Kazoo Music Festival is back for its 9th year.

Five days of music and arts will be spread throughout the downtown, at a variety of venues.

“There’s a whole bunch of different venues. There’s churches, there’s bars, there’s schools and there’s a bus that will be parked downtown with film screenings on the bus,” said Mike Dean, secretary and treasurer of Kazoo Festival.  

The annual festival features independent music and visual artists, including films from across Canada and America.

The non-profit festival aims to strength communities and bring people together through the arts.

According to organizers this year’s lineup is the best to date with bigger acts, which are well known on the indie circuit. Artists like Chad VanGaalen, cellist Cris Derksen and New York's Kid Millions are all scheduled to perform.

On Wednesday afternoon the festival kicked off with a performance from Julie Doiron at the University of Guelph.

The free show was the first of over 40 performances and visual arts showcases.

“There’s a lot of pay what you can and free shows that are happening, a lot of family friendly events. I’d say 80 percent are all ages so anybody can come, “ said Dean.

“ It’s in the evening (Wednesday) and Thursday. There is one afternoon performance Thursday and then there are some afternoon performances Friday. On Saturday it’s essentially all day and then it finishes on Sunday with a pancake breakfast.”

For more information about artists and venues check out the Kazoo website.