Kazoo! Fest reviews: BA Johnston @Jimmy Jazz, April 6

BA Johnston at Jimmy Jazz, April 6. (Photo by Tom Beedham)

Applying some symmetry to the last set he played at the Jimmy Jazz, a concert that saw him end the show in the men’s washroom, BA Johnston kicked off his Kazoo! Fest set by emerging from the same lavatory with a couple of sparklers held high above his head.  At some times playing a keyboard with just one finger and at others simply plugging a Discman into the sound system and walking into the crowd to pick on audience members for their facial hair, fire snot rockets haphazardly at the ground (or the walls, or audience), climb atop tables, or to forego singing just to do the worm, BA Johnston’s act falls somewhere between a twisted kind of anti-music and one of the most engaging concert experiences you’ll ever witness. Seriously, but not seriously.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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