Toronto / Halifax
The WAYO goes down smoother than a hot toddy after a long day at work and you’ll feel just as good after indulging. Pals studying at the University of King’s College, the four-piece began in four pieces pursuing separate projects in folk, post-rock, soul and funk before joining forces to make house parties all the more memorable. In two whirlwind years, The WAYO has become a household name in Halifax’s indie music scene bringing crowds to their chillest, and blurring lines with its unique and ever-evolving fusion of R&B, soul, funk, jazz and hip hop. It sounds like a lot all at once but it’s accessible. Thanks to time on the road, sharing the stage with bands from across the genre spectrum, the band has built fan bases in Toronto, Montreal and of course, Halifax. From jazzy intricacies to sick rhymes to Charlotte Day Wilson’s velvet voice. The WAYO’s latest release Wanderings is a hypnotic groove, mellow but irresistibly melodic, thanks to Wilson bringing heat via vocals and sax. They say fools rush in, but in the case of The WAYO, falling hard and fast isn’t such a bad thing.