The Grove Music Fest at Fort York

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Lest we lead you poor readers on (I know some of you might still be under the impression that The Grove Music Festival is still happening in Niagara-on-the-Lake) I just wanted to do this quick little post to remind you that The Grove has been relocated to Fort York Garrison Common. Presumably, this was done to accommodate Toronto residents who actually believe the world drops off past Grenadier Pond in High Park.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Phoenix, although I wasn’t too crazy about their latest album Bankrupt! and I’m a huge fan of 2006’s It’s Never Been Like That, and of course, 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (who isn’t?). Hot Chip and Girl Talk should also be a blast. As a reminder, tickets are available here for $73.25 (fees incl).

Niagara-On-The-Lake gets its very own music festival! And the lineup doesn’t suck!

Grove Music Festival 2013

Every Torontonian knows what Niagara-On-The-Lake is good for:
1) Day drinking while “touring” an “ice wine facility”
2) Eating fistfuls of artisanal cheese until your breath resembles a Goodwill shoebox
3) Getting lost on your way to Niagara Falls

When I heard that promoter Goldenvoice was hooking up with Arts & Crafts to create the Grove Music Festival, I thought “Hey, now I have an excuse to drink dank beer under a flapping linen tent and judge people who are standing too close to the stage!”

The lineup’s solid: Phoenix, Hot Chip, Girl Talk, Gaslight Anthem, Earl Sweatshirt, Wavves, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bob Mould, Pretty Lights, Palma Violets, Young Empires, Icona Pop and Nightbox. You’ll probably have a good time, even if it won’t ease the pain of missing Osheaga, which goes down on the same weekend.

The true question is – does Macklemore have more than one song?

Tickets are $84.75 incl. fees (Earlybird) until March 7th 10am, when the hype collapses and they increase by roughly ten dollars. For its first year, it’s not a bad lineup, and with Phoenix and Hot Chip as heavylifters, it should be a good day (doors at 11am).