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Kazoo! #241: Tasseomancy / Ferne – Nov 20th @ eBar

kazoo241-web-smallTASSEOMANCY (Toronto)
Tasseomancy is the musical project of sisters Sari and Romy Lightman who are former members of Austra. Channelling their former forays in psychedelic folk into a kind of lushly accessible, warmly experimental dream-pop along with bandmates Johnny Spence and Evan Cartwright, they explore manipulated sounds, all with mood in mind. That exploration reaches full bloom on their new album ‘Do Easy’, the group’s third full-length release due on November 18th. It’s the sound of a band hitting their richly imagined, luxuriously executed stride.

FERNE (Guelph)
Ferne is the brainchild of Ian Bain. With smooth synth tones and waves of reverb drenched guitars, the debut track ‘Over’ channels the warped R&B sound of Homeshake. With a debut EP slated for December, the full live band consists of Bain alongside Dan Loughrin, Jake Cadieux and Adrien Willem. This is the live premiere of Ferne and Kazoo! couldn’t be happier to be involved.

Kazoo! #241: Sunday November 20th @ eBar (41 Quebec Street)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors 10pm – $10 at the door

Unfortunately eBar is not a physically accessible venue (due to stairs)
Poster by Gregory Pepper

Kazoo! #240: DIANA / Bernice – Nov 11th @ eBar


Toronto’s breezy synth-pop outfit DIANA is back with their much-anticipated second album, Familiar Touch. We loved the last one – and this one is even better. Thoughtful while seemingly effortless, DIANA are one of the best bands Toronto has to offer. We are thrilled to welcome Joseph Shabason, Kieran Adams, and Carmen Elle back to Guelph.

Led by singer Robin Dann’s beautiful and intricate vocal melodies, and featuring some of Toronto’s best players (Thom Gill, Colin Fisher, Dan Fortin, Felicity Williams and Phil Melanson), Toronto’s Bernice is imbued with a sense of experimentalism and wonder. Simply put, there’s something deeply affecting and infectious about Bernice’s songs. Never has so much skill, passion, and thought been contained within something so delicate.

Kazoo! #240: Friday November 11th @ eBar (41 Quebec St)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors 10pm – $12 at the door

Unfortunately eBar is not a physically accessible venue (stairs)
Poster by Emma Welch

Kazoo! Halloween: Versa / Baby Cages / L CON – Oct 28th @ eBar

Versa is an audio/visual collaboration between process-based artist Monika Hauck and musician Alex Ricci. Sonically influenced by contemporary soundscape, instrumental post-rock and 60’s psychedelic, the project combines heavily effected bass guitar compositions with projected visuals created live throughout the performance. Music is rendered visible by harnessing its physical and cymatic properties, resulting in an immersive synesthetic experience.

Scorceress pop from a stranger world. Hypnotic melodies and swayable beats led by frontwoman Halloway Jones. With elements of post-rock, pop, folk, avant garde/experimental, drone and a dozen other components, all we can say is that it is truly captivating. While many of these songs are broken, reflecting on missed opportunities, they are hopeful. Building it up all again amongst the rubble.

L CON exists as a fluid, constantly evolving project led by Lisa Conway. With the release of her new album Moon Milk, based on Italo Calvino’s short story collection The Cosmicomics, this new collection of songs use sparse electronics and striking arrangements to explore the deep and dark celestial void.

Kazoo! Halloween Party: Friday October 28th @ eBar (41 Quebec St)
All Ages / Licensed – Doors 10pm – $10 at the door

Unfortunately eBar is not a physically accessible venue (stairs)
Poster by JG

Interview with Katie Ewald & Ame Henderson of Public Recordings

Andrea of Indie Alarm Clock on CFRU 93.3 FM had a chat with Katie Ewald and Ame Henderson of Public Recordings about their upcoming performance/workshop Choreographies of Encounter and What We Are Saying happening this weekend. In their performance they explore the ways in which creating sound and movement can intersect with creating space and listening, allowing for unity and shedding light on the possibility of a leaderless togetherness. In a society where we all seem to constantly be talking over each other, this can teach us ways in which we can subvert the dissonance and use it to make space for each other and work together. In the workshop, they teach some of the exercises that went in to creating the performance. Check out the interview and join us this weekend!

‘What We Are Saying’ by Public Recordings

WWAS_Guelph-web‘what we are saying’
the radical possibility of a leaderless togetherness

Kazoo! is excited to co-present a special interdisciplinary contemporary dance performance created by Public Recordings Performance Projects. An intimate and expansive composition of sound and movement, ‘what we are saying’ is a performance that presents the conditions of bare utterance.

In an open space filled with chairs, a group of seven performers start a conversation. They begin by listening. Representing nothing but themselves, their words and actions gradually approach a unison where every decision is a group decision but no one knows what’s going to happen next.

For the performers, uncertainty is both the figure and the ground of their pursuit–to express how things are and how they want them to be different. Asking seriously whether being together is possible, what we are saying illuminates the radical possibility of a leaderless togetherness.

Saturday October 1, 8:30pm @ ANAF (32 Gordon St, Guelph, ON)
& Stick around after for a special edition of Golden Throats Karaoke!

Tickets: $15 General Admission & $12 Arts Worker/Senior/Underemployed/Student.

Space is limited, reserve in advance: info@publicrecordings.org

For more info: www.publicrecordings.org

Concept and instigation: Ame Henderson | Created in collaboration with: Frank Cox-O’Connell, Katie Ewald, Mairéad Filgate, Sherri Hay, Brendan Jensen, Benjamin Kamino, Liz Peterson, Bojana Stancic, Stephen Thompson and Evan Webber | Performers: Ishan Davé, Katie Ewald, Peter Fernandes, Mairéad Filgate, Ame Henderson, Brendan Jensen and Evan Webber | Scenography: Sherri Hay and Bojana Stancic | Production Management and Rehearsal Direction: sandra Henderson | Sound Design: Alexander MacSween | Lighting Concept: Kim Purtell

Co-produced by Dance 4, Festival TransAmériques and Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage in association with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Developed in residencies at Dance 4, OBORO and Gallery TPW.

Made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts.