Arts & Crafts Label Announces Ten-Year Anniversary Events

Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts, which helped spawn the careers of Feist and Broken Social Scene, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with AC10, a series of events, releases and collaborations in music, fashion, photography and literature.

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First announced is the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival, June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common in Toronto, featuring two stages of artists from the Arts & Crafts' roster. Broken Social Scene, the label's inaugural signing, will emerge from hiatus to co-headline alongside 11-time Juno Award and 2012 Polaris Music Prize winner Feist. Also on the bill are Bloc Party, Timber Timbre, Hayden, Cold Specks, Ra Ra Riot, Trust, The Darcys, Jason Collett, Zeus, Gold & Youth, Still Life Still and more.

"Field Trip was built around the themes of discovery and community," explained Arts & Crafts co-founder Jeffrey Remedios in a press statement. "In addition to world-class musical performances, the festival will incorporate local art, gourmet food and unique elements of Toronto's proud culture.

"Field Trip is a celebration - not just of Arts & Crafts' 10-year anniversary and our artists - but of Toronto, of community and perhaps above all else, of the collaborative spirit," said Remedios, who co-founded the label in 2003 with Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene.

The concert is also part of NXNE and select Arts & Crafts artists will also be part of the festival's week-long schedule.

Other AC10 events on the agenda this year include a retrospective box set including hits, rarities and B-sides, available as a four LP special edition vinyl boxed set, deluxe double CD and in all digital formats. There will also be Arts & Crafts' X, a brand new collection of collaborative recordings by artist pairings from its roster.

The company is also venturing outside music to include a photo exhibit by Toronto fashion and celebrity photographer Norman Wong, who will display a black and white portrait series of prominent members of the Arts & Crafts roster and his past work for the label.  Canadian fashion designer Jeremy Laing will also team up with contemporary Canadian visual artists and musicians from the A&C roster to create a series with all proceeds donated to MusiCounts, the non-profit set up by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) that helps provide musical instruments to Canadian schools.

Canadian publisher House of Anansi Press will also host a short fiction contest inspired by the tracks on Broken Social Scene's album You Forgot It In People. A gallery exhibition and pop up shop will also be set up from late May to mid June at a special AC10/Field Trip headquarters at a location to be determined.

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