We all know what to expect from the headliner and pre-headliner artists performing at WayHome 2017. It’s a safe bet that the likes of Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, and Flume will bring it to Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte. Indie sluggers like Phantogram, Banks, Royal Blood, Vance Joy, Solange, The Shins and PUP can also be counted upon to keep the people moving over three days in July.
Like in the first two years, there is incredible depth to the WayHome lineup. We Wanted to highlight a few indie favourites from the first wave of artists you might not know yet, but will no doubt be impressed by when they hit the stage over July 28th-30th. Keep an eye open for the next wave of artists to be announced soon.
Winnipeg-based artist Alexa Dirks has a Juno Award to her credit as a member of Chic Gamine. Dirks released her first EP, Lady In Mind, under her Begonia moniker in February and it’s been lauded for her soulful vocals and R&B and Motown-inspired arrangements.
Blossoms come from Northwest England and they wear their ’80s synth-pop inspirations on their sleeves. Blossoms’ self-titled full-length debut climbed to the top of the charts in the UK. They’re sure to inspire some movement in Oro Medonte this summer.
Montreal-based singer Charlotte Cardin established herself via La Voix, the Francophone version of the The Voice, in 2013. Her talents stretch far beyond the scope of reality TV, though. This rising songstress created a buzz with her debut EP, Big Boy, and showcased her minimalist electronic percussion and synth elements in the Collective Arts Black Box here at Indie88.
Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest turned out one of 2016’s best guitar-driven indie rock records with Teens of Denial. They found some mainstream success with the hit “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales,” but don’t let that song’s ballad-esque build fool you, Car Seat Headrest can rock.
The Constantines are hardly an unknown in Canadian indie circles, but what you need to know is that their WayHome performance is one of just two opportunities you’ll have to catch them live this summer. As any Constantines fan will tell you, their live show is not to be missed.
Hailing from Hertfordshire, England, The Hunna have enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom overseas. Their debut record 100 checks in with 16 songs, ranging from the pleasing tones of “She’s Casual” to pop-banger sensibilities of “Bonfire.”
26-year-old New York-based singer-songwriter Mitski’s hits brooding depths and explosive heights on her fourth record, 2016’s Puberty 2. If “Your Best American Girl” slipped through the cracks on your personal best of 2016 song lists, then consider this your invitation to discover.
Noname’s music is like if heaven spawned a hip-hop artist to soundtrack people’s days walking on clouds. She’s a rapper and a poet from Chicago who’s featured on Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book and Acid Rap mixtapes. Her smooth beats and levitating voice sound like it’s beaming through church windows.
There’s an air of mystery surrounding Toronto-based singer-songwriter Allan Rayman. He rarely does interviews and he maintains a low profile away from his music. What we do know is that he’s one of the most unique and creative R&B artists going, which is why you will want to familiarize yourself with him.
Andy Shauf is a storyteller, in every sense of the word. His 2016 record, The Party, saw the Juno nominated Regina, Saskatchewan-based singer-songwriter expand his craft of sharing relatable stories and impressive musicianship.
Beyond the undercard, pre-headliner, and headliner gems, there’s the good-time vibe and community of the camping experience. It’s part of what makes WayHome unique on the festival circuit. Check out the video below for all the summertime feels.