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The WayHome Music & Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow in Oro-Medonte, Ontario and while the idea of going on a road trip and camping all weekend sounds like a blast, we’re totally there for the music.
The inaugural lineup this year is packed with big-named stars like Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar and Neil Young, but scroll down the bill and you might find your new fave band. To help you organize your schedule, we’ve picked out five up-and-coming acts that you absolutely can’t miss out on this weekend!
Chances are you’ve probably heard Brave Shores’ music before. The Toronto brother/sister duo’s catchy single Never Come Down has been used in commercials for Sony Xperia’s underwater phone as well as the FIFA Women’s World Cup/Coca-Cola Canada, and for good reason. Their joyous synth-pop songs are ready-made earworms that will surely propel this band up festival bills in the years to come. Just hit play below and imagine clapping your hands and singing along at WayHome this weekend!
We’ve shared our love for Toronto rock band Weaves here before, but nothing will convince you more than seeing this four-piece live. Their energetic sets are an eclectic mix of shredding guitars, oddball rhythms and lead singer Jasmyn Burke’s completely magnetic personality. You won’t be able to keep your eyes off her as she wanders back and forth on the stage, commanding the audience with her outlandish charm.
Toronto pop artist Lowell has been on our radar for quite some time now and we’re still rooting for her big time. Her ability to write incredible pop songs that promote fierce feminist messages is totally unique and much needed in the world today. So make sure to check out what will surely be an amazing set by Lowell, and bring your “Girl Power” flag with you.
This Vancouver duo recently won the SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song, I Heard I Had, and there’s plenty more where that came from. The band weaves together warm synths and sharp riffs to create super infectious songs led by charismatic lead singer Danielle McTaggart. Just take a look at the video below to see/hear how dynamic they sound live!
Australian rocker Courtney Barnett released her highly-anticipated debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, earlier this year, solidifying her as one of the best indie rock stars of 2015 (so far). Her grunge-inspired garage rock is perfectly paired with Barnett’s keen sense of observation in her lyrics as well as a sarcastic humour that we can’t help but fall in love with. Do not miss what might be one of the best sets at WayHome.