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.


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“.


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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Toronto’s To Do List Before 2017

You know how you hear about things you wish you’d heard about before they end or close or are in any other way forever gone? And you read about it in an In Case You Missed It article and feel, somehow, bereft and even lonely as though everybody else has participated in an important ceremony. Well, that’s why you should do these awesome things before the curtain falls on 2016 so that you can start the new year fresh, totally focused on regretting only the New Year’s Eve party incidents.

1. Watch Tampopo at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Tampopo (1985)

This ramen-western isn’t just for ramen lovers with a penchant for John Wayne. Its warm hearted and often hilarious narrative of two truck drivers — Gorō (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and Gun (Ken Watanabe) — and a failing ramen-shop owner, Tampopo (Noboku Miyamoto), will hit the spot in anyone with some kind of spot to speak of. The main narrative is interspersed with short stories that show the comic and serious relationship between humans and food. If nothing else, you’ll learn the proper way to eat ramen:

 Tampopo plays daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox until Thursday, December 22nd.

2. Visit Mark Christopher Gallery to see Toko Hosoya’s Solo Exhibit, Salt Cure

Toko Hosoya at Mark Christopher Gallery — photo by Sveta Soloveva.

Salt Cure, Toko Hosoya’s latest solo exhibit at Mark Christopher Gallery on Bloor St. West, with new illustrations, ceramics, and diptychs on view, give a glimpse of the artist’s playful world of strange creatures.

If these family-photo-like diptych of Brine and Cure are not enough to intrigue you, read Novella’s interview with Toko here for a heavy dose of culture and Toronto’s new and exciting art scene. Salt Cure ends on December 30th, so get there quick.

3. Listen to Allan Rayman’s Faust Road

Allan Rayman performing at Toronto’s Royal Cinema — photo by Sveta Soloveva.

Allan Rayman has recently dropped a single, Faust Road, in anticipation of a new album to be released early 2017 via Communion Records (of Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett). And may I take this moment to flaunt it in the dear reader’s face that Novella was invited to Toronto’s Royal Cinema to listen to ‘the most mysterious man in music’. Words used to describe Rayman are often reverent in tone, as though he were some messenger from the past with information of the future.

Whether you are a fan or not, you’ll hear more and more of this man from Lost Springs. 

3. Visit AGO

Dawn over Riddarfjarden — Eugene Jansson

Visiting Art Gallery of Ontario is a nice way to wrap up the year. Take a seat on one of those gallery couches and stare at whatever hangs in front of you. Chances are, it’s going to be something beautiful. Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and More continues until January 29th. But let’s be real, if you haven’t gone by now, you’re probably going to forget in January, so why not go now? Drop in in between shopping even if it’s just for an hour.

Talia Chetrit, Installation View at AGO

And AIMIA/AGO Photography Prize, a chance to view the four winners’ diverse approach to photography, is still on the table. But only until January 1st, so you better hurry!

5. Watch Elle by Paul Verhoeven

Isabelle Huppert in Elle

Elle is the latest from Paul Verhoeven, the director of Basic Instincts. And as you can tell, Isabelle Huppert is in it. Wait on line in the cold, if you have to.

It’s playing at Royal Cinema at 7:30 on the 27th and the 29th — the art moderne movie house is the perfect place to marvel at Huppert’s extraordinary talent.

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Hotel Allan: Check In To The World Of Allan Rayman


When I was introduced to Allan Rayman, a Toronto prospect who is seconds away from blowing up, I knew I had to share this man with the world. It is an odd thing when an artist has essentially no viral trail, and after trying to research Allan, I came up with nothing. However, I believe that this is part of the allure which makes him not only noteworthy, but applause worthy. He truly believes that I can collect all the information I needed about him through his music and visuals, and he was right. After discovering his Indrid Cold EP, released last year, and with his growth and songs like “Graceland”, it was evident that he is changing the game. Trying to figure Allan out was like a following a breadcrumb trail, as I poured over “27” for hours, now able to carry the beat on my desk and whisper the words, as I decode his messages and have a series of a-ha moments. His poetry keeps you pressing the headphones to your ears, waiting for the nuances and pitch change, and you truly can’t pull yourself away from the mysterious lyricist. Seamlessly blending together all forms of art into an aural masterpiece, Allan draws you into his world and as you walk with him through his stories, you experience the euphoria and the pain as he feels it, and continue the journey with him.

The first few moments of “The Bird & The Cage” act as an opening scene to a movie, with seagulls screeching, then a phone rings in the distance. Allan answers, and begins a conservation with who we can surmise is his girlfriend, as the rain hits the car aggressively in the background, and as he explains his situation, he hangs up and it breaks into the slow tempo with his voice overlaying the drums. As the song progresses, you understand the darkness behind the song and the relationship between the bird and the cage.

After playing a show last night in Los Angeles, you will have to follow @allanrayman to figure out where he will be next. Hotel Allan is now available here, featuring “Dear Allan”, as well as his other works on his SoundCloud.