifi password "sunnyday" prevailing during early sets by Hayden, Cold Specks and Ra Ra Riot.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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"This is totally a celebration of youth," Torquil Campbell announced early in an upbeat set from Montreal’s Stars.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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Putting together a large scale festival is no picnic. Actually, it was a picnic in many ways.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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At twilight, all eyes were on Leslie Feist, the indie star who was feeling it all. Her bluesy earth-mama set was marked by crowd-singing and a reimagined version of her 1234 hit.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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The night’s featured attraction was the one-off reunion of Broken Social Scene. The shaggy soul-cinema collective, led by Kevin Drew, performed its breakthrough 2002 album You Forgot it in People in its entirety, front to back.

photos courtesy of Courtney Lee Yip and Lucia Graca

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