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the historic Walkerville theatre, 1564 Wyandotte St. east, sits empty despite a price tag of $299,000 in a city without an independent cinima • photo m.n. malik

With the Palace Cinemas closing its doors on Jan. 8, and the recent closure of Forest Glade Cinemas, the City of Windsor is without an independentlyowned film theatre. The empty Forest Glade Cinema and the adjacent bowling alley is on the market for $4.9 million, while the Walkerville Theatre’s $549,900 asking price has been slashed nearly in half to $299,000. Among a number of thriving restaurants, cafes, shops and services on Wyandotte Street East sits the the Walkerville Theatre— a historic and majestic building that is behind in the neighbourhood revival. Built in 1918 and once known as the Tivoli, the 7,000 square foot, 500-seat theatre was used for live entertainment and film screenings until 1965, according to Elaine Weeks, managing editor of Walkerville Publishing and Communications, which has published much about the theatre’s history. The Walkerville Theatre was also used as a bingo hall, dance theatre and most recently as a gay nightclub called Life from 2001 to 2002. “The people we have that are interested in [the theatre] don’t have any money,” said Russel Lalovich, a Re/Max realtor whose partner Mark Lalovich has been the listing agent for the Walkerville Theatre for five years. “We’ve had a



couple of people come from Toronto, and they say, ‘We’d love to do this in Toronto, but we can’t afford it.’ This is obviously an attractive price point. It’s insane what you’re getting for $299,000.”

Current theatre owner Steve Gibson invested in the theatre in 2002 by offering to mortgage it to new owners. According to Gibson, the owners wanted to revive the building as a film theatre. Both parties invested a total of $500,000 in renovations over two years, but the then owner defaulted on his taxes and mortgage to Gibson, and Walkerville Theatre never re-opened. “It seemed like a good business and was at the time appraised for $1 million,” said Gibson, a 60-year-old retired tool maker and owner of the property management firm Gibson Diversified.

over $80,000 in back taxes to the city to maintain the theatre. “I’ve found the right people [to take over the theatre], but unfortunately, they don’t have quite enough money. In this day and age, they don’t want to take a chance. But when you start a business you have to put your whole life on the line.” Determined to see the building restored to a performance theatre, Gibson has even reached out to the University of Windsor and St. Clair College, hoping the schools would be interested. “It really, really should be a theatre,” remarked Gibson. “Walkerville is unique. It has its own culture, its own history. The University of Windsor would benefit tremendously from having it ... but both the university and St. Clair College would like a donation.” The Windsor International Film Festival is among a few interested parties that has toured the Walkerville Theatre in the last few months. Although Gibson is willing to continue mortgaging the property to a new owner, festival director Peter Cody said it’s impossible for

“The theatre can be operational in a short amount of time,” said Gibson, adding that some cosmetic renovations and a new roof would be needed, but the building is otherwise structurally sound. In the last seven years, Gibson recalls receiving at least five firm offers on the theatre, but none of the deals materialized. In the meantime, he’s amounted


the non-profit to come up with money for a downpayment and operational costs. “Walkerville is going through a resurgence of sorts with the restaurants. It’s becoming a little hub of activity,” said Cody. “Who knows, something should happen to that building. If [WIFF] had the money, if this was a different world and I could renovated it, God, it would be a wonderful place to have our offices and screenings.” With no new offers coming his way, the only financial relief for Gibson may come from a deal with telecommunications company WIND Mobile, who plans to pay him $10,000 a year to lease space on the roof for an antenna. “All I want is someone to take me out. I didn’t get into this to be in the theatre business,” said Gibson, “but if someone else doesn’t come in and take over ... I’ll have to get it going on my own.” Looking and pointing to the heavens, Gibson laughed, “I’m wondering, is someone trying to force me into that theatre.”

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he curtains have remained closed at the near century old Walkerville Theatre for seven years, despite a plummeting price tag and an owner driven to sell.

It really, really should be a theatre. Walkerville is unique. It has its own culture, its own history.

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was born in Windsor, Ont. in 1980. From 20002004, he studied painting and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Windsor. In 2005, he moved to Vancouver and got involved with “Organized Kaos” a vegan/punk-rock fashion/infoshop/art space, where he exhibited and curated shows until 2006. In 2007, he formed a short-lived artist collective “d-formed.” In 2008, he independently managed an art-space in downtown Vancouver involving, painters, graffiti writers and musicians. Jonathan has focused on photography since then, specializing in portraiture and using a wide range of unconventional techniques.

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The National Theater 1 by KRISTIE PEARCE { top & bottom } Dillon Hall Triptych by M.N. MALIK { centre }

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it.

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Over the last two years, his work has been part of sets on CBC’s Being Erica, CW’s Nikita, MTV’s adaptation of UK hit Skins, and is now in heavy rotation on MuchMusic as part of the music video for Timbuktu’s single “Rock Radio.”

More and more, his increased profile has allowed him to sell his paintings across the world while still being based in Windsor.

Bombardier is still devoted to his street-art roots, but more opportunities have been presenting themselves at the commercial and gallery levels. His next gallery show will be at the renowned Petite Mort Gallery in Ottawa, and will share space with 323 Gallery in Royal Oak at Scope’s showcase in Miami this December.

“I’m working on a couple releases with [art website],” Bombardier said. “I’ve done like six runs with them, and each run has been about 40 limited edition paintings, and all six runs have sold out. And they’re going all over the world: Italy, London, California, New York. We’ve got two more runs planned for this year.”

Bombardier was also recently involved in a few trips to the “One of a Kind” art show’s Canadian stops in Toronto and Vancouver. The recurring show is a sale focused on handcrafted artisans and draws the cream of the art crop.

Bombardier continues to work out of Printhouse, his combination printing business and home base on Pelissier Street. The increased commercial viability of what he does has required him to adapt his working

style to the world he finds himself in. “I wouldn’t say it’s changed so much as evolved. I focus a little bit less on [Printhouse] and more on my art now. It’s just like the scale tipping over. I was using the Printshop as a full-time job to be able to afford my art, and now art has picked up where I’m treating like the everyday job. That’s what I do.”

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tales From First year BY matthew a. terry


, the moniker Daniel Bombardier has been known by for the better part of the last 12 years, is Windsor’s most well-known and successful artist. First blazing a path for himself as a graffiti artist— then moving to more “legitimate” forms of art due to legal concerns— his persona is seemingly ever-present. Decals of his emblem have been stuck across the city by the hundreds and have increasingly popped up and street signs, bathroom stalls and garbage cans around the world. Recent developments show that his visibility and professional recognition have far from plateaued.

“I met up with a couple of art dealers in Vancouver and they’re going to start selling my work there, which is nice because it means I won’t have to go out there to do it myself,” Bombardier said.


This piece was a mask I made to describe the dust in my apartment. I’ve been collecting dust in my apartment, and this is the kind of gear I would need to keep up with cleaning it all. To avoid a dust collection I would need to clean every single day, so I collect dust.

Dust (2011 mixed media) { left } & Fish Tail (2011 mixed media) { right } by DIANNE CLINTON


Untitled (2008 mixed media on canvas) by NANCY JOHNS

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was born, raised and currently lives in Windsor. Occasionally settling down from world travels and creative excursions to study at the University of Windsor, she initially majored in Philosophy despite her interest in art. “I had a lot of misconceptions about what [Fine Arts] meant, and so I was apprehensive,” Carlesimo said. “I was also terrified at the thought of exposing myself and my ideas to the open critique of peers and professors daily. So I decided to study Philosophy instead, but I simply grew uninterested.” Carlesimo typically works with common building and construction materials to investigate and subvert the social, political and economic expectations of public and domestic space. She also addresses these issues in a collective called GoHome with collaborator Michael DiRisio. She is currently pursuing artist residencies with DiRisio across North America, will be featured in the Mayworks Festival and plans to begin work on her MFA in the fall.

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is a Windsor-based journailist, videographer and photographer who delights in Detroit’s decadence, decay and dereliction of dilapidation.

The National Theater 2 & 3 by KRISTIE PIERCE

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returned to Windsor recently after studying fashion on the streets of Europe and at the Istituto di Moda Burgo in Milan, where she found her work featured in Fashion Times Milano. “My passion for designing began when I was in highschool,” said Stulic, who is introducing her designs to boutiques from Paris to Toronto.

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has made a huge impact in the fashion world from her home base in Windsor. From gracing the pages of Lou Lou, appearing on Fashion Telivision, winning a compitition and showcasing at London Fashion week in England, Shkreli’s Dilly Daisy label has become one of the regions most recognizable.

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one of Windsor’s most established fashion designers, has participated in over 50 fashion shows, including FAT (Toronto Alt.Fashion Week). Her line, andal-lopez has been featured in Now, Eye Weekly, WAMM and Day Job magazines, the latter awarding her as best stylist in 2005. Lopez now works out of her Toronto studio, but returns seasonally with her recent collections for Windsor fashion shows.


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by R. Joseph De Alwis

rolled out of bed, gasping. breath wasn’t free. i escaped moments of constraint thanks to glaxosmithkline, powdered mist my savior since i was 8. that blue canister all too familiar in my household growing up. i reached for my ventolin, sticker long removed from when i forgot to check my pockets before doing laundry, blue like plastic water. nothing. i shake, press down and inhale, nothing. i could walk to the walk-in clinic, sit with the other sick bastards and wait, or hop on the 3 and see dad, he’d have something lying around. i got on the 3, it was 8 a.m., i call but there’s no answer. winding through windsor, the air out in the open, there for everyone to see the way it hangs, collected waste particles and atoms hovering, filling our bodies with what we excrete. aboard with the lower echelon: the tiny chinese lady with metallic velcro shoes who horks up terrible phlegm in the front of the bus, the fucktards skipping school to roam devonshire for pussy and cock, Somalians dressed the way BET wants them to mean mugging the white kids wearing the same labels, the salt workers, students plugged into devices, bobbing heads, sitting still still moving, tuning out the now in hopes of escaping. they share existence like an unwanted toy. all high on some thing and low, in transit. drouillard was, and felt like, eternity. approaching whiskey jacks i yank the yellow chord, connecting me to the bus driver; his theme the hum of a mechanical bull confined to a route. the bus stops, i thank the driver, he nods, i pass the purped out mural, the rumrunners. the backdrop for shady dealings in darkness, it glows. a three block walk, i call again. a recorded phrase from duke, what message will i leave for him when he’s dead? i haven’t seen or heard from him in 3 weeks, i climb the stairs to the back entrance, i knock hoping he’s home. he sleeps in. almost a year of days off. moving at his own speed. i keep knocking, it’s me, dad it’s me, i hear mumbles and rambling, dad it’s me, i can’t breathe. i hear him, hear him walking towards the door. it’s not a good time, ryan. dad, i just need a puffer, please. please open the door, no reply. dad, i’m serious i can’t breathe. mostly genetics, but partly my own vices, got me here, the endless days of copious blazing with no regard for my asthma. knocking, short of comfort, short but deep and calculated my breaths like imaginary numbers. still knocking, i don’t have any, i think you should come back later. the blue door talks to me. dad, open the door. knocking, knocking, i was now the neighbors’ alarm clock, a puffy-chested cock with a concerned voice. dad, open the doooooooooor, time passing: blinking digital red. the door the victim of my hammer fist. strikes of worry. silence. the door unlocks, i see my dad’s back as he clumsily waltzes into his room. the kitchen cupboards victims of a indoor riptide, their contents strewn and splayed upon the kitchen floor. a pocket on the surface of new earth is my father’s laboratory. the garbage overflows into the rest of the apartment, spreading like mold, wrappers, foil and plastics, paper, crumples of waste every where. i follow him into his room, on a bare mattress he lies, arms crossed eyes closed. legs straight, rocking. creating a score he can concentrate on to help him escape this moment; the moment i realize that he is smoking crack again.

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Why can’t you pennypinch the climate? The ebbs and flows of precipitation, deserts at wakes and hurricanes celebrating matrimony. Know your place? Know her place. Early new-age thinking, everyday testament thinking You were way too hard on Irene. So think again, hard... desserts at funerals, hurry cain to weddings. Marked with a half moon seizure scar. Dismember the weather, and forgive it for its ceasarian episodes.


by Kate Hargreaves 1.

the groom lobbed lemons over the barn in the rain they sunk into the damp grass on the other side held their volume and juice away from patent leather toes and sinking heels in the mud no one ran after the daisy bouquet when it hit the rafters 2. Molecatcher used to be a viable trade: crumble glass shards into tunnels to slice smooth bellyskin and string book jacket furs around a thick neck for farm-to-farm handshakes


by Dijon Arruda

Have you ever thought about yourself? Really! Have you ever thought about yourself? You know, go to your doctor and check your health, Go down to the local TD and check your wealth? When was the last time you did a good deed? Put others above yourself and your own needs! Remember when you were very small? You were taught to help the elderly, But now you don’t do that all! 2012 the world’s changing, People plotting their dreams, But all I see is the same thing Everybody wants and talks about good things But are you part of the few, who are actually doing good things? It’s like we talk through cell phones and computer screens Come see me face to face, Come see what I really mean!

by Gustave Morin


by R. Joseph De Alwis

As pain stakes claim Leaves turn to litter, the Cold leaves the bitter even More so, morsels of frost Cling to windows, through Them we see breath while Autumn falls into the cauldron, stirring, Cooked like crack, crystalline shards Preserve and eat away like salt Eroding souls, families torn Like quilts, summers melted To burnt umber, turned to orange Like clockwork ticking so Slightly, hands fall from trees Waving good-bye to the people Not noticing seasons or the transitions Between them; secrets like treasure Tucked away in frozen ground, ready For bloom while the barmaids Destroy livers on demand with deliveries Of ale and fixed elixirs to keep The shouting happy and warm Through frigid winter’s song


by M.N. Malik

The thunder of the surf is silent here, Where the light falls in columns cold Lucid, frigid and rendered clear, As the secrets I dare behold, The enduring caress pervades all, There lies no urge to action There is no sound, no lover’s call, In that light broken by diffraction The hand that held so firm this life Has let it fall, too soon, away Here lies an end to all mortal strife, Beyond the realm of night and day I gaze beyond the depths that do not cease, At last, I feel the balm of peace.

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by Priscilla Bernauer


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rethink pink new film exposes the h y p o c r i s y o f p i n k wa s h i n g john doherty Sports editor ______________________________


ilmmaker Léa Pool is taking off the rose coloured glasses with a new film exposing the truth behind pink ribbons.

We see the pink ribbons in stores, in the form of signage on windows and attached to merchandise. The majority of us knows what it means and we ‘buy pink’ because we reason that a portion of our money going towards breast cancer research is a good thing. We’re doing our part to support and help find a cure. That’s a myth according to the creators of Pink Ribbons, Inc. The elucidating documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada has its first public screening following its TIFF debut on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor. Directed by Léa Pool and produced and executive produced by Ravida Din for the NFB, the premise of Pink Ribbons


is that breast cancer has become “the poster-child of cause marketing.” The very issue of breast cancer, effectively, drives a campaign that “no promotion or no advertising can ever afford to create.” Millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer every year. Where does all this money go, and what does it actually to achieve? Windsor-based cancer researchers Dr. Marg Keith and Dr. Jim Brophy, both adjunct assistant professors at the University of Windsor, appear in the film. Keith and Brophy have fifteen years experience in occupational cancer research, including 10 years of conducting cancer research in the local area. “Fundraising for breast cancer research has become such a commercial undertaking,” said Keith. “While research strongly supports the need for funding and applauds the women who are involved in the marches and the other money-raising efforts, it does point out clearly the hypocrisy of letting corporations that produce cancer-causing agents front many of the fundraising events.”

Filmmaker Léa Pool (right) on the set of Pink Ribbons Inc. • photo nancy guerin

The film takes a critical look at the Pink Ribbon campaigns and effectively wonders who really benefits from the campaigns, the cause or the company? The reality, according to the film makers, is that breast cancer mortality rates have not significantly changed in the past 60 years. Women diagnosed with breast cancer today face the same treatment options they did 40 years ago when the war against cancer was declared— namely, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The film also looks at the discrepancy of the pink ribbon campaign’s focus— treatment and cure are favoured over primary prevention, to the virtual exclusion of the latter. “There is mounting evidence about the association between occupational and environmental exposures and breast cancer,” said Brophy. “We think breast cancer research for occupational and environmental causes should be funded,” said Brophy. “I think we tried to show [in the documentary] that we should be looking at primary

breast cancer prevention. “One one hand we are critical of the corporate take over, but on the other hand the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has been unbelievably supportive [of us].” However, Brophy believes that the lack of funding towards primary prevention of the war on cancer should be seen as a failing of the campaign. “In the war on cancer ... we continue marching along looking for a cure, which is essentially evading us. The things that we know that could prevent the disease in the first place we tend to ignore.” The Windsor International Film Festival, headed by executive director Peter Cody, will act as a facilitator for the screening. A discusion, sponsored by the National Network on Women and Health and funded by Health Canada on workplace exposure to plastics and its relation to breast cancer will follow the screening Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

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feAtures reporter ______________________________ John Kissick No. 3 2007, acrylic and oil on canvas; 66 x 66”

“This is a very reflective collection for John,” said the curator of A Nervous Decade, Crystal Mowry. “He is an artist who is concerned with the reservoir of history. His work is asking: is it still possible to make anything original?”

ing too. I’m actually the director at the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. The job requires a lot of skills that I had to learn on the job.

JK: Yes it was. I was also doing track and field at Queens University, which is something I loved. When it came time for post-graduate, it just made economic sense for me to go to Cornell since I was awarded a scholarship.

JK: It’s an ongoing negotiation between the two jobs. I also have a family with two active kids. Because I’m so busy, I really cherish the time that I have in the studio. I tend to think too much about my art. But because of my limited time, I have to make decisions.

HGW: You’re an art professor at University of Guelph now. Are there any advantages to being a working artist and a teacher? JK: When you’re a professor you’re constantly being challenged and pushed by your students. They make me think about my own art. It can be exhaust-

HGW: How do you balance your work life and your artistic life?

HGW: Do you think the tension between your two jobs and family life comes across in your work? JK: No one’s ever asked me that before! I think that my paintings can look anxious. That might be my own anxiety coming out.

Kissick’s art plays with tropes that have been repeated through art history and he literally “remixes” his past pieces by adding and changing works that had been completed earlier.

JK: Yes. My art is about what constitutes an artistic gesture. Formal innovation in art is pretty much exhausted. Everything that has been done in abstract art, for instance, has been done already. What I’m trying to do is look for ways to make an authentic abstract painting by making changes to what has already been done. HGW: How so? JK: I slow certain elements of the paintings down or paint kitschy objects in a way that is done differently. Essentially, I’m trying to invert the mark. HGW: There are a series of paintings in your exhibitions called the Remix paintings. How do you “remix” a work of art? JK: It’s a principle that comes out of music, the same as how a rock band may remix one of their original songs. I look at paintings I did two years ago and basically rethink them. I add new parts to them, but I don’t make them entirely new paintings. When you look at them, you should be able to see the remix.

The Lance spoke with Kissick from his home in Guelph, Ont., to understand more about the creation of A Nervous Decade. H.G. Watson: When did your interest in art first begin to develop?

HGW: This show of your work has been touring for two years now. How does it feel to be at the end of this tour?

John Kissick: In high school I was only really good at two things; gym, and art. I loved making things. HGW: When you say you loved making things, do you mean sculptures? Were you also drawn to more traditional art forms? JK: I was lucky enough to get a scholarship to attend the art school at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. There I got to experiment in different forms of art, from painting to making plexiglass sculptures. The experience really opened me up to creating new art forms.

HGW: Your curator, Crystal Mowry, told me that a lot of your work has to do with notions of authenticity.

John Kissick I feel better (than James Brown) No. 8 2009, acrylic and oil on canvas; 167.6 x 167.6 cm

JK: It’s sad for me because once it’s over, the paintings will be returning to the public and private collections that they belong too. I probably won’t ever see them again. That said, I got a lot out of this tour. I was able to get representation in Berlin, which has lead to my art showing in Europe. So much of the art that I created that is currently in the show was created a long time ago. I have a new style now, and I’m excited to share that with people.

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Kissick, the director of the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph, has been a fixture as an artist and an educator in the Canadian art scene during the last 10 years. A Nervous Decade collects some of his best pieces from that time and brings them to Windsor as the last stop on a national tour.

HGW: You have a very impressive academic background [Kissick holds a bachelor of fine arts from Queens University and a master’s of fine arts from Cornell University]. Was going on to university a natural progression for you?

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hen everything has been done before, how do you make it new? This is the question being explored by artist John Kissick in his traveling art exhibition, A Nervous Decade, opening at the Art Gallery of Windsor on Jan. 21.

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Her Name is Peggy by OWEN BALL originally published in The Lance Nov. 11, 1966

WinDsor’s besT banD Turn uP The noise


Cellos (left to right; Joe rabie, david Allan, Kyle Marchand) at the Coach & Horses • photo cristina naccarato

josh kolm ArtS editor ______________________________


ith their delightfully abrasive arsenal of music, Cellos is easily the most exciting project to develop in Windsor over the last year, and their uniqueness is drawing a degree of attention that’s surprising for such a fresh band. Even though their debut performance together happened last March, it comes amidst an impressive resume of musicmaking in Windsor. Guitarist and vocalist Kyle Marchand currently plays guitar in Orphan Choir, Space Vampire and What Seas, What Shores. Drummer David Allan plays for Explode When They Bloom, Poughboy and Which Witch. Bassist Joe Rabie currently serves in both Surdaster and Red Rows. When Poughboy played with Space Vampire at Phog Lounge’s Halloween show in 2010, Marchand and Allan met and got to talking. “Kyle was actually born the day before me, so we got into the same things around the same time,” Allan said, citing their long list of mutual interests as an

I really love being loud & making a lot of noise.


easy starting point. “Immediately, we had a couple e-mails back and forth saying, ‘let’s make loud, heavy music.’ We tossed around a couple band names— Melvins, Jesus Lizard. We wanted to make a really loud sounding band based on noise and weird songs. We got Joe because we needed someone to play bass and he was the only guy we could think of.” Their shared musical touchstones have allowed their style to develop naturally, but Cellos has an undeniably distinct sound. Every moment of slow, simmering anticipation eventually bursts into a loud, confrontational, yet patient, heavy groove. “I grew up listening to heavy music, but I haven’t played in a heavy band since high school,” Marchand said. “It’s kind of

cathartic to be able to do that now. I’ve never been a front man in a band before I get to wail as loud as I want and make a lot of feedback. I really love being loud and making a lot of noise.” The band has been propelled along since their first performance, which can be attributed not only to similar mindsets and passion for their music, but the composition of the band itself. “We wanted to keep it a three-piece,” Marchand said. “Having just three people in this band, it’s not hard to bring people together, practice often, get together to play a show. It’s not really hard to make decisions.” Allan added, “Every band works a certain way, but I really love the way we manage to get things done. We booked our first show and worked towards it. [Cellos’ first recording] ‘Bomb Shelter’ was done in a week. We set goals and get things done.” “Bomb Shelter” was released digitally in August, but it has since been picked up by Cleveland-based Dead Beat Records for a full-length vinyl release. Dead Beat has been putting out loud rock music for nearly 20 years, and plans to distribute the album across North America, as well in locations in Europe and Japan.

“It was something we were going after, but we never really got to the point where we were actively sending the record out. Tom from Dead Beat wrote us out of the blue,” Marchand said about the record deal. “A lot of people were finding us on [music website] Bandcamp, and that’s really the only way they could have found us, since we haven’t played a show out of Windsor. A lot of people were getting in touch with us wanting to do something; Tom was really straight forward about it, and said that he wanted to put ‘Bomb Shelter’ out as an LP.” Cellos is adding another song to the album for its vinyl release, and are currently recording another group of songs. “They’re not too far from what we do, but I think we’re still trying things out,” Allan said. “We’ve been a band for barely a year. We’re still getting a feel for how each other work and what we like to do.” Despite their relative newness, Cellos’ proven ability to produce gold at such a quick pace shows that perhaps now is the time for them to ride that momentum. “We want to tour.” Marchand said. “We wan to have Bomb Shelter out in March, and hopefully have the next batch out maybe in the summer time. Just keep this steady momentum. I’d like to get some bigger press attention. I think this a good year for us to try our hand at playing out of town.” Cellos’ next Windsor performance is on Feb. 3 at Phog Lounge with Gypsy Chief Goliath and Thunder Hora. The full-length version of Bomb Shelter will be released in March.

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