Five things you missed at... WayHome
The hot and sticky second annual WayHome Music and Arts Festival took over Oro-Medonte from July 22 to 24. Here’s what you missed:
Ontario pride It’s one thing to see your favourite locals at the club or the bar, but seeing them blast away hundreds or thousands of fans is something else entirely. The Ontario faction was big: Bahamas, BADBADNOTGOOD, Dilly Dally, Arkells, Shad, Coleman Hell, River Tiber and Metric all gave killer sets. It was arguably Arkells, though, who made the most of theirs, with new music that included a tune called Drake’s Dad that revved up the Saturday night WayBright crowd. But for all that provincial pride, we’re pretty sure Killers’ Brandon Flowers referred to the location as Ottawa.
Don’t call it a comeback There were no grand reunions, but there were lots of comebacks of sorts. LCD Soundsystem smashed through Friday night with pounding, dancefloor-ready electro-funk; Arcade Fire continued the trend Saturday with one of their first Canadian dates since 2014; Wolf Parade’s reunion run was a rollicking, stomp-heavy set of jagged rock ’n’ roll. The most obvious return was Third Eye Blind, whose entertaining nostalgia rock was punctuated with cringe-inducingly earnest posivibes speeches by singer Stephan Jenkins. But kudos to him for screwing with the GOP last week.
Copious covers So. Many. Cover. Songs. Third Eye Blind mashed their own Rites Of Passage and U2’s With Or Without You; Dilly Dally did their vicious take on Drake’s Know Yourself; Nathaniel Rateliff offered up the Band’s The Shape I’m In; and Arcade Fire did a haunted Born In The USA that led into their own Springsteen-indebted Keep The Car Running. Best were the Haim sisters paying tribute to His Purple Badness with a passionate blitz through I Would Die 4 U.
New Arcade Fire album confirmed With a nearly two-hour set that included lots of well-known songs, a wild-streamers dance from Régine Chassagne and a heartfelt speech about arts funding from Win Butler, Arcade Fire delivered Saturday’s big climax. Colourful explosions in the sky accompanied the already explosive Wake Up. Also: “Next time you see us, we’ll have lots of new music,” Butler said.
Some courage for Gord A few bands showed some courage for Gord Downie. Arkells were the first we heard do it, with a blistering rendition of My Music At Work on the WayBright stage. Stars singer Torquil Campbell came out on the main stage later with a homemade “DOING IT FOR GORD” shirt. “This one’s for Gord fuckin’ Downie,” he said, introducing Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It. And we got teary. MATT WILLIAMS
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A TRIBE CALLED RED