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Why Bernice Rules by Natalie Amber


I’ve been a worshipper at the shrine of Bernice for many years now, after being introduced to their music through an acquaintance and one of their band mates, Colin Fisher (that musical genius of a man with a laugh to make even the most melancholic crossed-armed Toronto music-goer smile). I use this religious language because, when given the chance, I rave about them to anyone who will listen with a near-evangelical fervour, a tone I usually only use when talking about my other true passions: fashionable old women, artisanal doughnuts, and the political implementation of basic annual income (what can I say, I’m a woman of varied interests). What might you hear in one of my Bernice rants, you wonder? Well, let me try to capture the sentiments here:

Bernice makes me want to move and be still all at the same time. I want to close my eyes and float in the ephemeral world of harmonic sound all around me, yet I want to keep my eyes wide open, watching the subtle but captivating movements and gestures of Robin Dann, the lead singer. It’s not that she’s dancing. It’s as if she’s actually embodying the music as it flows through her, something I have never see in such an effortlessly confident way. When I watch Robin, I can’t help but want to hold my body differently, I want to float as she floats. So at a Bernice concert, I find myself not only audibly blissed-out by the impossible melodies they’ve mastered, but my entire body is responding, is aware of itself, is tuned in.

Another thing I love about Bernice is their kinship, their unpretentious enjoyment of each other’s company and of performing. Nothing feels forced or put-on, no one’s ego is overshadowing anyone else, everyone has a chance to shine. It’s as democratic a situation as one is likely to find these days (we’re certainly not seeing democracy elsewhere at the moment!) In fact, at a show several years ago on Toronto Island for Imbolc, I felt their friendship energy so strongly that after their set, I walked up to Robin and flat out said “I want to be friends!” To which she replied “well now we are friends!” And so it was. I call that “How to make friends as an adult 101”; it’s just that easy folks.

Fun/Embarrassing fact: I’ve fantasized about Bernice playing at my hypothetical wedding! I picture dancing down the isle after the ceremony to their song “St Lucia”, while everyone sings out “Livin it up cuz we need it!” Who knows, maybe fantasy will be reality someday. In the meantime, don’t steal my idea, k? And if you feel the need to gush about this band after the show like a star-struck teenager, come find me, I’m always ready to sing in the chorus line of their praises.

Natalie Amber is the co-owner of Take Time, a vintage clothing store, art gallery, and event space in downtown Guelph. She also runs the cozy, well-loved house show venue Cinnamon Cinema in the Ward neighbourhood. She splits her time between Toronto and Guelph and loves that the bulk barn now lets you bring reusable containers.


Why Budi Rules by Nathan Doucet



You don’t even know what is about to happen to you. You are 100% not ready for it. Nick Dourado will change your life. Nick Dourado will speak directly to you. There are a plethora of truths spewing forth and just waiting to spew forth from this force of nature.

Nick Dourado can LEAD you on a quest where you soar way up there and touch down on some revelations that will help you to live better, to care better and to speak better.

This is with regards to everything.

The existential plain you get the fucking privilege to be on when he is near is one you GOTTA pay close attention to cause it’s there to be swept up and used. The SPEW. This is musical at all times. One part rhythmic, one part for the air (to both blow into the night and speak with girth). He is either twisting you with sax, drums, keys, vocals, or his word.

Intentions to gather you, to help you sing, Budi bursts forth in this Dilla-esque brand of jazz melody and beats that beg more of a head swing than a nod. He recorded and developed everything that you can hear here by himself toiling at home and at The Khyber Centre for the arts and it’s so goddammm good.

I’m listening to Nick sing and play Wurlitzer…. RIGHT NOW! He’s directly below me vibrating the floors in this house that the gods have aligned for a multitude of wonderful people to live in, here in Halifax. Nick is one of them. I (thanks be to those gods) am one of them.

Bouncing with him, you’ll fall onto wisdom ready to force you to move, to smash what is standing in front us in the DEVILS that are white supremacy, colonialism, and capitalism. He’s changed my life forever, without a doubt. He’s willingly helped to guide me and stand beside me in questioning everything we know about this life. Nick fights. Nick believes. Nick is a jazz musician. I’m a better musician because of it. He’ll be with me in these ways til I go on.

Don’t miss his performance as Budi.

Nathan Doucet is a Halifax-based musicians who plays in Heaven For Real, Eddy, Fake Buildings, Moon and (sometimes) with Budi.


Kazoo! Fest 2017 Lineup Announced!

Kazoo! Fest 2017

Schedule, tickets, and more details to be announced soon!

Kazoo! #249: Julie Doiron & The Wrong Guys / Whoop-SZO – Feb 16 @ eBar

Kazoo! #249
Julie Doiron is a national treasure, starting off in Sub Pop’s grungy outfit Eric’s Trip before moving on to become one of Canada’s best songwriters. Julie & The Wrong Guys filters folk, indie rock, punk rock, grunge, and metal through a distinctly Canadian lens, channeling the vast geography, diverse climate and barren emptiness of the country into a cohesive, exciting musical sound. The group, which features Doiron, Eamon McGrath, and Cancer Bats members Mike Peters and Jaye Schwarzer are celebrating the release of a two-track 7-inch. The jaw-dropping fury of Julie & The Wrong Guys, tamed by an equal passion for both the spirit of punk rock and the delicate beauties of songwriting, truly has to be seen and heard to be believed.


Arty, spastic, dynamic and entirely unique, you won’t find another band like WHOOP-Szo. With a cast of members roaming in and out of Guelph, this band of creative counterparts combines sound collage, disjointed parts, complex arrangements, and supreme momentum to weave sonic stories, all at once disorienting and enjoyable. Sip on the psychedelic sound of WHOOP-Szo, we promise you’ll taste a far-reaching rainbow of tones.

Poster by Gregory Pepper

Thursday February 16th @ eBar (41 Quebec St.)
All Ages / LIC – Doors at 10pm – $12 Cover (at the door)

Unfortunately eBar is not a physically accessible venue (due to stairs).

Girls Rock Camp Guelph Fundraiser: Petra Glynt / Bonnie Trash / Eiyn Sof – Jan 27th @ eBar

The 2nd annual Girls Rock Camp Guelph is happening March break 2017 and a very special fundraiser is happening Friday January 27th at eBar.

Girls Rock Camp Guelph offers local female, trans, and gender nonconforming youth aged 10 – 13 a safe, supportive, and fun space to learn from experienced musicians, work towards a shared goal with a group of their peers, experiment musically, develop confidence, and play in a rock band for the first time! Girls Rock Camp aims to shape the next generation of Guelph’s creative community in a way that addresses the gender disparity in our thriving, but predominantly male, rock music scene.

Petra Glynt is the dreamy, operatic, synth-based alter ego of Toronto-based artist and musician Alexandra MacKenzie. Cutting her teeth as a vocalist and creatrix with punk trance bands Pachamama and Dentata, Petra Glynt is MacKenzie’s solo project, drawing on both her wizardly mastery of looping electronics and her intense alto vibrato that drips with neon and flickers with her deeply textured atmospheric sound.

Twin sisters that shred, creating songs that wouldn’t sound out of place on the “To Live and Die in LA” soundtrack. Soaring vocals, innovative ‘80s-sounding guitar wailing and programming – it all comes together to make songs that hint at nostalgia while looking to a dystopian future. The cool kids at the party have arrived.

Eiyn Sof is the project of Melissa Boraski who crafts catchy experimental pop tunes with just the right amount of texture and haze.

Poster by Ruby, one of the 2016 Girls Rock Campers!

Friday January 27th @ eBar (41 Quebec St.)
All Ages / LIC – Doors at 10pm – $12 / PWYC (Additional donations for Girls Rock Camp Guelph welcome)

Unfortunately eBar is not a physically accessible venue (due to stairs).