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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! #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.

Can I get a witness?

Why Xuan Ye Rules by Jenn E Norton

Xuan Ye

Xuan Ye, otherwise known as APA (A Pure Apparatus), is a prolific artist, a multi-instrumentalist, and computer coder, whose wanderlust creativity has led her to live many lives before she arrived in Toronto four years ago. Despite her soft spoken nature, she is an explosive force in performance, drawing upon her eclectic background to respond improvisationally.

Xuan was born in China, where she was trained in classical piano from age six. As her family was likely the sole owners of a piano in her small community, Xuan travelled long distances to Quanzhou for her weekly lessons before ultimately leaving her home at eleven years of age to pursue her musical education. Xuan majored in piano performance at a boarding school in Gulangyu, an island otherwise known as Piano Island, famous for its architecture, winding carless streets, but moreover, the plentitude of pianos.

After the completion of her studies on Piano Island, Xuan to a brief break from playing to focus on sciences, though soon formed an all-girl punk band, while concurrently performing R&B covers on televised and radio talent shows.  Though successful on the talent show circuit, her parents forbid her from continuing in hopes that their daughter would secure a financially viable vocation. Xuan continued a clandestine solo music career while studying e-commerce and financial engineering in Shanghai. Posting online and performing at night made her certifiably internet famous on Douban, the hugely influential social network, like a mashup of myspace, facebook, and imbd, in China. Influenced at that time by bossanova and folk music, Xuan performed with her guitar and harmonica. Upon graduation, Xuan once again left the familiarity of her home, quit her job to become a bar singer in a mountainous community in Lijiang, near Tibet. The gig obliged Xuan to perform certain standards, and some of her own choosing, including numerous Nirvana covers. Frustrated with the fetishization of the sweet voiced singer inherent to the genre, Xuan then moved to New York City to study corporate communications and media studies at NYU.

Focusing on sound and semiotics of performance, it is here that Xuan became familiar with the works of John Cage and Alvin Lucier. Xuan made demos privately, deleted her Douban profile and transformed into APA. Xuan moved to Toronto and began performing, guided by a self-defined rule to never repeat the same setup. ‘A Pure Apparatus’ is emblematic of this ethos of improvisation.

Jenn E. Norton is an artist working with interdisciplinary media including interactive stereoscopic animation, video, installation, sound and kinetic sculpture.

Xuan Ye is performing at Kazoo! HQ at Kazoo! HQ (127 Woolwich Street) at 2pm, Saturday, April 8th, 2017, presented by Ed Video and Channel.