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Official Opposition speaks to the coming election

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE DOWNTOWN LCBO There’s been a good debate lately on the practices of the Beer Store and its monopolistic operation, but beer is not the only thing being regulated away from us. The LCBO is an entity that stips away the possibility of competition and monopolizes on their ability to be the only game in town. It’s kind of funny that we, as Canadians, seem to like the Soviet ideal of liquor consumption. Maybe this is an all-aboard-the-train-of-thought moment, but we have this strange fascist idea of how we ought to buy liquor: one store to rule them all. It dates back to Canadian Prohibition, yeah that was a thing we had in various forms until 1948. But the LCBO, like it or not, has been part of Ontario’s culture since 1927. Well comrade, we enjoy the singular choice of our socialist overlords because it makes for efficiencies in our system. A fair system for all. Except it doesn’t, not even little. Take the case of downtown where more bars and restaurants exist in those few small square kilometres than in other parts of the city. Surely the downtown is the highest purveyor of fine spirits, and it seems damn unfortunate that the smallest liquor store services it. When a monopoly serves the area why should it be served with less? Served by the bare minimum of liquors. The decadent varieties are nowhere to be found. The niches are negligible, the connoisseurs are cast out. It seems a little suspect that the flagship LCBO is located 6 kilometres away from all of the major business. What about business owners and the lowly residents, they too lack the sufficient variety our workers paradise deserves. Dasvidaniya no more, only an un-stocked well. No decadent vodkas or luxurious vintages, only the bare minimum. It’s only slightly better than a 1980s Soviet liquor coupon line (yes, it’s a real thing). If we can’t have thriving retail shouldn’t we have we well stocked shelf? Maybe it’s niggling, maybe it’s inconsequential but shouldn’t we be looking after our small businesses downtown enabling the bar to enable the drinker?

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Taking the Express lane to basketball Windsor Express reflects on Caesars game and WFCU arena Jay Verspeelt Windsorites have heard of the Spitfires, but the Windsor Express might be passing by. While there’s some debate on just where hockey originated, basketball is an uncontested Canadian sport ... even if it was first played in America. In that spirit of cultural exchange, American entrepreneur Dartis Willis set up shop in 2012 in Windsor with his basketball team the Windsor Express. Drafted from players across the two countries, the teammates landed in the city and played ball all the way to a No. 1 Central Division title. So what are Willis’ thoughts on having a winning team? “[It’s] very much like working with a losing team, you win and you lose. To win on the court as well as in the stands depends on the day… we’re winning overall. We’ve got a great team both on the court and off the court,” said Willis. While the Express are winning on the court, they’re losing in the stands. Their arena, the Windsor Family Credit Union

Centre, seats up to 6,900 people while the team sees an average of 700 people per game. “I think that Windsor has some unique challenges of its own and we walked in right in the middle of them,” said Willis, referencing the WFCU Centre’s east side location. “The argument for and against the arena being where it is, it’s a fight that’s not ours.” Express fan Brett Hedges agrees with the sentiment. “I think we need more basketball savvy fans in the city. But ultimately they need to change venues. Being in the east side is [killing] them,” he said.

Windsor Express hope success on court is reflected in the stands » Photo Jay Verspeelt

On Jan. 16, the Express played a special game at Caesars Windsor that saw a record turnout of approximately 2,800 people, according to Willis.

While he’d like to see the team play there again, Willis stated that the venue was much more expensive to rent out than the WFCU Centre and also much less accessible. Still he would like to play there at least once more.

“We didn’t know if it was something affordable or not but we knew that we wanted to play there at least once. That event was two years in the making,” said Willis.

“Crowds at the WFCU centre are lower in numbers but very enthusiastic and loud. One thousand fans for Windsor is like 3-4,000 fans anywhere else,” said Hedges.

Hedges has seen Express fans shout louder and longer than fans of other teams and Willis has said that he’s seeing many familiar faces in the stands. “We’ve got a good following already. It’s not where we want it but they’ve [fans] really been receptive to the team,” said Willis.

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On Monday, March 17, city council voted in favour of administration’s recommendation to close the pool at Water World permanently. It’s been public knowledge that the closures of Water World and Adie Knox were part of the city’s business plan in budgeting for the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. Usage by swim clubs and the hosting of swim meets has recently raised questions as to whether the programming at the WIATC can continue at levels previously offered at both Water World and Adie Knox, so much so that the city has been in discussions with outside operators to potentially continue services at Adie Knox. Should the decision to close Water World and potentially Adie Knox be reconsidered now that the city can better assess the usage at the WIATC and ensure that community programming continues at the same level as previously offered at both Water World and Adie Knox? Rino Bortolin To make the business case for the new WIATC, the city had to propose the closure of Water World and Adie Knox. The closure of those two facilities was to solely bolster the business case; programming and accessibility would not suffer according to the city. Through my experience in the first session of programming, both cost and availability remained the same. We are now preparing to book our kids in the next session at the WIATC. The Windsor Activity Guide has stated that all programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is suspended due to swim meets and swim club usage. Further searches show that a lot of Thursday night programming has been cancelled as well

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and potentially adie knox (with no explanation). The city has already stated that usage has been higher than expected — we can only consider this a success — but with the expected growth of the sport, we can only expect that swim club usage and swim meets would also increase. Because of these facts we now have to consider the decision to close Water World and potentially Adie Knox a mistake and a bit premature. Community pools are there to service the community. If the new WIATC cannot offer the same level of programming while meeting the needs of the local swim clubs it is imperative that the city reconsider closing Water World and Adie Knox and find a way to continue programming at those two locations. The decision should have been linked to programming levels and not rushed. It seems odd to vote on closing Water World just as programming cuts are being rolled out in the next activity guide. Was the programming level not considered in the decision? This was premature and needs to be reconsidered. Paul Synnott I think everything has been taken into consideration at this point. In terms of Adie Knox, the city has stated that they are in talks with a third party operator to potentially keep the pool open. The level of use at Adie Knox hasn’t diminished much since the opening of the WIATC, so there may be some value in its continuation. If the third

Husband, father (of three), chef/co-owner Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House. Rino Bortolin is a passionate advocate for all things local especially local food. Bortolin’s community activism focuses on local municipal issues, having run for city council in 2010. He’s contributed on many local campaigns at all three levels of government.

party talks fail, then city council will have to decide whether or not to keep funding it. Water World is a different story. Much of the programming there has already made a successful transition to the aquatic centre. The facility may undergo a name change but it will remain in the neighbourhood as a community centre, possibly with a gym now instead of a pool. The swim meets happening in May are a once in 10 or 15 year event due to the temporary closure of competitive pools in other cities. Where the city has failed is in not striking a better balance in programming between the meets and recreational swims. Cancelling some recreational programs for the spring session instead of offering a modified, truncated session was short sighted on the part of Parks and Recreation. Every effort should have been expended to deliver all programs. It’s far better to have tried and failed than not to try at all. Administration and this council have made the case repeatedly that no programs would be affected. Now it’s their job to live up to their own words. Kieran McKenzie Let me start by saying I’m a WIATC supporter. I love the facility and believe that it will deliver amazing experiences to our community for many years to come. With that said, we were given strong assurances from the city that the community would not see an overall reduction in service nor would we see an increase in the cost to access those services.

Kieran McKenzie

Political activist/organizer with a passion for social justice issues. A lifelong Windsor-Essex resident, Kieran McKenzie holds an honours BA in political science from the University of Windsor and has been campaigning in both elections and on issues since he could walk.

I have not found this to be the case in my opinion and experience. First the anecdotal, my daughter is a toddler. Water World was the perfect public pool to bring her to where she could truly enjoy the amenities safely. The graded entry to the water, the small fountains, bucket splash etc. made visits there with her very enjoyable and affordable. The new aquatic center offers none of those amenities to her at the same price. The large pool at the WIATC where family swims are comparable in price to Water World is not set up for toddlers. Also Adventure Bay is beyond her and significantly more expensive. With respect to the city’s general swimming programming and available community use of indoor aquatic facilities, there is a clear service reduction due to this “good problem” of the popularity of the WIATC. I am happy for its success — but let’s be clear, it is first and foremost a ‘Training Centre’ and a big time competitive pool. Clearly the city underestimated its potential to attract events immediately. It’s quickly become a very busy venue limiting its availability for community use. Given this ‘pleasant surprise,’ I assume the fiscal metrics have exceeded projections. I recognize that council has already dealt with the Water World question, but it’s fair to ask given the unanticipated additional revenues from WIATC: is the money there to keep it open?

Paul Synnott

Paul Synnott is a committed small ‘c’ conservative with libertarian influences, community activist and co-host of Rose City Politics. He has worked on many federal, provincial and municipal campaign in various aspects including campaign management. No dogs, cats or kids, his passion is politics and the City of Windsor.

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NDP leader sets sights on 24 Sussex Tom Mulcair takes aim at Stephen Harper

jon liedtke He knows what he wants, and what he wants is Canada. Tom Mulcair, leader of the federal New Democratic Party, has been traveling the country attempting to cast his party as the only one fit to govern the land come 2015, the year of the next federal election. The Urbanite had a chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with Mulcair over a pint of Guinness at the Kilt and Fiddle. Mulcair was in Windsor for a town hall discussion last week about the phasing out of door-to-door mail delivery by Canada Post. He made it clear that Canada Post was both viable and essential in its current form for Canadians. “Canada Post has made a profit in 16 of the last 17 years, the only year in which it didn’t make a profit was the year that Stephen Harper locked out the workers,” he said. “If we put an end to home mail delivery in Canada, we will be the only country in the developed world not capable of delivering mail to people’s homes … there’s absolutely no reason for it.” Mulcair had strong words about the Conservatives when it came to their handling of both the manufacturing and agricultural sectors in Windsor. “Windsor has been very hard hit. The manufacturing sector, since the Conservatives have arrived, has been particularly hard hit. Not only do they do nothing to retain jobs, they actually [make] decisions that

Tom Mulcair, leader of the NDP and her Majesty’s Official Opposition, during a sit-down interview » Photo Jay Verspeelt take jobs,” he said, adding that local workers in the agricultural sector feel “totally abandoned by the federal government.” Mulcair views Ottawa as fundamentally broken and cited the Prime Minister’s appointment of 59 senators since coming to power as an example of how Harper has broken promises to voters. “Stephen Harper has shown an abject misunderstanding of the Canadian economy. He says that he’s a good manager, but every time that you look at a case like Canada Post, the inability to do anything in military procurement from ships to helicopters, heck, we’ve had the largest bumper crop in history in the west and they can’t even get the grain to the ports,” Mulcair said. Just a day after meeting with The Urbanite, a federal court judge issued an injunction which grandfathered 40,000 medicinal marijuana users who were told by Health Canada that they could no longer grow for medical reasons. Mulcair had this to say about changes to marijuana laws: “... nobody who has marijuana for personal use, would ever be convicted of committing a crime, there’s no way that you’re going to put somebody in jail for that or even let them have a criminal record. [That’s] something that can be fixed, sincerely, overnight, and we would do just that.” “With regard to medical marijuana it’s a tragedy that Stephen Harper is acting again like he did in the INCITE case. They

refuse to look at the evidence in front of them, they act dogmatically and they’re doing it to please their reform party base, so the problem with supply is only going to increase in regards to medical marijuana. They’ve made it much tougher … I think that it’s a tragic mistake that should also be reversed.” Looking forward to 2015, Mulcair confidently proclaimed that he planned to win the election and took straight aim at the Prime Minister. “Don’t forget, Stephen Harper has cheated in every election that he’s won,” said Mulcair, referencing the 2006 in-and-out scandal, the 2008 election and MP Dean Del Mastro overspending on his campaign, and tens of thousands of robocalls in 2011. “But what they’re trying to do for 2015 is to frontload a whole new set of cheating,” Mulcair said. “… There’s been an abject failure on the part of the Conservatives to look at the facts [and] they’re going to change the rules, they’re going to load the dice so to speak in their own favour, that’s what we call frontloading, they’re cheating for the 2015 election and we want Canadians to know about that.” While Mulcair would love for a large contingent to come out and vote for the NDP in 2015, he made clear he would also be content if more young people simply voted at all, regardless of their party choice. “We’ve got a very engaged young generation, but who sense that what’s happen-

ing in either Ottawa, or Queen’s Park or Quebec City for that matter, doesn’t really concern them,” he said. “... They can stand up, and they can fight [for issues which matter to them], and they can start fighting by voting, and quite frankly, I’d hope that a young person would vote for the NDP, but far more importantly, I just hope that they would vote, irrespective of the party. “You’re never going to have a party that represents all of your views on everything perfectly, but I think that we can at least look at the ones that have the best chance at doing some of the things we believe in,” he said. A major issue facing all Canadians is the alleged tracking and collection of electronic information, metadata, of Canadian citizens by CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada). Mulcair expressed privacy concerns and vowed to stop this type of surveillance. “[It’s] not true that it’s just impersonal information about where they are and what they’re doing … this metadata argument doesn’t wash. It’s invasion of privacy, it’s illegal and the Conservatives have never allowed any real surveillance of that apparatus,” said Mulcair. “... the Conservatives have actually taken this Republican view, they might as well be the Tea Party, that ‘government’s just do this stuff, get over it, get used to it.’ Well we think that Canadians deserve better and when we form government next year, we’ll make sure that that stops.”


FOOD& DRINK Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder preparing your own absinthe

1 Start by pouring absinthe into the glass equal to about one fifth of its capacity. An ounce to an ounce and a half is common. In time you will determine the best absintheto-water ratio for your taste.

2 Place the spoon across the rim of the glass, with the notch of the spoon resting on the rim and place a sugar cube upon the spoon.

» Photos courtesy Jay Verspeelt Jay Verspeelt If drinking is our pastime, we deserve to know what’s on the shelf.

Absinthe, originally created in 1790s France, has had a long and infamous history. It’s synonymous with Van Gogh and Hemingway, has similar properties Pour a small to THC with its wormwood content and amount of water it almost overtook the wine industry in onto the sugar, saturating it. Allow France, resulting in a smear campaign it to sit for a minute launched by vintners. so that the sugar begins to loosen Don’t expect to get high off it, THC-esque and dissolve on its or not, but with it’s ultra high alcohol conown. Slowly drizzle tent it could put you on the floor. As Milk a very slender Coffee Bar owner Angelo Marignani puts stream of water it, “First the man takes a drink, then the onto the sugar. drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.”

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Stir any remaining, undissolved sugar in the bottom of the glass. Now, sit back and sip your absinthe slowly.

Marignani runs a cafe with the widest selection of absinthe available in the city, currently with three kinds on hand. This might not sound like a lot, but some brands have been on backorder at the LCBO for almost three years, according to Marignani. The Urbanite decided to sample Milk’s own selection at 11 a.m. last Friday.

Hill’s (70 per cent ABV), est. 1927 Czech, $12 a glass at Milk, $42 for a 375 ml bottle at the LCBO.

This Bohemian style drink smells light on the nose and has the bite of alcohol. It sits on the pallet pleasantly but tastes more like Scope mouthwash than what most consider as absinthe. Marignani describes it as diesel fuel. It’s not bad, but its grain alcohol base leaves a little to be desired. Lucid (62 per cent ABV), est. 2007 France, $12 a glass at Milk, $64 for a 750 ml bottle at the LCBO.

This is — hands down — the drink to order. It is rich, robust and flavourful, full of the star anise black liquorice taste for which the drink is known. It starts with a viscous concentration that as the glass decreases becomes more watery. The drink smells of moss. Le Fée (68 per cent ABV), est. 1915 France, $14 a glass at Milk, $92 for a 750 ml bottle at the LCBO.

This is a stellar, beautifully designed bottle. Wwhen poured, the green liquid is reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City. This pulled at the throat, but not in an unpleasant way. The flavour is robust

and heavy on the black liquorice but less candy-like than Lucid. Le Fée is to Lucid like Magners is to Somersby; Le Fée is probably superior in authenticity but that only counts for so much. The winner in this tasting is hands down Lucid, which is probably not how you’d feel after drinking this much. The uninitiated drinker should keep in mind that every glass is technically a double due to the high alcohol content, and The Urbanite’s three drinks brought on the effects of six. After a few drinks of absinthe, you should make a conscious effort not to slur your words. Getting up and walking around after is only recommended to professionals. “Some people would say it (absinthe) would help you because it might help you solve a problem in your altered state of consciousness you might not have been able to before,” said Marignani. Amen to that. [Editor’s note: This review was submitted on a piece of cardboard paper, written in crayon, two days late].


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Tropical bites to kick-off spring

» Photos Natasha Marar

Tropical Hut Philippine Cuisine returns after almost a decade natasha marar Windsor’s newest and only Filipino restaurant has reopened after nearly 10 years.

remark disparagingly about having to wait another year to enjoy it.

Owners Rudy and Leny Inting, who immigrated from the Philippines over 20 years ago, first opened Tropical Hut Philippine Cuisine at Kildare Road and Ottawa Street.

“Every year we participate at the Carrousel by the River,” said Rudy. “In 2012, we actually won best tasting food at the Carrousel of Nations ... we will be attending again this year; especially now that we have a place.”

They ran the restaurant for 2.5 years, but closed it due to family health problems. Interest from Windsor’s Filipino community led the couple to reopen the restaurant last month, this time downtown at 618 Goyeau Ave. Leny said the majority of customers learned about the restaurant from wordof-mouth or know the rave reviews their food receives. The Inting’s contribute to the Filipino community each year catering food for the Carrousel by the River event. Rudy said those who try their food at the festival

Both owners do double duty in the kitchen. “I’ve been cooking since I was six-years-old … I’ve never had a formal education but it’s my passion. I easily get the taste of the food and I can improvise it to my satisfaction,” said Leny.

Rudy explained, “Philippine cuisine is a merger of Spanish and Chinese style of cooking. We use a lot of Chinese ingredients … but some of [the] sauces are Spanish influence[d].” The reasonably-priced menu (most plates range from $6.99 to $12.99) features an array of freshly prepared soups, pork, chicken, beef, seafood and desserts. Traditional breakfast items, such as cured sweet pork and Filipino style sausages paired with garlic rice and eggs, are offered all day.

The restaurant is small and unassuming, featuring seating for 24 and a display case filled with sweets and breads for purchase. Tropical Hut also offers take-out and catering.

“Our best seller is pork barbecue on a skewer,” said Rudy. Equally popular is Fresh Lumpia — sauteed mixed vegetables with shrimp, wrapped in a crêpe and topped with a sweet garlic sauce — and Okoy, pan fried bean sprouts topped with shrimp, tou and carrots and served with spicy vinegar sauce.

For those less familiar with Filipino fare,

Leny remarked about the tiring nature

of starting the new business, but said the enjoyment from patrons inspires her. The couple plans on expanding the family-run restaurant this November to occupy two of the three single-story units in their plaza. The expanded restaurant will have a larger kitchen, additional menu items and space for a bar and entertainment. “We will be able to offer more,” said Rudy. “‘Experience the different’ is what I always say.” Tropical Hut Philippine Cuisine is located at 618 Goyeau Ave. and is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.


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Whistle blowers

14 years of Steam Whistle indie brew

Authentic Korean dishes at downtown’s EmoNe »Photos Jay Verspeelt

Sweet & spicy Korea

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Steam Whistle Brewing celebrated 14 years of brewing on March 22 and The Urbanite helped to ring in the celebration with a private tour of the brewing facility in Toronto.

EmoNe Korean cuisine pleases Another one of Pelissier Street’s charming, yet undervalued pieces of real estate is now home to EmoNe. The Korean restaurant opened in December serving up barbecue, soups, salads, desserts and specialities such as Donkatsu, Yang Yeum Chicken and Short Beef Rib Jungshik. The restaurant is spacious (located in the former Sangria Lounge) and flanked with a wall of street facing windows. The decor is minimal, with leftover Christmas decorations and furnishings that appear unintentionally mismatched. The service was good and the waiter welcoming to our Thursday evening table of five. He explained the menu well, highlighting signature dishes for those less familiar with Korean cuisine. Among the dishes shared were Tangsooyeuk ($12.50), fried pork in a too-sweet and sour sauce, Pa Jeon ($7.25), a savoury pancake with green onions and seafood, and Pork Bulgogi Jungshik ($16.50), a delicious sweet/spicy barbecue dish that came with banchan, plates of fresh and

pickled appetizers. A standout “hangover” dish — as one patron referred to it — was the Bibimibap ($9.50); a dish of minced meat, vegetables and rice topped with a fried egg and hot bean paste. Our waiter tried to convince us that their Yang Yeum Chicken wings would be the best we’d ever had. While they were delicious — a tad too sweet — it wasn’t their flavour that was surprising but the sheer size of the wings. These sauce-coated wings looked like they were injected with steroids. They were tasty, juicy and messy nonetheless — our waiter literally handed us plastic disposable gloves to wear while eating the wings. The meal was complete with surprise offerings of Kim Mari Twigim, rolls of tempura noodles wrapped in seaweed, and Sujeonggwa, a refreshing, spicy cinnamon and ginger punch. A casual, enjoyable dining experience, EmoNe is a welcome addition to downtown’s diverse cultural cuisine offerings. EmoNe, located at 485 Pelissier St., is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

While a 14-year-old certainly isn’t of legal drinking age in any jurisdiction in Canada, it’s old enough to produce 88,000 bottles of beer, per day. Toronto’s Steam Whistle Brewing turns 14 » Photos Jon Liedtke

Located in the core of downtown Toronto, the brewery is referred to as the Roundhouse. It occupies the former John Street Roundhouse, a National Historic Site which was the previous location of a Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive repair facility. Steam Whistle, the company’s namesake, doesn’t refer to a train steam engine, but to the sound of the whistle at the end of the day at which point a cold brew to end the day was acceptable. The brewery is impressive in both its size and scope and it’s easy to see that the Good Beer Folk — the collective name used to refer to private investors — are quite serious about further establishing themselves as “Canada’s Premium Pilsner.”

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ARTS Windsor electro output; Therevox

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Through the filters of locally made boutique electronic musical instrument

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The ET-4.1 is the latest and greatest in the Therevox line » Photo courtesy Mike Beauchamp

Though he may not consider himself one, Mike Beauchamp is by definition an inventor.

The instrument contains two analog oscillators, a filter, spring reverb, multiple waveform generating circuits and a whole lot of other electronic components that control pitch, amplitude and the other myriad of analog functions that makes the Therevox work.

Working out of a central Windsor basement, the 34-year-old Windsor native creates a custom electronic musical instrument which has been featured in films and on records.

Made out of solid walnut, Therevox’s design is custom woodwork that Beauchamp designed.

Based on an analog synthesizer created by Ondes Martenot in France in the 1930s, Therevox is the result of multiple requests from interested customers who discovered Beauchamps early prototypes. “I was building one offs for myself 10 to 12 years ago and I was getting e-mail requests from people wanting me to build them one,” said Beauchamp. “So I was building one offs for people contacting me, but never thought about turning it into a business.” Beauchamp has a computer science degree from the University of Windsor and has always considered himself an “electronics guy.” He combined his knowledge of electronics, woodworking and music to create his instrument. “I’ve always considered myself somebody who could build things … like a DIY maker,” said Beauchamp. “[But] this is the first time that I’ve wanted to put all of the skills that I know [into] a single product.”

“They’re finished with tung oil and that’s one of the very labour intensive parts of it. Generally, I’m doing woodworking for about a month straight for each batch of instruments,” he said, adding that the finish process takes a couple weeks since he has to put on multiple coats by hand.

The wave shapes avaliable on the osolators of the Therevox ET-4.1 » Photos courtesy Mike Beauchamp

Stopping short of calling himself an inventor, Beauchamp always read about inventors like Bell, Edison and Tesla, but he never considered himself among such company. “I’ve always liked inventors … but, no, you never think that you’re going to be an inventor,” he said. “Who really calls themselves an inventor now? It’s not really a career path that you see too many people going down.” “I’m usually hesitant to call myself an inventor because I don’t have the wild hair and I’m not trying to build a time machine out of Delorean,” he joked.

Beauchamp’s market is global. His instruments are in the United States, France, Argentina, Puerta Rico and Norway to name a few. In Windsor he has sold two units; the first was to local Windsor musician Mark Calcott (Huladog), while the second was to the University of Windsor’s music department. Notably, Montreal-based band Suuns has purchased a Therevox and used it on one of their albums which Beauchamps has heard played on CBC Radio 3. “It’s been interesting to actually see where the sales go to, we don’t do marketing [and] our customers tend to find us,” said Beauchamp. “I don’t know how they’re finding out about me, but it’s awesome that they are. Marketing wise, I look at it as each time I finish a new instrument and it’s out there, it’s doing the marketing for me.” Beauchamps is able to produce roughly 30 instruments a year and he offers three models: the ET-4.1, $1,475, the ET-4.2, $1,850, and the latest, the ET- 4.3, $2,125. “I just want people to be able to afford it,” said Beauchamp referencing the pricing. “I don’t want it to be an instrument that only a few people can obtain ... creativity doesn’t know rich or poor.” For more information, visit therevox.com.


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I Was There the Night He Died Biblioasis “A novel is one long delicious scratch that makes the itching stop for good,” is one of the valuable insights provided by Ray Robertson in his newly released book I Was There the Night He Died. After his 2011 book, Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, which was shortlisted for the Hillary Weston Writers Trust and nominated as one of The Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of 2011, Robertson comes back with a new novel that filled with promise. This book is a refreshing read that will surely please even the most finicky readers. Set in Chatham, Ont., the novel is local enough to be close to the hearts of Windsorites, and to gain their complacency. Robertson might as well be writing of Windsor, and any Windsorite can identify himself/herself with the town’s residents.

The novel focuses on the uncommon friendship between Sam Samson, a Toronto novelist, and Samantha, a teenage girl with one too many problems. Sam is “real fucking sad” since his wife (and dog) have recently died: “Without a dog at the end of the bed cramming your feet and a woman to fight with over the blankets, a bed can be a very uncomfortable place.” So true, in case you haven’t experienced it. Sam goes to Chatham to take care of family business. His father is consumed by Alzheimer’s in a care facility and risks eviction because of Uncle Donny’s problematic gambling with the family’s money. Loneliness and pot is what brings them together, and they build a constructive relationship. The characters are well developed and Sam offers us his wisdom as he tackles the problems that life has thrown his way. Published by Biblioasis, I Was There the Night He Died should definitely be added to your list of Canadian books to read.


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Mode Moderne Occult Delight Light Organ Records

Artistic duo; Musician James O-L and fashion designer Ana Stulic set up in their new downtown studio digs » Photos Jay Verspeelt

House of Stulic

A designer and an artist set up shop Natasha Marar Windsor fashion designer Ana Stulic has set up shop in a new downtown studio that she hopes will inspire creativity. Stulic is hosting an open house Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 from 12-6 p.m. to allow people to see the studio, watch a catwalk show and purchase new garments and accessories. This is Stulic’s first fashion line in two years. The local designer has recently moved back to the city after spending time working for designers in Toronto, Montreal and Berlin. “I’ve always been away from Windsor, working for other brands and labels … I got a lot of great experience. But I missed doing my own work, I just wanted to focus on my own label.” The studio spans the entire basement of The Chelsea building at 511 Pelissier St. “I was really set on this building, the Chelsea, it has always stood out to me. And it’s in a great location. I think Pelissier has always been an artist nook. A lot of artists have started in this area,” said Stulic. “Something drew me to this building and we were lucky it became affordable as well.” Stulic is joined in the studio by musician and visual artist James Oltean-Lepp. “I’ve made art for as long as I’ve been doing music,” said Oltean-Lepp, who has a BFA from the University of Windsor. “In the last few years I haven’t exhibited as much. I was more focused on sound, sculpture perfor-

mances, which was not really something I could sell.” “I was also making art from out of my home, and I just found I wasn’t happy with the space I was working in. It was hard to get work done. To go somewhere else is more motivating,” he added. For both artists, the space will allow them to be more productive, and by hosting public events there such as art exhibits and fashion shows, they hope to expose more Windsorites to their work. “I eventually want to open my own store. If I’m away from home, I’m open to more people not just my friends,” said Stulic. Oltean-Lepp is focused on creating and selling paintings, which he said are rooted in classical styles and imagery, but “with a rougher edge; not ignoring modernism and expressionism.” Stulic characterizes her fashion as a “mix of sex and death.” “My work is very feminine but rebellious.” Stulic said she hasn’t developed relationships with a lot of local artists due to working away from Windsor, but she would like to “collaborate with artists to use their prints on fabrics. That would be really neat, you’d get a lot of neat patterns, even wood carvings.” Oltean-Lepp is finishing some new paintings before exhibiting at the space’s first art show at the end of April.

Whatever you do, don’t say they sound like Joy Division; they really hate that. Vancouver goth-pop group Mode Moderne’s new album, Occult Delight, is sure to please fans of their older work. With Philip Intile’s deep and dramatic vocals, singing about severed heads, no sunshine for days and other dark subjects, you can’t escape the dreary, goth-like feeling when listening to Mode Moderne. Making Chart Attack’’s list of “Fifteen Emerging Canadian Artists We’re Really Excited About,” Mode Moderne has nothing to fear when looking to the future. With endless touring – their latest being with another goth outfit, Cosmetics – and two EPs and two full-lengths under their belt, this five-piece isn’t done brooding just yet. When people think about new wave and synthpop, they tend to lean towards 80s bands New Order and Psychedelic Furs, rarely thinking that such talent exists right here in Canada. Occult Delight brings more Ian Curtis-like moods, while keeping true to their own unique sound, drowned in heavy riffs and keyboard echoes. The first single, “She, Untamed,” is reminiscent of “She’s Lost Control,” but it’s still a happy/ dark danceable tune. If Mode was a movie, its genre would be dark comedy. Mode Moderne are currently on a Euro-tour bringing the eyeliner and heavy riffs overseas, but not to worry, it won’t be long before they make their way across Canada and the United States again. — Clara Musca

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The second coming of Sound Garden has arrived and it’s name is Biblical. The Toronto band formed in 2010 and this month released their debut album, Monsoon Season, on New Damage Records. The album kicks off with the song “Second Sight,” which sounds like some of the heavier 90s grunge, but its sonic patterns still contain the curiously Canadian signature any Radio 3 snob has come to identify with. In some respects the album is all over the map. The listener could pick out influences from Sound Garden, Led Zepplin, Foo Fighters, some of the heavier 80s hair metal acts and even Choke if they played slower. It’s heavy and droning interspersed with clean guitar lines buried in the mix and solos that would melt even Jian Ghomeshi’s face. The cover art features two hands clutching eyes, suspiciously playing on the mystery of the illuminati. It complements the music well in that it’s a pseudo-religious experience. It’s the kind of album you make love to long into the night surrounded by pulsating speakers. With six songs on the record, it clocks in at around 35 minutes. That might seem a bit long for what qualifies as more of an EP than a full length, but the last title track is an epic 11 minutes long. It’s hard to say anything bad about this record. At worst the vocals are hard to make out, but it shouldn’t leave the listener bothered. The singer sounds like he’s shouting in a tunnel washed over by the waves of reverb swelling in the ears. If you’re not a God fearing individual, you should pray for the next album anyway. — jay verspeelt


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» Photos courtesy Rose City Sport & Social Club

A club where every game is friendly Rose City Sport & Social Club swaps competition for fun natasha marar Windsor’s only adult sports and social club — aka recess for grownups — is entering its second year with an expanded selection of organized activities. “Starting the Forest City Sport & Social Club in London and then the Rose City Sport & Social City Club in Windsor, for me was all about the people and the connections,” said founder Kyla Woodcock. After operating five years and gaining almost 9,000 members in London, Woodcock branched into the Windsor area in March 2013. The RCSSC now boasts over 350 members and roughly 50 teams. “We are off to a good start, but we’re certainly not resting on our laurels. We’re working to make sure that more Windsorites and [Essex residents] know that we would love to meet them and we would welcome them.” Popular sports currently include dodgeball and volleyball. “As the club grows and we offer more sports like golf and curling ... [they’ll] attract people from a different demographic,” said Woodcock.

RCSSC has three seasons each year. April 3 is the deadline for indoor registration for the spring season, which runs from April to early July for indoor leagues. Those interested in playing in outdoor leagues from May to August must sign up by May 22. Among the club’s offerings last year were dodgeball, basketball and court volleyball. This spring it’s introducing outdoor soccer, softball and All-Sorts-of-Social, where players try out a different sport each week. “You’re always meeting new people, getting new teammates, having new opponents … versus playing with the same people all the time. It’s much more socially focused than our other [offerings],” explained Woodcock about the All-Sorts-of-Social league. The recreational co-ed club is geared toward adults 19 years and older (the average ages range from 22-45). RCSSC employs a pay-for-what-you-play model allowing people to pay only for the league they participate in each season, rather than annual fees. Woodcock said the fee for most leagues averages $5-6 per game. Players can sign up as individuals or teams.

The leagues are divided by skill level but are not competitive and there’s a healthy balance of male and female players, according to Woodcock. Of course, with RCSSC the socializing happens both on and off the field. Players are encouraged to hangout with teammates and competitors at partner pubs after games. As the Windsor leagues grow, Woodcock plans on hosting standalone social activities such as canoeing or kayaking, wine tasting and trips to major league sports events. “[Social events] have been incredibly successful for us with our club in London, and we have already heard in Windsor that they’re looking for more of the social aspect,” she said. Co-ordinating all the game play with a limited team spread between two cities can be challenging, according to Woodcock. The leagues play at a number of rotating local venues. “We have a great relationship with both school boards in Windsor, the City of

Windsor has been great renting facilities to us, there are lots of private facilities and charity facilities … we’ve established those relationships [to] accommodate the demand,” she said. “For now facilities aren’t a problem … but it’ll become increasingly challenging as the club grows.” Despite the fast-paced growth exhibited by both social clubs, Woodcock said she’s considering starting up recreational leagues in other cities. “I’m an entrepreneur at heart and I am incredibly passionate about connecting people and introducing play into people’s lives. I think we work too hard and play too little. I’m not in a hurry. Windsor is a really good opportunity and I think there’s a lot of people who would play if they knew about it.” For more information about Rose City Sports and Social Club, visit rcssc.ca.


Ron Spencer (Tom Cavanagh) takes Laura (Tommie-Amber Pirie) on a tour in the Theodore Bezaire directed new film The Birder » Photo courtesy Dot Films

Birds of a feather

Windsor made ornithologist comedy debuts loreN mastracci Locally-produced comedy The Birder will premiere April 3 to a sold-out audience at The Capitol Theatre. Ticket holders will have a chance to experience the red carpet first hand and mingle with members of the cast following the screening of the movie. The revenge comedy features a five-star cast led by Tom Cavanagh and includes Mark Rendall, Jamie Spilchuk, Graham Greene and Fred Willard. Shot entirely in Windsor-Essex, The Birder is set in the world of bird watching; a world in which many Windsorites are well-acquainted. “Director Theodore Bezaire is a Windsor writer, [who] originally grew up in the area and he always had Essex County in mind to shoot his story, the story he co-wrote with Mike Stasko,” said producer Jeff Nadalin, adding that “Point Pelee is one of the largest and most popular birding spots in North America, so it just seemed a natural fit.” According to Nadalin, the region’s status as a bird mecca that attracts millions of birders and aficionados each year confers a certain realism to the movie.

“The fact that not a whole lot of films get made here was really exciting for the people that were involved in the making of the film” said Nadalin, who was moved by the support of the local community. The makers of the movie consulted many birders and experts in the field to ensure the authenticity of the details and of the actors’ mannerisms. This quirky comedy centres around a revenge plot designed by birder Ron Spencer (Tom Cavanagh) against his cool rival (Jamie Spilchuk) for the coveted position of Head of Ornithology at the National Park. Labelled “a sweet, hilarious film” by the Canadian Film Fest Review, this local production promises good things. The Birder premieres April 3 at The Capitol Theatre at 7:15 p.m., followed by a Q&A with cast and crew and an afterparty at 255 Ouellette Ave. The film begins its theatre run April 4 at Lakeshore Cinemas.

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A crowd of smart, engaged students packed a theater for Savage Love Live at Centenary College of Louisiana last week. Centenary is a terrific liberal-arts school in Shreveport. Centenary students submitted more Qs than I could possibly A in the 90 minutes I had with them. So here are some bonus answers to questions I didn’t get to during my time there.

Q:

How does a young person learning to accept their sexuality come to terms with losing the unconditional love of their family?

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You can’t lose something you never had. You weren’t aware of the conditional nature of your family’s love until you accepted yourself and asked your family to do the same. That’s how you discovered their love for you came with at least one condition: You had to be straight or be closeted. Now here’s a paradox for you: You lost the illusion of your family’s unconditional love when you came out, but coming out could win you their unconditional love in the end. Stand your ground, demand their love and respect—and your family, like the families of so many other queers, may grow to love and accept you for who you really are. It could take some time. But one day, you may be able to look back and see that your sexuality didn’t cost you your family’s unconditional love—it won it for you.

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What do you do when your male friend who is already in a relationship (engaged) wants to have sex with you but lets you know via social media?

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You block him or fuck him—or you fuck him and then block him.

How can you have a conversation with a man about his sexual performance without making him feel like you’re criticizing him and without giving him the impression that you’re unsatisfied?

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By opening with a compliment, closing with a compliment, and making sure everything that comes between your opening compliment and closing compliment is also a compliment.

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Do you think “butch” lesbians are really transgender?

Nope.

Are you really antitransgender?

Nope.

How can we be sure that having an “open” relationship won’t hurt our relationship? You can’t be sure that openness won’t hurt your relationship. But you can’t be sure that closedness won’t hurt your relationship, either. Yes, sometimes relationships end after people open them up—and openness gets the blame, even if it had nothing to do with the breakup. But plenty of tightly closed/strictly monogamous relationships end every day. It’s possible that many of those failed monogamous relationships could’ve been saved by some openness, a little leeway, or embracing monogamishamy.

Q:

I have been in a relationship with a married woman for five years. What are the odds that

she will leave her spouse to be in a committed relationship with me instead?

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I put the odds at zero. Unless this woman is in an honest open relationship with her husband, and LTRs with other men are allowed, her relationship with you is proof that she’s not much good at this commitment stuff. By which I mean to say: Even if she did leave her husband for you, it would be foolish of you to expect to have a committed relationship with her—committed in the sexuallyand-romantically-exclusive sense of the term—as she’s currently not committed to the man to whom she’s committed. What makes you think she’ll commit to you?

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Can you pray the gay away?

A girl can pray for whatever she wants.

Can it hurt a longterm, monogamous relationship if you had multiple sexual partners/experiences before? Or rather, how do you feel about sleeping around before marriage?

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People who marry young—people who are likelier to have married without having had multiple partners/experiences— divorce at much higher rates than more experienced people who marry later in life. Sleeping around before marriage seems to help people figure out what they want. Or it helps them figure out

whether what they were taught to want is actually what they do want. And someone who knows what they want is likelier to keep any long-term, monogamous commitments that they make.

Q: A:

Could I possibly be allergic to sperm?

You could! Possibly! Dr. Debby Herbenick, while filling in for me on Savage Love Letter of the Day duties recently, covered the topic of why some people are sensitive—sensitive to the point of explosive diarrhea—to semen: “Prostaglandins are substances made by the body and that the body is sensitive to. Semen contains prostaglandins—and prostaglandins can have a laxative effect on people. Related: If you’ve ever felt a little loosey-goosey right before getting your period, that’s also thanks to prostaglandins (which spike just before your period, because the prostaglandins get the uterine muscles to contract, which then helps to shed the lining of the uterus, resulting in a menstrual period). Prostaglandins are also used to induce labor. So why don’t more semen swallowers find themselves running to the bathroom post-blowjob? Fortunately, we’re not all so sensitive to prostaglandins. I don’t know why most people aren’t extra-sensitive, but fortunately most of us aren’t, or there would probably be a lot less swallowing in the world.” Dr. Herbenick is a research scientist at Indiana University, a sexual-health educator at the Kinsey Institute, and a frequent Savage Love guest expert—and you can and should follow her on Twitter @DebbyHerbenick.

Q: A:

What is the difference between a Methodist and a Baptist?

There’s no difference between a Methodist and a Baptist, according to my Catholic grandma. They’re both going to hell.

Q:

What is the percentage of people who find male partners with the perfect penis? Perfect size, shape, length, girth, texture, head-toshaft differential?

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There’s no research out there on this issue—no one has thought to pick the brains of folks who have successfully landed male partners with perfect penises—and I’m not sure such studies would even be possible. Because penis preferences are subjective: One person’s perfect penis is the next person’s imperfect penis. And isn’t the person to whom a particular penis is attached at least as important as the size, texture, head-to-shaft differential, etc. of any given penis? Imagine if you made it your life’s work to locate the world’s perfect penis—perfect length, girth, bouquet, flavor, mouthfeel, etc.—only to discover that the penis is attached to Bill O’Reilly. Could that penis still be called perfect? This week on the Lovecast, Dan chats with a panel of sex workers: savagelovecast.com.

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FIND AND SUBMIT EVENTS AT Tweed City: Detroit Bike City Charity URBANITENEWS.COM/EVENTS Pre-Party

COMING UP WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 Environmental Wednesdays Documentary Screenings Presents: WASTEWATER: Where does it go? University of Windsor | 12 p.m. Detroit Design Festival 2014 Info Sessions Detroit Creative Corridor Center | 6 p.m.

Cobo Center | 6 -11 p.m. | $15 ADV/$20 ATG

Cherub w/ Carousel & Probcause St. Andrew’s Hall | 7 p.m. | $15 Oh, Brother! The Bank Theatre (Leamington) | 7 p.m. | $10 Tony Coates Taloola Cafe | 7-8 p.m. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Kordazone Theatre | 8 p.m. | $20

TLC After Party Beer Sampling and Food Pairing The Windsor Beer Exchange | 5 p.m.- Level 3 Vodka Emporium | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 1 a.m. | $15 ART.WORK workshop – Capturing the Moment of Art: How to Document Time-Based Art Practices Artspeak Gallery | 6 p.m. | $10-$15

Winston Spear Comedy Quarry | 8 & 10:30 p.m. | $12

THE URBANITE » URBANITENEWS.COM » MARCH 26 2014 » 15 Walter Senko w/ The Zilis & Daycare Records Phog Lounge | 8 p.m. | $5 March Madness Beat Battle The Shelter (Detroit) | 9 p.m. What Seas, What Shores w/ Atsuko Chiba & Learning Villains Beastro | 10 p.m. | $7 The Zilis w/ Leighton Bain Phog Lounge

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 North American Bicycle Week Various Detroit venues Hot Tub & Swimspa Blowout Expo WFCU Centre | 2 p.m. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Kordazone Theatre | 2 p.m. | $20

Zine Night with Rosina Riccardo Civic Space | 7-10 p.m.

Crystal Head Fridays Level 3 Vodka Emporium | 10 p.m.

Warpaint w/ Cate Le Bon Magic Stick (Detroit) | $16 ADV/$18 ATG

Jean Paul De Roover w/ Walter Senko MONDAY, MARCH 31 Phog Lounge Detroit Tigers Opening Day SATURDAY, MARCH 29 The Fillmore (Detroit) | 7:30 a.m.

North American Bicycle Week Windsor Launch Olde Walkerville Theatre & City Cyclery | 7 p.m.

North American Bicycle Week Various Detroit venues

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 North American Bicycle Week Various Detroit venues ART.WORK workshop – Capturing the Moment of Art: How to Document Time-Based Art Practices Artspeak Gallery | 6 p.m. | $10-$15

Pure Detroit Fisher Building Tour Fisher Building (Detroit) | 1 p.m. Pure Detroit Guardian Building Tour Guardian Building (Detroit) | 1 p.m. Kid’s Cooking Class: Second Breakfast: Food from the Hobbit Rino’s Kitchen | 1-3.30 p.m. | $25

Marsha Ambrosius w/ Keely Ferguson Hot Tub & Swimspa Blowout Expo St. Andrew’s Hall | 7 p.m. | $18 WFCU Centre | 2 p.m. 3ft with Crown Larks, Electronic Lion Soundwave Experiment & The Philter Kaleido Unbreakable album release party w/ Flint Eastwood The Magic Stick Lounge (Detroit) | 8 The Majestic (Detroit) | 6 p.m. | $12 p.m. | $8 ADV/$15 ATG The 25th Annual Putnam County Euchre Time Spelling Bee Windsor Light Music Theatre | 6 p.m. Kordazone Theatre | 8 p.m. | $20

Industry Sundays Level 3 Vodka Emporium | 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 After Business Tradeshow WFCU Centre | 5 p.m. Mindless Self Indulgence w/ Death Valley High St. Andrew’s Hall | 7 p.m. | $25

THURSDAY, APRIL 3

MUSIC: Marcy Ocher w/ Champions of Breakfast MOCAD (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $5

MONDAYS Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge | doors 9 p.m. TUESDAYS Open Stage Night w/ Year’s of Ernest Dominion House | 5 p.m. V.O.M.I.T. (Vocal Open Mic Instrumental Talent) Villains Beastro Open Mic w/ Jamie Reaume The Manchester Pub WEDNESDAYS Wacky Wexican Wednesdays w/ Dee Russ Dominion House | 5 p.m. P.U.K.E. (People Using Karaoke Equipment) Villains Beastro The Groove Trio FM Lounge | 8 p.m. Vice Aerial Phog Lounge | 10 p.m. THURSDAYS Celtic Night w/ Mark Crampsie Dominion House | 5 p.m. Funk Junkies The Manchester Pub | 10 p.m. Open Mic w/ Anderson FM Lounge | 10 p.m. FRIDAYS Crystal Head Fridays Level 3 Vodka Emporium | 10 p.m. Loveless Fridays w/ Daniel Victor The Loop | 10 p.m. After Work Party

Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House | 7 p.m.

ONGOING Conversation: Works by Vaughn Beneteau Pop Hair Gallery | 7 p.m.-10 p.m. until March 29

Pizza & Pasta Night Viewpointe Estate Winery | 5-8 p.m.

Nowhereness by Margie Kelk Artcite Inc., until April 19

The Aftermarket: The official afterparty for Detroit Bike City Eastern Market | 7 p.m.-12 a.m. | $12 ADV/$15 ATG

Dream Theater The Fillmore (Detroit) | 7 p.m.

READING: Vanessa Place MOCAD (Detroit) | 6 p.m.

Blog Party Civic Space | 7-10 p.m.

WEEKLY

The Birder film screening The Capitol Theatre | 5 p.m.-1 a.m. | $55

Brian Burke Quartet Phog Lounge

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Kordazone Theatre | 8 p.m. | $20

The Big sLow Down Vol. III Phog Lounge | 6 p.m. | $15 dinner

MONDAY, APRIL 7

Ingenious Band w/ John Bell & Tamara Jewel Magic Stick | 7 p.m. | $10

Sausage n’ Beer Walkerville Brewery | 4-7 p.m. | $5

Taking Back Sunday w/ The Used, Tonight Alive & Sleepwave The Fillmore (Detroit) | 6:30 p.m. | $32.50-$45

MUSIC: Nazoranai w/ Keiji Haino, Stephen O’Malley & Oren Ambarchi MOCAD (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $15/$12 members

A Voice of the Empire Phog Lounge

The Suicide Machines & Guilty Simpson SHED 3 (Detroit) | 7-11.30 p.m. | $12

SUNDAY, APRIL 6

The Writer’s Salon Reading Night Artspeak Gallery | 7-9 p.m.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Kordazone Theatre | 8 p.m. | $20

Hot Tub & Swimspa Blowout Expo WFCU Centre | 2 p.m.

Suor Angelica starring Erin Armstrong Walkerville Collegiate | 7:30 p.m. | $10

Industry Sundays Level 3 Vodka Emporium | 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Closest Thing to Surrender Artspeak Gallery | 6:45 p.m.

North American Bicycle Week Various Detroit venues

Excision w/ Ill.gates & Dirtyphonics The Fillmore (Detroit) | 7 p.m. | $24$45

Something You Whisper, To The Strongest, Heart and Harm, Southern MUSIC: Oneohtrix Point Never w/ Rone Treads & Yours to Take MOCAD (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $10 Dominion House | 6 p.m. | $10

Winston Spear Comedy Quarry | 9 p.m. | $12

FRIDAY, MARCH 28

Windsor Eats Drinks of Walkerville Walking Tour Canadian Club Brand Heritage Center | 1 p.m. | $45

The Nefidovs w/ Skullians & Big Brother Phog Lounge | 8 p.m. | $5

Xprime Villains Beastro | 9 p.m.

3D Printing: Let’s Get Thinking Windsor Public Library (Central Branch) | 12-3 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5

Soup Social Bacio Cafe | sittings at 12, 2, 4 & 6 p.m. | $10

Mix at The Max Hammer and Key Detroit Symphony Orchestra | 6 p.m.

Windsor Chive Meet Up Bull n’ Barrel | 8 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Amos The Transparent Phog Lounge

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Kordazone Theatre | 8 p.m. | $20

TLC w/ Lil’ Mama Colosseum at Caesars Windsor | 9 p.m. | $25+ (no scrubs)

Detroit Bike City 2014 Cobo Center (Detroit) | 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. | $12

Crystal Head Fridays Level 3 Vodka Emporium | 10 p.m.

Sprint Races Eastern Market (Detroit) | 2:30 p.m.

B2B Windsor Business Mixer City Cyclery | 6 - 9 p.m.

Ray Robertson book launch The Garrison (Detroit) | 7:30 p.m.

Colosseum at Caesars Windsor | 9 p.m. |$20

FRIDAY, APRIL 4

Kelsey Laliberty Taloola Cafe | 7-8 p.m. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Kordazone Theatre | 8 p.m. | $20 Arrival: A Tribute to Abba

Border Cultures: Part Two (work, Labour) Art Gallery of Windsor until April 13 Ford City/Working the Line Art Gallery of Windsor until April 6 Yousuf Karsh: The Ford Motor Company of Canada Art Gallery of Windsor until April 6 Works by Lauren Laplante Carrots N’ Dates, until March 31


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