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Kazoo! #263: Weaves / Bonnie Trash – Oct 6th @ eBar

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

Kazoo! #261: Faith Healer / Shopkeeper – Sept 17th @ Take Time

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

Kazoo! #260: Julie & The Wrong Guys / Casper Skulls – September 8th @ eBar

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 their debut LP on Dine Alone Records. 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.

Having released their first EP, Lips and Skull, in October 2016, Buzz Records’ Casper Skulls very quickly stirred up a lot of – well – buzz. Hailing from Sudbury, Casper Skulls brought a taste of post-punk, garage rock goodness to a city that desperately needed that cultural shakeup. They have since relocated to Toronto and we’re happy that they’re so close, cause they’re a band you’ll want to keep your eyes on.

Friday, September 8th, 2017
@ The ebar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 10pm – $12 (at the door)

Unfortunately, eBar is not an accessible venue.

Poster by JG.

Kazoo! #259: Homeshake / Guy’s# – July 26th @ eBar

We’re very excited to have some of our fave softies of all time back in town from Montreal. Homeshake blew everyone’s minds when they played Kazoo! Fest in 2015, and Peter Sagar and co. have only gotten tighter, sweeter, and amazinger in the time since. Born in the bleak isolation of the secluded prairie city of Edmonton, Canada, Homeshake’s Peter Sagar worked with friends in a number of local bands before picking up and moving to Montreal in 2011 to begin recording under the Homeshake moniker. Following two self-released cassettes (The Homeshake Tapes and Dynamic Meditation) and two acclaimed full lengths (In The Shower and Midnight Snack), Sagar cracks a window open with his third album for Sinderlyn – Fresh Air. Started immediately following the recording of Midnight Snack, Fresh Air continues Sagar’s exploration of dreamy, downtempo bedroom R&B and draws inspiration from such disparate artists like Sade, The Band, Broadcast, Prince, and Angelo Badalamenti. As the title Fresh Air suggests, Sagar’s songs were created to clear his listeners’ minds of negativity. Full of smokey, laid back love songs and airy productions, Sagar’s decidedly stoned sound is a breath of fresh air.

Featuring members of Monomyth and Old and Weird, this mysterious four-piece performs in a circle sitting in the middle of the stage, and aside from the one song above, that’s all we know about them.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 @ The ebar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors at 10pm – $12 (at the door)

Unfortunately, eBar is not an accessible venue.

If you are coming from out of town, and are worried this will sell out, please email info@kazookazoo.ca with the names of people coming and we will hold a spot for you until 11PM.

Poster by the incredible Gillian Wilson

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