WayHome 2017 is just over a week away, so it’s time to start plotting your schedule to catch some of the best bands in the world over the course of three days at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario.
There are a lot of great artists to see on your way to catching the likes of Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, Solange, PUP, Car Seat Headrest, Tegan and Sara, and Frank Ocean as the day inches into evening. This year’s lineup of pre-headlining acts might be the deepest yet, offering festival goers one of the most eclectic lineups on the summer circuit. You can still buy three-day and single-day passes here.
Consider this your guide to viewing the best in independent and under-the-radar artists at WayHome 2017.
When and Where: 3:00 p.m., WayAway Stage
Brooklyn-based indie-pop duo Haerts blessed us with two new singles in 2017, “Your Love” and “No Love For the Wild.” Haerts make incredible pop music and they’re known for their ability to replicate those polished production values live. Work Haerts into your own customizable schedule here, so you don’t miss them on Friday afternoon.
When and Where: 3:45 p.m., WayHome Stage
NoName may be well on her way to becoming a household name after leaving her mark on Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book and Acid Rap mixtapes. Her own 2016 self-released debut mixtape Telefone made waves across music scene, earning rave reviews from Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, and Stereogum.
When and Where: 4:45 p.m., WayHome
Composer/songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone started San Fermin after he graduated from Yale University, where he studied music composition. Lugwig-Leone combined his own musical chops with fellow composer Nico Muhly and the two have been crafting some of the most unique classical-inspired pop music going ever since.
When and Where: 6:15 p.m., WayAway
Aside from having most of his gear stolen during a May tour stop in Atlanta, Georgia, 2017 has been a big year for Regina, Saskatchewan native Andy Shauf. He made his late-night TV debut in March on The Late Late Show with James Corden and has been touring seemingly non-stop on the strength of his 2016 Polaris Prize-nominated record The Party. Set your schedule to experience sundown with Andy Shauf at the WayAway stage.
When and Where: 6:45 p.m., WayBright Stage
Canadian indie rock royalty. The Constantines don’t come together all that often anymore, and WayHome presents one of just a couple opportunities to experience their intense live act this summer. This is a can’t-miss set, so go get those tickets purchased if you haven’t already.
When and Where: 7:30 p.m., WayAway
Tanya Tagaq’s never been afraid to try something different and her work often centres around themes that some people find uncomfortable. This is what makes her an important artist. The Inuk throat singer is the lone 2017 Polaris Prize short list representative on the bill, and she was the 2014 award winner for her record Animism.
When and Where: 2:00 p.m., WayBright
Charlotte Cardin initially became known for being a contestant on the French Canadian TV talent show La Voix in 2013. Last year she released her debut EP Big Boy and it earned her praise across the continent. Step into Saturday afternoon with one of Canada’s best rising talents on the WayBright stage.
When and Where: 3:00 p.m., WayBright
Toronto-based outfit The Darcys reinvented themselves as a two-piece for their 2016 record Centerfold, and the result was an extremely fun, sun-bleached, 80s vintage vibe that spawned the singles “Miracle” and “Coming Up For Air.” They’re a perfect match for a summer afternoon festival time slot.
Death From Above
When and Where: 4:45 p.m., WayHome
Canadian punk rockers Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler dropped the “1979” from their Death From Above handle, but fortunately they haven’t strayed away from crafting perfectly fuzzed-out noise rock. They’ll bring the heavy Saturday afternoon.
When and Where: 7:00 p.m., WayBright
Toronto-based hip hop artist Jazz Cartier took home the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2017 for his mixtape Hotel Paranoia. The 24-year-old landed a record deal in the US days later, signing with Capitol Records. Big things come this way for Jazz Cartier.
Clairmont The Second
When and Where: 2 p.m., WayBright
He’s been called Toronto’s next big hip hop hope, and for good reason. The teenaged rapper leans on R&B, gospel, and jazz inspiration to carve out some of the most refreshing hip hop going. His entirely self-produced 2016 record Quest For Milk and Honey was among the Polaris Prize long list nominees for 2017.
When and Where: 3 p.m., WayBright
Tennessee-based indie rock quartet Colony House started 2017 by launching into their first headlining tour across North America. Thankfully, they have a stop at WayHome. Catch their loud, fast, and undeniably hooky stylings on Sunday afternoon.
When and Where: 3:30 p.m., WayAway
Vancouver-based artist Harrison Brome hops across genres with level of ease that many R&B artists spend a career trying to attain. Did we mention he’s barely 20 years old?
When and Where: 5:15 p.m., WayHome
Mutemath are certainly one of the most unique-sounding outfits on the bill, blending inspirations that range from 60s psychedelia to synthed-out experimental rock. They recently supported Twenty One Pilots on their Emotional Roadshow World Tour.
When and Where: 5:30 p.m., WayAway
Gainesville, Floria electro-folk outfit Hundred Waters mix old school and new school sounds, unafraid to line up a piano and/or flute in front of a wall of electronic sounds.
When and Where: 6:00 p.m., WayBright
26-year-old New York-based singer-songwriter Mitski’s music reaches brooding depths and explosive heights, all centred around relatable tales of relationships and discovery. If you’re unfamiliar, check her out at the WayBright stage and find out why she’s earned a wealth of praise for her fourth record, Puberty 2.
You can still buy three-day and single-day passes here.