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Kazoo! Fest: Music-and-art festival challenge for audiences

Five days of music and art will return to the downtown from April 9 to 13 when Kazoo! Fest presents its seventh annual festival.
This year’s festival will showcase over 30 musical performances, visual art, multimedia art installations, the Kazoo! Print Expo, film screenings, and more.
“Since 2006, Kazoo! Fest has been a platform to showcase emerging artists through forward-thinking programming that challenges audience expectations and champions bold and exciting new music,” a news release said.
A year-round new music series culminates each year in this celebration of independent music and art. “Kazoo! Fest is a not-for-profit organization led by musicians, artists and cultural producers who believe that innovative new music and art can strengthen communities and bring people together,” the release said.
The music lineup for this year’s festival features artists from Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver and as far away as the southwestern United States, as well as local artists.
Getting top billing are a rare solo performance by Polaris Music Prize nominee Destroyer sharing a bill with Constantines’ front-man Bry Webb, as well as a selection of nationally recognized performers such as Hooded Fang, Cousins, Vag Halen, Solids, Michael Feuerstack, Isla Craig and Jef Barbara, the release said.
The “legendary noise band” known as Nihilist Spasm Band will perform as part of an afternoon bill alongside the Native American trans-disciplinary arts collective known as Postcommodity.
The music lineup also includes some Guelph bands, including Legato Vipers, The Furys, Jessy Bell Smith and Manatee.
Kazoo! Fest always includes a series of visual art, multimedia installations and special projects.
This year, Toronto visual artist and musician Alexandra Mackenzie will perform a live set as Petra Glynt, in addition to hosting a solo exhibition at Ed Video Media Arts Centre that’s titled Promised Land. There will also be a multimedia performance by local artists commissioned by Kazoo! Fest and by Ed Video Media Arts Centre, the release said.
As a special treat for Kazoo! Fest 2014, Wellington Brewery will be creating a one-off beer called Kazoo! Brew Festive IPA, the release said. It will be available exclusively at the festival.
The full festival line-up is at www.kazookazoo.ca.

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