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Kazoo! #257: Fet.Nat, This Saxophone Kills Fascists, S.H.E.D. – June 23rd @ DSTRCT

Hailing from the hotbed of Hull and Ottawa’s experimental scene, Fet.Nat are a force to be reckoned with. Blending eclectic musics into something truly unique, Fet.Nat defies categorization. Is it post-punk? Is it free jazz? Is it dance music? Is it art rock? All we know is that it rules. With every new release becoming an immediate staple around Kazoo! Headquarters, their explosive live show continues to be one of the best we have ever seen.

This Saxophone Kills Fascists is the spiritual Free Jazz project of Arrington de Dionyso (also of Old Time Relijin). The project seeks new forms and directions for contemporary protest music. Abstraction in music as resistance. Not preaching to the converted, but here to offer prayer, strength and medicine for difficult times.

Guelph’s Evan Gordon is probably on a lot of records you own — and they’re all great. His new project, S.H.E.D., continues that tradition of Gordon pounding out great records while also branching out into new territory with cuts that are somehow night clubbing bangers while also personal bedroom jams all at once. This will be the (long-awaited) debut performance of S.H.E.D. and Kazoo! is thrilled to present this synth heavy trip.

Kazoo! #257 : Friday, June 23rd
@ Dstrct (10 Wyndham Street North)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 9PM – $12 at the door

Poster by Gregory Pepper

Kazoo! # 258 : Mauno / Ten Boy Summer – July 6th @ eBar

Mao-no. It’s pronounced Mao-No. Winning hearts every time they step on stage or whenever someone new hears their incredible debut, Rough Master, or their new 7-inch on Flemish Eye, Halifax’s Mauno recalls the smart, introspective guitar rock of Chad VanGaleen and Jon McKiel while bringing something new to the table. Once again, Mao-No. You don’t want to mispronounce the name of a band this good.

Hailing from Stratford, Ontario this trio featuring Mary King, Calder Mckenna, and Justin Chadwick is a laid-back, pop-grungy treat. Their lo-fi pop is the soundtrack to the sweetest summer BBQ, the sweetest summer breeze and your sweetest summer romance. Grab your bathing suit and hit the beach with one of our new favorite bands, Ten Boy Summer.

Kazoo! #258: Thursday July 6th 2017
@ The ebar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 10pm – $10

Poster by Emma Welch

Kazoo! #256: Special Costello / BUDI / Natural Thirst – June 17th @ Take Time

Special Costello is the ever-developing project by the criminally underrated Jeremy Costello. Whether it’s an eleven minute post-pop/krautrock jam or a minute and a half synth instrumental, Special Costello commands every room with his deeply affecting, awe-inspiring shows. Certainly one of the most astonishing performers we’ve ever presented, it’s a treat to welcome Special Costello back.

Halifax engineer, artist and multi-instrumentalist (involved with Century Egg, Eddy, and Special Costello to name a few), Nick Dourado is one of the East Coast’s brightest gems, and BUDI sees Dourado exploring new terrain. While breaking new ground with BUDI, the music remains accessible, open, and joyful. While sometimes it is reminiscent of Kaytranada, sometime the Avalanches, BUDI is its own beast. Immerse yourself in BUDI.

Natural Thirst is the solo project of Chris Worden (Wolfcow, Baby Cages), backed by Emma & Sara Bortolon-Vettor (Bonnie Trash). Weird pop, goth ballads – sparse, echoey sad songs. Seeing a Natural Thirst performance is like seeing the Loch Ness Monster — rare, hard to document and something you will swear your friends just have to see.

Kazoo! #256: Saturday June 17th 2017 @ Take Time Vintage (18 Wilson Street)
Physically Accessible – All Ages /Licensed – Doors at 9pm – $10
Poster by Emma Green

Kazoo! Fest 2017: Sunday Preview

Well, where do we go from here? We’re still reelin’ and we need a decompress over the night that was. What better way to do that than all get together over at the Boarding House (6 Dublin St. S.) with Saltland, Ziibiwan, Snake Church, Hoodies and Eden Segal-Grossman’s video piece, Renders, where we can all look like these people?

While we’d never close our doors on you, these ones open at 10am.
See you there.

Kazoo! Fest 2017: Saturday Preview

This is it, guys. The last big hurrah before tomorrow’s pancake breakfast. Hope you’re ready to go all out.

Kick things off with the Kazoo! Print Expo, co-presented by Wyndham Art Supplies, and pick up some prints from your favourite artists. This will be taking place at Mitchell Hall from 11am to 4pm, but get there early so that you can head down the road to catch Kazoo!, Ed Video, and Channel’s co-pres of experimental, multi-faceted performances by Hexzuul, Xuan Ye, Roarke Menzies, and Brigitte Bardon’t beginning at 1pm at Kazoo! HQ.

If you head over to Silence for 3pm, you’ll get a taste of the incredible artistic talent that Guelph fosters with Jesse Ruddock’s book launch for her new novel “Shot Blue“, followed by a performance by The Magic. It’ll most certainly be magical.

At 4pm, you can get cozy at the Red Brick Cafe with the dreamy tunes of Guelph’s Emily Mikhaela & Ian Bain followed by a set from Sackville’s Golden Boy, Jon McKiel. After this, you’ll probably have time to run over to Outpost Vintage for some instrumental rock’n’roll with Ghost Snake with a surprise opening act!

At 7pm, run over to Heritage Hall and be prepared to bliss out ’cause Bernice and Un Blonde are gonna be performing with visuals by Versa.

While you can probably catch a bit of everything up to this point, now you’re gonna have to start making decisions. Over at Silence at 8pm is a Kazoo!’s co-presentation with IICSI that is a sure-fire festival highlight with the experimental sounds of Modo Koagon followed by the traditional Greek and post-punk fusion of Xylouris White featuring Createan lutist, George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White of the Dirty Three. Your other two options are head over to hang out with our friends at the Cornerstone at 8:30pm for an intimate performance from the blissful JoJo Worthington followed by the smooth sounds of Dan Edmonds. Over at Palmer Hall is the third edition of Short & Sweet, co-presented by Wants & Needs and Guelph Dance. A Kazoo! Fest classic of the past few years, this’ll be an evening of contemporary dance in which 32 dancers have only 3 minutes to perform for the audience.

Wrapping the night up at Mitchell Hall is a Kazoo! and CFRU 93.3FM co-pres featuring the Juno-nominated art rock top guns, Weaves, who will be opening for Guelph heroes, Constantines, with visuals by Karl Skene. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough to convince you, Girls Rock Camp band Violet Ice will be kicking off the night!

We feel confident in saying that this evening has all the makings of a legendary night and everyone will most certainly be talking about it over pancakes tomorrow, so be sure you don’t miss out.

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