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The rumour mill is churning with speculation about who will be performing at this year’s WayHome Music & Arts festival in Oro-Medonte, ON.

Now in its third year, WayHome has become a mecca for Ontarian music lovers. With a wide variety of genres featured every year, WayHome’s eclectic lineup invariably offers something for every audiophile. With multiple stages and a history of big-name headliners like Neil Young, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, and the Killers, we can’t wait to see what WayHome’s organizers have planned for us this year.

We’ve gone ahead and researched SO MANY of the small, medium and large sized acts that will be on tour / who might make a special trip to perform either on July 28, 29 or 30th. Selections are based off artist availability that’s either listed on their website or Facebook pages and not based off proximity clauses or where in the world they will be located through and around the date of WayHome (Hooray for airplanes!).

Note: Some artists may book shows after the publishing of this article which may void the their availably to play WayHome.

See below to see who we are predicting to play the 2017 WayHome Music & Arts festival!


1. Nine Inch Nails

(Cleveland, OH)
Genre: Industrial Rock

The iconic experimental rock outfit released a new EP, Not The Actual Events, at the end of 2016. They’re appearing at Panorama in New York City the same weekend as WayHome, but it’s only a short trip north to Oro-Medonte.

2. Radiohead

(Abingdon, UK)
Genre: Alternative Rock

After the much anticipated release of A Moon Shaped Pool last year, Radiohead has been steadily touring across North America and Europe. It’s about time they came to the Toronto area, especially after tempting Ontarians with an appearance at Montreal’s Osheaga in 2016.

3. A Tribe Called Quest

(New York, NY)
Genre: Hip Hop

Unconfirmed reports from Reddit indicate that these hip hop legends will be playing at WayHome this July. Here’s hoping they’re correct!

4. Green Day

(East Bay, CA)
Genre: 90s Radio Punk

With numerous tour dates scheduled across Europe in support of their 2016 album Revolution Radio, it seems likely that everyone’s favourite political pop punk powerhouse will perform at WayHome 2017.

5. Muse

(Teignmouth, UK)
Genre: Alternative Rock

Muse is scheduled to play a number of European music festivals, as well as Firefly in Dover, DE, this June. They’re also touring with 30 Seconds to Mars, with a show scheduled in Toronto only a few days before WayHome.

6. Tame Impala

(Perth, Australia)
Genre: Psychedelic Rock

After the release of their 2015 album Currents, it’s about time Tame Impala played WayHome. Fans have been calling for it since the festival’s inaugural year – let’s hope 2017 is the year!

7. Frank Ocean

(Long Beach, CA)
Genre: Hip Hop

Unconfirmed reports from Reddit suggest Frank Ocean will be playing WayHome this year in support of his controversial hit album Blonde in 2016.

8. Lorde UNAVAILABLE

(Takapuna, New Zealand)
Genre: Art Pop

Lorde has been teasing a new album for months. After the runaway success of her debut album Pure Heroine, we’d love to see this pop princess in Oro-Medonte.

9. Beach House

(Baltimore, MD)
Genre: Dream Pop

Beach House are more than welcome to hypnotize Canadians with their dark and dreamy pop this July.

10. Childish Gambino

(Stone Mountain, GA)
Genre: Hip Hop

Childish Gambino, AKA Donald Glover, is on fire thanks to the success of his FX show Atlanta and his new album Awaken, My Love.

11. Kaytranada

(Montreal, QC)
Genre: Electronica

Kaytranada played WayHome in 2015, and we’d love to welcome him back in support of his Polaris-prize winning album 99.9%.

12. GRiZ

(Southfield, MI)
Genre: Electronica

Rocking out to Griz’s saxophonic mixes would be a dream come true. Here’s hoping that good will prevail (pun intended) and GRiZ will make the trip north of the border!

13. Phoenix

(Versailles, France)
Genre: Indie Pop / Punk

These French rockers recently announced their first live show in three years. Their summer tour schedule includes a number of European and American music festivals – let’s hope they add WayHome to their list!

14. Twenty One Pilots

(Columbus, OH)
Genre: Pop Punk

With three American festivals already confirmed, it seems likely that Twenty One Pilots will make the short trip from their hometown of Columbus, OH to just north of Toronto.

15. Empire of the Sun

(Sydney, Australia)
Genre: Electronic Pop

Good vibes abound with Empire of the Sun’s synth-heavy, upbeat tunes. This electronic duo is sure to get every WayHomie dance like nobody’s watching.

16. The xx

(Wandsworth, UK)
Genre: Ambient Dream Pop

The xx are performing at several music festivals this summer, including Toronto’s Bestival in June, in support of their latest release I See You.

17. Warpaint

(Los Angeles, CA)
Genre: Indie Rock

With dates confirmed at Coachella, Shaky Knees, Hangout, and The Governer’s Ball, it seems likely that these California indie rockers will hit the stage at WayHome 2017.

18. Santigold

(Philadelphia, PA)
Genre: Alt R&B Pop

We’d love to see Santigold bring her fresh brand of hip hop to WayHome after her 2016 tour in support of her latest release, 99 Cents.

19. Future Islands

(Baltimore, MD)
Genre: Indie Rock

They may have played WayHome in 2015, but with a new album on the way, Future Islands would be more than welcome to return for Wayhome 2017.

20. Chance the Rapper

(Chicago, IL)
Genre: Hip Hop

Chance the Rapper is scheduled to perform at several American music festivals, including Hangout, Boston Calling, and Sasquatch!. WayHome seems like a natural fit for this much-lauded fledgling hip hopper.

21. Foxygen

(Westlake Village, CA)
Genre: Indie Rock

Foxygen may be playing Panorama in NYC on the same weekend as WayHome, but we’d love to seem them make the trip to Oro-Medonte in support of their new album, Hang, released in January 2017.

22. Crystal Castles

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Goth Electronic

This Canadian electronic duo is known for their raucous live performances. Their uniquely ferocious style would be a perfect fit for WayHome.

23. Jack Garratt

(Little Chalfont, UK)
Genre: Pop Trip Hop

With a confirmed appearance at Coachella earlier in the summer, we wouldn’t be surprised to see UK-based Jack Garratt bring his mellow vibes to Oro-Medonte in July.

24. Phantogram

(Greenwich, NY)
Genre: Indie Pop / Electronic

Phantogram is bringing their energetic, electronic brand of indie pop to Coachella, Middlelands, Sasquatch!, The Governor’s Ball, and several more music festivals this summer. It would be a big surprise not to see them featured on the WayHome lineup.

25. Local Natives

(Los Angeles, CA)
Genre: Indie Rock

These California-based indie rockers will be performing at several American and European music festivals. Their mellow vibes are just what Ontario’s sunlit youth need.

26. Thee Oh Sees

(San Francisco, CA)
Genre: Indie Rock

Thee Oh Sees would add some much-desired fuzz and psychedelia to Wayhome’s 2017 lineup.

27. Broods

(Nelson, New Zealand)
Genre: Synth Pop

After an American tour with Empire of the Sun, these psychedelic synth poppers are hitting the stage at Coachella in April 2017. We’d love to see them join their tourmates at Wayhome!

28. Flume

(Sydney, Australia)
Genre: Downtempo Trip Hop

Grammy-nominated Flume is scheduled to perform at some of the biggest music festivals of the year, including Bonnaroo and The Governor’s Ball. His downtempo vibes would be right at home in Oro-Medonte.

29. Charli XCX

(Cambridge, UK)
Genre: Pop

The first single from Charli XCX’s upcoming album was released in late October last year. With the album’s release date still unconfirmed and multiple festivals booked in America and Europe throughout the summer, WayHome seems like a natural fit for this English popstar.

30. Bleachers

(New York, NY)
Genre: Pop

After playing Shaky Knees, Sasquatch!, The Governor’s Ball, and Firefly earlier in 2017, WayHome seems like a likely stop for upbeat, 80s-inspired Bleachers.

31. The Head and the Heart

(Seattle, WA)
Genre: Indie Folk

Following their current tour with Whitney, The Head and the Heart are appearing at several major music festivals, including Coachella, Sasquatch!, The Governor’s Ball, and Bonnaroo. Their upbeat folk-inspired tunes are just what WayHome needs to get everyone’s feet stomping.

32. RÜFÜS DU SOL

(Sydney, Australia)
Genre: Electronic House

This Australian new wave three-piece is set to hit the stage at Sasquatch!, The Governor’s Ball, and more this summer. We’d love to get our dance on to their organic electronic melodies at WayHome.

33. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

(Gainsville, FL)
Genre: Soul Funk

Charles Bradley is a mainstay on the Australian live music circuit, performing alongside an all-star band comprised of members of the Dap Kings, the Menahan St. Band, and more. His funk-inspired soulful tunes would be a welcome addition to WayHome’s 2017 lineup.

34. The Avalanches

(Melbourne, Australia)
Genre: Electronic Hip Hop

With appearances at Coachella and The Governor’s Ball and a new album released in 2016, the Avalanches’ groovy hip hop beats would be right at home in Oro-Medonte.

35. Car Seat Headrest

(Leesburg, VA)
Genre: Indie Rock

Car Seat Headrest has finally started earning the recognition they deserve for their guitar-led indie rock, and we’d love to see them add WayHome to their already stacked list of summer music festival appearances.

36. Sofi Tukker

(New York, NY)
Genre: Electronic Pop

Grammy-nominated Sofi Tukker are recognized for their carefully crafted, irresistably groovy tunes. With two sold-out shows in Toronto this March, they’d be crazy to pass up the massive audiences at Wayhome.

37. The Orwells

(Elmhurst, IL)
Genre: Garage Rock

I’ve been playing the Orwell’s new tune, “Black Francis”, on repeat since it dropped early this year. With a spring tour coming up and appearances booked for The Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo in support of their upcoming album Terrible Human Beings, WayHome 2017 seems like a strong possibility.

38. Cloud Nothings

(Cleveland, OH)
Genre: Punk Rock

Cloud Nothings are currently on tour through North America and Europe in support of their latest album Life Without Sound. With a couple of festivals already booked for summer 2017, it wouldn’t be surprising to see these poetic pop punk rockers on the WayHome lineup.

Indie Underground’s Michelle Balderston recently photographed Cloud Nothings at Lee’s Palace in Toronto! Check them out here.

39. Japandroids

(Vancouver, BC)
Genre: Indie Rock

This Canadian two-piece is hitting a couple of big European music festivals after a long tour through North America and Europe in support of their recent album Near To The Wild Heart Of Life. We’d love to see their homegrown indie rock grace the stage at WayHome.

40. Timber Timbre

(Toronto, ON / Montreal QC
Genre: Freak Folk

I was lucky enough to see Timber Timbre, one of my favourite bands, at Wayhome 2015. They don’t play live often, but with a new album due for release in April 2017, it’s conceivable that they’ll return to Oro-Medonte this summer. One can dream, right?

41. July Talk

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Indie Rock

After a memorable performance at WayHome 2015, July Talk have become a prevalent fixture in the Canadian indie rock scene. Known for their electric live performances, we’ll take all the July Talk we can get.

42. Jagwar Ma

(Sydney, Australia)
Genre: Psychedelic Rock

These Australian psych-rockers are touring in Europe, and have confirmed dates scheduled at Coachella, Sasquath!, Panorama, and a number of European music festivals. Their shimmery synths and driving beats would be right at home on a Wayhome stage.

43. Classixx

(Los Angeles, CA)
Genre: Electronic House

Classixx will be bringing their poppy brand of electronic house to audiences at Coachella, as well as other music festivals across the United States and Europe. We hope their “faraway reach” extends as far as Oro-Medonte!

44. Diana

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Indie Rock

This Toronto-based synth pop three-piece would add some local flavour to WayHome’s eclectic lineup.

45. Bear Mountain

(Vancouver, BC)
Genre: Electronic Pop

WayHome 2015 alumni Bear Mountain released a new album, Badu, in 2016. Their buoyant grooves are always welcome at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.

46. Shura

(Manchester, UK)
Genre: Electronic Pop

Shura’s coming-of-age record, Nothing’s Real, features the kind of introspective alt-pop that leaves us wanting more after the album stops spinning. Dare we ask for more at WayHome 2017?

47. A R I Z O N A

(Boston, MA)
Genre: Electronic Pop

This east coast three-piece is performing at a number of other music festivals, including Hangout, The Governor’s Ball, and Firefly. We’d love for A R I Z O N A to take us “ocean’s away” this July.

48. Bruce Peninsula

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Folk

Bruce Peninsula’s unique combination of folk and progressive rock reached new heights on their 2016 album Sleeping Giant.

49. Featurette

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Electronic Operatic Pop

Featurette’s 2016 album certainly left us “craving” more of their wild, heavy-hitting electro-pop sounds.

50. Sahara

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Shoegaze Rock

These local indie psych-rockers effortlessly integrate elements of 80s shoegaze and summery post-punk.

51. Darcys

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Pop

After teasing WayHomies at ArtWalk before the three-day festival kicked off last summer, Toronto-based Darcys played WayHome for the Holidays in 2016. They’re a natural addition to this year’s lineup.

52. Caveboy

(Montreal, QC)
Genre: Alt Dream Pop

We’re expecting great things out of this Montreal-based three-piece dream pop group after the release of their debut EP in October 2015.

53. FRIGS

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Punk Rock

Toronto-based FRIGS would infuse WayHome’s synth and pop-heavy lineup with some much-needed punk.

54. Twist

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Indie Rock

Twist’s dreamy, pop-inspired tunes have just a hint of fuzz.

55. Wild Rivers

(Toronto, ON)
Genre: Folk

Scheduled to perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas this March, this Toronto folk act would add some mellow foot-stomping vibes to WayHome’s 2017 lineup.

56. Wolf Saga

(London, ON)
Genre: Synth Pop

London native Wolf Saga’s indie pop rock tunes are heavily inspired by 80s. After opening for WayHome 2016 alums A Tribe Called Red, we’d love to see this hometown band play at Wayhome this summer.

 


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Steph Schinkel

Steph is a music lover and aspiring epicure hailing from London, Ontario. When she’s not daydreaming about dessert, Steph can be found busting a move at shows featuring everything from folk to dubstep. By day, Steph works from home as a Content Strategist for a Toronto-based online marketing agency.