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.

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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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Front Women Fashion Icons

When hearing of a front man (or woman), fashion should be synonymous with this term. Fashion and music have gone hand in hand for years and the person at the front of the stage, with all eyes on them will set the tone not only vocally or with performance, but also by showing off their esthetical perception of what the act should be seen as. Take the Beatles for instance, the matching suits were indication of their polite sound at the time. Enter the infamous album, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the bands fashion completely changed to be edgier and more theatrical. Clothes matter- they create a sense of wonder and additional artistic value that sends out the idea that the audience is not just viewing a musical concert, but a full out visual performance. Here are some front ladies throughout the years who display exceptional tones and clothes alike.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin has always been a favourite of the 60’s with her eclectic attitude, vocal tone and the look to match. Feathers,bell sleeves, embroidery and velvet are all looks that the modern “boho chic” girl can thank Janis (one of the pioneers of this hippie-style look) for today! What is especially interesting in her onstage outfits, is her ability to create a care-free attitude while still showing off her creativity in attention to details.

Debbie Harry (Blondie)

A sensation in not only punk/new wave music of the 1970’s, but also in experimental fashion. Throughout her many years of performing, Blondie has managed to change her look with the times while still keeping key signature pieces in order to stay true to her image (this sparks my existential question asking exactly, WHO would Blondie be if she had brown hair?).She is the strangest and most wonderful mix of tough girl meets sophistication and maintains this standard today while she still rocks the stage.

Siouxsie Sioux

Another staple to the punk scene of the 1970’s is Siouxsie Sioux of “Siouxsie and the Banshees”. The English singer  stirred up quite a following for not only her shameless rebel behaviour but also for her looks that embody both punk and gothic backgrounds. Her bondage clothing and signature cat-eye makeup either left her audiences in fear or in envy.

Cher

Having made famous numerous looks throughout the years (including the mid-drift), Cher has inspired performers and fashion lovers alike to take risks and to be celebratory of the female body. Her outfits have been so iconic throughout the years that while many will wonder what a performer will play during their concert, a fan of Cher’s will be equally as curious when dreaming of what she will wear on stage. Just this year, Cher proved to all that she has not lost her fashion influence when she rocked it in a leather outfit at the Billboard Music Awards!

Tina Turner

Diva, Tina Turner has always been a performer that designers such as Giorgio Armani, Versace and Bob Mackie have loved to dress. This is likely due to her ability to showcase confidence and radiating appreciation for the masterpieces in which she has worn on stage. From mini dresses, plunging necklines and lingerie- nothing is too high or too low for Tina Turner to rock during a performance!

Gwen Stefani

A perfect blend between masculine patterns and items with feminine twists is how Gwen Stefani has made her look famous. Her constant plaid and Doc Martens have been a continuous way of giving a nod to her punk roots with her original band “No Doubt”, while her evolving makeup, hair, and flashy touches show off her desire to play with fashion and femininity!

Solange Knowles

Call me crazy, but given the choice between raiding any Knowles sister’s wardrobe, and Solange always wins. Her performance attire is always fashion forward and vibrant making her overall esthetic on stage truly something worth seeing. It’s as if the singer takes inspiration by whatever fabulous outfit she has on and allows it to fuel her powerful performances!

Lady Gaga

Of course the modern artist deserves recognition as one of the most fashionable performers of this age as well as of all time. This is because, Lady Gaga puts as much thought and effort into her wardrobe as she does with her carefully written out  musical pieces, and amazing performances. To Gaga,no show will be played without careful attention to her outfit matching the theme that she is setting. Each outfit that the singer wears, carefully embodies the message of her songs of the time as well as the feelings that should be conveyed while watching her.

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