Just as we predicted when they announced their indefinite hiatus in September 2011, Broken Social Scene couldn't stay broken up for long. The influential indie rockers are getting back together for a one-off reunion show as part of the inaugural Field Trip Music & Arts Festival, June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common. Also performing at the festival are sometimes-BSS vocalist Feist (who also predicted that the breakup wouldn't last), Bloc Party, Timber Timbre, Cold Specks, Hayden, Zeus, Trust, Jason Collett, Still Life Still, Ra Ra Riot and more.
You may have noticed that all those acts are connected to Arts & Crafts, the record label that BSS's Kevin Drew created with Jeffery Remedios. That's because Field Trip is part of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the label, which will also be marked with a box set of highlights from the label's history, a compilation of new collaborations by pairings of various A&C artists, a Norman Wong photo show, a Jeremy Laing t-shirt collection, a You Forgot It In People short fiction contest (yeah, that one is a bit weird), and a pop-up shop/gallery. The festival itself will also feature gourmet food and art, which presumably means something more than burgers and rock posters. Or at least really fancy burgers and really expensive rock posters.
Early-bird tickets for the fest, priced at $55, go on sale Wednesday (January 16) exclusively at the Field Trip website, and the price starts going up January 18, when they'll also go on sale at the usual ticket outlets. If you've got the cash, they have VIP packages available, which include access to shade (often worth the money at outdoor shows). There will also be a partnership with NXNE, which will include a Field Trip pass bundled with an NXNE wristband. And for those indie rock fans entering their dad-rock years, they are letting kids in free and billing the fest as family-friendly.