Sets You Don’t Want to Miss at WayHome 2017

With WayHome Music Festival right around the corner, we have all been prepping our bodies, minds, and bank accounts for the big weekend ahead. If you’re anything like me, you’re not excited to be camping for three days, but there is nothing like the motivation one gets from seeing their favourite artist’s name printed on a lineup. I will run the risk of not having a hot shower (or a shower at all for the matter) for three days, just for the opportunity to be 10 feet away from Frank Ocean’s feet.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it will be a long 72 hours, but together, we can make things work. Below I have compiled a list of must-see sets at this year’s WayHome, along with the details of where each artist will be playing. You can thank me now, or later, but don’t forget to see these talented individuals in all their glory under the beaming sun.

FRIDAY, JULY 28th 2017

Photo by Bryan Allen Lamb

NONAME [WayHome Stage @ 3:45-4:15 PM]

Noname, otherwise known to her parents and childhood friends as Fatima Warner, is a Chicago MC first known for her cameos on Chance the Rapper’s “Acid Rap”, as well as Mick Jenkin’s mixtape, “The Waters”. Following this debut, Noname took her time and carefully detailed and executed her breakout project, Telefone, which provided hungry fans with a body of work. Noname is an up-and-comer with melodic soundscapes and lyrics that weave into poetry.

Photo by Zack Vitiello

ALLAN RAYMAN [WayBright Stage @ 4:30-5:00 PM]

Toronto native, Allan Rayman is an enigma. Fairly new to the scene, Rayman has managed to steer clear of the spotlight and keep his identity something of a mystery. His first ever interview was released in February of 2017 with Billboard. He is currently signed to Communion Records and has released two albums, Hotel Allen” and “Roadhouse 01” as well as two singles, “Much Too Much” and “All at Once“. Rayman’s vocal style is gritty and soulful, and his music crosses boundaries between genres.

Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images

DANNY BROWN [WayAway Stage @ 12:15-1:00 PM]

For those looking to end the WayHome Friday with a bang, attend Danny Brown’s closing set. This Detroit-native is no stranger to the festival circuit; he delivers high-energy through his performances without missing a beat. Danny’s shows are known for getting quite rowdy and #NSFW, to say the least, but that certainly doesn’t take away from his big finish.

SATURDAY, JULY 29TH 2017

Cover of Charlotte Cardin’s Big Boy EP

CHARLOTTE CARDIN [WayBright Stage @ 2:00-2:30 PM]

Charlotte Cardin is a pop/electro singer from Montréal who is best known for her single, “Like It Doesn’t Hurt, featuring Husser. Her smooth vocals compliment any backdrop, while her lyrics sing truths about tales of lost loves and relationships. Charlotte released her solo debut EP, “Big Boy“, in 2016 with Cult Nation Records with songs in both English and French.

Photo by Carlotta Guerrero

SOLANGE [WayBright Stage @ 8:30-9:30 PM]

One simply cannot leave out this beauty while highlighting the best-of-the-best at WayHome. Without Solange, there would be no list, and, frankly, if you take anything away from this article, let it be this one suggestion: do not miss her set.

Photo by Steven Taylor

RUSS [WayAway Stage @ 12:15-1:00 PM]

Russ is not only a singer-songwriter, but a producer, a beat-maker, and an artist who never stops grinding for his dream. Over the past decade, Russ has put out consistent singles and videos, making him a rising-star from Atlanta. Russ has released eleven “unofficial” albums before eventually signing to Columbia records and releasing his newest project, “There’s Really A Wolf“.

SUNDAY, JULY 30TH 2017

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

MITSKI [WayBright Stage @ 6:00-6:45 PM]

In 2016, Mitski released her fourth studio album, “Puberty 2” through Dead Oceans Records. The whole world applauded Mitski’s vulnerable and complex songwriting, whose subjects include love, depression, self-alienation, and racial identity. The New York Times describes “Puberty 2” as “an impressive collection of D.I.Y punk and indie rock.”

Photo by Liam MacRae & Sean Brown

DANIEL CAESAR [ WayAway Stage @ 6:45-7:30 PM]

Daniel Caesar is a singer-songwriter making waves in the Toronto music scene. Transcending the frameworks of R&B/Soul, Daniel’s music resonates with his audience and creates a moments of self-examination through his lyrics. The 21-year old Toronto native debuted in 2014 with his EP “Praise Break” and has since received attention from major music publications across the country. Daniel speaks directly to a millennial generation through ballads of love, lust, and faith.

Source: The Independent

FRANK OCEAN [WayHome Stage @ 9:45-11:15 PM]

I don’t think there is a combination of words or sentences that I can string together to explain the excitement I feel to finally see Frank Ocean live at WayHome. After a four-year hiatus, Frank has delivered with Blonde, Endless, and consistent singles we will cherish for decades to come. *cough* “Lens” *cough.* This angel sent from above needs no backstory or convincing. See his show, fall in love, and dance slowly under the moonlight, drifting away with his voice.

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Hot List: Artist Osheen Harruthoonyan

Osheen Harruthoonyan is an experimental photography-based artist working out of Montréal, Canada. He photographs using B+W film and prints on fibre based gelatin silver paper. Drawing upon his rich experiences growing up in Iran, Greece and Canada, he employs a multi-faceted approach towards his artistic practice; investigating the complex relationships between memory, history and time. Osheen’s work has been featured on the CBC, Vice, Bravo! Arts Channel, Space Channel’s InnerSPACE, and numerous national and international exhibitions and
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Hot List: Artist Nicole Moss

Lost In Reverie, Handmade collage on wooden panel
A Complimentary Life, Handmade collage – matte print mounted on omega bond with white floater frame

 

Nicole’s surreal and thought provoking collages are created through traditional cut and paste methods using vintage magazines. Within each collage a unique narrative is presented, exploring themes such as relationships, family dynamics, feminism, and Western cultural precepts. The arrangement of images is a romantic process based on what Nicole believes to be objective chance, which produces meaningful and mystical insight.  

Website: http://www.nicolemossart.com/

Exotic Studios

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The best place in Toronto to go for any piercing, hands down, is Exotic Studios. The owner, Six, and his staff are the most experienced and knowledgeable piercers in the city. You can go in expecting friendliness, cleanliness, comfort and precision, with only top quality beautiful designer jewellery that Six vouches for himself.

Location: 163 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Ontario

Website: www.sixbodyart.com

Instagram: @exotix_studios

Hot List Profile: JessGo

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Image Courtesy of JessGo.com

JessGo is a Toronto-based pop artist and performer whose work falls slightly outside of pop culture’s gravitational pull. And she’s always conscious of that fact.

She’s toured with Cirque du Soleil and collaborated with Google, Coca Cola and a handful of other corporations — all significant players within today’s pop cultural climate. And although her work spans across a variety of different styles and mediums, her eccentric personality shines through. Brightly.

Her work is inspired by vivid colour and motion. And since she’s as comfortable painting live as in the studio, process is an integral component of her art. Pop cultural references collide and intermingle with brash colours and abrasive brush strokes: stars, rainbows and some xoxo’s for good measure.

We had the pleasure of asking JessGo a few questions about artistic process, future aspirations and what it means to be a pop artist in 2016.

Q: Where do you see the line of connectivity between your static, visual works and your performance based art?

A: All of my performances and artwork done in the studio are connected because everything comes from the same creative outlet. My gift is working from raw imagination and basic instinct through colour, time and space.

Q: How does your process differ between mediums?

A: For me, every painting is a performance — it is a dance from the body, brain and soul to the physical world. I think my artwork stems from inner passion and wanting to be visually stimulated.

31" x 37" Mixed Media on Canvas 2015, Courtesy of JessGo.com
31″ x 37″ Mixed Media on Canvas 2015, Courtesy of JessGo.com

Q: The Vague series is particularly interesting. What is it about the format of magazine covers that interests you?

A: The super close details of a portrait have peaked my curiosity and interest. Portraits have always captivated and enticed me to look deeper into human features in order to understand origin and culture. Living in North America has been a great experience because there are so many different walks of life to get to know and learn about.

Q: You seem drawn to pop culture in general. Why is that?

A: As much as I don’t like to follow trends – or consider myself to be a trend setter – I am interested in what is “popular”, but I like to add my own spin to it. I have a deep appreciation for all things artistic, especially nostalgic things I’ve grown up with. Examples of that would be elements that I pull from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Q: How do you see your work evolving in the future? Are there new mediums you’d like to explore?

A: I’ve been exploring digital and graphic design and I’m having a really good time doing it. It’s changing my own work and the way that I see artwork as a whole. I think I will continue to grow in this direction, as I have so much more to learn in this area.

Image courtesy of Duet Public Relations
Image courtesy of Duet Public Relations

JessGo’s gallery is opening up here in Toronto this Friday, May 13th. For more information on the gallery and her work, visit JessGo’s website or follow her on twitter and instagram via @jessgo333.

Images Festival is the best kept secret in Canada

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by Amy Fung

I’ve been working in arts and culture for close to 15 years and didn’t know much about Images until just a few years ago, when I was still living in Vancouver as a writer and curator. Now, I have the distinct privilege of working for this gem of an international moving image festival as their fifth Artistic Director.

Images began as an act of self­-assertion. In 1987, film and video culture was dominated by American content or industry-­led Canadian productions. There were few platforms for independent and experimental voices, let alone an entire festival dedicated to presenting alternative representations to mainstream media. Almost 30 years later, Images has grown into the largest festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to showing the vanguard of contemporary moving images through cinematic screenings, gallery exhibitions, and live performances.

 

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Factory Complex by Heung­Soon IM — April 15

For 2016, we are kicking off our festival with a city wide Art Crawl spanning 12 galleries (April 14). Starting at 401 Richmond (featuring new works by Sarah Anne Johnson, Guy Wouete, Heather Phillipson, etc.), guests are invited to move west towards the hub of artist run centres like Mercer Union (featuring Carlos Motta) and Gallery TPW (a new 3D commission by Oliver Husain) to end the night. Our opening night screening follows with the Toronto premiere of Factory Complex by Seoul ­based Heung-­Soon IM, the Silver Lion award winner from last year’s Venice Biennale (April 15). A highly stylized documentary concerning the oppression of female garment workers in Korea and Cambodia, I first saw the work as an installation, but knew immediately I needed to see this in the collective darkness of a cinema to give the space and attention this work commands.

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12 galleries will open their doors for Image Festival, featuring new works by Sarah Anne Johnson (photo: Hospital Hallway), Guy Wouete, and Heather Phillipson — April 14

 

Showing over 80 artists including our Canadian Artist Spotlight on Emily vey Duke and Cooper Battersby (April 16) and a special presentation by acclaimed pianist Eve Egoyan’s Ear Witness at the Aga Khan (April 20), we will be closing the festival with New York darling Juliana Huxtable’s recent Performa /MoMa commission, There Are Certain Facts That Cannot be Disputed (April 23).

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The Images Festival features work by Emily vey Duke and Cooper Battersby — April 16
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New York artist Juliana Huxtable closes off the festival with her MoMA commission, There Are Certain Facts That Cannot Be Disputed — April 23

 

It’s important to me to show local artists alongside regional, national, and international artists to open up the conversation beyond our individual bubbles. Collective issues from political persecution to rapid gentrification are better understood if we can see them from multiple perspectives. For a city as richly diverse as Toronto, a better­balanced proportion of screen representation is also a top priority, as artists of all nationalities and genders make independent and experimental works from varying socio­economic backgrounds. Bringing it all together is the joy of my work, and to see the larger themes at play is hopefully something we can all enjoy together.

The 29th edition of The Images Festival runs April 14–23, 2016 in locations throughout Toronto.

Visit imagesfestival.com for more information after March 24.