Last Friday at the Ebar, Kazoo! ran a memorable show featuring Guelph’s Bonnie Trash, who released their ghoulish EP Ezzelini’s Dead this summer, and Toronto’s Weaves, who released their sophomore album Wide Open earlier that same day.
Bonnie Trash opened the night with an edgy set that made clever use of suspense and delivery. It began with Emma Bortolon-Vettor wielding a violin bow on her guitar to form a swirling drone while her sister Sara stood ready to conduct the approaching storm.
They played their entire EP front to back and the audience consumed it with gluttonous delight. Revelers twisted and contorted in front of the ensemble while Emma overlooked the procession with a dead-eyed stare. Their dance was stilled by spoken word interludes that broke the set up into digestible chunks. With the audience satiated, Bonnie Trash left the stage.
Compared to the dense feast of the previous act, Weaves’ set was a light, poppy treat. Their setlist was a good balance of fan-favourites from their debut album and songs that showcased their evolution as artists.
Though there were plenty of memorable moments, one in particular stood out: when certain audience members — hopped up on the sugary, punky tunes — began to endanger those around them, singer Jasmyn Burke walked into the crowd of swirling bodies and initiated a group hug, urging everyone to respect each other and the space. The crowd immediately embraced one another, demonstrating both the power of Weaves’ live performance and the sense of togetherness within the Guelph community.
Photo by Chris Fast