This is the fourth installment in our #FestivalSummer photo essay series by Kate Killet.
Last weekend was the inaugural WayHome festival in Oro-Medonte Ontario. It was a celebration of great Canadian acts like July Talk, Weaves, Alvvays and the legend known as NEIL YOUNG (no photos allowed, fair enough Neil, you’ve earned it) + some on point international talent like Kendrick Lamar & Future Islands to boot. There was bug bites, campsite parties, fireworks and a whole lot of sun. Broken Social Scene even played a surprise set. Check it out below.
One could revel in the beauty of art installations, and remarkable sound from it’s four main stages.
Photographed on 35mm film by Kate Killet
The Indie88 bus up to Burl’s Creek.
Brent, fresh off the bus and ready to take on WayHome.
Sylvan Esso watching Courtney Barnett.
The hella cool Robin Hatch (Sheezer + Dwayne Gretzky) in the hall of mirrors.
Viet Cong going in.
Guess whose band he’s in.
Sophia Katz, all smiles.
A festival goer soaking in the sun while resting on some cool art.
Fucked Up destroying, as always.
Future Islands, forever dreamy.
Alvvays keeping it cool.
It’s Alvvays fun to crowd surf.
John telling a really good story.
Run The Jewels, forever punishingly good.
A Run The Jewels fan, basking in their glory.
Couple of the Grounders, dudes feeling the love.
Danny Brown keeping shit crazy.
A casual Slim Twig.
35,000 people attended the festival.
Kevin Drew before the secret Broken Social Scene set.
Nick & Matt, my Indie88 bros.
It was supposed to thunderstorm, but other than a little drizzle the weather held out.
Kendrick Lamar slayed.
Molly & Kerri of Alvvays in awe of Kendrick.
Lamar’s set closed up with fireworks. No big deal.
We filmed a session with Vance Joy in the woods and it was magic.
Ran into HIGHS keepin it casual in the forest.
A tired security guard during Sloan.
Chad VanGaalen chillaxing in a tractor.
Sam Smith’s pianist Reuben James taking a break to play some Edith Piaf.
St Vincent made us melt.
“So what’s our game plan? What should we see next?”
The giant July Talk crowd was going insane.
July Talk, post set. Note Leah Fay’s leather jacket with Peter’s face on it.
Eli, 2 Fast 2 WayHome.
Weaves know how to have fun.
The nicest security ever.
Jonas Bonnetta aka Evening Hymns.
Yukon Blonde, after their closing set on the Way Away stage.
Sam Smith closed up the festival with all of the feelings.
Raina, emoting her WayHome experience.