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VIEWS RAISE A GLASS (OF MILK) Integrating business and the arts is not a hard formula as long as each party walks away with something relevant to growth, awareness and success. One of the strongest economic drivers in a community is the artistic component and not only has Angelo Marignani recognized this, he has consistently ‘nurtured the creative spirit’ since establishing Milk Coffee Bar in 1998. As a meeting place and venue for the creative class, he understands that arts are a critical piece of the puzzle that we call Windsor. For over 16 years, seven days a week, Milk has featured art on its walls and local and travelling musicians. It is a stimulating environment and one that is definitely all about innovative thought. Milk has been all about a clear commitment to creating, practising and promoting art within the community. Hardworking artists live, work and breathe their art for the sake of an audience, but they also realize it is a business, as they strive to make a sustainable living. Marignani understands that formula. He knows competition is light for the creative classes’ business and Milk has become the “working” benchmark in the downtown community. His generous and intelligent thinking has linked the artist with the consumer for a lively art experience and he does it well by nurturing their souls as they sip their espresso. He saw the opportunity to set his business apart from any other competitors by having a higher profile and by keeping the name “Milk” in the forefront of the arts sector. Known as a coffee bar, Milk is a licensed venue that also sells luxury liquors, wine and beer. It’s chic style and urban funkiness also lends itself to selling Ontario’s largest selec-
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tion of the intriguing liquor known as Absinthe; certainly a draw for his clientele. The space is hip and cool and without any pretensions whatsoever.
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steal everything since that is the lowest cost — such would be a infantile and hyperbolic argument — consumers don’t want to steal, they want convenience.
Voted by Detroit’s Metro Times as the best excuse to hop countries for a coffee, the spunkiness of Marignani’s dream has not gone unnoticed. He has established cross-border arts through his viable vision. He believes in “doing it well’ and has enhanced and solidified the whole coffee experience with the addition of an American component to view the artistic environment.
The dark ages are over. The dark ages of the Internet that is.
For too long, it was far more convenient for consumers to steal content than to buy it; costs were far too high at the store, accessibility was an issue, often things were bundled with unappealing additions … in short, the system didn’t work. Consumers stole content and got used to content being provided ‘free.’
It is a known fact that arts can change lives and that they are a reflection of the story of all of us. Art expands the mind and opens up opportunities. In the case of Milk, I believe that Marignani has not only met his mandate, he has surpassed it. Culture is not only alive and well in his establishment, he has given Windsor residents a stable home for the practice of art that is stable, fun, stimulating and available seven days a week. Marignani has restored art to its place among society’s priorities without any intimidation. Customers literally discover this wonderful little niche business and return for encore visits. It is a destination and Marignani fully understands that “Art Matters.” His efforts don’t go unnoticed and what he lives and delivers to his customers every day is vital to our community’s well being. He is both building his brand and Windsor’s brand, one customer at a time. I applaud Marignani for his achievements, sustainability, vision, creative drive and his championing of the artistic cause. He delivers the depth and breadth of artistic experiences while making it available to all, over a cup of coffee! — SHERYL DAVIES
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If you’re reading this, congratulations. You’ve made it through the most dark and insidious times that the Internet has ever seen and hopefully will ever see. The introduction of a new medium is always complicated, and with a complete lack of regulation combined with the hyper intensification of the free market, anyone who has used the Internet from 1995 to today has seen a world of shit: Kazaa, Limewire, torrents, streaming, downloading, iTunes, Amazon, and now, Popcorn Time, the combination of torrents and streaming; undoubtedly, the evolution of the Internet has been messy. Popcorn Time is free, illegal stand-alone application offering full 1080p high definition streamed to your screen instantly with no cost, fees, obtrusive downloads, or set-up; just click and play, truly piracy at its best. It’s not that people want to commit piracy and steal content. Content providers need to realize that the model they had cannot work unbridled anymore. Consumers want choice and simplicity, and much like the free market necessitates that business cut costs to increase profit, so to do consumers cut costs and will always seek the lowest cost for goods … in this case free.
It was a model that was tried and tested for decades. Case study in point: terrestrial radio. Content providers need to look at the model that radio uses and realize that this too is their new model. Content MUST be provided for free to consumers in order to combat the convenience of piracy. Businesses will scream that their profit margins shrink, and they will, but this is the reality. Radio cannot charge consumers to access AM or FM stations, and digital content providers need to realize that this is akin to what they’re trying to do. Radio makes money through partnerships and selling advertising; the same model will work on the Internet. It’s not that consumers don’t want to pay, it’s simply that they aren’t willing to pay outlandish prices for substandard services. It’s basic supply and demand and as always the cost of a product is what a consumer is will to pay for it; nothing more and nothing less. In this case, the cost consumers are willing to pay is minimal.
While this argument could be taken to its further logical extension - that consumers will just
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New life for Ottawa St.
Events planned to restore glory of former Windsor shopping hot-spot
JAY VERSPEELT It was a year ago that heavy machinery broke ground on an aging stretch of Ottawa Street. Now that the cold weather has broke, the Ottawa Street Business Improvement Association is looking to celebrate a return to normality. From May 31 to June 1, the BIA will be celebrating a street relaunch with festivities for young and old. The road will be closed between Pierre Avenue and Windermere Road, patios will be erected and buskers will entertain. Saturday features a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially celebrate the end of the long period of road construction. “Ottawa street is a great place, it was one of the first BIAs formed in the city. It had some trouble like everywhere else in the city but it’s on its way back,” said BIA chair Joan Charette, who also runs the Walkerville BIA. “I think each individual business district has its benefits but I would certainly say [Ottawa Street] holds its own. I don’t want to say that any business district
is better than another. I think they all have great wonderful things.” The Ottawa Street area has seen a number of new businesses open recently, including a bridal store, a gluten free deli and an organic cafe. Streetscaping, which cost the City of Windsor $2.4 million, started along five blocks of the 18 block stretch in May 2013. “It made things a lot more difficult, It forced us to be a lot more creative in how we attract our customers and get people into our doors,” said Dave Krndija, owner of Rockhead Pub.
Ottawa Street BIA hopes to break the sleepy stigma of the borough » Photo Jay Verspeelt
and Freeds. Ottawa Street received its modern look and iconic ‘O’ archway in the 1980s.
The creation of The Comedy Quarry is example of that creativity. Rockhead will be hosting comedian Ward Anderson for the celebration. He is the same comedian who helped to “christen” the comedy venue, which opened in response to the construction.
“Windsor went through a hard economic time there for a bit but I think that it’s starting to come around and the fact that there’s new business that are willing to invest in Ottawa Street is a sign that shows people have the faith in the area,” said Charette.
The district saw its first businesses opening shop in the 1920s with Temperman’s
Charette said with the BIA’s limited budget ($71,965 annually) it can’t offer subsidy
programs like the Downtown Windsor BIA. But Krndija thinks the BIA can play an important role in stimulating traffic on the street. “[The BIA can help] by really pushing for the 25 to 40 year old professionals that have some expendable income. I think that over the years with the BIA it was very easy to fall into some of the same routine like sidewalk sales ... Now with the youth injected into it, we’re starting to make that turn.”
With major projects such as the Riverfront Plaza, aquatic centre, the forthcoming City Hall and proposed walkway to the riverfront, is it time for the next Windsor city council to focus on priorities in other areas of the city such as the west-end? Rino Bortolin The progress this council has made with projects in the core has stabilized downtown while positive news continues with university and college investments. However, a shift needs to occur; the perspective needs to change. Instead of a singular neighbourhood focus we need to set goals such as urban intensification, neighbourhood development and strengthening our tax base. Big ticket projects like the aquatic centre only achieve so much in terms of urban renewal. Without a parallel consideration and active plan for residential growth, big ticket projects offer little return on their extremely high price tag. Council should consider creating a residential recruitment office that would work to increase residential rates in core areas and facilitate growth through limited funding increases to the areas’ BIAs. Studies have shown that even if there were a minimal shift of 10 per cent of an average shopping budget to local goods it would spur eco-
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on other areas of Windsor? nomic development, equivalent to the effect of a small manufacturer. Every dollar spent investing in BIAs returns $18 to the district. Urban renewal, especially in core neighbourhoods will do just that. It does not have to be downtown, midtown or the westside; similar goals with a converging plan create a balanced approach considering every neighbourhood. There are many groups offering best practices, research and data on the concept of urban renewal, namely The National Main Street Center who incidentally held a conference in Detroit just this past week. Strengthening our core neighbourhoods and rejuvenating our BIAs will facilitate urban renewal which is intrinsically linked to economic development. Economic development is the single biggest challenge facing Windsor today. Kieran McKenzie Investment in the core for any city is critical for its economic, cultural, and social development. It is the wellspring from which a sense of community derives its collective sense of identity. Downtown is important and it’s especially important in communities like ours where tourism is a primary industry.
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.
Equally important is the general livability of a city and a part of that means you have to get the basics right. I’m not suggesting we’re failing at all the basics but there are some glaring problems that need to be addressed.
Over all this hangs the spectre of Matty Moroun and the Bridge Company’s derelict properties. Until that blight on the area is dealt with, it’s extremely difficult to move forward.
Let’s start with the water management systems citywide. We have a serious water capacity management problem in some parts of the city; some basements flood every time we get a somewhat heavy rain, which is not acceptable.
Further complicating things is this council’s last two “enhanced” budgets. Enhancement was achieved by pulling money forward from future years.
How about a public transit system that can actually convince folks to get out of their cars, and onto the sidewalks … accessibility prioritized citywide. I raise these sore points not necessarily to rail against investments in the core. I understand there can be economic drivers that ultimately fund the initiatives I raise here, however there are issues outside of the core that must be prioritized … people have to want to live here. Paul Synnott I would argue that the answer is an unqualified yes, but then there are some qualifiers. The west end has been devastated in recent years with school closures and the loss of its community centre.
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.
Our next council is going to find their flexibility quite constrained for several years unless we see major infrastructure programs from the federal and provincial governments. Even then, what they will be able to do will only match average years of the past. Into that mix you have to throw other areas of the city that need things like community centres and libraries. The juggling act that council will face in balancing priorities while helping neglected areas is as much a product of past council decisions as their own. As they say, we live in interesting times. Catch the Rose City Politics crew in every issue of The Urbanite. Have a question? Tweet us @urbanitenews or email info@ urbanitenews.com. You can also listen to Rose City Politics Wednesday’s at 8 p.m. on CJAM 99.1 FM.
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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Arturo Herrera plans to subtly dress Wyandotte Street with art signage » Photo Sean Previl SEAN PREVIL There’s a sign more culture is coming to Wyandotte Street. The Wyandotte Corridor Project, proposed by Arturo Herrera to the Windsor Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, is a collection of 15 to 20 street signs capturing the heritage of the neighbourhoods along the street. The hope is to have the signs installed by the end of this summer. Herrera, a University of Windsor master’s student in the fine arts program, said he came up with the idea because of the “visual disasters” found on the streets of his home country, Honduras.
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“I’m trying to make a disaster in a very neat way,” said Herrera. “It’s adding more to [the] experience of going down the street.” Herrera said the reason he chose signs as opposed to something like a sculpture, is because it’s the most legal way of creating the “disasters” without impeding people or traffic, with the added bonus that it’s also less costly. Herrera submitted the proposal which was considered by a jury of Windsorites. At the end of the process, Herrera’s was one of 17 projects chosen from 53 submissions with $43,600 given in mini-grants of up to $5,000 each.
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Cathy Masterson, manager of cultural affairs for the City of Windsor, said the ACHF is in place to help improve the quality of life and awareness of culture in the city.
“The main purpose of the program is to invest in the soul of our city by providing financial assistance to locally developed arts, culture and heritage projects that provide exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community,” she said. Masterson said Herrera’s signs fit well with some of the priorities the ACHF tries to meet. “It encourages inclusion of diverse organizations and gets people to really look at the diverse, cultural impact along that corridor which is immense,” said Masterson. Herrera is trying to take inspiration from the different cultures of Windsor. “I’m grabbing little pieces of what makes Windsor,” he said. “[The signs] are a combination of the culture I’ve seen here.” One sign he is currently working on is a deconstruction of Windsor’s “City of Roses” moniker. Herrera is making a rose stem to lead up to words such as “You are in Windsor,” so people will connect to where they are. Herrera said he is working with Public Works on the logistics of placing the signs. He said even if he cannot post the signs due to issues with placement, he will complete the signs both because he received the $2,500 grant for the signs and because of the experience it has provided him. “It would more be about the personal satisfaction of creating something for the city.”
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Bill Voakes heads the Sandwich Towne farmer’s market, which opened last weekend » Photo Jay Verspeelt
Marketing the farmers markets
The growing trend of local food has spawned a summer of citywide markets Most of the burrows of the city have a supermarket; a sign of an industrialized and sprawled urban landscape, but there was a time when farm to fork was not organized by middlemen. Since Windsor’s first farmer’s market start downtown six years ago, many more markets have sprouted in the city. With the AGCO announcing a two-year pilot project to allow the sale of wine at farmer’s markets and the bounty of the county at our fingertips, now is the right time bike down to your neighbourhood market.
midtown In business it’s good to diversify and that’s exactly what Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House is doing. Every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 29 through October, Rino’s parking lot will be transformed into a small open air market to complement his midtown location. On any given Thursday there will be 10 to 12 vendors selling produce, baked goods and handicrafts. Monica Brandner, of Brandner Farms, is owner Rino Bortolin’s primary supplier. She will be providing a pick-up food box of farm fresh products. People who don’t have access to the county can sign up and, for a to-be-determined price, can pick up locally grown food. Brander Farms will also sell fish and organic cheeses. Mark Dutka, owner of Hung, will offer cured meats along with Robbie’s / An Original Gourmet Sausage Co. Other vendors like Rouges Comics, Dr. Disc and a vintage clothes trailer are expected as well. “[It’s] making midtown more of its own neighbourhood. We’re not downtown, we’re not Walkerville. We can hold our own … I’m just sick of Walkerville getting all the goddamned attention,” said Bortolin in jest.
Entering its sixth year, Charles Clark Square will host an open air market from May 31 until October every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Not to be outdone, Walkerville will be hosting on its first farmer’s market the last Friday of every month throughout the summer from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It commences May 30 and ends Sept. 26.
There are approximately 40 vendors in all and new this year will be Essex Pelee Island Coast Wineries, a syndicate of 13 wineries from around the region. Two of the wineries will rotate throughout the season. Workshops offered such as how to make sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar, as well as competition cook-offs between chefs. Mark Dutka runs a meat curing operation called Hung, will be there selling his products at the market. Amanda White will be an artist in residence. Coming from Toronto her work looks at the relationship between plants and people. She will be doing a do-it-yourself garden event. “[The market] is giving all our local producers and creators, whether they be food or art creators, an opportunity to show their strengths. I can’t wait,” said organizer Steve Green.
Hosted in The Willistead Restaurant parking lot, it will be the first market to serve alcohol. Key vendors will include Papa D’s Hot Sawce, Brandner Farms and Wilkinson Candles. Local musicians will also be performing although none have yet been booked. Organizer Teanna Lindsay took the idea from other cities such as Toronto and Dubai that were holding night markets. “We’re actually looking for other space right now because we’re starting to get such a large response that we think we might be able to branch out to other areas,” said Lindsay.
sandwich towne Coming into its second year, Bill Voakes is hosting a farmer’s market in the parking lot behind the Barrel House & Draught co. on Mill Street every Friday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the summer. There will be apples, baked goods, and other county grown produce to purchase. Vendors will rotate week-to-week and there are 30 vendors in total with approximately 15 represented at each event. Voakes said although the market is aimed at Sandwich residents, last year people were coming in from all over the county. “The Sandwich farmer’s market is both farmers and friends. We have some other food related products but we’re emphasizing the farmers,” said Voakes. Keep an eye out in Riverside, Ford City, Belle River and Amherstburg as each neighbourhood is set to have their own farmer’s markets this season.
Gluten free easily
New deli caters to the gluten resistent
Lori Laramie opened a Celiac friendly deli ealier this May » Photos Jay Verspeelt JAY VERSPEELT A recent journal study by Gastroenterology has shown that gluten sensitivity may not exist, but that’s not stopping one entrepreneur from bringing Windsor its first gluten free deli. Lori Laramie was diagnosed with Celiac disease seven years ago while she was living in Fraser Valley, BC. After feeling sick and dropping down to 85 pounds, her doctor told her to cut out the gluten in her diet. Now that she’s back in Windsor, the former property manager has opened up a gluten free delicatessen to serve Windsor’s Celiac and gluten free diet community. Lori’s Gluten Free Deli, located 1311 Ottawa St., serves traditional deli style sandwiches on a multigrain, gluten free bread she says is similar to a Vienna loaf. There are also muffins, soup and ice cream. Dinner specials will vary day-to-day with the inclusion of Mexican influences. “Seven years ago it was really hard to find anything good,” said Laramie, referring to gluten free products. “Everything tasted like sand or sawdust. In the last three years the products have all changed; it’s getting there but you still can’t eat out.” The Canadian Celiac Association estimates that one in 133 persons in Canada are affected by Celiac disease. It leaves sufferers with symptoms such as anemia, chronic diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, cramps,
bloating and irritability. Many with Celiac find it difficult to eat at restaurants due to cross contamination, which prompted Laramie to start the venture. While Lori’s sign says “gluten free” on it, she wants to encourage all people to eat at her deli not just a targeted subset. Staci Greka has Celiac, but the self-described foodie likes to eat out as much as three times a week. She says that when she eats gluten contaminated food it feels like someone is pressing a knife through her abdomen that reaches to her back. When Greka had to give up gluten, the first thing she did wasn’t find out what foods she had to drop, rather it was to find out what liquors she could keep drinking. “I totally miss beer.” Greka believes there is a need for a gluten free restaurant but has had mostly good experience eating out. “[It’s nice] just knowing that you’re going in someplace not having to worry about flour going into something [or] soy sauce, worcestershire,” she said. “I try not to talk about it too much because you don’t want to be that Celiac person running around being obnoxious, but the fact of the matter is it is a very real thing,” said Greka. “It’s good that in our region we’re having more and more restaurants become educated and take it seriously.”
Breaking the craft beer ceiling
The growing population of women who brew, drink and love real ale
Women are breaking beer stereotypes one pint at a time » Photo Jenn McMullan JENN MCMULLAN “The only reason I have wine on tap is because women will never drink beer.”
there’s been a big evolution in beer and beer styles within the past hundred years.
Stacey Roth, a brewer at Griffin Claw Brewery in Detroit, said this is a statement she’s heard more than once from bar owners.
“There use to be in Canada a lot of small brewers that came over and when they immigrated they brought their beer with them. They all set up small shops and with Prohibition a lot of them went out of business, and the variety of beer styles left as well. After World War II, and businesses started to build up again, those few that remained really tried to create something that appealed to the masses and ended up creating a really similar product. Now that the craft beer industry has boomed again, there’s a lot more variety that appeals to a wider variety of people,” said Vandenbosch.
“I have run into a couple individuals that won’t give you the time of day cause they don’t think a women can handle it at a brewery,” said Roth. “Once you start working next to each other side by side, everyone quickly realizes it doesn’t matter what sex you are, what sexual orientation you are, how tall or how short.” While Roth admits that currently brewing is a male dominated industry, she noted that more women are getting involved. Windsorite Crystal Van Lare, a craft beer enthusiast, recently co-hosted part one of a three-part series entitled Ladies Craft Beer Education at Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House. Van Lare said because craft beer has previously been a boy’s club, she thinks some women are intimidated to get involved. “We figured we would just put something out there and hopefully give people the confidence that they seem to be lacking when it comes to beer,” she said. Roth noted the recent increase of popularity in craft beer, especially among women, might have to do with the diversity in different types, styles and flavours of beer. “You have more variety in flavour and style,” she said. “Every brewery you go to or every brewery beer that you pick up, their pale is going to be different from someone else’s pale. With the big guys it’s not as diverse, they spend millions of dollars every year to be exactly the same throughout the year.” Kaitlin Vandenbosch, a head distiller at Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, said
Vandenbosch has been a big advocate of women’s involvement in the craft beer scene. She’s co-founder of Beer4Boobs, a breast cancer awareness fundraiser originally created by nine Toronto female brewers. This past April was the fundraiser’s third consecutive year helping raise money while showcasing the talents of female brewers. According to Van Lare, the enthusiasm in craft beer has been something that’s been going on for years across the river. “It’s been something that’s exploded right across North America. Canada’s about probably 15 years behind the States,” said Van Lare. “The Michigan craft beer scene is huge over there, so we’re starting to see a lot more here and women are starting to show more interest in beer.” Roth said she thinks craft beer industries are definitely starting to notice the presence of women in the craft beer market. “Women do more of the purchasing than actually guys do, when you go to the grocery store it’s the wife that usually does the shopping or the single mother,” said Roth. “Companies across the board are finally realizing the buying power that women have.”
Steeping the tea in the D
Detroit’s Joseph Wesley Black Tea starts pouring in Windsor
Joseph Wesley Black Tea brings single origin, estate grown tea to Michigan and Windsor » Photo courtesy Joseph Uhl NATASHA MARAR A Detroit entrepreneur, who has travelled the globe cultivating single origin teas, is bringing his stories and unique brews to Windsor. Joe Uhl, founder of Joseph Wesley Black Tea, imports fine, single origin teas from China and India. He recently travelled to China to examine this year’s harvest and source new teas for his growing Detroitbased business. On May 24, Windsor tea-enthusiasts will have an opportunity to sample Joseph Wesley teas, learn about the history of tea and meet Uhl to hear his experiences sourcing tea overseas. The event takes place at 5 p.m. at Anchor Coffee House -- the sole Canadian retailer of Joseph Wesley products. “People can expect not only to gain insight into the art and craft of tea, but also a better understanding as to how tea created empires, started religions ...” explained, Uhl, adding that Detroit food and culture photographer Marvin Shaouni will also be at the event to show pictures from their trip to China. In learning more about Uhl’s process
for sourcing tea, his passion and lengths taken to cultivate exquisite teas are readily apparent. He works with accomplished growers in renowned tea producing regions — some of which have made tea for over 1,500 years — and evaluates each tea meticulously for “cultivation, craft and flavour.” “I look for what I believe to embody the distinctive characteristics that make these tea producing regions special and unique. In so doing, I’m able to offer teas that are generally not available in the North American market — these teas are the equivalent to wines’ Grand Crus,” he remarked. Uhl spent years travelling and working throughout Asia, Siberia, Russia, Europe, Africa and North America, but found himself back home in Michigan working as a philosophy professor at Western Michigan University, in marketing and advertising and, more recently, as a corporate attorney at Miller Canfield in Detroit. “Sometime during my eight-year stint as a corporate side employment lawyer I realized that the job’s passion was not my own and I noticed that I started to
change. Finally, after experiencing the birth of my first daughter I began to see the restless, fat, miserable person I had become [as a lawyer] ... I did not want that to be the father she grows up with, or grew conditioned thinking that the way that I was living was a suitable way to live. In realizing this, I resigned from the league of gray suits, packed my bags and headed back to China. I resumed my journey. This time, however, with the goal of bringing something back,” said Uhl. Joseph Wesley Black Tea was born from his experiences abroad and passion for tea. In 2013, the company released its first products. This year’s line features seven estate grown teas from China and India: No. 1 Darjeeling, No. 2 Assam, No. 3 Classic Chinese, No. 4 Dian Hong Congfu, No. 5 Keemun Congfu, No. 6 Bai Lin Congfu and No. 7 Lapsang Souchong. In today’s social media filled landscape, Uhl said people are quick to circulate information related to agricultural chemicals used to make teas or the “presumed difficult lives of people living in rural India and China.” But he’s hoping to steer the conversation about tea in a more meaningful way.
“ … my interest in tea is not simply to provide a non-contaminated tea — this is easy and uninteresting — but to provide teas that speak to a 2,000+ year history of tea manufacturing while also providing insight into the beauty of the art and craft of tea. … This means that I must travel to some of the remotest parts of India and China to source teas that tell such stories.” Now back on Detroit soil, Uhl will be busy in the coming months releasing new products. In the next two weeks, Joseph Wesley will offer boxes of silk tea sachets containing No. 3 Classic Chinese loose tea with another blend from China’s Hunan province. No. 3 will eventually be replaced with a new offering and Uhl is looking to add a No. 8 to the roster. In time for the summer, Uhl also hopes to release a readyto-drink bottled tea. Joseph Wesley Black Tea are available at 13 locations throughout southeast Michigan, including Pure Detroit locations in Detroit and Anchor House Coffee at 2187 Huron Church Rd. in Windsor.
The new homebrew crew
Three new shops help with your hops
Ask a brewer... Micros vs. macros with brewmaster Paul Brady Q: What are the differences between micro/craft breweries and macro/large scale breweries? Paul Brady: There’s quite a few major differences but I’d say the big difference has to do with process. The big guys use a lot of what we call adjuncts, or different sources of starches and sugars in order to create their alcohol. Because they’re making such high quantities, the cheaper [ingredients can] save one cent per can; that’s millions of dollars. In the craft community I’d say we use much more high quality ingredients. We’re more concerned with the quality of the ingredients and the quality of the finished product as opposed to the quantity. The easiest way to say it is that quality versus quantity is a good way to look at it. The macro or the big boys are engineers and a lot of the craft guys are artisans if you will. It is extremely more expensive [to be craft]. Profit margins are nominal either which way, but it’s much more expensive [for craft] because of the higher overhead, smaller equipment, smaller batches, more expensive ingredients … we’re not doing it just for the volume, we’re doing it for the finished product and the consumer. We take a lot of pride in what we do. By we, I mean the craft brewers … I’m instilled with pride every time I taste a new beer that I’ve created.
Q: What is the difference in terms of production facility? We’re a much smaller scale, much smaller equipment … They’ve got a ton of equip-
ment and a lot more employees and a lot more product and packaging. We get to take our time a little bit more and focus on the two things we’re doing as opposed to trying to just get volume out the backdoor. Though they have the equipment and they have the knowledge, knowhow, smarts and people, they have all the tools, there’s something about a small batch that makes it a little bit more special.
Q: What’s the difference in community versus the two? The craft community has a much more grassroots feel and we try to be tied to the community and be a part of that throughout actions, products and overall approachability. You can walk into this brewery and have a pint with the head brewer and talk about beer, while that might be a little bit harder at a production facility. [Macro breweries] have brewmasters, the whole nine yards, they have a slew of scientists alongside them as well, but they definitely have brewmasters and they command the same respect, I would never say otherwise. Let’s just say in the macro community they often see market share and competition … while in the micro or craft community, we’re all fighting to get more share from the [macros]. … if we’re making better beer and educating the public as to what better beer is, we’re not only making a better spot for ourselves but for everyone at the same time … it is an “all together” now mentality … everyone looks at everyone as a team, a brotherhood of beer, up against the big goliaths.
Homebrew equipment suppliers are growing in Windsor » Photo Jon Liedtke JON LIEDTKE The craft beer trend hit Windsor hard with multiple new breweries launching in the city and it’s moving to the consumer level with the introduction of the city’s first craft homebrewing supply shops. Hop Shoppe, Homebrew Hut and Innovation Homebrewing have all opened their doors to service the growing craft brewing community’s needs. Ryan Hughes is a beer enthusiast who launched a Windsor craft brewing Facebook page to educate local beer drinkers. He recently organized a craft homebrewing event at Walkerville Brewery to educate beer drinkers and to provide the new suppliers with a forum to showcase their businesses. “I’m doing different things like this [for] people that are interested in homebrewing and craft beer … there are a lot of local guys opening shops and carrying goods and services that we haven’t seen prior to this in Windsor,” said Hughes. Dave Smith, owner of Jake’s Windsor Brew Factory, recently launched Jake’s Hop Shoppe as a separate business to service the very different demographic. “We’ve been noticing a lot of growth in people coming into the store looking for homebrewing supplies, noticing it’s a younger crowd,” said Smith, explaining that the average age of these customers is between 20 to 35. “I attribute it to places like Walkerville Brewery … the bigger the craft beer industry gets, the more interest there is for people to make good craft beers at home.” Craft homebrewers can design their brewing equipment to be simple or complicated
and basic equipment ranges from $70 to a couple hundred depending on the complexity. “There’s such a rainbow of different ingredients, hops and grains, you can cater a beer to your own particular taste,” said Smith. “Because of the wider range of craft beers that are on the market, you can narrow it down to a similar style or almost an identical recipe that you want to duplicate.” John Alvarez, co-owner of Homebrew Hut, said the motivation to open his store came from friends who were tired of not being able to access brewing supplies locally. “We’re tired of going over to Michigan, of paying duty and the conversion rate, to buy a pound of grain. If there was something that we were missing or other people aren’t open or available for pick up, we just wanted to be able to supply that for ourselves,” said Alvarez. “How can we get around going to Michigan and spending an hour or three trying to buy some hops?” Alvarez plans to host craft brewing classes at Gourmet Emporium. “Our goal is to shake hands, meet some other local homebrewers, and for people who want to start out brewing beers, we want to make sure that they can do it to the best potential.” “We want everybody to make good beer,” said Alvarez. Michael Beaudoin helped to organize the event and he expressed that Windsor has a “surprisingly large” homebrewing community. “The more we can do to help them to get this underground community really out into the limelight [the better].”
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Electronic music fest gets 808s banging in the 313 RICHIE HAWTIN
KERO+ ANNIE HALL’S
Movement Electronic Music Festival takes over Detroit over Memorial weekend featuring the biggest names in electronic music including British house DJ Carl Cox, iconic English DJ Pete Tong, German electronic music producer Boys Noize, London, UK electronic music duo Simian Mobile Disco and Mixmag’s Greatest DJ of All Time and Windsorite Richie Hawtin among others. “There is an explosion right now in electronic music,” said Richie Hawtin. “What it is doing is opening the market to people getting more involved in electronic music and experimenting deeper into electronic music and getting to a lot of the techno and house that I’ve been involved in.” This year sees the addition of a sixth stage, Silent Disco, continuing the musical evolution that has become synonymous with the festival in showcasing new and experimental acts including Windsorites Annie Hall, Kero, and visual artist come ambient sound artist Richie Hawtin’s long-time cohort and brother Matthew Hawtin. “It’s great to see people digging deeper, it’s a positive sustainable growth,” said Richie Hawtin. “This is a great way to expand and develop and bring new producers in and continue moving forward.” Other stages, including Made in Detroit and the Underground place EDM icons and emerging artists. The Made in Detroit stage not surprisingly is stocked with Detroit artists including Mike Huckaby,
Octave One, Eddie Fowlkes and a Kevin Sanderson b2b Seth Troxler doubleheader on Monday night. The Underground stage is an assembly of all elements of techno which alone is marketed as “the most massive assembly of pure techno in North America.” The new synthesizer centric Moog Music stage opens the gates to a diverse range of electronic music from indie dance to trap with live performances including Detroit shakers Cold English, West Philadelphia trap and bass producer Baauer, the big ginger rapper from Queens, NY Action Bronson, UK’s vastly underrated Bonobo, sandwiched by sets like French Express, Moon Boots and the “it DJ” DJ Snake. The sounds that come off of each stage are as diverse as the electronic currents despite the festival’s reputation for being limited to Detroit techno. “It’s like Jazz,” said Hawtin. “There are people who say they like jazz … but it’s like Kenny G and pop jazz. And then there’s people who really fucking like jazz and they go on such a crazy adventure that we’d be lost after 10 minutes. Techo is as rich and as diverse as jazz is.” Even with the rich and diverse Movement lineup often the best parties happen once the city pulls the plug on Hart Plaza. Starting on Friday night and wrapping up when the sun comes up on Tuesday morning parties hosted by the likes of Marco Carola, Seth Troxler and Art Department maintain that, at any hour, a party is going on in Detroit somewhere. Daily tickets are $65 or $130 USD for three-day passes and are available at movement.us.
WINDSORITES AT MOVEMENT
The deep pounding beats of Detroit techno will bleed across the river this weekend as thousands of electronic music fans and hundreds of producers descend on Hart Plaza.
SATURDAY 24 MATHEW HAWTIN ECLECTIC AMBIENT ARCHITECTURE SATURDAY, MAY 24: 2PM 4PM [SILENT DISCO STAGE]
JUSTIN JAMES WINDSOR-BASED HOUSE AND TECHNO SATURDAY, MAY 24: 6PM 8PM [SILENT DISCO STAGE]
SUNDAY 25 ANNIE HALL WINDSOR-BASED BARCELONA-BORN L33T PRODUCER SUNDAY, MAY 25: 8PM - 9PM [SILENT DISCO STAGE]
KERO BRASH, YET CULTIVATED GLITCHY EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS SUNDAY, MAY 25: 9PM 10PM [SILENT DISCO STAGE]
RICHIE HAWTIN WINDSOR/BERLINBASED INVENTIVE AND INNOVATIVE EXPONENT OF MINIMAL TECHNO AND DETROIT TECHNO SUNDAY, MAY 25: 10PM 12AM [RED BULL MAIN STAGE]
MONDAY 26 HEIDI WINDSOR-BORN LONDON, UK-BASED UNDERGROUND DANCE DJ MONDAY, MAY 26: 3PM 4:30PM [BEATPORT STAGE]
top 10 picks for Movement 1O ALTSTADT ECHO
DETROIT-BASED ABSTRACT, DEEP TECHNO AND AMBIENT/DRONE SOUNDS SATURDAY, MAY 24: 2PM - 3PM [UNDERGROUND STAGE]
METRO AREA BROOKLYN-BASED HOUSE AND NU-DISCO DUO SATURDAY, MAY 24: 8PM - 9PM [RED BULL MAIN STAGE]
MAX COOPER LONDON-BASED SCIENCE INSPIRED ELECTRONICA AND TECHNO PRODUCER SUNDAY, MAY 25: 1:30PM - 3PM [BEATPORT STAGE]
ORPHX HAMILTON, ONT-BASED INDUSTRIAL AND EXPERIMENTAL DUO SUNDAY, MAY 25: 2PM - 3PM [UNDERGROUND STAGE]
AMP FIDDLER DETROIT-BASED FUNK, SOUL, DANCE AND ELECTRONICA KEYBOARDIST, SINGER, PRODUCER SUNDAY, MAY 25: 3PM - 4PM [RED BULL MAIN STAGE]
MIKE HUCKABY DETROIT-BASED DEEP HOUSE AND TECHNO SUNDAY, MAY 25: 10PM - 11:30PM [MADE IN DETROIT STAGE]
DJ HYPERACTIVE CHICAGO-BASED HOUSE AND TECHNO MONDAY, MAY 26: 5PM - 6:30PM [UNDERGROUND STAGE]
CARL CRAIG DETROIT-BASED FATHER OF DETROIT TECHNO MONDAY, MAY 26: 6PM - 7:30PM [RED BULL MAIN STAGE]
JEFF MILLS DETROIT-BASED TECHNO “WIZARD” TURNTABLIST AND BEAT JUGGLER MONDAY, MAY 26: 9PM - 12AM [UNDERGROUND STAGE]
UR PRESENTS: TIMELINE LIVE DETROIT-BASED MOVEMENT THAT WANTS CHANGE BY SONIC REVOLUTION SATURDAY, MAY 24: 10:30PM - 12AM [RED BULL MAIN STAGE]
Canadian artists working in Detroit
Residency program crosses borders
THE HYPNOTICS S/R GUESS I’M FALLING IN LOVE/ A MANSION ON THE HILL EP
Pieces created by Torontonians Shary Boyle (left) and Suzy Lake (right) for a Detroit arts residency » Photo courtesy Canadian Residency NATASHA MARAR Six weeks ago, Toronto visual artist Shary Boyle knew the same about Detroit as many other Canadians, “which is a lot of bad news,” and vague memories of playing a music gig there in 1999. From afar, Boyle viewed Detroit’s music history and the “rugged integrity” of its people as inspirational. So when she received an invitation last fall to participate in a residency for Canadian artists in Detroit, curiosity took hold. “... Detroit is a city I’m very curious about and it has a lot of history that connects in with my interests, but I [didn’t] know anything about it. I tend to take opportunities that have to do with place and meaning,” said Boyle. Boyle is the first of four Canadian artists to participate in Canadian Residency. Other 2014 artists in residence include Jessica Korderas, Suzy Lake and Kelly Richardson. From April 1 to May 15 Boyle spent time painting and working with ceramics in the Detroit Eastern Market. Boyle’s art makes use of drawing, painting, sculpture and performance work to explore gender and class issues through a feminist lens. She is particularly known for crafting porcelain figurines. Canadian Residency is founded by Detroiter Peter Rozek, who admits to being “obsessed with Canadian artists Tom Thomson, Arthur Heming and Kenojuak Ashevak.” “I wanted to highlight my favourite thing about Detroit: that Canada is so close. Not just geographically … but how our countries have a shared history of friendship, struggles, war, sport and economic ties that creates an exciting environment for both tourists and residents,” he said. For Rozek, the residency is all about enabling Canadian visual artists to experience the value of living and working in the city of Detroit.
“The artists are able to set their own priorities for their stay at the residency...,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure they get the most out of their visit, and see all the wonderful opportunities for artists and other creative entrepreneurs that the region has to offer.” Rozek said the program provides “an accessible interpretation of the region’s long term goals” to people, but he maintains that promoting the program can be difficult. “I think trying to get the word out about what we are doing, and getting people to see how it is inline with the policies put forth by community stakeholders and a good thing to support would be the biggest [hurdle],” he said. Last fall, Canadian Residency received a $30,000 grant from the Knight Foundation and those funds have been matched through private donations. To continue the program for a second year, Rozek’s launched an online Kickstarter campaign in hopes of receiving $50,000 in donations by May 31. So far he’s reached $7,919 of that goal, roughly 15 per cent. Boyle and fellow Toronto artist Lake have created art collectibles for the Kickstarter campaign. Lake made an 8” x 10” postcard print entitled The Wannabe Windsorite, while Boyle collaborated with Pewabic Pottery to make a 4” x4” 3D tile, The New Detroiter. The artwork are priced at $313 and $51.90 to represent Detroit and Windsor’s respective area codes. Boyle would like to see Canadian Residency continue because of the amazing opportunities it provides artists, and how it allowed her to fall in love with Detroit. “I really celebrate [Rozek] for attempting to strengthen those curiosities and those relationships with this geographical neighbour. Like it’s right there, you guys, right? And there’s not that much exchange and there could be.”
Cover songs are always a risk for bands, primarily underground or unsigned acts. There’s always the fear that the cover will become the “live staple” and ultimately define the band’s public persona. It’s even riskier when a band records an entire album or EP of covers – it can come across as an exercise in laziness rather than a labour of love. Windsor’s garage fuzzsters The Hypnotics recently released a three-song EP featuring three covers, entitled Guess I’m Falling In Love/A Mansion on the Hill (named in tribute to the way old 45s were listed, but featuring a bonus track). Anyone who heard The Hypnotics’ last album, 2011’s Static Fuzz Radio (which peaked at #11 on the National College Radio charts) can undoubtedly see the rationale behind the opening track, a solid CBGB-esque romp of a cover of “Guess I’m Falling In Love” by The Velvet Underground. While not as feedback driven as the VU original, The Hypnotics combine 70s garage rock with a little bit of early Cheap Trick to create something that’s sounds nostalgic but relevant. And while a VU cover is something many would expect from these Windsor rockers, perhaps a couple of lesser appreciated Hank Williams covers would not. “A Mansion on the Hill” (a 1948 single from Hank Williams Sings) goes from a hillbilly heartache song to a great alt. country head bobber in the vein of Blitzen Trapper, featuring guest organ work from Greg Smith, whose recently joined the ranks of the unquiet dead. The song closes out with a rompingly electric rendition of “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It” (which originally appeared in 1949 on Hank’s Honky Tonkin’ LP). Despite being three covers, this EP – recorded with Josh Kaiser at Kaiser Sound Productions – is a beautiful next step from Static Fuzz Radio and feels like the perfect appetizer to the next stage of The Hypnotics’ musical journey. — JAMIE GREER
SIREN PHASE S/R GRIND AND OBEY EP
Siren Phase is still in the studio compiling music for an upcoming concept album, but the trio recently released a four-song EP, Grind and Obey, as a teaser for the upcoming release. Siren Phase is a new project featuring former Anonymous Bosch frontman Corey Woodrich, former Lost Souls Division drummer Ted Robert and bassist Avery Petersen. The material definitely distances Woodrich musically from his prior project, going from metal territory to a more melodic hard rock approach. Luckily, Woodrich’s strong vocal presence and range are given more room to roam and the songs fit his attack and range perfectly. The opening track, “Captive, I Found You Near Death,” starts with a Foo Fighter-esque guitar riff, but the vocals are far more ambitious and prog rock inspired than Dave Grohl would attempt. Melodically it’s a solid album opener, drawing on some of the heavier rock bands of the early 90s grunge movement, but it never feels dated or novelty driven. The follow-up track, “Your Dead Eyes Can’t Hate Me,” is a grinding groove that invokes the same dirge and sludge of some of Alice in Chains’ darker material. The drumming is solid throughout the entire four tracks and Woodrich’s guitar playing – something that was overshadowed a bit in Bosch – holds down with a fuzzy and thick tone. “The Sea Wench” (a hard rock sea shanty about a seafaring prostitute) is almost like a prog rock opera piece that starts to tie the EP together as part of something more complete. There’s definitely no true single on this EP, but serving more as a preview and taste of the forthcoming full length concept album, it’s more akin to a movie trailer. An elusive tale is hinted at, but the bulk of the story is missing, not yet revealed. It’ll be interesting to see how these songs flesh out when surrounded with the missing pages. — JAMIE GREER
the Windsor Scene
THE MATADORS JEFF BURROWS
80s punk Spy’s play after single reissue Arts Council presents business tips for musicians and Heavy Fest brings the noise JAMIE GREER Hot on the heels of the vinyl re-release of the 1980 seminal punk 7” Underground/ Machine Shop by his legendary band The Spy’s, Dale “Elad” D’Amore’s current project, Guitar Army, plays at Venue Music Hall (255 Ouellette Ave.) on Friday, May 23. Guitar Army are putting the finishing touches on a brand new album, recorded with local producer Mark Plancke at the Shark Tank, and are just back from a twonight stint in Las Vegas. These veterans of Windsor’s original punk movement in the 1970s still exhibit the same fire and passion they did as teenagers. Victory Records’ EMMURE make the journey from Queens, New York to Windsor to headline a monstrous metal show at the Serbian Centre (6770 Tecumseh Rd. East) on Saturday, May 24. Joining them on the bill are San Antonio’s Upon A Burning Body and Victory label mates Fall City Fall from Calgary, with local support from The Apex and Beastmode. This is an all ages show with doors at 6 p.m.. Advance tickets for only $18 are available at Dr. Disc Records or online at ticketscene.ca. The heavy crunch of Halifax’s Bloody Diamonds rumbles into Windsor on tour, with a stop at Phog Lounge (157 University Ave. West) on Saturday, May 24. This two-piece pack a powerful wallop, and have been showcased at such festivals as NXNE and Halifax Pop Explosion. Currently touring in support of their brand new 7” Monsters, they’re joined by Windsor’s Menos Mal and Grumpy Monkeys. St. Thomas, Ont. horrorbilly punk rock
legends The Matadors return to Windsor for what’s sure to be a bourbon-fuelled party. They’re throwing a CD release party on Saturday, May 24 for their latest offering, Say You Love Satan, and there’s no bar more fitting for these guys than Villains Beastro (256 Pelissier Ave.). They’re joined on tour with Butch Haller and His Chesterfield Ramblers. Windsor electronic icon Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman) returns to the area for a set at this year’s Movement Electronic Music Festival, held at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Hawtin’s set is 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 25. Fellow electronic DJ and Windsor native Heidi takes the stage Monday, May 26 at 3 p.m., Annie Hall and Kero starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 25. Tickets are available at movement.us. Any independent musician in the city with dreams of furthering their musical career will want to attend the Independent Music Primer, presented by Arts Council Windsor, on May 28 and 29. The keynote speaker is Murad Erzinclioglu, who is not only an accomplished local musician (Learning, Star Trek: The Band and a stint in Surdaster), but also the music directtor for CJAM 99.1 FM, creative director/ co-founder of the annual Harvesting The FAM Festival, chaired the Music Caucus at the National Campus-Community Radio Conference and was a featured panelist at College Music Journal’s conference in New York City. This seminar will expose those in attendance to various facets of the music industry and will offer a multitude of tips and techniques for the independent
musician, from running radio campaigns to social media, acquiring visas, funding and more. Cost is $10 for ACWR members ($15 for non) and is being held at Arts Council Windsor & Region (1942 Wyandotte St. East) from 6 to 8:30 p.m.. Over the past year or so, CELLOS has cemented itself as perhaps Windsor’s best musical offering, combining ferocious musical attack with proficiency and aggressively delicious songwriting. They’re back with a show at Villains Beastro on Thursday, May 29, alongside Hamilton’s Sensei and instrumental surf-thrash outfit This Machine Kills Robots. For eight years now, Jeff Burrows (The Tea Party, Crash Karma) has been throwing an annual fundraiser for Transition to Betterness. His 24 Hour Drum Marathon is literally that – for a full 24 hours, Burrows jams with a revolving line-up of local bands and musicians, all raising money for a great cause. This year’s edition begins on Friday, May 30 at Walkerville Brewery (525 Argyle Rd.) and carries through to midnight on Saturday, May 31. Local filmmaker Jon Gillies’ (and coproducer Dusty D’Annunzio’s) social documentary Border City Music Project, which features Noam Chomsky, Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and a who’s-who of local musicians, has its U.S premiere on Thursday, May 29 at Emagine Theatre (200 North Main St.) in Royal Oak, Mich. For those who missed the Windsor premiere in
March, here’s a great opportunity to see it on the big screen. British Columbia’s banjo folk-rockers (or “stoke folk” as they call it) Shred Kelly return to Windsor on a cross country tour, with a stop at The Windsor Beer Exchange (493 University Ave. West) on Saturday, May 31. This barnburner also features local roots rockers James OL & The Villains and indie pop singer/songwriter Walter Senko. A couple of veterans outfits return to the local stages on Saturday, May 31: indie rockers Meters to Miles play their first show in years at Villains Beastro (with special guests Warren & The Wayward Jennys), while Phog Lounge hosts another show from The Dead Samaritans, featuring former ten indian Dennis Cantagallo. Ryan Barron and Rose City Promotions have announced another festival in Windsor to kick off the summer. Great Lakes Heavy Fest takes place on Sunday, June 1 at the Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council (2401 Columbus Dr.) and, unlike most local festivals this summer, is all hardcore, punk and metal. Featuring a wide array of international and local talent, including Smash Your Enemies (Detroit), KDC (Buffalo), Falsifier (London), Weston (Toronto) alongside local favourites like Days Fade, The Apex, Violent Vatican and Hellraiser, it’s also a steal for the price. Tickets are $10 in advance (available at Dr. Disc or VIBE Studio Tattoos) or $15 at the door, for 16 bands! This all ages and licensed event kicks off at 4 p.m.
Windsorite takes to Toronto with localized Cards Against Humanity game
Scotty Graham’s new adult card game Cards About Toronto » Photos Scotty2Naughty
JON LIEDTKE Scotty Graham has made quite a name for himself over a short period of time in Toronto as a graphic designer. His recently released Cards Against Toronto - similar to the popular crass card game Cards Against Humanity - and a series of Rob Ford Valentines and Mother’s Day Cards helped to elevate the Windsor ex-pat onto the national stage. Born and raised in Windsor, Graham moved to Toronto at the age of thirty when the recession hit to find work. “I had to put all that creative stuff aside and find a job and nose to the grind and ended up working with a good company in aviation and worked my way up the ladder.” After realizing that climbing the corporate rungs wasn’t for him, he said goodbye to pursue more creative things. “Low and behold the first little project I did was valentines with our famous Mayor Rob Ford on them and they ended up being a hit and I got a lot of attention for it and so I’m just trying to leverage that and ride the wave,” said Graham who added that he’s got some other ideas on the backburner. “It’s really exciting, I can’t believe how fast its happening,” he said referencing the attention that both Cards Against Toronto and his Rob Ford greeting cards have been getting. “I’ve been waiting a long time for it.”
Graham admitted that the Ford greeting cards are geared towards people who are “really into politics”. Cards Against Toronto was conceived when Graham had to attend a potluck and decided to make a fun game. The first inception was written by hand and Graham has been “adding to it, [and] refining it. I just thought it was time to either do something with it. I looked into really getting serious about it, put it together and had it produced.” The game sells for $25 + HST and includes 240 cards. Cards Against Windsor isn’t off the table with Graham expressing interest in developing a set of cards. “I would love to, but what strikes me about WIndsor is that i’ve only been gone five years and I can’t believe how much has changed. I go back and I get lost in my own neighbourhood. I fear that my references are all dated, but I haven’t ruled it out.” Windsor holds a special place in Graham’s heart and he most misses the people, his family, properly done shawarma and the ability to get across town in less than 20 minutes. “It really is harder to see friends [in Toronto], it takes more effort. I miss that community.”
CANADIAN R ESIDENCY.U S
Vodka bombs with Kenny vs. Spenny Slamming drinks in Chatham with some middle-aged comedians
JON LIEDTKE “Every show was the fucking worst,” exclaimed Kenny Hotz while sitting beside Spencer Rice backstage at the Capitol Theatre while on the Chatham leg of their national comedy tour. I sat down to interview the comedy duo over vodka and Red Bulls. “We created a show where we tortured ourselves … you fucking assholes, you’re such a sick fucking audience that you demanded the most disgusting horrible shit.” The two stared in Kenny vs. Spenny, a Canadian reality comedy series in which the duo competed in outlandish competitions in order to humiliate the loser. They’ve been friends since they were children and both joke that their experience on TV ruined their friendship. Playing as foils, Hotz explained that his intention on the program was to avoid doing the humiliation rather than seeking to win, while Rice explained that he sought to compete with integrity. “I like to think I try to have integrity, I fail like most people at times, but I don’t really like being the good guy, but that’s what I’ve been saddled with and I’m going to run with it,” said Rice. Hotz said, “The reality is I’m the good guy, I’m the happy guy, he’s the unhappy guy ... the angry, neurotic, paranoid, violent person and I’m the fun loving [one]. I like myself, he hates himself.” The show lasted for six seasons and Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, became executive producers in 2007 after seeing the “genius” that is Hotz and Rice’s creation, which bolstered their entry into the American marketplace. Hotz explained that Parker and Stone got involved immediately after meeting Rice and realizing that they weren’t
acting but rather being themselves on screen. “That’s why Matt and Trey really loved us, because if we did [the challenge] ‘Who do gays guys love more?’ we both would’ve done anything to fuck the gay guy,” said Hotz. “If there was a down syndrome kid that I wanted to teach [that] Spenny molested him, I never called him a fucking retard, we became friends in the show! We were self deprecating, I never exploited him, I was never mean, crossed a line or exploited anybody else ever and I’m really proud of that.” While noting that there were some exceptions, Rice agreed that the “joke was always on us.” At times the show did go too far which Hotz credits to the fact that two “normal fucking idiots ended up being caught in this hurricane of fame,” allowing them to do anything they wanted. “[It] created a catch-22 where we couldn’t not do it and some of it’s embarrassing.” When the show wasn’t renewed for a second season on CBC, Rice thought that their prospects had ended but Hotz knew from the outset that the show was special and going places. “I knew that the second we started it was a fucking full on go. We did little things … when I made him think that he had AIDS, that fucking popped … this is the fucking real deal.” The Kenny vs. Spenny vs. Canada tour has spanned the country with virtually sold out shows at every venue and Hotz is loving every minute of it. “I love meeting the fans … Who wouldn’t go in front of a thousand people that love you with tons of muff wanting to bone you and go show your shit and be loved?”
Many fans hope the tour will act as a catalyst to bring back the show for another season and both stars maintained that they’d be interested in getting back into the proverbial ring. “It’s not up to us. People say bring back Adolph Hitler, especially Spenny,” joked Hotz. “We would do it, I would love to do 500 more shows. This to me is the greatest show in the history of all of television. I think there’s more laughs per minute than any other show. Call me a fucking ego maniacal narcis- Kenny Hotz and Spenny Rice before their show in sist, whatever you want.” Chatham earlier this month » Photo Jon Liedtke “You’re an ego-maniacal narcissist,” responded Rice, who went on to explain that the genius of the show was that it was project based and that the duo played off of a comedy dynamic that was “as old as Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis … it was the reality version of it.” With possible talks of coming to Windsor in the fall for a repeat performance, Hotz joked that he used to sell “more weed than anybody else” in Toronto that he would purchase from Windsor. “We used to go to Windsor and like, I’d come here, I haven’t been [there] in 32 years. We used to score cylinders of weed [and hash]. It’s a nice town, wicked houses …” When the tour concludes, the duo would like to make more cash. For the time being, they’re focused on bringing the show to their fans. “I’d do it again. I want more money. I’d like to sell out … Commercials anybody?” joked Rice. “Guys who shit their pants? [Representatives aren’t] lining up for us to do Disney.” “We’re Jews, of course we want to [sell out],” joked Hotz. “We want the cash baby.”
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Blood brethren Sara Elizabeth and Jake Seaward » Photo courtesy Bloody Diamonds
Blood on the stage
Bloody Diamonds bring dark, minimal blues LOREN MASTRACCI Phog Lounge is set to shine bright like a Bloody Diamond. Halifax rockers Bloody Diamonds are touring North America and will be in Windsor come the end of the month. The band, which is travelling as a compact duo for logistical reasons, will rock Phog Lounge with their powerful music May 24. Band members Sara Elizabeth and Jake Seaward are engaging fans during a North American tour which has taken them to Canadian Music Week in Toronto for the first time. “We played at the Bovine Sex Club with a bunch of bands we are friends with, so it was a really cool night,” said singer-guitarist Elizabeth, adding “We love Bovine, it’s the perfect vibe for us.” The bluesy rock band — inspired by Band of Skulls, The Dead Weather, The Kills and Crosss — entered the music scene in 2012 with the debut album They’ve Got Secrets, followed last year by Monsters EP. Bloody Diamonds is excited to play Windsor again. “We love Windsor,” said Elizabeth. “We played there quite a few times now and it’s definitely one of my favourite cities to play because everyone that’s ever come to our shows is just so nice and so welcoming.” When Bloody Diamonds performed at Milk Coffee Bar last spring, they were taken aback by the city’s chill vibe; they ended up playing at three open mics at the request of their fans. Touring is Elizabeth’s favourite part of the music making process.
“That’s where you get to enjoy all the hard work you’ve put into your band,” said Elizabeth, describing touring as a lifestyle. “Playing a show and having people get into your music is an amazing feeling, once you fall in love with it, you’re addicted.” The band has gone to great lengths to embrace their passion- building a bed into the back of their van and spending up to eight hours a day driving. “After a while the van becomes like home,” said Elizabeth. “That becomes your bed and you don’t get homesick … [maybe] a little bit.” Following Windsor’s performance next week, the band will tour the United States for the first time, and the duo are nervous. “You just don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Elizabeth, blaming her fear on culture shock as neither she nor Seaward have ever been stateside. “We’ve heard good things from other bands that have gone down and we [have] heard bad things, so we’ll see what happens,” she said. Bloody Diamonds are a fierce new addition to the Canadian music repertoire and a musthear of the season. Their popularity has grown nationally with the nomination for Loud Recording of the Year at Nova Scotia Music Week in 2013. Elizabeth’s fiery vocals will surely complement the heat of this coming summer. Bloody Diamonds perform at Phog Lounge on May 24 at 9 p.m. with locals Menos Mal and Grumpy Monkeys.
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I I’m a 21-year-old straight male, and I’m mildly autistic. This means that I have difficulty picking up on social cues. I’ve learned to manage my disability in most areas of my life, but I’ve recently become concerned about how it pertains to hooking up. My approach to hooking up is how I imagine most other people’s must be: find someone who I can have a flowing conversation with, attempt to flirt with them, and then awkwardly make a move. But a few weeks ago at a party, I was flirting with a girl when I suddenly realized that she was wasted. I had suspected that she was tipsy like myself, but I didn’t understand how far gone she was until she invited me outside and was unable to keep her balance while walking. What followed was a horrifyingly surreal exchange where I struggled to leave, she kept insisting that she wasn’t drunk, and all the while she kept pressing against me. By the time I got away, she was angry, people were staring, and I had history’s most shameful erection. Prior to that night, I thought I could tell when someone was too drunk. I’d been certain about the agency of everyone I slept with. Now I have doubts about myself. Severe intoxication renders a person incapable of giving consent, and taking advantage of someone that impaired is the same as rape in my mind. Am I a rapist? Was it wrong for me to participate in hookup culture as I struggle to read social signals? Moral Blue Screen Of Death
If your description of events is accurate, MBSOD, that shameful erection of yours—which was nowhere close to being history’s
most shameful erection (that distinction belongs to the erections on the Catholic priest who raped the most kids)—was an innocent, unconscious, physiological response to some highly awkward and clearly unwelcome bodily contact. Just because your dick got hard doesn’t mean you were enjoying yourself. Again, if your recap is accurate: You were struggling to leave, and this drunk wouldn’t stop pressing her body against yours? You were the victim, not the perp. As for other women you’ve hooked up with at or after parties… The line between buzzed enough to go for it and too drunk to consent can be fuzzy and subjective. Some people argue that one drink renders a person incapable of consenting to sex. By that standard, nearly all of us—male and female and SOPATGS*—are guilty of raping scores of people. (By that standard, millions of sexual encounters are simultaneous rapes, i.e., two tipsy/ buzzed/drunk people having sex that neither party was capable of consenting to.) But sensible people recognize that alcohol functions as a social lubricant and an effective way to overcome social or sexual inhibitions, and that it’s possible for two people (or more!) to have consensual sex after a drink or two or even three. You say you have difficulty picking up on social cues, and you’re now worried that you may have misread a previous hookup’s ability to consent. I’m sorry to say that it’s possible you hooked up with a girl who was completely shitfaced but, unlike that drunk girl at the party, was not giving off too-shitfaced-to-consent cues that you could pick up on. Since
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you can’t go back in time and unfuck all the buzzed/tipsy/drunk girls with whom you’ve already hooked up, MBSOD, you can only resolve to be more cautious going forward. If drunkenness is one of those social cues that you have a hard time reading, MBSOD, you’re going to ask a friend for his or her read on the girl you met, or—better still—you’re going to stick to dance-floor make-out sessions at parties and reserve getting naked for sober/soberer second or third dates. And when you do decide to really go for it, you’re going to err on the side of making active, ongoing, explicit requests for consent, i.e., you’re not going to “make moves,” awkward or otherwise, you’re going ask questions (“I’d really like to kiss you—that okay?”) and keep asking questions (“Okay, I got the condoms out—you still wanna fuck?”).
My best friend is in a relationship with a great guy who is a loving father to their kids. There are no issues in their relationship other than this: zero sex in 10-plus years. She is DESPERATE. She is in contact with a former lover who is not the LTR type. She wants to hook up with her ex. Is she required to disclose? If so, what do you recommend she say? Or does 10-plus years of sexlessness constitute a free pass? Her Best Friend
Ten years without sex frees your friend from an obligation to disclose, HBF, but for your friend’s peace of mind—and for butt cover should the affair be discovered—she should sit her husband down and say some-
thing like this: “I love you and I want to stay married to you forever. We both know that sex has never been an important part of our connection or our marriage. If you should ever seize an opportunity to get it elsewhere, I trust you’ll be considerate and discreet and leave me in the dark. I promise to do the same.”
I’m a 23-year-old gay male who was diagnosed four years ago with ADHD. The prescription that I’ve been taking has completely turned my life around. Within the course of my first batch of pills, I began to notice drastic changes. From the evaporation of my paralyzing academic anxiety to the willpower to practice better hygiene, medicated me has control over my actions. A side effect of this medication is a drastically increased libido. While I’ve always had kinky tastes in porn, it is only while on Dexedrine that I go on Recon and look for men to tie me up and dominate me. I’ve only ever pursued kink experiences under the influence of legal amphetamines. My confusion comes in the interpretation of these facts. Part of me feels like I should be wary of my kinky self, because “sober” me wouldn’t make the same sexual choices. The other part just wants to say “fuck it” and embrace my kinks, because the same high that makes me kinky also made it possible for me to graduate from college and practice good personal hygiene. Are my concerns valid? Aroused Distractible Dominated
You were looking at kinky porn before you got on meds and started hooking up with kinky guys, ADD, so your meds didn’t
make you kinky. Instead, your meds have had the same impact on your sex life that they had on your college career and your commitment to good personal hygiene: They gave you the ability to realize your dreams—educational, sexual, and ablutionary. Just as Sober You couldn’t get your ass to class or into a shower, Sober You couldn’t get your ass into a hot top’s dungeon. Medicated You, on the other hand, gets shit done. The question you should be asking yourself isn’t “Is my medsenhanced ability to make my kinky fantasies a reality a good or bad thing?” but rather “Am I being reckless about how I realize my kinky fantasies?” If you’re not taking unreasonable risks, ADD, and if you’re employing best online hookup practices—you meet in public first; you know their real names and phone numbers; before heading to someone’s place to get tied up, you tell a trusted friend where you’re going, who you’re with, and when they can expect to hear from you again—then this isn’t a problem. * Some other point along the gender spectrum. On the Lovecast, Dan chats with graphic novelist Ellen Forney about dating when you’re bipolar: savagelovecast.com.
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FIND AND SUBMIT EVENTS AT Pure Detroit tour URBANITENEWS.COM/EVENTS Guardian Building | 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Theories, Yautja & Dead Church Failure St. Andrew’s Hall (Detroit) | 8 p.m. St. Andrew’s Hall (Detroit) | 7 p.m. | $13 | $25
KASHKA Phog Lounge
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
Sip into Summer: Wine & Food Pairing EPIC Wineries | 12-5 p.m. | $5-$7
Live Trivia w/ Justin Zuccato Dominion House Tavern | 8-11 p.m.
Sausage Making w/ Rob Bornais Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House | 1 p.m. | $75
Failure, the Catalyst for Success Pelee Motor Inn | 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Bikes & Beers Cycling Tours Willistead Park | 1:15-5:45 p.m. | $60
Mix @ The Max: The Rite of Spring Detroit Symphony Orchestra | 6 p.m. | $15-$25 Mary Poppins Dance Workshop #2 Windsor Light Music Theatre | 7 p.m. Gunner & Smith w/ Vice Aerial Phog Lounge | 10 p.m. A Pint & Manicure or Haircut Villains Beastro | $20
Transition to a Green Beauty Routine Breathe Pilates & Fitness Studio | 2-3:30 p.m. | $15-$25 Danity Kane The Fillmore (Detroit) | 7 p.m. | $25-$45 First Anniversary Show The Comedy Quarry | 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. | $20
MONDAY, MAY 26 Movement Electronic Music Festival Hart Plaza (Detroit) | 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Audition Call - Mary Poppins Windsor Light Music Theatre | 7 p.m. Spring Fiction Launch: Kathy Page & Nadia Bozak Biblioasis | 7 p.m. TUESDAY, MAY 27 Rave Reviews Windsor Public Library (Forest Glade) | 2:30-3:30 p.m. City of Windsor Cultural Summit 2014 Art Gallery of Windsor | 5-7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 22
The Beaver Den Kordazone Theatre | 8 p.m. | $8-$15
Soul Skate 2014 Detroit (various locations)
Zara Dureno Taloola Cafe | 8-9 p.m.
yknot WindsorEssex launch Downtown Windsor Business Acclerator | 10 a.m.
Lake Timber w/ Nigel and the Dropout, Flour & Remnose Magic Stick Lounge (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $8
Riot Grrrl Tuesdays Phog Lounge
Emmure Serbian Centre | 6 p.m.
Independent Music Primer Arts Council Windsor & Region | 6-8:30 p.m. | $10-$15
28th Annual Battle of the Hors D’oeuvres Caesars Windsor | 6 p.m. | $80 Man In The City Reception City Cyclery | 7-9 p.m. The Beaver Den Kordazone Theatre | 8 p.m. | $8-$15 The Strangers of Comedy - A Night of Stand Up Phog Lounge | PWYC FRIDAY, MAY 23 Soul Skate 2014 Detroit (various locations)
Bloody Diamonds w/ Grumpy Monkeys & Menos Mal Phog Lounge Soul Skate 2014 Detroit (various locations) Movement Electronic Music Festival Hart Plaza (Detroit) | 12 p.m.-2 a.m. The Matadors w/ Butch Haller Villains Beastro SUNDAY, MAY 25
Women Having It All Spago Trattoria | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | $29-$60
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
Ladies Craft Beer Education Series Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House | 6:30-8 p.m. | $30/class THURSDAY, MAY 29 Energy Healing Sessions Integrative Healing Arts Studio | by appointment Independent Music Primer Arts Council Windsor & Region | 6-8:30 p.m. | $10-$15
Kate Romaine & Richard Driedger Taloola Cafe | 8-9 p.m. Jeff Burrow’s 24-Hour Drum Marathon for T2B Walkerville Brewery | 8:30 p.m. Ward Anderson The Comedy Quarry | 9:30 p.m. | $15 Bumpin’ Tacos w/ The Line Drawn & Violent Vatican FM Lounge | 9 p.m. Better Weather Phog Lounge Voices for Poverty fundraiser Villains Beastro SATURDAY, MAY 31 Ottawa Street Re-Opening Ottawa Street BIA North American Sport & Hobby Expo WFCU Centre | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | $11-40
Pure Detroit tour Guardian Building | 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Ward Anderson The Comedy Quarry | 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. | $15
War Games Rap Battle The Shelter (Detroit) | 8 p.m. | $20 Shred Kelly, James O-L and the Villains & Walter Senko The Windsor Beer Exchange | 9 p.m. | $7
SKIN Open Mic Poetry Fundraiser Sho Gallery | 8 p.m.
Movement Electronic Music Festival Hart Plaza (Detroit) | 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
Cellos w/ Sensei Villains Beastro
Meters to Miles w/ Warren & the Wayward Jennys Villains Beastro
FRIDAY, MAY 30
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
Energy Healing Sessions Integrative Healing Arts Studio | by appointment
Ottawa Street Re-Opening Ottawa Street BIA
Video Game Challenge Fundraiser Villains Beastro SATURDAY, MAY 24 Pure Detroit tour Fisher Building | 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Spring Spotlight Concert Windsor Symphony Orchestra | 2:30 p.m. | $10 adults/$5 students
North American Sport & Hobby Expo WFCU Centre | 4-9 p.m. | $11-40 Ottawa Street Re-Opening Ottawa Street BIA | 6 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.
LYON Phog Lounge
The Beaver Den Kordazone Theatre | 2 p.m. | $8-$15
Open Stage Night w/ Year’s of Ernest Dominion House | 5 p.m.
Children’s Art Exhibit Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House | 8 p.m.
Sip into Summer: Wine & Food Pairing EPIC Wineries | 12-5 p.m. | $5-$7
Tanner James/Sean Hamilton w/ Gary J Van Lare/Josh Fraser Phog Lounge
Open Mic w/ Anderson FM Lounge | 10 p.m.
Ana Stulic Spring/Summer Fashion Show Chelsea Studios | 8 p.m.
Audition Call - Mary Poppins Windsor Light Music Theatre | 1 p.m.
Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge | doors 9 p.m.
Myskow Family Musyk Taloola Cafe | 8-9 p.m.
Audition Call - Mary Poppins Windsor Light Music Theatre | 7 p.m.
We Will Rock Blue Chrysler Theatre | 8 p.m. | $20$30
Pure Detroit tour Dave Russell Fisher Building | 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Dominion House Tavern
Soul Skate 2014 Detroit (various locations)
Panel Discussion: The DetroitBerlin Connection MOCAD | 4 p.m.
The Dead Samaritans w/ Guitar Eddy Phog Lounge | 10 p.m.
North American Sport & Hobby Expo WFCU Centre | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | $11-40 MONDAY, JUNE 2
Slow Roll-Homecoming Friday Evenings After Work Party St. Andrew’s Hall (Detroit) | 6:30 p.m. w/ Kay Otay Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House | 7 Audition Call - Mary Poppins p.m. Windsor Light Music Theatre | 7 Black Breath, Mutilation Rites, p.m.
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 Biannual All Media Exhibition 2014 Detroit Artists Market | until May 23 Annual High School Student Exhibition: Works on Paper Windsor Printmaker’s Forum | until May 31 The Dignity of Work Artcite | unril May 31 Land Marks Art Gallery of Windsor | until June 15 Sigi Torinus: Into the Light Art Gallery of Windsor | until June 15 WE WON’T COMPETE Art Gallery of Windsor | until Sept. 21