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Late Show: The Beaches Album Review

Toronto rock and roll quartet, The Beaches, have released their much anticipated full-length debut album, Late Show, and fans of the band have reason to rejoice.

Named for their neighbourhood in the east end of the city, the band has been putting in work on stage for the last four years, building their GRL BND brand, and earning new fans from their hometown and beyond. The WayHome and Canadian Music Week alumni have wowed us at The Phoenix and The Horseshoe, and haven’t slowed down or let up since they started this ball rolling.

With Late Show, Jordan, Kylie, Eliza, and Leandra have shown that they are ready for the late night spotlight, mixing their enthusiasm for what they do with experience-honed writing and musicianship that leads them from track to track.

While I was listening to the album I found myself thinking about Haim and The Darcys, and when the last song finished, Spotify immediately rolled into the Arkells, and that worked too. This is a collection of songs that fans will be able to slide into playlists seamlessly, and with ease.

Songs like Money, Gold, Turn Me On, the title track all lend themselves to a party if you want it – and will translate from the album to the stage as these rocking women plug in and turn up the volume. Which leads me to this recommendation, when you press play on The Beaches record, turn it up.

The youth, attitude, energy and ability that The Beaches combine on this album should be celebrated. There is no jaded rock star shit here. There’s no “been there done that” drag. This is a rock and roll album that puts forth everything that we want from rock and roll. We can feel the drums and guitar. The bass holds the rhythm we need. And on vocals, the 12 songs on the album all pull their weight and earn their plays.

Note: For what it’s worth, my early favourite track (based on repeated listens) is Walk Like That. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is I keep coming back for… but trust me, I keep coming back for more.

These four rockers come together to form a tight band, with an authentic sound. They play for themselves, they are themselves, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Find tickets to a show when The Beaches are near you… and be ready for a good time.

The Beaches, Late Show Tracklist

1. Back Of My Heart
2. Money
3. Moment
4. Let Me Touch
5. T-Shirt
6. Turn Me On
7. Gold
8. Highway 6
9. Late Show
10. Keeper
11. Walk Like That
12. Sweet Life

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WayHome is Pressing Pause

If you’re like us, you were already thinking about next year’s WayHome Music & Arts Festival. Did we wonder what was up when a “Save The Date” wasn’t displayed at the end of the festival? We did.

Today we received a press release that read “Republic Live will push pause on the 2018 edition of WayHome Music & Arts – Republic Live, producers of WayHome Music & Arts have announced that the 2018 edition will be put on hold.

However, it seems clear that this won’t be the end for the 3 year old festival, because also included in the release were the comforting words, “this isn’t goodbye, just see you later.
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The most intriguing thing about the release for us, was the indication of more things to come –  “a series of concerts and events throughout the summer of 2018, and [we] will continue to expand on the functionality of the privately owned Burl’s Creek Event Grounds venue.”

Republic Live’s CFO, David Cuddy added “The custom-designed 600+ acre site is beyond comparison to others in this area. We have a huge opportunity to develop music and other events at Burl’s Creek and will focus on these prospects over the next year and into the future.”

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While we’re sad that we won’t have a 2018 WayHome Festival, we’re excited to see what fun things Republic Live has in store for us.

The first three years of WayHome included headlining performances by Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Kendrick Lamar and Sam Smith,The Killers, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Flume, Imagine Dragons and the rare appearance of Frank Ocean. We also saw stand out performances by Arkells, Hozier, Vance Joy, Cage The ElephantSt. Vincent and more.

See all of our 2015, 2016, and 2017 WayHome coverage here.

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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.

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Mermaid: Skott at WayHome 2017

Soaked in the Sunday sun, Skott hit the WayHome 2017 main stage for her first North American festival AND first Canadian concert appearance.

As the Swedish songstress worked the stage, an afternoon crowd gathered, sitting and standing, and even singing along (which caught Skott off-guard, we learned later on when we caught up to chat) to her music. The vibe and groove moved through the WayHomies, and the set served as an excellent intro to more music on the last day of the festival.

After Skott was finished on stage and had a chance to catch her breath, we sat down with her (in front of a backdrop that conveniently mirrored the Swedish flag’s colours) to talk about her career, music origins, and what’s coming next.

We found out that Skott grew up with very traditional folk music, not knowing the world of pop or electronic songs. But, when she was 13 and moved to a new school with new friends – that all changed.

Think back to the music in the video games of your youth, the sounds and beats that meshed so well with the action on screen. Those sounds clicked for Skott and captivated her. Before long, she was creating her own music for the video games that her friends were coding. That was the start.

After that original experiment, Skott added lyrics and singing to her music – and that is what brings us to now. With videos released for Glitter & Gloss and Mermaid, and more than 20+ million Spotify streams, she is learning the business of music 1 step at a time, and she credits her band for helping her.

We asked Skott about her music and career and the music that she’s digging right now. She told us that MØ is making music that she digs, and that she’s excited to play with her this fall. She also told us that she probably doesn’t expose herself to as much as we would think – opting instead to listen to listen to more instrumental works when she emerges from the studio she compares to a cave.

Skott was gracious, thoughtful, analytical and soft spoken during our sit down. But on stage, this is an artist with a ton of voice, range, presence, and the potential to further her career and play bigger stages with bigger crowds and more recognition.

Keep an eye on Skott. And if you get the chance, catch her on tour with Phantogram this summer/fall!

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The Party: Andy Shauf at WayHome 2017

As we headed into the evening, Andy Shauf and his band took the WayAway stage. Playing songs from his 2016 release The Party and more to an appreciative WayHome crowd, the quiet singer-songwriter commanded the audience. We love the WayAway stage for its ability to create a very intimate setting while still being able to accommodate a good sized crowd.

We love the WayAway stage for its ability to create a very intimate setting while still being able to accommodate a good sized crowd and this was the perfect setting for Andy Shauf’s performance.

Watching Andy on stage he seemed thoughtful and content and his energy soothed the fans who listened intently. He brings thoughtful lyrics, and he paints a picture with his words. The music ensures you follow along.

Nothing could prepare me for the first moment when Andy smiled, it was warm and authentic and lit up his face. If you haven’t seen Andy Shauf live, you should remedy that as soon as possible.

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512: Allan Rayman at WayHome 2017

As the bright, hot afternoon sun beat down on WayHome 2017, Allan Rayman hit the WayBright stage and gave ’em everything he had. With energy to spare (and share), Rayman danced, sang, and grooved across the stage – and the WayHomies in the crowd danced, sang, and grooved in the fields as they took it all in.

As the giant Indie 88 beach balls floated and bounced through the crowd, Rayman rolled through his set, including; Tennessee, Lucy The Tease, 25.22, 13, and more. And all the while, the WayHome love was strong, the audience participation and engagement was awesome – and it was easy to see that Allan Rayman was feeling it up on that stage.

Did we know he was going to be this fun coming in? Nope.

Are we happy we were there to see it? Yup.

Should you see Allan Rayman live? Also yup.

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Woman: Justice at WayHome 2017

With the late night party in full effect after Flume‘s main stage set headlined WayHome 2017’s Friday night – Justice took over the WayBright stage and kept the people moving.

Bright lights, big sound, and smoke all came together and inspired dancing, cheering, and a lot of late night love in the crowd. If you were looking for a good ending to the start of a weekend festival – this was the place to find it.

Check the pics – and if you’re in the mood to dance, check out Justice when you have the chance!

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Young Offenders: Constantines at WayHome 2017

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Constantines album, and to be honest we were thrilled that they were included in this year’s WayHome lineup.  And based on the WayHome crowd’s response, we were not alone.

Checking out their social media accounts it’s hard to get a feel for what’s going on but watching the band up on stage, there’s little doubt that the guys still have that “thing” that we fell in love with.

We could talk about nostalgia but instead, we’re going to talk about great energy levels, strong vocals and technically tight musicianship. Constantines took the WayBright stage on Friday at 6:30 PM and the crowd continued to build throughout the set. Fans gathered up near the stage and littered the lawn. They sang along and danced to some fan favourites including Arizona, Shower of Stones and Young Offenders.

We got a full out rock and roll smoke show, complete with overhead guitar playing and intensity and we loved it. The guys all looked pretty happy and comfortable up there. We can only hope that this means there’s new music coming.

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Ajaaja: Tanya Tagaq at WayHome 2017

Surrounded by trees and music fans at the WayAway stage, Tanya Tagaq took control and gave the WayHome faithful a taste of what has made her an acclaimed success.

The 2014 Polaris Prize and Juno Award winning throat singer has got a ton of talent and continues to show her cultural importance and relevance with every new record and performance. Check the pics and see Tanya Tagaq live the next chance you get!

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WayHome 2017 - Tanya Tagaq

WayHome 2017 - Tanya Tagaq

WayHome 2017 - Tanya Tagaq

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Whole Wide World: Cage The Elephant at WayHome 2017

All the way from Bowling Green, Kentucky/ Nashville, Tennessee – Cage The Elephant came to WayHome and hit the main stage with all of the power that we could have hoped for and expected!

High energy, enthusiasm, fun, fire, and confetti highlighted the Cage The Elephant set as the evening turned to night and the sun went down on Saturday at the festival. From moment 1, the band was firing on all cylinders. Guitarist Brad Shultz took it upon himself to jump down from the stage and make his way into the crowd almost immediately. And the crowd freaking loved it. There were cheers as loud as we’d heard all day for the band and their set.

As the band played through their set, featuring songs including; In One Ear, Too Late to Say Goodbye, Cold Cold Cold, Whole Wide World, Come A Little Closer, Mess Around, and more, the assembled WayHome main stage crowd sang and danced and loved every single moment of the action.

And it turns out that love was the point of it all. During the set, front man Matt Shultz looked out into the crowd and told everyone that he was there because he wanted “to take this night and celebrate love.“, it was great to hear, and awesome to feel.

If you want to jump, dance, sing, and sweat – get yourself a ticket to see Cage The Elephant as soon as you have the chance. And if you want a taste of what you’re in for, check out these pics.

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Telefone: Noname at WayHome 2017

Chicago Hip-Hop artist and poet, Noname (Fatimah Warner), hit the WayHome main stage on Friday afternoon under the hot summer sun… and she slayed.

Noname’s critically acclaimed, and fan loved, 2016 mixtape, Telefone, celebrated it’s 1 year release anniversary on July 31 – making the WayHome performance a 3 days early celebration of that debut feat.

Take a look at the pics from the set, and stay tuned, you’re going to hear more from Noname in the future!

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Only The Lonely: Colony House at WayHome 2017

Taking the WayBright Stage on Sunday at 3:00 PM were Franklin, Tennessee based band Colony House. It was bright, sunny and smoking hot but the four-piece alt rock band played a high energy set to a very enthusiastic crowd.

Named after the housing complex where some of the guys lived in Franklin, TN the band has a nice following in the US and we were glad to get to see them. They’ve played Late Night with Seth Myers, they’ve got 10 million+ Spotify streams and their touring schedule is nuts, with over 200 shows a year.

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They’re currently out on their first headlining tour with 37 dates across North America, including WayHome. Colony House’s new album Only the Lonely came out in January and they’re doing everything they can to get it out in front of the most fans as possible.

Colony House is Caleb Chapman on lead vocals and guitar and Will Chapman on drums. Yes, they’re brothers. With Scott Mills on guitar and additional vocals and Parke Cottrell on bass, keys, additional vocals they’ve got an alt/indie/rock sound that was perfect for waking up and getting our day started.

Colony House brings us great lyrics, great crowd interaction, full, rich guitar sounds, badass bass lines and amazing anthemic drums. Caleb’s voice is perfect for this genre and we’re reminded of The Killers while listening. We’re still listening to this band today.

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Boyfriend: Tegan and Sara at WayHome 2017

As the sun set on Sunday night at WayHome 2017, Canadian favourites, Juno Award winners – and super talented women, Tegan and Sara hit the WayBright stage. The pre-headlining set (the last of the festival on the WayBright stage) was a highlight of the weekend, with thousands of music fans packed in for the show.

From the stage, the music, enthusiasm, and energy flowed. And in the audience, there was dancing, singing, and a celebration of music, love and all things good in the world. For an hour those feelings and that love spread across the fields in Oro-Medonte… we loved it.

Tegan and Sara were charming and funny and gracious on stage… and they dropped a little nugget – announcing that they will be touring this fall/winter (2017) and will hit the stage in Toronto to play the songs and spread the love again.

We’re still waiting for the official announcement, but it’s safe to say the upcoming Toronto Tegan and Sara show is going to land sometime between November 17 and December 24, 2017. Stay tuned for that!

And if you have a chance to see these two shining examples of acceptance and talent and humour and Canadian-ness in any city, on any stop of their tour – DO IT!

Click here for the dates: Tegan and Sara on Tour!

Tegan and Sara WayHome 2017 Setlist

★  Back In Your Head
★  How Come You Don’t Want Me
★  I Couldn’t Be Your Friend
★  Goodbye, Goodbye
★  Drove Me Wild
★  Shock To Your System
★  Alligator
★  Northshore
★  Living Room
★  Call It Off
★  Nineteen
★  Hang On To The Night
★  U-Turn
★  Boyfriend
★  Closer

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Blank Face: ScHoolboy Q at WayHome 2017

Under the hot summer sun, thousands of fans crowded around the WayHome stage. They bounced, they echoed back his words and they showed ScHoolboy Q all the love he could have hoped for. A ton of energy flowed back and forth between the stage and the crowd and the set created an afternoon highlight!

Check out the pics of ScHoolboy Q on the WayHome main stage.

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Ain’t It Funny: Danny Brown at WayHome 2017

Late on Friday night, after the sun went down, after Flume was done on the WayHome main stage and after the calendar had flipped to Saturday, Danny Brown hit the WayAway stage to put on a show.

Tucked away in the woods at the smaller stage, with little to no lights, Danny Brown created a very intimate atmosphere. The energy level was high and the crowd was all in.

Nicely done, Sir!

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