The freshest looks from this year’s Field Trip Festival

“Actually, I wear a bathing suit because you never know”: The freshest looks at this year’s Field Trip Festival

The Summer Festival Circuit is finally back. And after a three-year hiatus, Torontonians loved the vibes at this year’s Field Trip Music and Arts Festival. Fans flocked to Fort York over the weekend, eager to dust off their summer outfits and once again enjoy the sights and sounds of the live music. Here are some of the coolest looks we’ve seen at the downtown celebrations.


Priyanka Vittal, 33, attorney

What’s it like to be back at a music festival?
This is our first festival since the Covid outbreak and it feels really good to see a lot of people – a lot of families. We didn’t have a child when we came to Field Trip in the past. I didn’t know how many families there were. I don’t know if there’s a new boom or if I just never paid attention, but it feels very positive.

What can you tell us about your outfit?
This is an economical vintage floral shirt from Vancouver. I bought it at a store on Commercial Drive four years ago. My child’s outfit is from her grandparents from Mexico. It’s a summer outfit – where else will she wear it?


Matti Dunietz, 28, drummer

How does it feel to be back at a music festival?
Oh my god, I’m thrilled. It was long ago. Nothing beats a festival. I just love anyone running around having a good time, feeling themselves.

What can you tell us about your outfit?
These pants are great. I produced a song for my friend and refused to get paid. So, to thank me, she bought me these pants. They come in many different colors; I wish I knew the brand.


Mike Gabel, 48, karaoke host

How does it feel to be back at a music festival?
It is wonderful. I work in the events industry so it’s been a tough two years of not doing anything personally. Just seeing people go out, everyone is so hungry for it. It’s amazing to be out with others, enjoying music and enjoying Toronto. It feels like the city is alive again.

What can you tell us about your outfit?
I wear yellow every day. That’s pretty toned down for me. That’s my thing, yellow. It’s a super positive color and makes people smile.


Njacko Backo, 64, artist; Nkoni Backo, 8; and Valery Woloshyn, 43, an engineer and artist

How does it feel to be back at a music festival?

Njacko: It’s very cool. When we got here for the sound check at 10am this morning, nobody was there. Now we’re walking around and it’s full everywhere. It’s nice to see.

What can you tell us about your outfit?

Njacko: i am african I was born in Africa and these are African clothes. For me it’s not a fashion show; it’s just what we wear. I love it because it’s 100% cotton and not too hot.

This necklace is from Cameroon. It’s been in my family for two or three hundred years. I got it from my grandmother before she died 28 years ago. So I never take it off. Only when I go to sleep.


Il’ya Sokolovskiy, 34, bicycle mechanic

How does it feel to be back at a music festival?
This is such a journey for me. I haven’t been to Toronto in ten years. I last saw A Tribe Called Red—The Halluci Nation—for a premiere at the Power Plant. It was such an intimate setting with 50 people. And now to see them headlining this festival is just incredible. The circle closes.

What can you tell us about your outfit?
I rocked the sambas with knee socks – all in black, by the way. I have a skirt with a little corset. Then of course a bicycle chain, because I’m a bicycle mechanic. And this bracelet is like body armor in case bullets fly.


Joel Krigstrom, 33, designer; Jennifer Winter, 35, studio owner

How does it feel to be back at a music festival?

Jennifer: It’s a bit overwhelming, but it also feels so right, you know? The energy we get from everyone is just unmatched. It feels like everyone is so happy to be here. It’s overwhelming, but in the most joyful way.

What can you tell us about your outfit?

Jennifer: i love a print I’ve had the pants for a few years now – they’re used. And the glasses were an Instagram purchase. Really just crappy glasses.


Alex Cioppa, 32, Marketing

How does it feel to be back at a music festival?
It’s really great. It’s really nice to be with some people again and just enjoy the atmosphere outside in the sun. It’s just a really good feeling and a really good atmosphere.

What can you tell us about your outfit?
I wanted to be comfortable. I got these boots over a year ago during the pandemic. I got them second hand from Poshmark. They are my favorite boots. I actually have a tattoo of them on my arm. They are simply comfortable, go with everything and go with every outfit


Raffaela Weyman (RALPH), artist

How does it feel to be back at a music festival?
This is my favorite festival. There’s something nice about being in Toronto, riding a bike downtown and listening to great music. You can leave whenever you want to eat something or meet a friend. And I love that the joy of meeting people is still new. I forgot the joy of putting on a cute outfit and then just bumping into people.

What can you tell us about your outfit?
These trousers are simply airy; They are comfortable. These are my men’s solid Tommy Hilfiger vintage corduroys. I have them at Value Village. I’ve only had them for about a year, but this is my practical summer look. These are the most practical shoes I own and I actually wear a bathing suit because you never know.


Köbi Montandon, 27, Marketing

How does it feel to be back at a music festival?
People are eager to get back in and out of that reclusive state — it’s cool. I’ve noticed this through some of my friends who didn’t usually go out before the pandemic. Once everyone was inside, everyone wanted out.

What can you tell us about your outfit?
I bought this t-shirt in Sandy, Utah about 20 years ago. I remember my brother wearing it when I was six or seven years old. It is now taking on a new life.

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