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WayHome 2017 Preview: The Darcys

With WayHome just days away, we’re getting geared up for a whole lot of live music and fun… and The Darcys are too.

We caught up with Wes on the phone to talk about festival highlights and tips – drinks – palm trees – flamingos – and more in the lead up to Oro-Medonte’s biggest multi-genre party of the summer season.

One listen to The Darcys’ newest release, Centerfold and it’s clear that there’s a new vibe, direction, and vision from Wes and Jason as they push forward with the band that they started together a decade ago. The art-pop-synth-neon-dancy-palm tree-party sound that peppers the album from front to back is a lot of fun, and they know it. They’ve also seen fans of the band turn the corner to party with the new music, and they’re excited about that result.

Wes told me that it’s exciting to see the fans more engaged than ever before at live shows. “So fun,” he says, and adds that there have been multiple sightings of inflatables in the crowd, including palm trees and parrots. And while parrots may be Jimmy Buffet’s thing, the guys are happy to steal it and see more of them at their shows in every city, every night. Every one of those cities and tour stops is also an opportunity for fans of The Darcys to pick up exclusive merch, and it’s flying off the shelves.

Wes talked about the merch changing from flat black shirts with the band’s’ name in a scripty font to the more colourful pink, seafoam pastels we’re seeing now… at first, fans weren’t sure about the new look and direction – and then, all of a sudden, the boys couldn’t keep the new gear in stock. In fact, there’s a rush merch order right now so WayHome will be fully stocked with brand new merch from The Darcys.

I asked Wes what his personal favourite pieces of merch is right now and he told me that the movie poster sits at the top of the list… but that the new merch that will drop later this summer is ready to take over that top spot.

We also talked a bunch about festival life, with Wes telling me that the Elora Riverfest and WayHome are his two favourites, with both affording him a chance to walk around and truly experience the music and feel of the event. He gave props to the fans who say hi, but are respectful of the fact that he’s there for a good time, just like they are.

I asked which acts he’s most looking forward to checking out at WayHome 2017 and he gave me an awesome list of talent that includes Frank Ocean, Tegan and Sara, Royal Blood, PUP, Justice, and Imagine Dragons among others. And with a list like that, there’s a strong chance we’re going to run into him from time to time on the festival grounds.

I also asked Wes which acts he’d buy tickets to see if he was given the chance, and learned that Beck still sits at the top of his list, with REM, U2, and Bruno Mars all taking spots on the list. His #1 criteria for live shows is: Entertainment… and we can’t argue with that.

Before we finished on the phone I asked Wes a few more questions, starting with some percentages/odds on a bunch of things, including:

• Chances we’ll see at least 1 palm tree on stage at WayHome – Wes says: 100%
• Chance there will be a Toronto show before the end of the year – Wes says: 90%
• Chance there will be a Christmas Cover in 2017 to follow up 2016’s All I Want For Christmas Is You – Wes says: 50%
• Chance the band is working on new stuff right now – Wes says: 100%
AND, I was told that there’s a strong chance we’ll see a rather large inflatable… stay tuned for more.

I also asked what drink he recommends when listening to The Darcys, and he gave two answers:

1) A cold Palm Bay, maybe something with coconut or pineapple.
2) A nice crisp, refreshing summer beer.

And finally, as we’ve been asking a lot of people this year, what is your #1 festival tip… and Wes offered this.

Drink plenty of water. Don’t be afraid to lay off the hooch a little bit. Know where your party comes from. Stick with your friends. Look out for each other.

Thanks again to Wes for the chat, we’re looking forward to seeing The Darcys hit the WayBright Stage at 3pm on Saturday afternoon at WayHome – and we invite you to be there too, because it should be awesome.

Stay tuned for more interviews, photos, reviews, and more – we’ve got it coming in hot!

Oh, and check out the new video for Arizona Hwy from The Darcy’s Centerfold. Right here, right now, just press play!

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WayHome 2017 Weather Forecast!

WayHome is so close we can hear the music coming from the speakers. We’ve also started to pack… because we’ve been looking at the weather!

We’ve been told that there’s been an effort to create more shade at this year’s festival, which would be nice even with the more comfortable temperatures…

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That’s right, the forecast is out for Oro-Medonte, and we’re over the freaking moon about it. Last year it felt like 10,000 degrees in the sun. But this year, we’re looking at 23° C all weekend long, and that would be amazing.

Keep track of the forecast as we get closer to the festival by clicking here!

Don’t have your WayHome passes yet? Still wanna come hang in the sun with some awesome music? Click here and get ’em! 

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WayHome 2017 Preview: Day-to-Day Schedule and Stage Lineup

We keep counting down the days to WayHome 2017… and now we know exactly what we’re counting down to!

The day-to-day lineup and stage schedules have been released, giving everyone a chance to mark up with wishlist and plan for running from WayHome to WayBright to WayAway and back again throughout the three day weekend.

Here’s the thing, we know that you’re going to look at this schedule and realize that you wish you could be in two places at once… that’s just a fact of big festival life. But, we trust that you’ll make the decision that is best for you.

We also know that you’re going to look at the schedule and see some time slots that don’t have a name on your Must See list… we highly recommend doing a little Spotify research and picking some new acts to see. Live is always a great way to discover and fall in love with new music.

So, without any further ado, here is the 2017 WayHome day-to-day stage schedule…

Friday, July 28

WayHome Stage

The Belle Game
2:45 – 3:15
Noname
3:45 – 4:15
San Fermin
4:45 – 5:30
Dashboard Confessional
6:00 – 6:45
Phantogram
7:15 – 8:00
Cage The Elephant
8:30 – 9:30
Flume
10:15 – 11:30

WayBright Stage

Grace Mitchell
2:15 – 2:45
Picture This
3:15 – 3:45
Allan Rayman
4:30 – 5:00
The Naked And Famous
5:30 – 6:15
Constantines
6:45 – 7:30
Foster The People
8:00 – 9:00
The Shins
9:30 – 10:30
Justice
11:45 – 1:00

WayAway Stage

Gabrielle Shonk
2:00 – 2:30
Haerts
3:00 – 3:30
Margaret Glaspy
4:00 – 4:30
Pat Lock
5:00 – 5:30
Andy Shauf
6:15 – 7:00
Tanya Tagaq
7:30 – 8:15
Polica
8:45 – 9:30
Illenium
11:00 – 11:45
Danny Brown
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Saturday, July 29

WayHome Stage

NOBRO
2:45 – 3:15
JAHKOY
3:45 – 4:15
Death From Above
4:45 – 5:30
Schoolboy Q
6:00 – 7:00
Vance Joy
7:45 – 8:45
Imagine Dragons
9:30 – 11:00

WayBright Stage

Charlotte Cardin
2:00 – 2:30
Darcys
3:00 – 3:30
Honne
4:00 – 4:45
Royal Blood
5:30 – 6:15
Jazz Cartier
7:00 – 7:45
Solange
8:30 – 9:30
Marshmello
12:00 – 1:00

WayAway Stage

Flakes
2:30 – 3:00
Blossoms
3:30 – 4:00
Magic Giant
4:30 – 5:00
They.
5:30 – 6:00
Houndmouth
6:30 – 7:00
Louis The Child
7:30 – 8:15
PUP
8:45 – 9:30
Mura Masa
11:00 – 11:45
Russ
12:15 – 1:00

Sunday, July 30

WayHome Stage

Skott
2:45 – 3:15
The Drums
3:45 – 4:30
Mutemath
5:15 – 6:00
Banks
6:30 – 7:15
Porter Robinson
8:00 – 9:00
Frank Ocean
9:45 – 11:15

WayBright Stage

Clairmont The Second
2:00 – 2:30
Colony House
3:00 – 3:30
The Dirty Nil
4:00 – 4:30
Jagwar Ma
5:00 – 5:30
Mitski
6:00 – 6:45
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
7:15 – 8:00
Tegan And Sara
8:45 – 9:45

WayAway Stage

Begonia
2:30 – 3:00
Harrison Brome
3:30 – 4:00
Rag ‘N’ Bone Man
4:30 – 5:00
Hundred Waters
5:30 – 6:00
Daniel Caesar
6:45 – 7:30
Car Seat Headrest
8:15 – 9:15
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WayHome 2017 Preview: Frank Ocean Top 10

With WayHome 2017 getting closer and closer, our preparation and excitement continues to grow and grow. And one of the acts that we’re most excited to see is Frank Ocean, who will headline the main stage on Sunday, July 30.

Ocean is a main event performer, he’s a connector of music fans and communities. And he’s talented as all get out. So, to have the chance to see him this summer is something that we do not plan on taking for granted.

And, to get ourselves ready to fall into the moment, be swept away by the show, and truly experience all that comes to us that night… we’re listening to our Frank Ocean Top 10.

Hit play 1 at a time, or pick your favourite and run it on repeat. And if we missed a track that you think belongs on the list, leave a comment to tell us.

Enjoy!

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Frank Ocean Top 10

Thinkin Bout You

Pink + White

Biking ft. JAY-Z & Tyler, The Creator

Novacane

Ivy

Swim Good

Lens

Pyramids

Nights

Nikes

Passes are available for WayHome, including single day passes, if you click right here.

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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!

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WayHome 2017 Artist Additions, Day-to-Day Lineups & Contest Announcement!

WayHome is back with news… and it’s pretty fantastic.

Not only has the festival released their day-to-day lineup for Friday, Saturday and Sunday – they have added 8 new acts to the weekend!

New Additions to the WayHome Lineup!

• Cage the Elephant
• Porter Robinson
• Foster the People
• Mutemath
• Houndmouth
• San Fermin
• Haerts
• Clairmont the Second

The names are great adds to the previously released list… and there’s more news where that comes from!

Day passes are coming, with a pre-sale Friday, March 31 – and full sale opening Monday, April 3. So if you really, really love one of the three days on the list, but can’t make it for the whole weekend, it’s going to be worth taking a look and making the trip to Burl’s Creek for some great music, a great crowd, and fun in the sun.

AND THERE’S MORE…

We have a contest coming!

We are giving away 2 general admission passes + camping for WayHome 2017. Passes that get 2 people in for an entire weekend of great music, great people, and fun in the sun.

The contest will launch Friday, March 31 – and will give you a chance to enter to win these passes and bring anyone you love spending time with.

Now, check out the day-to-day lineups featuring headliners Flume, Imagine Dragons, and Frank Ocean – and come back on Friday for your chance to see them all live!

WayHome Day-to-Day Lineups!

Friday, July 28

Saturday, July 29

Sunday, July 30

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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.

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WAYHOME 2017 LINEUP!

† 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
† FLAKES
† 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
† PUP
† Rag’N’Bone Man
† Royal Blood
† Russ
† Skott
† Tanya Tagaq
† The Dirty Nil
† The Drums
† The Hunna
† The Naked And Famous
† THEY.

… and more to be announced

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

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