Audible Songs from Rockwood
by Fiver w/ Chris Coole & John Showman
+ an opening set from Bry Webb
For almost a decade, Simone Schmidt has been writing new life into and around folk, country, and rock songs. Critically outspoken and largely evading the branding of the music industry proper by working under several aliases, Schmidt might be recognized for her tenure as the front person and songwriter for country act One Hundred Dollars (2007-11) or psych rock unit The Highest Order (2011-ongoing), or from her solo work as Fiver (2012 – on). Schmidt has six LP’s to her writing credit, along with a range of singles, collaborations with artists as wide ranging as hardcore punk phenomenon Fucked Up, to the inimitable USGirls, and Old Time and Bluegrass veteran Chris Coole. Schmidt has produced original works for film (World Famous Gopher Hole Museum, Land of Destiny) and appears as a guest vocalist on a number of records, including Doug Paisley, Tasseomancy and The Wooden Sky.
In April 2017, Schmidt released Audible Songs From Rockwood on Idee Fixe Records, a song cycle based on the lives of people incarcerated at the Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Upper Canada between 1856 -1881.
Guelph’s own Bry Webb weaves together the honest sentiments that get us all through each day. A deeply affecting singer/songwriter, Bry’s peaceful and sincere performances are full of celebratory, nostalgic and touching songs, delivered in a way that makes you understand why he’s been so influential in Canadian music for the past 10+ years.
Thursday January 11th @ ANAF (32 Gordon St)
Physically Accessible Venue
$12 Advance / $15 at Door
Advance tickets on sale at Royal Cat Records
Kazoo! Fest and Ed Video are thrilled to announce this year’s winner of the 2018 ‘Look Hear’ commissioning project, to be premiered in April, 2018 at Kazoo! Fest:
‘We Who Dare’ is a new multimedia performance by Luyos MC (MaryCarl Guiao) and Karl Skene. Music played on traditional kulintang gongs from the southern Philippines are combined with poetry, illustrations, video, and traditional dress to create an experience where Indigenous Pilipinx identities and truth bearers can be felt and heard.
‘We Who Dare’ tells the story of Boi Beting, an elder and tribal leader from the southern Philippines currently seeking refugee status in Canada, and her lifelong battle to protect the land and local communities at the foot of Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines.
Thanks to Ed Video Media Arts Centre for making this possible.
JESSICA MOSS (Montreal)
Montreal violinist Jessica Moss has performed and recorded with a wide spectrum of ensembles over the last two decades. Best known as a permanent member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, she was also a founding member of avant-klezmer group Black Ox Orkestar, recorded and toured with the Vic Chesnutt band for the two albums released on Constellation, and worked extensively with Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista. May 2017 heralds Jessica Moss’ first official full-length solo release. Comprised of two side-length multi-movement compositions, Pools Of Light is a stunning work that unfolds at a stately, inexorable pace, combining sound-art and signal-processed timbres, extended melodic and contrapuntal lines, and the periodic deployment of stark, minimalist vocals.
BEN SHEMIE (Montreal)
Always exploratory and meticulous, Shemie’s solo pursuits involve performance based experimental sound practices that integrate freeform excursions and more structured compositional music — veering into classical, radio art, new technologies and all manner of other avant-garde investigation. Best known as singer and guitarist for art-rock-tronica act Suuns, Shemie also boasts a background in modern classical composition and experimental performance. A fascination for electronic music, specifically the seminal releases of Warp Records spurred him to experiment, expand his sound and fuse it with the conventions of many genres. Shemie’s latest concern Enduring Love, has him taming feedback and sound swells, teasing the elements into figures and forms as he rides out their fury or their fragility. A powerful improv-heavy piece of angular, ambient drone, prepare to be enveloped.
Thursday November 30th – Kazoo! #267
@ Silence (46 Essex Street) – Physically Accessible Venue
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 8pm
$10 Advance (Details TBA) / $15 Door
Poster by Nathan Campagnaro
Featuring members of U.S. Girls, Slim Twig, Ice Cream, Tropics, The Highest Order and more, Darlene Shrugg is a Toronto Supergroup in the truest sense of the word. Their music is dense and intelligent, completely packed with riffs and hooks, then layered with a ‘70s rock sheen and a T. Rex glam edge. They have been one of Toronto’s most talked about bands in recent years and, with a long-awaited debut record in tow that’s been dominating the speakers over at Camp Kazoo!, we couldn’t be happier to be have them take over the eBar.
The aptly-named Toronto heavies bring rawk n roll to an epic level, never shying away from the shredding wails and pounding rhythms that still make rock shows exciting. Biblical are like the bastard, leather-clad offspring of Motorhead and Kyuss, and will be making their return in Guelph with the freshly released dense monster that is “The City That Always Sleeps”. This unabashed celebration of crushing guitar riffage, heavy bass, and snarling vocals will rumble the foundations of the Lady Immaculate itself.
Kazoo! #266: Thursday, November 23rd
@ The eBar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 10pm – $10 at the door
Unfortunately, eBar is not an accessible venue.
Poster by JG JG.
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