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Guelph's Kazoo! Fest calls it quits after this year

Organizers of Kazoo! Fest, a music and arts festival in Guelph, say this April's four-day event will be its last.

Music and arts festival includes shows in coffee shops, dance parties in warehouses

Music producer Elaquent performs as part of Kazoo! Fest at a coffee shop in downtown Guelph. (Vanessa Tignanelli)

Kazoo! Fest in Guelph has brought a number of musicians and artists to the 'Royal City' but after this year's event in April, it will come to an end.

Volunteer organizers posted the announcement on Facebook on Friday.

"There are countless reasons, but the short answer is that it simply felt like the right time," the organizers explained of the plan to end the festival, which has run since 2006.

The statement said when the first Kazoo! Fest was held in 2006, "there wasn't a plan" but the local music scene was in need of a platform and community-minded musicians came together to create the festival.

"Kazoo! has always been a labour of love, anchored by a small group of dedicated music fans who've put their hearts and minds into this project alongside the hundreds (and more likely thousands) of people who've volunteered over the years," the statement said, noting they've hosted 12 city-wide festivals and more than 300 shows as part of their year-round music series.

The festival has highlighted musicians of every genre, as well as artists in print making, multimedia, zines, and visual arts.

"Though it may feel like a hole will be left in Guelph's music scene without Kazoo! Fest, we believe that by stepping aside now, we are making space for new generations of dreamers, punks, and diverse creative thinkers to book shows, create festivals, and invent radical new ways of sharing ideas and art," the group said.

The final Kazoo! Fest will run April 16 to 19 at various venues in downtown Guelph.

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