Dwayne Gretzky

NXNE 2017 – Where We’ll Be

North by Northeast has revealed the final pieces of their schedule and it includes the one-day Future Land conference. They’ve got some cool sessions on Wednesday, June 21st, the price is a very reasonable $29 and you can get them here.

Want to know all about the festival? Visit our previous post – NXNE 2017 – Round 1 Artist Announcement.

With all the pieces in place, we’re ready to let you know who we’ll be checking out. The Club Land Shows lead into the weekend Port Lands shows and we’re happy to be hitting up some of our favourite venues to see a couple of our favourites bands, The Lazys and Crown Lands, as some that are new to us, too.

To start with, let’s talk about our favourites. The Lazys have just started a tour of Ontario and not only are they playing on the 22nd at The Horseshoe, they’ve also announced a free listening party on June 21st at The Bovine, doors are at 5:00 pm. If you’re around, it’s a great chance to hear the new album. If you’re not going to be in Toronto next week head to their website for tour details.
The Lazys CNE 2016Not to be outdone, Crown Lands have been up to some pretty amazing stuff. They’ve been working on a new album which they recorded at the legendary Chalet Recording Studio and Friday night they competed in the finals of the 97.7 HTZ FM Rock Search Contest.

The guys are already winners in our books but on Friday night, they took home the big prize! $2,500 in cash from 97.7 HTZ-FM and the opportunity to play four 97.7 HTZ-FM events over the year. They’ve also won an in-person consultation session with the artist development team at Dine Alone Records, $1500 in custom merchandise from Presstime Design & Screenprint, a recording package from Iguana Studios,  and last, but not least, a $1500 gift card to spend at Long and McQuade Musical Instruments.

Congratulations to the guys! Previous winners of this competition include Finger Eleven, The Trews, The Standstills and The Glorious Sons, that’s a pretty great list. In addition to playing the Ian D’Sza (Billy Talent) Curated Showcase on Friday the 22nd, you can also see them at Cherry Cola’s on June 17th.

Now, let’s move on to our show/band choices!

 Date About the event venue
 June  19Rural Alberta Advantage Curated Showcase
The Northern Coast
Jordan Normal and the Wisdom Teeth
Alex Vissa
The Dakota Tavern
 June  20Nick Rose (Dwayne Gretzky, Teen Ravine
Curated Showcase
Vast Asleep
Twin Within
Evan James Redsky
 June  21The Dirty Nil
Curated Showcase

Dead Soft
Secret Satanists
Big School
New Love
 The Garrison
 June  22Ian D’Sza (Billy Talent)
Curated Showcase

The Lazys
Crown Lands
The Anti-Queens
Sweatshop Kids
Horseshoe Tavern
 June  23    4:45 FerraroPort Lands – Skyline Stage
 June  24    3:00 CaveboyPort Lands – Canal Stage
 June  25    6:45 Yukon BlondePort Lands – Canal Stage

We know there are no headliners on our Port Lands list. But we’ll see what the days bring, we might see some Post Malone, Kaytranada or Passion Pit.

We’re stoked to see Ferraro, Caveboy, and Yukon Blonde. Shockingly, we’ve never seen any of these bands live. What?! Yes, we need to fix that! Stay tuned for pictures, interviews and reviews from NXNE 2017!

Tickets are still available and you can get them here!

Festival Announcement: The Big Feastival with Weezer, Ben Harper, The Strumbellas and more!

Just when you thought you didn’t have anymore plans to make for the summer… another sure thing comes along.

The Big Feastival is coming to Canada – and from August 18 to 20, there will be music, food, and fun for the whole family waiting for you at Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ontario. This festival/feastival has everything (insert Stefon voice here) top chefs, crafts, art, a farm park, family olympics, camping, and Weezer!

We already know that Burl’s Creek makes for a fantastic festival grounds from our experience at Boots & Hearts and WayHome… and we’re sure that they’re going to be able to deliver a weekend that differs in offering, but compares greatly in good times and sweet memories.

On the musical stage we’re going to see…


⁍ Weezer
⁍ Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals


⁍ The Strumbellas
⁍ De La Soul
⁍ Magic!
⁍ Basia Bulat
⁍ Wintersleep
⁍ Dwayne Gretzky
⁍ Choir! Choir! Choir!
and more…

AND, on the kids stage, the legendary Fred Penner has been announced alongside Paw Patrol and Splash’ N Boots.

If you want entertainment, it’s going to be there!

And food. Oh goodness the food. With chefs like Chuck Hughes, Danny Smiles, Rob Gentle Vikram Vij, and Matthew Demille on site, there are more than likely going to be good eats to follow. Heck, there’s even going to be a cooking school at The Big Feastival.

Weekend tickets come in at under $200 for adults (Aug. 19-20) with teen prices nearly half of that, and children under 12 – FREE.

Camping tickets (Aug. 18-20) for adults are less than $250, nearly half again for teens, and children under 12 – CAMP FREE.

VIP options are also available for both camping and non-camping tickets.

We’re sure that there will be more information coming soon from the team at The Big Feastival… but for now we’ve all got an entire website to sort through, get excited about, and get ready for!

Check out the video below… and some pics of Weezer and The Strumbellas – and stay tuned for more!

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10 Reasons We’re Excited for WayHome 2015

The wait is virtually over. People are packing bags. Double checking their camping supplies. Planning their days. And generally getting ready to check out the WayHome Music and Arts Festival.

As we all prep for Friday, we’re building one last preview list with 10 of the reasons that we’re headed to the festival – and excited about it.

It would have been really easy to just pick 10 acts and call it a day, but we tried our best to do better than that.

Why are you excited?

10 Reasons We’re Excited for WayHome 2015

It’s Brand New

WayHome 2015 Year 1There’s something exciting about things that are brand new… and WayHome fits that description.

This is a multi-genre festival with dozens of fantastic acts on the 3 day bill, there will be art displayed throughout the grounds, and we won’t be surprised to find that 30,000 people have been in attendance for year 1 of the WayHome Music & Arts Festival at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.

The Venue

WayHome 2015 Map

Click to see full pdf map in new tab/window.

Speaking of Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, this place has been overhauled piece by piece to get ready for the festival. We’ve seen the site maps, we’ve seen the flyovers, we’ve seen the behind the scenes videos of the park – and now we’re ready to get there and see it live and in person.

The park is huge, the grass is green, the trees are beautiful – and we hope it stays that way, so please clean up after yourselves all weekend long.

Neil Young WayHome 2015 PreviewNeil Young

With a career that spans more than 5 decades, Neil Young is a living legend. And for the first time, we’ll be seeing him live and in concert.

Young has already announced that his tour dates with Promise of the Real (WayHome included) will start with a solo acoustic set and then become a full electric set with the band. Both sets will include new music and classic hits.

We. Can. Not. Wait.

The Late Night Parties

Dwayne Gretzky WayHome Late Night PartyOn Friday and Satuday night, when the headliners leave the main stage, the party doesn’t end.

One of the coolest things about this festival is what’s scheduled to go on late into the night. The WayBold, WayBright, and WayAway stages all have acts scheduled with Kaytranada, Future Islands, Com Truise, Girl Talk, Fucked Up, and Dwayne Gretzky on Friday and How To Dress Well, ODESZA, Big K.R.I.T, Bassnectar, Timber Timbre, and The Growlers on Saturday.

So when Neil Young is done his set on Friday night- you can still hear live music and party. And when Kendrick Lamar is done his set on Saturday night – you can still hear live music and party.

WayHome CampingCamping

This is a camping festival, and we highly encourage you to pitch a tent and sleep at the venue. There will be food and drink vendors there. There are shower passes available. And there will be thousands of new friends and party mates there waiting to meet you.

Bring a sleeping bag, some clothes, and your sense of adventure.

Canadian Content

The Sheepdogs WayHome 2015Republic Live has done a fantastic job of booking Canadian talent at WayHome 2015. With Neil Young at the top of the list, and heap of other Canucks like For Esmé, Fucked Up, Dwayne Gretzky, Dear Rouge, Alvvays, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Sloan, and The Sheepdogs also on the bill, this thing is not light on Can-Con.

As Canadians we often get really excited when our favourite bands from the US or Europe show up to play near us – and sometimes we take for granted the talent that’s right here in front of us. WayHome is showing that the Canadian talent belongs right along side the talent from around the world, and we’ll be able to see it all in one place over one weekend.

The Art

Added to the WayHome art experienceWayHome is a music and art festival. And there will be plenty of art on the scene as the music plays late into the night.

From WayHome.com… “Curated under the watchful eye of prominent Toronto-based painter Charles Bierk, WayArt will showcase a diverse range of large-scale installations giving you a titillating and inspiring experience.”

With installations and presentations from Aaron Li-Hill x Trevor Wheatley, Philippe Blanchard, Nathan Whitford, VSVSVS, Team Blockhead, and maybe more, WayHome is sure to be as visually stimulating as it is aurally.

The Organizers

WayHome-Festival-OrganizersTo collaboration of Republic Live (Boots & Hearts) and Ashely Capps of AC Entertainment (Bonnaroo) is one of heavy hitters.

Bonnaroo is one of the premiere music festivals in the US, and since 2002 they’ve been bring heavyweight acts and entertainment to the fans in Manchester, Tennessee. Adding that experience to the team that has successfully built Boots & Hearts into a massive, profitable, country music festival in just 3 years gives us big hope for WayHome and what we’re all getting into with year 1.

The People

WayHomiesThere’s a chance we’re going to be looking at 30,000 to 40,000 people at WayHome over the weekend – that’s a big number even when split over 4 stages. And we know that everyone will be packed around the WayHome main stage for acts like Neil Young, Kendrick Lamar, and Sam Smith. Last year at Boots & Hearts we saw what 30,000 looks like at the main stage, and we can’t wait to see what another 10,000 looks like added to that crowd.

We’re also looking forward to seeing the mix of radio rock, indie rock, rap, and electronic music fans together in 1 space. WayHome is offering a wide variety of music, and they’re looking to bring in a diverse audience to see it.

The Hype

WayHome cryptic signsSince the first cryptic messages started popping up in Toronto this February there has been hype for WayHome. And in the months that have followed, it’s only grown. The big name acts, the late night parties, the total experience has people actively fighting FOMO to buy tickets and make it this festival.

Now, we know that sometimes too much hype can be a bad thing for expectations. And we need to keep in mind that this is first year festival – but with the experience that the people in charge are bringing to the table, we have faith that it’s all going to be worth the wait and worthy of the hype that’s been building up.

We can’t wait to see everyone at Burl’s Creek.

It’s almost time. Hope you’re ready.

Be Awesome!

2 years ago

2015 WayHome Day-to-Day Schedule and Set Times

We are getting really close to WayHome at Burl’s Creek – and now it’s time to start the planning!

The WayHome Music & Arts Festival has released the day-to-day schedule with set times and stage assignments for all of the acts. Now the hard part – choosing who you’re going to see when there’s an overlap! It’s bound to happen at least once. It’s the way it is.

Have a look at Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s schedules for the WayHome, WayBright, WayBold, and WayAway stages and let us know which stage you’re most excited for, and which conflict in the schedule you’re trying to figure out!

Note: There could be changes here and even new acts added in, nothing is really written in stone except for maybe the last 3 acts on the Main Stage each day. And as always, weather can be a factor.

Friday, July 24

Neil YoungWayHome Stage

Delta Spirit: 1:45 – 2:45
Thousand Foot Krutch: 3:30 – 4:30
The Decemberists: 5:15 – 6:30
Hozier: 7:15 – 8:30
Neil Young + Promise of the Real: 9:30 – 11:30

Future IslandsWayBright Stage

Lowell: 1:15 – 2:00
Rhiannon Giddens: 2:45 – 3:45
Courtney Barnett: 4:30 – 5:30
Sylvan Esso: 6:15 – 7:15
Alt-J: 8:15 – 9:30
Kaytranada: 11:30 – 12:30
Future Islands: 1:00 – 2:00

Hey Rosetta!WayBold Stage

Saxsyndrum: 1:30 – 2:15
For Esmé: 3:15 – 4:00
Tobias Jesso Jr.: 5:00 – 6:00
The Gaslight Anthem: 6:45 – 7:45
Hey Rosetta!: 8:30 – 9:30

Dwayne GretzkyWayAway Stage

CROSS DOG: 1:00 – 1:45
The Huaraches: 2:15 – 3:00
Bear Mountain: 3:45 – 4:30
Slow Magic: 5:15 – 6:15
Viet Cong: 7:00 – 8:00
Fucked Up: 11:15 – 12:15
Dwayne Gretzky: 12:45 – 2:00

Saturday, July 25

Kendrick LamarWayHome Stage

The Lone Bellow: 2:15 – 3:15
Manchester Orchestra: 4:00 – 5:00
Run The Jewels: 5:45 – 6:45
Modest Mouse: 7:30 – 8:45
Kendrick Lamar: 9:45 – 11:00

ODESZAWayBright Stage

Kevin Garrett: 1:45 – 2:30
Alvvays: 3:30 – 4:15
The Rural Alberta Advantage: 5:00 – 6:00
Danny Brown: 6:45 – 7:45
Passion Pit: 8:30 – 9:45
How to Dress Well: 11:00 – 11:45
ODESZA: 12:30 – 1:45

BassnectarWayBold Stage

The Beaches: 1:30 – 2:15
Bronchos: 3:00 – 3:45
SZA: 4:30 – 5:30
Django Django: 6:15 – 7:15
G-Eazy: 8:00 – 9:00
Big K.R.I.T: 11:00 – 12:00
Bassnectar: 12:45 – 2:00

The GrowlersWayAway Stage

Teen Violence: 2:15 – 3:00
Tomi Swick: 3:45 – 4:30
Dear Rouge: 5:15 – 6:15
The Highest Order: 7:00 – 8:00
METZ: 8:45 – 9:45
Timber Timbre: 11:00 – 12:00
The Growlers: 12:45 – 1:45

Sunday, July 26

Sam SmithWayHome Stage

Sloan: 1:30 – 2:15
The Sheepdogs: 3:00 – 4:15
St. Vincent: 5:00 – 6:15
Brandon Flowers: 7:15 – 8:30
Sam Smith: 9:30 – 10:45

Vance JoyWayBright Stage

Evening Hymns: 1:15 – 2:00
Chad VanGaalen: 2:45 – 3:45
July Talk: 4:30 – 5:30
Cold War Kids: 6:15 – 7:30
Vance Joy: 8:30 – 9:30

Walk The MoonWayBold Stage

Weaves: 2:30 – 3:15
Brave Shores: 4:15 – 5:15
Broods: 6:00 – 7:00
Walk The Moon: 8:00 – 9:00

Yukon BlondeWayAway Stage

Amos The Transparent: 1:15 – 2:00
Ascot Royals: 2:30 – 3:15
ZORCH: 5:00 – 5:45
Highs: 6:30 – 7:30
Yukon Blonde: 8:15 – 9:15

WayHome Festival Map

WayHome Festival Map 1

3 years ago

WayHome Music & Arts Festival Day-to-Day Lineup!

It’s Here!

With 52 days left until we descend upon Burl’s Creek Event Grounds to listen to music, take in the arts, and generally enjoy the hell out of the 1st Way Home Music & Arts Festival, we have a lineup.

Okay, so we’ve had the lineup for a while – but now we know who is playing which day – which means now all we need to wait for is time slots and stage assignments.

Previous experience may lead us to believe that the names at the top will be performing at the end of the night, and the names at the bottom in the small print will be performing on side stages in the early afternoon sunshine… but we don’t know for sure just yet.

Here’s what we do know…


WayHome FridayNeil Young + Promise of the Real
Alt – J
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Future Islands
The Gaslight Anthem
Hey Rosetta!
Theophilius London
Courtney Barnett
Fucked Up
Thousand Foot Krutch
Rhiannon Giddens
Delta Spirit
Viet  Cong
Com Truise
Dwayne Gretzky
Tobias Jesso Jr.
Slow Magic
Bear Mountain
For Esme
The Huaraches
Cross Dog


WayHome SaturdayKendrick Lamar
Modest Mouse
Passion Pit
Run The Jewels
Sylvan Esso
Danny Brown
Manchester Orchestra
Django Django
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Big K.R.I.T.
Timber Timbre
The Lone Bellow
The Growlers
How To Dress Well
The Highest Order
Dear Rouge
Kevin Garrett
The Beaches
Tomi Swick
Teen Violence



WayHome SundaySam Smith
Brandon Flowers
St. Vincent
Vance Joy
The Sheepdogs
Walk The Moon
Cold War Kids
July Talk
Yukon Blonde
Chad Vangaalen
Evening Hymns
Brave Shores
The Ascot Royals
Amos The Transparent


This festival is stacked from top to bottom, and we’ve got more posts, more previews, more information – and more coverage from Oro-Medonte coming up.

Stay Tuned!

Be Awesome!

ps. Here’s the 1st look at the WayHome Festival Map. More details to come on this one.

WayHome Festival Map 1

3 years ago
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