Crowded Places: BANKS at WayHome 2017

BANKS came north to Canada from Orange County to put on a show at WayHome 2017. With her dancers joining her, killer black boots, and a voice that sticks with you – she put on the kind of show you tell your friends about.

The singer/songwriter was on my list of sets I wanted to see, because I had a feeling that there was going to be something special. And while it wasn’t fireworks or confetti, the movement matched with the songs in the set were definitely worth seeing live.

If I were to try to sum it up, I guess it would look like this…

Badass, was the California songstress as she took over the WayHome main stage on Sunday.
Attacking and attracting the senses of the assembled crowd, with her voice, movement, wardrobe, and supporting red clad dancers.
Dancing, singing and love took over the Burl’s Creek field as the set moved the fans.
And with every song and move, BANKS reminded us why we were so excited to see her name on the 2017 lineup.
She continues to build her show, build her name, build her setlist, and build a fanbase that follows her.
See her for yourself the next time you have a chance. Be ready for a good time, and a ton of talent.

WayHome 2017 Ticket and Camping Contest!

Because we are lucky to work with the team at Republic Live, and because we love to give stuff away… we’re excited to be opening a new contest to get us ready for summer 2017!

Yes. Today. Now. For Summer. Yes.

We’re giving away 1 pair (2) General Admission Passes + 1 Camp Site to WayHome 2017… and all of the music and fun and games and people that you may enjoy when you are there.

It is important to note that this prize does not include a few things… like transportation to and from Burl’s Creek, spending money, and sunscreen.

But, it will include the wristbands you and a friend need to get in the gates to see 3 days of music – and a place to set up your tent and rest your head for a few hours in between!

So, if this is a contest that you want to win so you can see Frank Ocean, Flume, Imagine Dragons, Tegan and Sara, The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Banks, Dashboard Confessional, Constantines, The Naked And Famous, Vance Joy, and more… use the widget to earn up to 7 entries for your chance to be the lucky one!

Pay close attention to the widget and instructions to make sure you earn your entries. We’ll be paying attention.

Stay tuned for previews, interviews, and other awesome content leading up to and during WayHome 2017.

We can’t wait to dive in headfirst and experience all of the sunshine, good times, and music/art/creativity/love that tens of thousands of our closest July friends can provide.

Be Awesome!

WayHome 2017 Lineup Announcement!

We’ve been waiting, all of us, patiently (mostly) for this day – and now it’s here…

WayHome has released the lineup for the 2017 music and arts festival, and the time is now to get excited for July 28-30 at Burl’s Creek.

With the release of their photo clues last week, WayHome started a conversation full of guesses, predictions, rumours and more. But now the guessing is over, and the planning can start. If you’ve already got your tickets for the festival, you’re hoping that some of the names on the list aren’t performing on stages at the same time (there are always hard decisions), and if you don’t have your tickets yet – it’s time to grab them so you can see Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, and Flume headlining on the weekend.

The last two years at WayHome have been a lot of fun. We’ve seen some amazing performances. We’ve seen some awesome totems. And we’ve witnessed the awesomeness of people coming together to enjoy music and art. The people, you people, that come to the fields and stages and campgrounds make this whole thing pretty cool.

Check the list of 2017 WayHome performers so far, and leave a comment telling us who you’re most excited to see.

And stay tuned – because we’ll have previews, interviews, and maybe even some badass contests leading up to the end of July.

Crowd Canadian Flag St. Vincent WayHome Art and Music Festival


† Imagine Dragons
† Frank Ocean
† Flume
† Justice
† Solange
† Marshmello
† Vance Joy
† Schoolboy Q
† Tegan And Sara
† The Shins

† Allan Rayman
† Andy Shauf
† Banks
† Begonia
† Belle Game
† Blossoms
† Car Seat Headrest
† Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries
† Charlotte Cardin
† Colony House
† Constantines
† Daniel Caesar
† Danny Brown
† Darcys
† Dashboard Confessional
† Death From Above 1979
† Gabrielle Shonk
† Harrison Brome
† Honne
† Hundred Waters
† Illenium
† Jagwar Ma
† Jahkoy
† Jazz Cartier
† Louis The Child
† Magic Giant
† Margaret Glaspy
† Mitski
† Mura Masa
† Nobro
† Noname
† Pat Lok
† Phantogram
† Picture This
† Poliça
† Rag’N’Bone Man
† Royal Blood
† Russ
† Skott
† Tanya Tagaq
† The Dirty Nil
† The Drums
† The Hunna
† The Naked And Famous

… and more to be announced

Tell us – who are you excited to see this year? Who is a true must see?!

To Bring You My Heart: The Katherines Album Review & Feature

The Katherines are always looking for a silver lining… and right now they’ve found one. With the release of their debut album, To Bring You My Heart (604 Records), these three young women from Vancouver are introducing themselves to the musical world with gusto.

To Bring You My Heart (TBYMH) travels through its 13 song tracklist. Offering driving music and vocals, dance party style anthems, and more layers than you’ll catch on your first listen. In fact, when I asked the girls what they would tell everyone to think about before they hit lay on the album, they keyed in on the layers and details of the record. Just beneath the surface, there and waiting for your ears, are strings and backing vocals and the kind of artistic minutia that rounds out all of the dimensions on the album.

When I sat down with The Katherines before their Toronto album release show at the Drake Underground we also talked about musical influences, current favourites, and a host of other topics that included, but were not limited to…

🍒 Navigating social media as artists, and as women.
🍒 The current political/social landscape giving artists an important opportunity to speak.
🍒 #2107Goals

Starting with the social media, The Katherines made it clear that they love the outreach and interaction with listeners and fans that social channels provide. But they also feel pressure to keep their feed from being more than just pretty selfies on a Tuesday or updates on how many cups of tea they’ve had today (4 btw, is the number of cups of tea Kaitlyn owned up to pre-show).

On the sociopolitical landscape we talked about artists and people of all kinds being the ones that will bring about change. We didn’t dive deep into policy, but we all agreed that the newly elected head of state south of the border (and the reality TV star/business man running for a leadership position in Canada) is only a symptom of what’s happening right now… and that’s why voices need to be heard!


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I asked the ladies to imagine themselves in December 2017 and to tell me what they’d like to look back on the year and see. Their #2017Goals include a cross Canada tour opening for an act that they both enjoy and admire. It would be their first coast-to-coast tour, and would also give them a chance to see the country for the first time. There’s also new music to be written, with a new perspective compared to the one that appears on TBYMH. Canadian Music Week (Toronto, April 18-23, 2017) is also on The Katherines’ to-do list, and we’re excited to hear more about that in the coming weeks.

I asked Kate, Kaitlyn, and Lauren about the music they love and has influenced them, and names like Neil Young, The Eagles, KD Lang, Leonard Cohen – and more contemporary acts like Mother, Mother, The Killers, Banks, Arkells and Coldplay were all mentioned with admiration and respect for the music they make and the live shows they put on.

With their first album, The Katherines have shown that they aren’t a one trick pony. They combine choral backgrounds, operatic influence, strings, rock and roll, and be careful you don’t spill your drink dancing vibes into one really fun package. The 13 tracks truly offer an opportunity for you to listen to a common narrative with tweaks to presentation – and gives 13 opportunities to connect to the music.

Having listened to the album and seen them live to play it, we can see the silver lining The Katherines have found. And we encourage them to hang onto it!

The Katherines’ To Bring You My Heart Tracklist

1. Cherry Lips
2. Ultra Violet
3. Better Off Now
4. Primitive
5. Heart On The Table
6. Minefield
7. T.B.Y.M.H
8. Blank Page
9. KiDS
10. You
11. Wrong Side Of The Bed
12. Tomorrow
13. Replay

The @katherinesband merch game is on point! #bandmerch #bandtshirt #thekatherines #girlpower

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Bestival Toronto Adds BANKS to the Lineup

Yesterday’s Bestival Toronto lineup announcement included L.A. R&B singer BANKS. Her debut album Goddess, released in September of 2014 charted in the top 20 in the UK, Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Sweden. In the US she debuted at number 12, selling 25,000 copies in the first week.

BANKS Bestival

If you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy you might have heard her tracks “Waiting Game” and “You Should Know Where I’m Coming From”, in the October 9th, 2014 episode. The track “Goddess” was included in the March 12, 2015 episode. Looks like Grey’s Anatomy knows how to set the mood of an episode.

Bestival curator ROB DA BANK first heard BANKS at a London show where she performed in a disused ballroom for music industry professionals and he’s been a fan ever since. She’s been compared to The Weeknd and Aaliyah but cites her influences as Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill.

While we still don’t have a lineup by day, we do know that BANKS will be joining an already exciting lineup including headliners NAS and Florence + The Machine. If you haven’t heard her, check out her soundcloud – banksbanksbanks

Links for BANKS

Web –
Facebook – hernameisbanks
Twitter – @hernameisbanks
Soundcloud – banksbanksbanks

Tickets are still available. ON SALE NOW

WEEKEND TICKETS:  1ST TIER $129.50 / 2ND TIER $149.50 / 3RD TIER $189.50

1ST TIER $249.50 / 2ND TIER $299.50 + HST/Fees/Ferry

Bestival Toronto, June 12 and 13th on Toronto Island at Hanlan’s Point Beach. This festival is promising to be something Toronto has never seen.

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