Rae Spoon is an award-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and author. They have released eight solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres over the past twelve years and have toured across Canada and internationally. Their live shows swing between audience singalongs and large danceable arrangements, which keep them playing everywhere from folk festivals and house concerts to rock concerts and theatres.
For the past 15 years or so, Jewish-Canadian accordion player/singer-songwriter/novelist Geoff Berner has travelled the world. He’s played in bars, cafes, festivals, and the occasional stadium. He’s performed in 17 countries, on national radio in 7 of them.
Kazoo! #264: Wednesday October 18th
@ ANAF (32 Gordon Street) – Physically Accessible Venue
19+ / $12 at door / Doors 9pm
Poster by Emma Green
Out of the mighty Sackville, NB scene, Josée Caron and Lucy Niles formed Partner. With a now-legendary live show and following the release their heavily anticipated debut, In Search of Lost Time, on You’ve Changed Records, Partner’s waves are only going to get bigger. With a unique breed of music that deals with everything from queer politics to hot knives, and references to 1990s alternative, Partner might just be Canada’s best new thing.
BBQT is infectious. Packing garage pop hooks that go for miles, you won’t be able get these jams out of your head. They have punch, they have sway, they have it. BBQT have been on our radar for quite some time and we are so excited to finally be bringing them to Guelph. Buds to to front.
Guelph noise rock’s cutest trio, Dan Loughrin, Jake Cadieux and Troy LaFontaine race through beats and chords with the frantic paranoia of speed metal musicians, punctuated by brief, breezy pauses of chilled out riffs. With a great album under their belts, Aruban Sandwich, we are eagerly waiting for this punk, jazz-infused, mathy trio’s next release — due in less than 9 months.
Kazoo! #265: Friday October 27th
@ eBar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 10pm – $10 at the door
Poster by Gregory Pepper
JERUSALEM IN MY HEART
Jerusalem In My Heart is a live audio-visual performance project, with Montréal-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and Montréal-based filmmaker Charles-André Coderre at its core. Jerusalem In My Heart release their music on Montreal label Constellation Records and pack a live show that is not to be missed.
Scattered Clouds’ sound is dark, experiential and post apocalyptic. It layers artificial enstasy with bouts of unsteady euphoria and romanticism. Brooding rhythms and precise noise from this experimental 3-piece underline film noir imagery and auto-fictional narratives.
Kazoo! #262: Saturday, September 30th
@ Silence (46 Essex Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 8pm – $10 at the door
Silence is a fully accessible venue
Weaves returns to Guelph to show you what it’s like when you pair one of the tightest backing bands in Toronto with one of the most compelling singers. Weaves take post-punk spazziness, mix it with an improvisational spirit and churn out informed, exciting art rock like you’ve never heard. This show marks the release of their new LP ‘Wide Open’.
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.
Kazoo! #263: Friday October 6th
@ The ebar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 10pm
$12 at the door / $10 in Advance
Unfortunately, eBar is not an accessible venue.
Poster by Yvonnne Weiss
We’ve been wanting to see Faith Healer in Guelph since Jessica Jalbert (Edmonton) and Renny Wilson (Montreal) dropped their phenomenal, blissed out but still shredding debut, Cosmic Troubles, back in 2015. Now, they’ve released an even more stunning follow-up, Try ;-), and they’re bringing the full 5-piece band (rounded out by the Tee-Tahs’ Jenni Roberts, Mitchmatic, and a young guy named Ross) to Guelph!
“The pop-rock arrangements are still overflowing with beautiful sonic details—from the Twin Peaks synths that enshroud “Sterling Silver” to the funky clavinet that’s nestled within the paisley-patterned pop of “& Waiting—but the instrumentation is stripped down enough that it can be faithfully recreated by a live band. Jalbert and Wilson were inspired by the garage-punk snarl of Wipers, the deadpan drama of Leonard Cohen’s Death of a Ladies’ Man, and the classic songwriting chops of Scott Walker and Elvis Costello.”
We are very excited to welcome a local favourite back to the Kazoo! Fest stage. Helmed by Scott Haynes, and featuring Jenny Mitchell (AKA Jenny Omnichord / Bird City) and Steph Yates (from Esther Grey and Cupcake Ductape), Shopkeeper nods to greats like Will Oldham and Jason Molina, while bringing something totally fresh and captivating to the folk rock genre. Fresh off their Golden Bus tour to Sappy Fest, and with new songs in tow, we can’t wait to see Shopkeeper back in Guelph.
Sunday September 17th 2017
@ Take Time Vintage (8 Wilson St, Guelph)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 7:30PM – $10
Take Time is physically accessible.
Beautiful poster by the great Ryan Cassidy