Kazoo! Fest Preview – Saturday April 12th

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furys-thursdaySaturday is jam-packed, so you’ll need to plan things accordingly to be able to see all of the amazing stuff can. Plus, we have a newly announced free in-store show at 4:45 at Royal Cat Records (10 Carden St.) – Keep reading for more details.

To start, we have the Kazoo! Print Expo kicking things off at Mitchell Hall (99 Woolwich Street, inside St. George’s Church), which features more than 40 artists displaying their mind-blowing printed wares. At 1:30PM, the doors open for a very special show at Silence (46 Essex), and at 2PM Southern U.S. noise and art collective Postcommodity will perform a mix of free jazz and experimental noise, followed by the longest running noise group in the world, London, ON’s Nihilist Spasm Band. This show is definitely going to sell out, and you should definitely get there early. It is being co-presented by Musagetes, Silence and Ed Video (three of our favourite Guelph organizations).

Just across the street from Silence, at Capacity 3 Gallery (6 Dublin St. S.) at 3:30 will be an art opening reception for Hugh Mater’s “My Own Shortcomings”. This event is free and will run until 5:30.

Running concurrently with Hugh Mater’s show will be a SPECIAL performance by Guelph’s newest, oldest and only Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet cover band: FROM a Shadowy Planet. Led by Vish Khanna and featuring some talented Guelph mainstays, this is the band’s first show and will blow the roof off Royal Cat (hopefully not literally).

In the heart of downtown, at Red Brick Cafe (8 Douglas St) is Guelph’s own amazing songstress Jessy Bell Smith, who will be opening the show at 5:30, followed by Toronto’s EONS at 6:30.

After this show, we take a short break before really turning things up for Saturday night. Guelph sonn-to-be-legends Shopkeeper will be opening up for bona fide Canadian folk legend Michael Feuerstack at the CornerStone (1 Wyndham N). This show starts at 9:30, and space is limited, so get there early if you want to check it out.

Just across the street at Van Gogh’s Ear, starting at 10PM, will be experimental orchestral drone stand-outs Whoop-SZO, opening up a crazy night. Following Whoop-SZO is thunder-rock gods Biblical, followed by queer feminist cock rock AMAZEMENT, VAG HALEN and a very special all-covers set by Legato Vipers, featuring a bunch of out of town Kazoo! performers on vocals.

And we’re also back at The Jimmy Jazz again tonight with a free noisy punk rock show. Opening the night we have Hamilton’s WTCHS, who are celebrating the release of a new LP. After that we’ve got Guelph’s own Bleet who are sure to bring the riff-heavy noise. This will be Bleet’s final show, so come say goodbye and pick up a copy of their new album ‘Underbite’. Closing out the night, we have the spastic art punk of Toronto’s Soupcans. Don’t show up late for this one because this will be at capacity early!

Starting at 11PM at Sapphire Lounge will be a Sensi Boy Co-Production, featuring two of Guelph’s best MCs and definitely Guelph’s best dance DJ: Vic NS will be kicking off the show, before Canadian rap legend Noah 23 takes the stage, and DJ Chadillac will be spinning before, between and after.

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