All Over the Map Cassette and Zine Launch, Panel Discussion Saturday, April 11, 12 PM

All Over the Map Cassette and Zine Launch, Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 11 – All Ages – FREE – Accessible
@ PS Guelph (46 Essex St.)
12 PM: Listening Session and Lunch (first come first served)
1 PM: Panel ft. Vish Khanna, Casey Mecija, Noah23, and Jenn E Norton, moderated by Ben Grossman

Come neighbours and friends, zinesters and musicians, activists, children, lovers of words. Come with your curious minds and your open hearts. PS Guelph is excited to present the launch of All Over the Map as part of Kazoo! Festival, which runs from April 8-12, 2015. For a full schedule of events, visit www.kazookazoo.ca.

We’ll be launching a scrappy cassette and zine that originates with the All Over the Map music tour in September 2013. This one-day travelling music tour in four Guelph neighbourhoods was co-created by Kazoo!, the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, and Musagetes. We started the day in the South end at Kortright Hills with some lush folk tunes by Bry Webb and pancakes cooked up by the Cub Scouts of Guelph. After that, the bus headed to the west end of town for a hip hop show with Noah23 leading an open freestyle collaboration with Guelph’s finest young MC’s including Monsoon, Molly Gruesome, and Patman backed by DJ Barnabizzle. This took place on a backdrop of pickup basketball on the courts at Mitchell Woods Public School. Next we were off to Two Rivers (also known as The Ward) for a double bill inside the decommissioned Tytler Public School gym with sets by the punk group Matt Damon and our local surf-rocker group The Furys. As the sun set, we gathered on the edge of town in Brant to cap off the night with a set of afrobeat funk from Minotaurs.

This compact package will contain an audio chronicle of the four concerts by local artist and musician Brian Schirk, and a PS-style zine. The zine includes residents and bus riders’ re by Lynn Broughton, handwritten song lyrics by Constantines frontman Bry Webb, a text by local curator Alissa Firth-Eagland which digs into Guelph’s musical and activist inclinations, and some words by CFRU’s station manager and freelance writer Vish Khanna on what keeps him here. We’ll start off the afternoon right with a nosh and listen of the the cassette at noon, and then get serious at 1 PM as everyone’s favourite electroacoustic hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman moderates a conversation between Vish Khanna, musician Casey Mecija (Ohbijou’s longtime frontwoman), hometown hip-hop star Noah23, and artist and musician Jenn E Norton, who just recently returned from the Canada Council residency in Paris. They will chat about how cities impact a creative practice.

Before heading over to PS for lunch, music, and all-star thoughts, come and check out PS Guelph’s table at the annual Kazoo! Print Expo on Saturday, April 11 from 11-4 PM at Mitchell Hall in St. George’s Church (99 Woolwich St.). We’ll have our latest book offerings available for purchase, so stop by our table and pick up a piece of handmade culture! Later that evening, drop by Heritage Hall (83 Essex St.) from 8-10 PM, where Kazoo! and People of Good Will are teaming up to co-present a bill featuring Toronto-based musician and artist Lido Pimienta and Oakland, California’s Black Spirituals.