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 whose work focuses on independent culture, experimental art, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream. He has reported on a spectrum of creatives ranging from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has contributed features to Exclaim!, NOW, A.Side (formerly AUX), Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, and has appeared as a correspondent on Daily VICE. Tom is also a co-organizer and curator of the inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he has overseen the publication of an online blog and print newspaper-style community publication, and, in collaboration with Lucy Satzewich, implemented harm reduction strategies for safer event spaces. From 2006-2012, he was Editor-in-Chief of Halton, ON -based youth magazine The Undercroft and served as an outreach worker for parent organization Peer Outreach Support Services and Education (POSSE) Project. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, ON in the mid-2000s.

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