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Trish’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2017!

One of my favourite things to do, as we get to the end of a year is look back. It’s a great time to reflect, a great time to look forward and a great time for Top 10 lists.

Note: I suggest that you listen, while you read.

Recently, someone said to me, “I don’t know how you find time to listen to music.“. My response was, “I don’t know how you live without music in your life every day.”. For me, music is a constant. It lifts me when I’m down, it drowns out the noise of the world when it’s too much and it gives me hope.

2017 has been an interesting year for me music-wise, and I think my Most Listened to Albums list reflects this.

Following Joshua’s lead, my list isn’t in any order and I’ve added an honourable mention section at the bottom.

Let’s do this!

 Imagine Dragons: ƎVOLVE (2017)

Most played track: Thunder

I’ve been a huge fan of Imagine Dragons since the release of their debut album Night Visions. Having been lucky enough to have caught the band live for both the Smoke + Mirrors tour and the ƎVOLVE, it was an easy call to put this album on my list.

When they started teasing this album in 2016 I was excited and when they released Believer on February 1st, I listened and I was over the moon. It gives us the awesome signature drums we associate with the band, plus there are so many words in this song, and Dan sings them like it’s nothing (trust us, is a huge deal), and their use of “the drop” in this song is perfection.

The track Yesterday is one of my favourites and a big part of that is because of the experience of hearing this song live, with tens of thousands of people singing along. I still get goosebumps and tear up every time I hear this track.

And yet, when I head to Spotify, Thunder is always my first choice. There’s just something about it that I love.

ƎVOLVE debuted at number two on the US Billboard Top 200, ending up at number one in both Canada and on the US Rock chart. It’s gone platinum in the US and Austria and gold in France, Italy, Poland and Sweden. Singles Thunder and Believer both charted in the top 5 and Whatever it Takes has over 112 million views on YouTube.

Imagine Dragons also captured a spot on my Highlights and Top Memories of 2017 post.

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 Oddisee: The Iceberg (2017)

Most played track: Built by Pictures

The Iceberg opens with minimalist horns and finger snapping and just like that, you’re in.

Oddisee, with Good Compny behind him, has put together the perfect combination of a super talented live band paired with important political hip-hop.

I’m the first to admit that I’m late to the Oddisee party and I’m doing my best to catch up. The Iceberg has some of my favourite lyrics of the year including this one from Hold it Back.

I make more than my sister
Cause I was born as a mister
And I ain’t never been to college, and she graduated honors
Yet the bosses think that I’m a better fit, huh
– Oddisee

The album is funky, abundant with thoughtful lyrics and stories that give us a snapshot of life, and although I couldn’t find it on any Billboard charts, it struck a chord with me. Give this one a listen, there are 12 tracks and I can bet at least one of them will stick with you.

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Johnson Crook: The Album (2017)

Most played track: Hardwired

This Toronto-based band is familiar to you if you’re a regular reader. We’ve been tracking the guys since we first came across them as Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist entrants. Since that time we’ve gotten to know Noel Johnson, Trevor Crook, Nathan Crook and Jared Craig pretty well. We’ve watched them hone their craft and come into their own.

The Album is the first full-length offering from Johnson Crook and it’s a rich collection of stories, harmonies, textures and melodies. It gives you a little bit of everything and wraps it up in a tidy package. You’ll find fun upbeat party tunes, anthemic songs and tender, soft and sometimes sad love songs.

Putting this album on the list was an easy choice, I have a copy in my car and I listen regularly on Spotify. Choosing a most-played track, now that was the tricky part. It’s rare that I put this album on and don’t listen straight through and my favourite song changes based on my mood. In the end, I went with Hardwired mostly because I feel it and I think you will too.

I’m going to say it again, you should be listening to Johnson Crook. The band got a nice little bump in their streaming numbers when Spotify included their dark and sorrowful song Shadows on the Folk 2017 Playlist. They’re in some pretty special company on that list.

Johnson Crook The Album cover

Midland: On The Rocks (2017)

Most played track: This Old Heart

There’s something campy about Midland. And by campy I mean great. They don’t take themselves too seriously, they’ve found a way to mix classic country with today’s more modern sound and it’s working.

With a September release date, you’d think it would be tough to get on a year-end list, but I’ve had a chance to hear Midland live twice this year, first at Toronto’s The Dakota and then again at Boots and Hearts. These guys are super talented and I’m glad that they’ve taken time from their busy schedules to work on music together. It’s amazing.

In case you didn’t know, Midland is lead singer Mark Wystrach who was an actor and underwear model, bass player Cameron Duddy who’s an MTV Video Music award-winning video director (Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars) and lead guitarist, Jess Carson. They come together with luscious harmonies and great guitar work and we get the feeling of a honky-tonk loud and clear.

On The Rocks has a beefy 13 tracks and after This Old Heart, I’d include Electric Rodeo, Drinkin’ Problem, Check Cashin’ Country and Burn Out to my list of favourites.

This Old Heart is a great story song and one that I embraced wholeheartedly.

Andrew Hyatt: Iron & Ashes (2017)

Most played track: Most of Me

I first saw Andrew Hyatt in 2015 at Burlington’s Sound of Music and I saw the spark of what was to come.

Since then Hyatt has gone on to release his first full-length album and he’s started a professional relationship with Dallas Smith, with Smith is now acting as Andrew’s manager. This change saw him heading out on tour with the Canadian Country star and releasing a brand new single, Do It With You, which is brand new music. This has us looking forward to even more new music.

Iron & Ashes is a record about changes and life. It includes three tracks from his EP Never Back Down including Goodbye Gone, Running on Empty and my most played track, Most of Me. There are twelve tracks and they run the spectrum including some heartbreaking stuff (She Ain’t You), some fun, upbeat party songs (MGR, That’s How I’m Livin’) and songs that are fresh and hopeful (On Me, Laid Back And Easy). 

If you’re a fan of country, rock or even pop, give this one a listen.

 Joey Bada$$: ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ (2017)

Most played track: ROCKABYE BABY (feat. ScHoolboy Q)

The latest offering from New York’s Joey Bada$$ dropped on April 7th, 2017. So far we’ve seen three singles – Devastated, Land of the Free and Temptation. If we’re looking at numbers, and we are, AABA peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart

There’s a distinct split on this album, the first half, that he refers to as “The Heroes Side,” is laid-back. It’s melodic and while the music is less dark, the subject matter is anything but. The second half, which Joey refers to as “The Vindictive Villainous Side,” is a collection of tenacious songs.

The album is rife with controversial topics including oppression and the consequences of that oppression, police brutality, and to my delight, Donald Trump. There are lots of other artists featured on AABA including J. Cole, Chronixx, ScHoolboy Q and more.

My favourite track on the album is Rockabye Baby featuring ScHoolboy Q, there’s something about the piano part that gets stuck in my head. The lyrics and yeah, there’s a “Fuck Donald Trump”. This song makes my body move, the chorus is impossible to ignore. I love his delivery and with this album, he’s created a fan in me.

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USS: New World Alphabet (2017)

Most played track: Work Shoes

New World Alphabet is the fifth studio album for USS. It’s full of catchy choruses paired with thoughtful and provoking verses. It’s classic USS and the first single, Work Shoes, is my most listened to track. Jason and Ash have been making music together now for 10 years and there’s a maturity about this album.

The guys did a very cool kick off to their tour with six shows in the six. They started at the Cameron House followed by The Mod Club, The Opera House, Rivoli, Adelaide Hall and finished up the six at The Danforth Music Hall. It was a fun, exciting time and fans of USS were thrilled.

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Lindsay Ell: The Project (2017)

Most played track: Waiting On You

I love this album and I especially love Waiting On You. I find it impossible to not sing along when this song comes on. It’s rock and roll, it’s bluesy, but it’s still country.

The record, produced by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush is produced beautifully and it’s full of positive messages and love.

The Project is twelve songs and it includes previously released promo singles like Good, Criminal, Space, and Worth the Wait as well some brand new songs. It’s a put it on and leave it album. It’s a great listen anytime.

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James Barker Band: Game On (2017)

Most played track: Chills

This EP and especially this song were impossible to ignore. It was everywhere and I played it a ton on Spotify. In fact, Chills was my most played song of 2017.

This is great songwriting paired with great delivery. James Barker wrote the song with Travis Wood, Gavin Slate and Donovan Woods who are kicking out country hits like nobody’s business. Chills was the third single released from Game On and the band’s first number one.

The band toured with Dean Brody during 2017 and they’re set to headline their own tour starting January 11th in Halifax with Meghan Patrick and Jojo Mason. We’ll be chatting with them soon and we’re expecting there will be new music coming!

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Ferraro: Losing Sleep (2017)

Most played track: Losing Sleep

Losing Sleep is the first full-length album from the Cameron House’s Ferraro brothers. It’s got an old time rock and roll feel and while prepping for my interview with the band prior to this year’s NXNE, it got stuck in my head. And it stayed there. I’m a fan of 50’s music and there’s a hint of that here but the music doesn’t feel dated. It’s fresh, fun and full of amazing harmonies.

This record falls into the put it on and leave it category for me. Ten great tracks and while the title track Losing Sleep gets my most played track nod, Shake It Off and Coffee & Smokes are close behind.

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Honourable mentions

Barney Bentall: The Drifter and the Preacher, Cage the Elephant: Unpeeled, Crown Lands: Rise Over Run, Dallas Smith: Side Effects, JJ Shiplett: Something to Believe In, Jess Moskaluke: Past The Past, Lady Antebellum: Heart Break, Matthew Good: Something Like a Storm, and last but definitely not least a single, that I couldn’t leave off my year-end list – Goodnight, Sunrise: Remember Now.

Header photo by Edu Grande on Unsplash

Trish’s Highlights and Top Memories of 2017!

2017 was a year loaded with lots of hard work, unbelievable experiences, and of course, music. I got to meet, and spend time with some amazingly talented people. I got to listen to live music from my favourite artists and bands, new and old, and I had the pleasure of being able to share it with all of you. Below are my five live performance highlights for the year.

Every day I’m aware of how privileged I am to do this job, to bring together my love of music, writing and photography and to live a life where music is everywhere.

Were you at any of these shows? Let me know in the comments.

Hip Hop Set of the Year

Oddisee at Lee’s Palace, Toronto (May 27, 2017)

It’s not very often I take a pass on free music and photo access but in this case, I didn’t even apply to shoot and review the Oddisee show.

I’d been listening to The Iceberg since it’s release in February and was so looking forward to just being a fan. It was a beautifully warm May day and I met up with people I knew in line who were just as excited as I was. It was a sold out show and Lee’s Palace was packed to the back with fans of 24-year-old Amir Mohamed el Khalifa. Opening for Oddisee was Good Compny, his band, and they were brilliant. Showing off their amazing musical skills the band got the crowd ready for Oddisee to take the stage, and take over the crowd.

From the second he took the stage, Oddisee connected with us and he didn’t let go until he walked off the stage. Going into the show, I was pretty comfortable with the songs and thought I knew all the words, but there were people in the audience, singing every single word and he noticed. If this is a new name for you, and you have any interest in rap, hip-hop, jazz or even pop, you need to give his music a listen. I promise you won’t regret it.

Note: This is my only club show set highlight.

Oddisee performance taken from Facebook

Rock and Roll Set of the Year

Cage the Elephant at WayHome, Oro-Medonte (July 28, 2017)

I’ve been a fan of Cage the Elephant since their debut release in 2008 but they’d kinda fallen off my radar.

That completely changed this July when I saw them live for the first time. Wow! This show gets my Rock and Roll set of the year highlight for all the right reasons. It was full of hits, it delivered the new music from Unpeeled, it was loud, it was vibrant and it was the most energetic set of 2017. There was running and jumping and there was confetti, all perfectly timed and amazing.

As a photographer, this set gave me everything I could have hoped for and it also gave me my favourite image of the year. I smile every time I think about this set, that’s a win in my book.

Whole Wide World: Cage The Elephant at WayHome 2017

Emotional Moment Set of the Year

Imagine Dragons at WayHome, Oro-Medonte (July 29, 2017)

Right smack in the middle of WayHome, I had the most emotional moment I’ve ever experienced at a live show.  That encounter was delivered by Day 2 headliner, Imagine Dragons. And I wasn’t alone.

While in the photo pit, amongst 25+ other photographers, Dan Reyolds reached out and touched my heart. It was electric. It was the music and it was the message, “Spread peace, spread love.”. It was real and it was heartfelt.

If there was a masterclass on how to deliver three opening songs for photographers, while not taking away from the crowd, Imagine Dragons could lead this class. They gave us everything including smiles, jumps, close-ups, add in Dan leaving the stage and getting behind us to lean on the barricades, so that he could get as close as possible to the crowd, all the while singing his ass off. It was spectacular showmanship and we ate it up.

As we left the pit, there was chatter between photogs exclaiming, that they gave us everything we could have hoped for. Full disclosure here – I cried twice during the first three songs. This isn’t a normal thing, normally I’m working, I’m in work mode and while I enjoy the music and experience, it doesn’t normally affect me like this. Kudos to Imagine Dragons for connecting on a level I’d never experienced before.

Whatever It Takes: Imagine Dragons at WayHome 2017

Country Set of the Year

Keith Urban at Boots and Hearts, Oro-Medonte (August 11, 2017)

After a super hot steamy early August Friday, the weather took a little turn, and by little, I mean from cloudy threatening skies to a full out tornado warning.

Tens of thousands of people, who’d been waiting all day for headliner Keith Urban to take the stage, were surprised to be told that they had to leave the stage area and return to their tents. After quite a delay, the thunder and lightning passed and everyone was allowed to return to the stage area. Fans ran for the front and Keith opened the set with Long Hot Summer and proceeded to put on a show like nobody’s business. We were not surprised when his name appeared on the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year nominee list, this was easily one of my top five highlights of the year.

Urban played a full set, in spite of the delay, and thanked us all for coming back, like we wouldn’t. During his set, two more showers made their way through the area but he carried on like it was business as usual even giving us a sassy, “Rain ain’t nothing but a thang”.

Keith Urban is an amazing guitar player, fantastic singer and I’d stand in the rain all day for another performance like this one.

Ripcord: Keith Urban at Boots & Hearts 2017

Classic Set of the Year

Midnight Oil at Budweiser Stage, Toronto (August 25, 2017)

In the category of bands, I forgot how much I loved, I give you Midnight Oil.

Following two amazing opening bands (The Living End and Matthew Good), Midnight Oil turned up at the Budweiser Stage on a warm August night, and blew it up!

The energy level was intense, the messages were genuine and the music brought it all together. They played all of their hits and everyone sang along, including me. Peter Garrett moves and sings like a man in his 20’s and the band’s lyrics are just as relevant today as the day they were written. In addition to being my classic set of the year, they’re also my Aussie set of the year.

Midnight Oil, Matthew Good and The Living End at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage

Thank you to the artists, the teams that help bring us together, and thank you to our readers. Thank you all for supporting us and thank you for filling my life with music. I’m looking forward to 2018 and more highlights.

Whatever It Takes: Imagine Dragons at WayHome 2017

As the clock ticked closer to 9:30 pm on Saturday, the crowd at the WayHome 2017 main stage grew, and the excitement near the stage was electric and contagious. Thousands of sun soaked music lovers, who had bounced from stage to stage all day, were gathered in one place to see the headlining efforts of Imagine Dragons. And they were rewarded handsomely for their patience.

From the first notes of Imagine Dragons’ intro, the cheers from the crowd sounded like both an exclamation of excitement, and a release of energy that needed to be set free into the world. The cheers grew throughout the set, from song to song, stopping only when fans were singing along at the top of their lungs, or dancing and swaying in the crowd as the music washed over them.

The show opened with Thunder and It’s Time, setting the tone for what was to come over the next hour and a half of full energy performance from the Las Vegas rock and rollers. Beating drums, ringing guitar, and powerful vocals persisted as lead singer, Dan Reynolds held the crowd in the palm of his hand and took them where he wanted to go.

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Reynolds also went where the crowd wanted him to go, climbing down from the main stage, and making his way to the railing of the first row, urging the assembled mass to sing along, and leaning in to reach for outstretched hands as he smiled from ear to ear and basked in the outpouring of love from the WayHome fans. It was a fantastic moment, with flashes of small club shows where the fans in front are sometimes nearly on the stage, and it turned the biggest crowd of WayHome (so far) into a more intimate feeling environment.

Early in the set he also stopped to talk to the crowd, offering “We live in a divided world… people try to divide us… by race, religion, sexual orientation… (but) music unites us all… Spread peace, spread love. I believe in humanity. Do you?” He asked again, and the crowd roared, sharing the sentiment that love and unity can prevail.

The music continued from the band, with a total of 17 songs in the set. And impressively, there was no dip in enthusiasm from the fans or Imagine Dragons throughout. Reynolds active effort to engage the crowd on a regular basis kept things at high levels, and the sing along opportunities resulted in the loudest efforts from the WayHome fans of the weekend to that point.

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Watching the band perform, and engage, and share themselves, made it easy to see why they have enjoyed the success that they’ve found over the last five years. It truly seems that they’re still working for it, like they would have been before finding the headlining spotlight.

When it came time for the encore, Imagine Dragons pulled out their biggest hit, Radioactive, and added extended full band drum segments, extended choruses with crowd singing, and enough emotional energy to wrap up the show. And as it all happened, the crowd popped one more time, showing their appreciation for the music, the show, and the chance to unite for 90 minutes in a world that too often divides us.

Imagine Dragons WayHome 2017 Setlist

★ Thunder
★ It’s Time
★ Gold
★ Whatever It Takes
★ Forever Young (cover)
★ Demons
★ Yesterday
★ Walking The Wire
★ Shots
★ Rise Up
★ I’m So Sorry
★ I Don’t Know Why
★ Song 2 (cover)
★ I Bet My Life
★ On Top Of The World
★ Believer
Encore:
★ Radioactive

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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!

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
The Barn WayHome Arts and Music Festival

WayHome 2017 Preview: Royal Blood Top 5

As we get closer to WayHome 2017, our playlists have started to include more and more music from the artists that will be on the Burl’s Creek stages… including Royal Blood.

The duo out of Brighton, England will hit the stage on Saturday, July 29th before Imagine Dragons headlines the night. And based on their performance at The Edge’s Adam and Melani’s Secret Thing at the Velvet Underground, there are going to be some excited and happy fans in the crowd.

Related: Royal Blood at Adam and Melani’s Secret Thing – 102.1 The Edge

Get yourself ready for the show, and fall in love a little bit with these two English dudes, with our Royal Blood Top 5. These five songs have more than 181.6 million combined plays on YouTube and Spotify… click them one at a time and enjoy!

Royal Blood - The Edge Secret Show

Figure It Out

I Only Lie When I Love You

Little Monster

Ten Tonne Skeleton

Out Of The Black

WayHome 2017 Preview: Imagine Dragons Top 10

It’s easy for me to say that Imagine Dragons is at the very top of my list of bands I’m excited to see at WayHome 2017.

There’s something about this band that speaks to me, and clearly millions of other fans. If you haven’t seen Dan Reynolds and the band put on a live show, you’re in for a real kick. It’s a big show and yet, it’s intimate. It’s dramatic and touching and connected.

It’s been a couple of years since I had the joy of taking in the Smoke + Mirrors tour and I feel overdue for a dose of Imagine Dragons energy.

To help all of us get ready for hearing these live we present you with the Top 10 Imagine Dragons videos.

It’s Time

Radioactive

Demons

On Top of the World

Amsterdam

I Bet My Life

Gold

Shots

Believer

Thunder

Whatever it Takes

Were you counting? Yeah, there are 11 videos here. Whatever it Takes is the latest release from Imagine Dragons, and this video was released on May 25th. Listen to it and get ready to hear it live.

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 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

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?!

Canadian Takeover: Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee at Boots & Hearts 2015!

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts -2542Saturday at Boots & Hearts we got a double shot of Canadian country music talent when Chad Brownlee and Dallas Smith took over the main stage back-to-back.

First up was Chad Brownlee, who we just saw at the Blue Jays pre-game – and who we are happy we saw again. This guy puts on a great show, and the fans knew it. There was a nice cheer to start off the show when the band took the stage, and the evening crowd kept filing in throughout the set to make it a pretty great group of people singing and dancing.

Chad Brownlee Boots and Hearts -2576With a selection of country radio hits to choose from, a 2015 nationwide tour under his belt, and a voice that was made to sing, this former Vancouver Canucks draft pick made people happy.

Chad is also incredibly handsome, which we saw people saying both in the crowd and on the side of the stage. It’s not news to anyone who has seen his face before, but it’s worth mentioning – just look at the pics.

But our favourite thing, and we’re pretty sure Chad loved it too, was looking over the crowd and seeing how many people knew the words and were singing along.

Chad Brownlee Boots & Hearts Set List

Love Me Or Leave Me ♪ Hood Of My Car ♪ Listen ♪ Matches ♪ Just Because ♪ Carried Away ♪ Fallin’ Over You ♪ Thinking Out Loud ♪ Where The Party At ♪ Hey Now ♪ When The Lights Go Down ♪ Free Fallin’

Dallas Smith Boots and Hearts -2747After a short turn over break, Dallas Smith came out to a great crowd reaction, which I’m sure felt good for a guy who wasn’t originally booked for that slot. In a great move, Dallas slid over from Sunday to fill in for Little Big Town, and it was the perfect decision. From the first song the Boots & Hearts crowd was jacked up and ready to party. And the rock and roll country sound was a great lead-in to headliner Eric Church.

Dallas isn’t new to the performing thing, he did with Default and now he does it country – and he’s not new to Boots & Hearts, we saw him in 2012 and 2014, and this was bigger and better and showed that this is a guy who just keeps putting in the work and keeps making new fans.

Dallas Smith Boots and Hearts -2682The 19 song set gave us a little bit of everything with a cover of Pontoon as a Get Well Soon tribute to LBT’s Jimi Westbrook, some Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive, a brand new song Kids With Cars, and all of the hits we were ready for and sing along to on the radio all the time.

Somewhere north of 25,000 people loved every minute of Dallas Smith’s set. And that includes us.

Dallas Smith Boots & Hearts Set List

Slow Rollin’ ♪ If It Gets You Where You Wanna Go ♪ Nothing But Summer ♪ Wastin’ Gas ♪ Wrong About That ♪ Pontoon ♪ Lifted ♪ Girl Like You ♪ This Town Ain’t A Town ♪ Thinkin’ Bout You ♪ Kids With Cars ♪ What Kind Of Love ♪ Wasting My Time ♪ Heat Rises ♪ Jumped Right In ♪ Radioactive ♪ Somebody Somewhere ♪ Cheap Seats ♪ Tippin’ Point

Work Hard. Play Harder. Be Awesome!

More pics of Chad Brownlee

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Imagine Dragons, Metric and Halsey – Smoke + Mirrors Tour

Tonight the Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors Tour arrives in Toronto. They’re touring with one of my favourite Canadian bands, Metric, and newcomer, Halsey, who rounds out the line up. I couldn’t wait for the Toronto show, so I made my way to The First Niagara Center on June 24th. I’m really glad I did. It was so good I wish I was heading back tonight to cover it from the pit.

First up was Halsey. I’d never heard her before, but I instantly liked her. The American singer/songwriter has an honest feel to her. It was a nice way to get the show going. Have a listen.

#buffalo #smokeandmirrorstour @iamhalsey

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She’s all over the internet!

Web: iamhalsey.com
Twitter: @halseymusic
Facebook: HalseyMusic
Google Plus: iamhalsey
Instagram: @iamhalsey
YouTube: HalseyVEVO

Second on the bill was Metric and they did a great job turning up the energy level. They sounded great and they had a fantastic light show. They’ve got a new single out, “Shade” and the new album will be out September 18th. They’ve got a pretty cool pre-order happening which includes an EP – cassette, signed by the band in a choice of four colours.

My only complaint, I wish they could have played longer.
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#smokeandmirrorstour @metric #isitevergonnabeenough

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You can find Metric here!

Web: ilovemetric.com
Twitter: @Metric
Facebook: Metric
Instagram: @metric
YouTube: MetricMusic

And then Imagine Dragons took the stage. They did it with a wonderful twist of mystery, and the crowd went crazy! This rarely happens but I’m almost at a loss for words. As I sit here writing, tears are welling up in my eyes. This show, this music, these guys, so much awesome.

The connection with the crowd was instant. Lead singer Dan Reynolds spoke to us with love and appreciation and we absolutely returned it. They’re playing tonight in Toronto and there are still a few tickets left. If you haven’t seen them and you’re wondering how they’d be live… stop wondering. They will take your breath away.

Non-stop memorable moments. I’m feeling like I should go buy a ticket for tonight.

That good.

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#smokeandmirrorstour #radioactive @imaginedragons

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#smokeandmirrorstour #demons @imaginedragons #myhappyplace

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You can find Imagine Dragons on the internet here:

Web: Imagine Dragons
Twitter: @Imaginedragons
Facebook: Imagine Dragons
Instagram: @ImagineDragons
YouTube: ImagineDragonsVEVO

Let me just add, their website is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Everything you could want in a perfectly organized format.

3 years ago
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