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:

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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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