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Festival Summer: WayHome Photo Essay

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
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The Indie88 bus up to Burl’s Creek.

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Brent, fresh off the bus and ready to take on WayHome.

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Sylvan Esso watching Courtney Barnett.

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The hella cool Robin Hatch (Sheezer + Dwayne Gretzky) in the hall of mirrors.

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Viet Cong going in.

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Guess whose band he’s in.

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Sophia Katz, all smiles.

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A festival goer soaking in the sun while resting on some cool art.

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Fucked Up destroying, as always.

Future Islands, forever dreamy.

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Alvvays keeping it cool.

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It’s Alvvays fun to crowd surf.

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John telling a really good story.

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Run The Jewels, forever punishingly good.

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A Run The Jewels fan, basking in their glory.

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Sunny staff.

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Couple of the Grounders, dudes feeling the love.

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Danny Brown keeping shit crazy.

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A casual Slim Twig.

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35,000 people attended the festival.

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Kevin Drew before the secret Broken Social Scene set.

Nick & Matt, my Indie88 bros.

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It was supposed to thunderstorm, but other than a little drizzle the weather held out.

Kendrick Lamar slayed.

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Molly & Kerri of Alvvays in awe of Kendrick.

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Lamar’s set closed up with fireworks. No big deal.

We filmed a session with Vance Joy in the woods and it was magic.

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Ran into HIGHS keepin it casual in the forest.

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A tired security guard during Sloan.

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Chad VanGaalen chillaxing in a tractor.

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Sam Smith’s pianist Reuben James taking a break to play some Edith Piaf.

St Vincent made us melt.

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“So what’s our game plan? What should we see next?”

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The giant July Talk crowd was going insane.

July Talk, post set. Note Leah Fay’s leather jacket with Peter’s face on it.

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Eli, 2 Fast 2 WayHome.

Weaves know how to have fun.

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The nicest security ever.

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Jonas Bonnetta aka Evening Hymns.

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Yukon Blonde, after their closing set on the Way Away stage.

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Sam Smith closed up the festival with all of the feelings.

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Raina, emoting her WayHome experience.

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