Kazoo! Fest is a pretty amazing 5 day music and arts festival in our own dearly beloved Guelph! Yes! Just half an hour away by roads lies the fair city of Guelph, a veritable melting pot of food and fun and culture. Starting this April 11th, the venues of Guelph will be spangled with bands and happenin’s from all over the Great White North. You lucky buggers! You are royally spoilt for choice as to what to do!
Attend the kick-off party at Ed Video Gallery on Wednesday April 11th from 8 – 10 pm, and indulge your artistic and musical yearnings every night that follows until Sunday April 15th, at various venues around Guelph. Van Gogh’s Ear, Jimmy Jazz, eBar, they’re all in on it!
Kazoo! is a Guelph based artist run non-profit organization interested in creating a fun and exciting space for live music and art in our community. Made up of musicians, visual artists, and community organizers with a strong interest in showcasing innovative new music and art as a way to strengthen communities and bring people together. Kazoo! have been engaging the Guelph community since 2007, with the publication of the first issue of Kazine, and Arts and Culture mag chock full of creative folks’ contributions, from comics and short stories, to local issues and visual art. 2008 saw Kazine evolve from a printed quarterly to an annual arts and music bash. Past bands include Bocce, Timber Timbre, Katie Stelmanis and Jenny Omnichord among many many others.
Musically, this year’s event looks to be equally sickfastic, with renowned performers like Minotaurs, Cadence Weapon, Bry Webb (of Constantines fame) and The Providers and Del Bel popping up at Kazoo! Fest venues over Guelph during the course of the festy. These are just a handful of the packed line-up If you hop on to www.kazookazoo.ca you can check out a full listing of venues, bands, dates and times.
Tickets are available on the door only and most shows are between $5 – $10. You can get your hands on one of the 50 Crony Passes available, which gets you in to to all shows at all venues for the bargain price of $35 – you’d make that back after just 3 shows! You can pick this up at the delicious Cornerstone cafe on Wyndham Street anytime before the event, although they do sell out fast. Be sure to bring your I.D. as most shows are licensed, in case you need some liquid refreshment
On Friday 13th the Festival of Moving Media brings you a double bill of indie-liciousness with indie flicks Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles and D.I.Y. Or Die screening at Ed Video, April 14th is destined to be one of the highlights of the 2012 Kazoo!Fest. During the day you can get your graphic on at the Comic and Zine Expo, which takes place at the Norfolk Street United Church from 11am – 4pm. Why not stop by the cozy afterparty at eBar, before heading to Images Fest back at Ed Video Gallery on Baker Street for a night of experimental sound and image.
Ease into your Sunday with a conscience with Bry Webb & The Providers at the respectable hour of 11am back at Ed Video, as proceeds of this show go to NDACT. Turn up a little earlier (10am) and you’ll even get breakfast. Now, you can’t say fairer than that, can you?