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Labour Day Weekend has come and gone, marking the end of another summer. Autumn is around the corner and soon we will be raking leaves and sipping pumpkin spice coffee. As we head into the fall, this issue of Windsor Life Magazine looks at the diverse and notable accomplishments of residents and transplanted natives of the city. Discover the grandeur of the Matchette House. Some say the home defies description. Windsor Life takes on that challenge in words and pictures. Jacob Robson saw a lifelong dream come true in August when he made his MLB debut at Comerica Park. Steven Clay Hunter is a Pixar Animation Studios animator who tells the story of how he almost walked away from the industry, and what movie brought him back. The documentary, The Pizza City You’ve Never Heard Of, pays homage to a cornerstone of Windsor culture: pizza. Learn what Windsor pizzerias have been doing for decades that makes our pizza among the best in the world. A local Facebook group seeks to help monarch butterflies flourish in Essex County. Making a difference sometimes seems daunting, but this group has found some simple ways to make our corner of the world a better place. Windsor author P.L. Stuart’s debut fantasy epic, A Drowned Kingdom, is reviewed. The novel tells the story of Prince Othrun, who must carve out a new kingdom on a strange war-torn continent. Meet master fisherman, Josh Jorgensen. Born in Windsor, now living in Florida, Josh runs arguably the world’s top fishing and video experience business: BlacktipH Fishing. Delayed for a year by the COVID-19 pandemic, musician Brendan Scott Friel, released his latest album, Summer Moon, in March. Brendan reflects on a lifetime of making music and the soundscape of his latest work. Baseball was a pillar in the lives of husband-wife, Dale and Heidi L.M. Jacobs. By 2016, when their relationship with the game cooled, they decided on a unique experiment: attend 50 games within 100 miles of their Windsor home, all during a single summer. Sculptor and Hollywood makeup artist, Nick Marra, talks about his sculpture of Detroit Red Wing enforcer, Bob Probert, and the journey that took Nick from LaSalle to the Hollywood dream factory.
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As the sometimes unbearable heat of August has ended and we head into the comfort of Autumn, we are still recovering from months of uncertainty. But at least we are able to enjoy some of what life outside our homes has to offer. Although we are not completely open the signs point to it being soon, albeit carefully. And this is where we come in. Don’t let your guard down. Maintain the practice of keeping yourself safe. It is up to each of us to make sure we are protected to the best of our abilities. The three Ws are still very important: Wash your hands, Wear your mask and Watch your distance. These Ws have done a very good job for most and hopefully will continue to do so in the future. As I write this, new restrictions have been put in place as cases of COVID-19 are on the incline. Guidelines are changing. We need to abide by them. Although these are inconvenient, if we don’t get a handle on the increase, who knows what will happen. We, as a community, cannot have another lockdown. Local businesses have suffered enough and now, more than ever, need our support. Shut off your computers and go out and buy something. Local merchants are working tirelessly to make your shopping experience enjoyable and safe. Safely enjoy a meal. Enjoy the fresh air. Enjoy your friends and Oh Yah… get vaccinated! Because, if you don’t, you will probably be staying home as you will not be allowed to do most of the things I mentioned earlier in this paragraph. On another note, I need to make a correction to an article we ran in the last issue of Windsor Life Magazine. In a story on Bois Blanc, known to many of us as Bob-Lo Island, we stated that golfing was available on the island. The beautiful island has a lot of wonderful things. However, it does not have a golf course. Golfing is a ferry ride and a short drive away but is not a feature of the island community. I hope you enjoy the information we send you in this edition of Windsor Life Magazine. As always we love to bring you the stories of the people and things that make Windsor/Essex and Chatham/Kent the great places they are. That being said, I wish you a wonderful Autumn and ask you once again to Stay Safe!
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Around The Bend And Up The Shadow-Laden Path 28
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THE MATCHETTE HOUSE An Enigmatic Masterpiece
STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY DEVON PASTORIUS/WINDSOR REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHY
WORDS OFTEN FAIL TO DESCRIBE the grandeur of the Matchette House. But that certainly hasn’t stopped us from trying. An iron gate stands vigilant by the road, stamped with an emblem of the Tree of Life. A grey, concrete driveway whisks you down a shadow-laden path. The house greets you at the end of the road, magisterial amongst the trees. A dazzling spectacle of cultured stone, reclaimed brick and black trim. And admittedly, something of an enigma. The Matchette is a lot of things. A modern-day castle with a resort-like feel. A union of fire, water and stone. But most significantly, the Matchette House is a dynamic union of several paradoxes. The atmosphere within the home is austere and heavy, but also warm and rustic. The ceilings are tall and vaulted, but there is an openness, an intimacy, to the structure that draws guests in deeper. There’s an immediate wow-effect as soon as you step through the wide doors. The main floor
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Clockwise from left: The eating area, that looks out onto the patio; the kitchen, where all the meals are prepared; the formal dining room, perfect for family dinners, offers a glimpse into the study.
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is wide and comforting. The look and feel are somewhat traditional, but again, warmth seems to radiate off every brick. Visitors immediately describe themselves as feeling comforted, almost consoled, as though the house itself has welcomed them into a loving embrace. Instead of many modern-day homes, which are bathed in a sterile white, the Matchette House almost dances with intimate, earthy colours. Wide, expansive windows admit beams of radiant sunlight. Brick pillars support the ceiling. Grey couches cluster around the television and the focal point of the home: a natural, wood-burning fireplace, which stands underneath the property’s emblem: the Tree of Life. Few walls separate the residents from each other. When standing in the Great Room—the first floor’s main attraction—you can see across all the way out the patio. For a home as welcoming as the Matchette House, this is where all the residents and guests converge. It’s a home meant to be lived-in, not simply admired. Next to the Great Room is the kitchen. The dark countertops perfectly accent the brown cabinets. The room is perfect for parties and family dinners. On the other side of the Great Room is the Master Bedroom, which offers a breathtaking view of the backyard. The bedroom comes complete with an ensuite bathroom. The bathroom itself sports a classical European design. Instead of
Clockwise from above: The foyer, the first thing you glimpse upon entering the Matchette House; the back of the Great Room, with views from the second floor; the centerpiece of the Great Room: the wood-burning, stone fireplace; the Master Bedroom looks out across the property, creating the effect of a cabin in the woods; the Master Bedroom’s attached ensuite bathroom.
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being adorned with pillars and posts, the room maintains the same openness as the rest of the Matchette House. The ensuite bathroom is as large as possible, accommodating a self-described “monstrous” shower and wide vanity that serves as a makeup area. The whole room is awash in a marble-like material. The Matchette House is undoubtedly a magnum opus in home design. However, it was an incredibly collaborative project, involving several professionals working closely with the homeowners to make sure that every single detail came together harmoniously. The bulk of the interior work was generated by a third party. The Designer worked extensively with the owners, going back and forth with paint colours, fabrics and artwork. The owners acknowledge her sense of style and knowledge of current trends with generating the bulk of the aesthetic design. Her eagle-eyed attention to detail transformed even the smallest little flourishes to notes in the song of the property. Meanwhile, the infrastructure itself was put together by an Architect. The home project itself was very unique and necessitated a great deal of creativity. The Architect spent a considerable amount of time with the homeowners, taking their sketches and collected snapshots into life. Notably, as grandiose as the inside of the Matchette House stands, what’s most remarkable about the home is how it works with the rest of the property. The Matchette House does not interfere with what was always there. That said, a couple trees were moved to try and make the property functional. But the aesthetics of the land remain unaltered. As well, the homeowners performed some creative redecorating. In the front of the property, 17 large trees were relocated with a 52-inch augur. They were then placed in front of the home for privacy, to complete the effect of a home shrouded in the woods. The homeowners then drew up some pathways through the backyard and the remainder of the property. But again, they really did not change the dynamic of the property. The Matchette House truly utilized everything that was there. And speaking of, around the back of the property stands a shimmering natural pond. The team of builders excavated 16 feet into the ground until they hit clay. Following that, they dug up six more
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feet of clay, which they used as the base of the pond. The pond completes the ultimate paradox of the Matchette House: the juxtaposition between civilization and nature. The Matchette House is a dream come true for nature lovers. From the window, you can watch as a herd of deer luxuriate by the pond. Or observe the passing of a flock of wild turkeys. The same pair of mallards come by every year to mate. Even located in the heart of LaSalle—and equipped with all our modern amenities— the Matchette House is able to recreate the feel of a misty cabin out in the wilderness. The Matchette House’s emblem—the Tree of Life—ties a glittering bow around this theme. As well, the Matchette was built to be incredibly environmentally-friendly. Specifically, the home was meant to address the water crisis in LaSalle. The homeowners and the designers were able to put their schematics together to find a way to pipe the rainwater from the front of the house to the road, and the rainwater from the back of the house into the pond, limiting the amount of waste. And for any potential homeowners looking to design their own safe haven, the homeowners take a moment to weigh in with some advice: mentions the importance of finding the right slab of property. “We spent a lot of time looking,” the homeowner states. “We had a variety of ideas, but we started with what was important to us. We wanted a main floor master bedroom and a main floor that does not waste any space. We tried to think ahead. It’s not, ‘What do I want right now? How long am I going to be here?’ It’s, ‘What would be important to us 10 years from now, as my family grows?’” In short, maybe there is only one word capable of summing up the Matchette House: Masterpiece. The Matchette House is currently on the market through thelegaledgeteam.com. WLM Windsor Life Magazine is always searching for interesting homes, landscaping, gardens, patios and water features to show our readers what others in the community are doing with their living spaces. If you have a home that you feel would be interesting please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos need to be for reference only. If your home is chosen we will arrange for a complete photo shoot. If you wish, you may remain anonymous and the location of your home will not be disclosed.
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A LEGACY BUILT ON TRUST & HONESTY In loving memory of Alfred “Al” Zakoor 1932-2021
When it comes to longevity, few local businesses have withstood the tests of time quite like Windsor Vacuum. Since opening their doors in 1939, Windsor Vacuum has gone on to service our community for over 83 years. The business is currently owned by the Zakoor family. “My Dad, Alfred Zakoor, worked for the founding family for 15 years,” owner Jon Zakoor states. “He purchased the business in 1987. I, as his son, became his partner in business around the same time.” Alfred and Jon worked together for over 30 years, bringing exceptional service to their clients and community. “My Dad worked many years after age 65,” Jon explains. “He was a bit of a creature of habit. And he loved doing what he did. Ultimately, he didn’t retire until he was 86 years old. He always found a way to stay active in the business, whether he was doing bench repairs, paperwork or card filing. Anything to remain a part of the business he helped establish. It was his entire working career, his passion.” Unfortunately, Alfred Zakoor passed away earlier this summer. “Small retail does inherit some loyal clientele,” Jon states. “And we’re very appreciative of that. For the last several months, the condolences have continued flowing in through our doors because of the many people Dad helped. He had a tremendous impact.” Now, Windsor Vacuum continues to honour Alfred’s legacy by providing unparalleled dedication and education to their valued clients.
“We strive to provide that knowledge, that education, to people looking to make a smart purchase,” Jon states. “We’re always willing to provide knowledge on the products we have and the products that are out there. It’s always been a staple of ours. It’s all about building that trust and helping people find a quality product at an affordable price.” Windsor Vacuum offers a wide selection of high quality machines for all types of current floors in today’s homes. “We’ve started offering Hide-A-Hose Central Vacuum Systems with Newby Structured Wiring,” Jon states. “Through new home construction, pipes and fittings are installed to accommodate hoses that now fit inside walls throughout your house. We’ve also begun offering other home automation services through Newby, such as ring alarm systems, doorbells, interior-exterior cameras and brilliant smart home switches. We have lots of different things.” In addition, Windsor Vacuum continues to expand their already impressive catalogue. After adding the Miele brand to their showroom last year, Jon and his team have continued to grow the brand. “We’re really, really growing the product name,” Jon explains. “We’re so happy that we took it in. It’s a German-manufactured vacuum cleaner. You get what you pay for with it. It has a 20-25 year lifespan. And for me, I’ve always put my best foot forward in terms of searching for the best products for our customers. I’m not one to sell 10 of something and retain 9 headaches. I can’t sell low-price, low-quality and retain peace of mind. I’d much rather low volume, higher price with no headache.” Jon invites all potential and long-term customers to come visit him at 3051 Dougall Avenue. More information is available at windsorvac.com.
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THE WINDSOR UTILITIES COMMISSION (WUC) and ENWIN Utilities Ltd. (ENWIN) are celebrating their success as front-runners in water purification technology, as they mark the 20th anniversary of Ozone disinfection at Windsor’s A.H. Weeks Water Treatment Plant. Since 2001, when the utility first implemented Ozone as its primary method of water purification, the technology has gained province-wide recognition, along with the utility that introduced it to Ontario. “When we first implemented Ozone treatment, it was not considered an industry standard,” said Garry Rossi, Vice President of Water Operations. “In fact, we were the first drinking water purification facility in Ontario to implement its use in our treatment process.”
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“We are proud that it all started here!” “Ozone truly has become an accepted, and in some cases preferred, industry standard,” he continued, citing its effectiveness in treating and eliminating blue green algae and other emerging contaminants. “We are proud that it all started here, with us.” “It’s a great privilege to have been part of this innovative operation,” agreed Dr. Saad Jasim, who was Superintendent at the Windsor water plant and the driving force behind the early adoption by Windsor Utilities Commission, 20 years ago. “The big thing is, we were able to make a difference in providing a safe drinking water to the public.” Currently the President of the International Ozone Association,
Dr. Jasim still remembers his sense of pride, as the broader utility industry began to recognize the advantages of Ozonation and adopt the process that started in Windsor.
“Windsor Utilities Commission was the leader in the field.” Their operators came to the plant,” he recalls. “We trained them for free … and they were quite happy. They thanked us publicly at the conferences and the Windsor Utilities Commission was the leader in the field.” In the years since its implementation, WUC has continued to invest in many additional technological enhancements to its Ozone water treatment process. “We’ve added a third, smaller Ozone generator, adjusted Ozone dosing and quenching, incorporated Ozone into CT calculations, plant performance ratios and our SCADA system,” explains Rossi. All of this means that WUC has enjoyed 20 years as a top-of-class utility in the Ozone implementation sphere.
Since the implementation, the utility has won a multitude of awards for its water quality, technology and treatment processes, including the Innovative Technologies Award from the Water and Wastewater Association and the Water’s Next Award for Early Adoption in Technology and Innovation at the Water Canada Summit. “We also won three awards for Best Tasting Water,” adds Dan, “And Ozone has had a lot to do with that.” The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has recognized the excellence of ENWIN’s operations with a 100% rating for nine consecutive years. The utility sees that as a pretty good indication of how well Ozonation works.
“Ultimately, it’s the customers who benefit.”
“For 20 years, we’ve been able to guarantee a safe, reliable supply of healthy drinking water for our community,” explains Rossi. “That’s indeed a cause for celebration.” “Ozone was a game changer for us,” agrees ENWIN’s Supervisor of Water Production, Kelly Peters, who was on staff for the launch in 2001. “We produce the water that everyone drinks,” he explains. “As water treatment operators, we have a passion to produce the best we can. Knowing that we have Ozone to assist us has been awesome.” But the biggest benefits are enjoyed by more than 350 thousand customers in Windsor, LaSalle and Tecumseh, every time they turn on the tap.
“How we treat our water matters.”
Left to right: Dan Mustac, Jody Kent, and Kelly Peters.
“Depending on the season, we treat up to 150 million liters of water or more a day,” added Water Operations Manager Dan Mustac. “How we treat our water matters to our customers. Ozone will disinfect anything that comes through. It will basically tear apart and destroy bacteria, viruses or algae.” “There’s a sense of confidence in knowing we’re using the best disinfectant to provide safer water for the public,” agreed Jody Kent, a Maintenance Operator in the plant. “It is a large milestone, to have implemented something so new and have it running flawlessly over the last 20 years.”
““We are proud to have been the first to adopt a brand new, breakthrough technological application in 2001,” added Helga Reidel, President and CEO of ENWIN. “But ultimately, it is the customers who benefit – through a consistent, safe, reliable supply of fresh drinking water that also tastes good.” “Our sincere thanks to Dr. Jasim who started us on this path, to our VP Garry Rossi and Director Dave Melnyk, to Dan, Jody and Kelly at our water treatment plant and to the many others who have become absolute experts in Ozone water treatment,” concluded Reidel. “We applaud your dedication and expertise. We celebrate your success!” A u t u m n
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Josh Jorgensen’s Wildly Successful Fishing Experience Pits Celebs Against World’s Biggest Fish STORY BY RON STANG / PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY BLACKTIPH FISHING IT ALL STARTED IN THE WATERS off Essex County and why not? To the uninitiated, places like Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River offer some of the best fishing in North America. “I grew upon my whole life fishing on Lake St. Clair,” says Josh Jorgensen, the now 31-year-old Florida man who runs arguably the world’s top fishing and video experience business, store and website, BlacktipH Fishing. Born in Windsor, the son of Windsor businessman Jack Jorgensen, Josh really can’t remember a time when he wasn’t well, hooked, on fishing. “I’ve been fishing since I can first remember, literally, from three years old,” he said. “We lived on the water, so it just came naturally. I just became super obsessed with it.” What did he catch? The bounty of the lake, like bass, muskie, walleye, carp, catfish. The lake is one of the best muskie and small bass fisheries. “I really don’t know how to explain it,” Josh, speaking from his current home in sun-drenched Palm Beach, says. Noting the thrill of the struggle and the accomplishment of a catch, he added “It’s part of me.” Growing up if he literally wasn’t in school, “I’d be fishing.” Fast forward to age 13 and his family’s vacation house on Florida’s east coast. If young Josh thought the fishing was great on the Great Lakes, he struck gold in what has to be one of the world’s best fishing capitals. “And the rest is history,” he laughs. Josh discovered a certain type of fishing—beach fishing. But not just for any fish—specifically for sharks. “And I became obsessed with catching sharks on the beach.” Sharks can swim close to land seeking prey. But Josh’s friends back in Windsor didn’t believe him. So, he started making YouTube videos. And that was the seed for what would become an enormously successful fishing experience, video and media company Top to bottom: BlacktipH Fishing host Josh Jorgensen; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tight End Rob Gronkowski displaying his barracuda with Josh and Capt. Jason Boyll; brothers Josh and Jake Jorgensen.
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that would scour the world for great fishing and has since become host to hundreds of clients, many of celebrity status in the worlds of sports and entertainment. And hence the business name. Blacktip is a kind of shark, the kind he used to fish on the beach. “I was known as the Blacktip Hunter,” he says. So, he abbreviated the two words into one “BlacktipH,” which became the company’s brand. As a teen and in his Twenties, Josh broadened his fishing expertise to deep sea, inshore, surf and spear fishing, among many others. “I’ve caught pretty much every type of fish,” he says. And he found himself going after bigger and bigger species. To the point that the only ones he hasn’t caught so far are Black marlin, Dogtooth tuna and Giant trevally—“three of the biggest.” Josh’s early YouTube videos were “extremely amateur,” he admits. But with brother Jake, who is based in Windsor and takes care of the e-commerce side of the business, they decided to create an adventure fishing and media company. As a computer web designer—he can code in nine languages—Josh relies largely on social media to advertise and attract clients. The brothers hired a full production team and have now recorded hundreds of videos of both Josh’s own fishing exploits around the world and those of his elite clients. And he’s gone everywhere there’s great fishing: Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, the Bahamas, up and down the east and west coasts, Mexico, Africa. You can see dozens of the videos on the BlacktipH.com website or on YouTube and other platforms. They capture the challenge and exhilaration of fishing for some of the largest fish in the world, pitting humans against the beasts of the sea, much larger than the people catching them. And, says Josh, that’s the point. “I want to catch fish bigger than myself,” he says. “300 pounds are small, the bigger the better. For us a 500 pound fish is a nice fish. Our minimum goal is for everyone to catch a fish that weighs more than they do.” These giant species can be sharks, goliath groupers, tuna, marlin, sailfish. How is it possible to catch such huge fish? Josh says it’s all in the technique. “How you use your body weight against the fish’s weight is how you’re going to beat the fish — fish are so strong.” Some of BlacktipH’s most entertaining videos feature celebrities. Guest clients have included countless
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NHL, MLB and NFL players like Tampa Bay Lightning stars Nikita Kucherov and Andrei Vasilevskiy and football tight end Rob Gronkowski “Gronk.” Retired pro golfer Greg Norman caught a world record size Hammerhead shark, almost 15 feet and 1300 pounds. Clients have included Donald Trump Jr., professional boxer Jake Paul, Canadian arm-wrestling champ Devon Larratt and lots of internet stars. Many have had no prior fishing experience whatsoever. In fact, watching the video with Larratt, fitness guru JujiMufu and world champion powerlifter Layne Norton, is to be impressed that even men of virtual steel can struggle to reel in the big ones. Says Josh about one of his clients: “A professional bodybuilder, 5’10”, 290 lbs., solid muscle and the fish kicked his butt! We caught the fish, but he (the client) was dying. But he loved it. He said it was one of the hardest things he’s ever done in his life.” In the videos, Josh is right there alongside the guest celebs, coaching and guiding them, making sure they position their bodies properly—often with laughs all around —as his clients go man to beast with these sea monsters. “I just love watching people catching their first big fish,” he says. “Feeding off their energies is amazing. To be able to catch that on video is incredible.” How big are these big game, marine version? They’re so big they need 20 lb. fish as bait. “One of the comments we get a lot is people say that the fish we use for bait is ‘bigger than any fish I’ve caught in my life,’” Josh says. BlacktipH recently surpassed one billion YouTube views and has billions more on virtually all social media platforms. But it doesn’t just do its own productions. It has worked with major television networks including the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet and MTV. “We’ve created lots of content for them,” Josh says. How does Josh determine where to fish and catch the big ones? Josh works with a network of people who are constantly monitoring where the best fishing locations are.” It changes every week, every month, you’ve just got to follow the bite.” And it can change on a dime. The day before our interview Josh was going to head to Ocean City MD to fish. Then he got a call and instantly rescheduled, flying instead to New York to catch Bluefin. “Because if there’s a hot bite we’re getting on the plane and flying!” he says. Visit Josh’s website at BlacktipH.com. WLM Back to Contents
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John Fairley is excited about this year’s Hospice Face to Face Campaign which closes on September 30th. In its 19th year, the Campaign supports the Fairley Family Transportation Program by providing rides to medical appointments for Hospice patients and families in our Windsor-Essex community. The idea is for each participant to get $10 from 10 people. Each $10 donation is pays for a ride. Last year, they raised over $100,000 for Windsor-Essex residents in need of assistance. Spread the word about Face to Face! For more information or to make a donation, contact email@example.com or call 519-251-2594. Back to Contents
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Left: Pixar Animator Steven Clay Hunter. Below: A scene from Pixar’s 2020 short film, “Out”. Bottom: Steven’s dog, Jim, who appears in Out.
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pursue our dreams and to settle into some kind of boring day job. And for some reason, it’s usually teaching.” Fortunately, young Steven was undeterred by the promise of financial stability. After thumbing through a stack of college catalogs, he stumbled across an Animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. “I thought, ‘Hey, that would be kind of cool,’” Steven recalls. “‘Animation! That’s like movies and drawing!’” At the time, in 1988, the world of animation was a vastly different place. Everything was still traditionally hand-drawn, as computer generated imagery (CGI) was still in their infancy. “There were no computers or computer courses at the time,” Steven states. “It was all about learning how to use film. It was all about learning how to cut your own sound. Everything was reel-to-reel.” Steven spent three years at Sheridan College, learning all the basics from the ground up. However, he never ended up completing the program. “Halfway through my third year, I kind of dropped out,” Steven explains. “I just got sick of cartoons.” Then 22 and at a crossroads in his life, Steven spent nine months languishing away working at a Red Lobster. But before long, in 1994, a then newly released summer blockbuster rekindled his career goals. “That year Jurassic Park came out,” Steven explains. “It blew my mind! Before that movie, I was like, ‘Screw computers!’ Then, after seeing Martin Ferrero get eaten by that computer generated Tyrannosaurus Rex on the toilet, I was like, ‘Oh my God! I love computers!’” Inspired, Steven called some of his friends in the industry and managed to get a job in 2D animation in Toronto. After that, he moved out west to Vancouver to work on several different projects. Then, in 1996, a promising new lead captured Steven’s attention. “I found out that Industrial Light & Magic was hiring,” Steven recalls. “I thought, ‘Holy crap!’ So, I got all my stuff together, hopped on a train and travelled to San Francisco. Once I got there, I spent the night in the youth hostel and then hopped on a bus to San Rafael in Marin County, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.” Unfortunately, Steven hit a small snag in his journey. “I couldn’t find the place!” Steven admits. “I had the address, but
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I couldn’t find the building! I must’ve roamed around the city for hours!” Luckily, a familiar landmark pointed Steven in the right direction. “I peered into the window of this one building and saw an AT-AT,” Steven laughs. “One of those Imperial walkers from The Empire Strikes Back. Then, I immediately knew where I was. So, I walked up the steps and knocked on the door.” Instead of getting the door slammed in his face, Steven got offered a job. His first project was working as a Character Animator on the live-action Casper movie. “I met a lot of great people working there,” Steven states. “Funnily enough, I ran into some of my friends from Sheridan there. The ones who actually completed the Computer Animation program! So, despite my rambling path, we all ended up at the same place.” After completing his project at Industrial Light & Magic, Steven went on to work at Disney. There, he helped to bring to life some spectacular animated sequences in films like Hercules and Fantasia 2000. However, during this time, another surprise blockbuster sent Steven—and the industry—reeling. “While I was working in Los Angeles, a little film called Toy Story came out,” Steve recalls. “I remember thinking to myself, ‘Oh man. Everything just changed. I have to get in at that studio.’” Steven ended up getting a job at Pixar in 1997. He has been there ever since, lending his talents to a number of now classic animated features, such as Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and more! And now, after over two decades of working in animation departments, Steven has recently made his directorial debut with the animated short film Out. “Everything at Pixar gets funneled through the Story Department,” Steven explains. “A few years ago, Pixar had launched the SparksShorts program to help find new directors within the studio. So, they started reaching out to different departments to find new storytellers.” After working on a couple SparksShorts short films, such as Purl (directed by fellow Ontario resident Kristen Lester) and Smash and Grab, Pixar asked Steven if he had any stories of his own he would like to tell. “When the studio asks you
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that question, you do what comes naturally,” Steven states. “You lie. You say, ‘Of course I do!’ Then, you go home and say to yourself, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do?’” After racking his brains, Steven spent a weekend penning the initial outline for what would eventually become Out. “I had this idea about a coming out story,” Steven explains. “It felt like something I was still processing. It was something from my own life that I hadn’t really dealt with in an artistic way. Previously, I would just work on movies and help other people tell their stories. It was hard turning that light on myself. So, I just sat down and started coming up with ideas. What kind of story did I want to tell? And how did I want to tell it?” Out spins the tale about a young gay man who has not yet come out to his parents, who unexpectedly has his mind magically swapped with his dog’s. It is the seventh short film in the SparkShorts series, and Pixar’s first ever short to feature both a gay main character and an on-screen same-sex kiss. “It felt pretty emotional when we were making it,” Steven states. “One of animators I’ve worked with for years and years, Wendell Lee—who also happens to be a gay animator!—animated the kiss. When he showed it to us, we all just said, ‘Wow.’ We all just sat in the emotion of it for a little bit. It really blew me away.” Out was released on Disney+ last May. It quickly received widespread critical attention and was even recently shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. “It was absolutely amazing,” Steven stresses. “It felt so great to have been shortlisted. It was a huge win for myself and my peers.” It is all pretty good, Steven admits, for a guy who didn’t want to be a teacher. “I feel very lucky,” Steven states. “I remember when I first started working at Industrial Light & Magic, I used to go hang out with these old guys in the Model Shop. They had all these old props from the old movies I grew up watching. But there was this cynical old guy in the shop who would say to me, ‘Kid, you’ll be lucky to work on one really good movie in your life.’ At the time, I thought he was right. Now, I look back and think, ‘Hey, man. I got to work on a whole bunch of great movies!’” Out is streaming on Disney+. WLM Back to Contents
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ATHENS HAS THE PARTHENON. Paris has the Arc de Triomphe. Windsor has its pizza. Unlike Athens and Paris, Windsor is all but unknown for its contribution to world culture. Windsor native, George Kalivas, seeks to change that with the documentary The Pizza City You’ve Never Heard Of, that he wrote, and was directed by his friend and colleague at Warner Music, Tristan Laughton. “It all started when I was 18 years old,” George explains. “I was born and raised in Windsor, graduated from Herman high school, and moved to New York City for school. Within my first month there, I was introduced to all the famous pizzerias in New York,
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all the mom-and-pop places. And I couldn’t believe how much culture surrounded them. The pizzerias all had incredible stories, and they reminded me of what my dad had told me about Arcatta Pizzeria in Windsor, and what my grandfather said about the Volcano.” The more George immersed himself in New York’s pizza culture, the more he realized Windsor’s pizza stood shoulder-to-shoulder with what New Yorkers considered their best. “You should taste the pizza where I come from,” he told his friends. They didn’t believe Windsor’s pizza could be mentioned in the same breath as New York pizza. “If it’s so good,” they said, “why haven’t we heard about it?” Fast forward nearly two decades: George works for Warner Music, marketing musicians. During the intervening years, he got married, started a family, and traveled. “I’m a hip hop guy,” he says. “Aside from music, the only other conversation I’m having is about food. Traveling for work, with my wife, I’ve eaten in most of the pizza cities of the world: New Haven, Connecticut is a great place for pizza. I’ve been all over the east coast of the United States, the west coast, L.A., up and down Italy, and I just felt that Windsor deserved to be part of the conversation of real pizza cities of the world.” When the COVID-19 global pandemic hit, the music industry ground to a halt, along with most of the world. “Tristan and I had time on our hands,” George says. “We used to hit up two or three live shows a week and went down to zero when the pandemic came. So, I pitched the idea of doing a documentary about
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Windsor pizza. I said: ‘Look, you’re going to think I’m insane when I tell you my hometown has some of the best pizza in the world.’ Tristan is from Toronto, raised in Scarborough, and never heard that Windsor was known for its pizza. We weren’t exactly filmmakers, but I figured we could do for Windsor pizza what we did for musicians.” He continues: “I’m a marketing guy. I write and produce this stuff. My job is to come up with the ideas and reach out to people who have the tools to get the job done. When Tristan and I call ourselves filmmakers, we say it with smiles on our faces. But the fact is, we know how to make digital content.” The duo moved rapidly from concept to strategy: the film would be a road-trip documentary, starting in Toronto, loosely based on George, following him home to Windsor, going around to the pizzerias where his family ordered pizzas during his childhood. “Pre-production took place during May 2020,” George says. “Shooting started in early August 2020. We shot the film over six weekends, going into fall.” The story of Windsor pizza turned out to be a very personal story for George. “I grew up eating Windsor pizza,” he says. “We had to start there, with me and my friends. Pizza was included in everything, all our special occasions. It was in the background in pictures of our birthday parties. Our first stop for the movie was my old neighbourhood.” Making a road trip film during COVID-19 proved to be a logistical challenge. “We couldn’t stay with family and friends,” George says. “We had to be super careful. We shot it in Windsor back when the cases were super low. The Casino was closed, so we had to stay in some… pretty interesting places.” Although Windsor has the most pizzerias per capita in Canada, The Pizza City You’ve Never Heard Of focuses on six of them. As the story unfolds, however, everyone agrees that “Windsor style pizza” originated at one place: the Volcano Pizzeria Restaurant, which opened in 1957. Like a garlic-tinged Garden of Eden, it was from the venerable Volcano pizzeria that many Windsor pizza makers went forth and multiplied. Owned by Frank Gualtieri and his cousin, Gino Manza, the recipe for Windsor pizza was created and refined over a period of years in the Volcano’s kitchen. The documentary reveals there were practical reasons behind every tweak and change. Frank Tedesco, owner of Franco’s, was
quoted in local media in the 1980s, saying: “I started work at the Volcano when I was 15. A lot of people who run pizzerias in Windsor worked at the Volcano.” “We’re so appreciative to Joe at Antonino’s,” George continues. “Bob at Arcatta helped us out. Everyone who was a part of this welcomed us with open arms. Although we feature six pizzerias, including Windsor Pizza, Capri, Amloze and Armando’s, we also talked to Tom Lucier at the Phog Lounge and Peter Vitti at Spago, because it’s about more than the pizza places themselves, and the culture that surrounds it. We tell Windsor’s story at the same time. We go deep into the family photo albums!” Joe Ciaravino did not know George before his involvement with the documentary. “Somebody told George about us and he reached out,” Joe recalls. “The guys came in to Antonino’s on two separate occasions. What grabbed my attention was that George works for Warner music doing background videos on Warner artists. I figured: ‘If there is a guy who can bring this to fruition, it’s a guy who does this for a living.’” Joe describes how a camera operator brought in a camera on a dolly that looked like a roller skate chassis. “They came back to shoot what they call ‘B roll’ and we had a pizza on a circular table in the dining room, and the camera guy rolled the camera on the dolly 360-degrees around the pizza several times.” Joe laughs. “I can’t wait to see the movie!” George makes a point of saying the documentary does not rate the six featured pizzerias. It does not say one is better than another. The point of the film is awareness. “It’s bothered me,” he goes on. “Why does nobody know this? I was talking to a prominent figure in Windsor about a month ago, and he said: ‘I agree, we have world famous pizza.’ No, we don’t. It’s world class pizza, but nobody knows about it. We want it to become famous!” The documentary has been completed and George and Tristan have submitted it to approximately 30 film festivals. “We’ve had good early feedback,” George says. “We’re now waiting to see which film festivals will accept it, and it’s through the festivals that we’ll likely sign a deal. At the moment, I can’t really say where the movie will be viewed, but the whole point of making it was to get the story of Windsor pizza out to the world.” To follow developments about the documentary, visit pizzadocumentary.com. WLM Back to Contents
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DOING OUR PART The Monarch Butterfly Needs Our Help STORY BY MATTHEW ST. AMAND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHALET STUDIO & GARDENS IT’S A COMMON DILEMMA: a person seeks positive change in the world, but oftentimes the challenges appear too great and overwhelming to even approach. An Essex County Facebook group, dedicated to the preservation of monarch butterflies, has found an easy, enjoyable way to make our corner of the world a better place. Adult monarch butterflies are among the most recognizable butterfly genus. According to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), they are an endangered species. Every autumn, monarchs embark on an annual migration from southern Canada to the mountain forests of Mexico—a journey of approximately 4,000-to-5,000 kilometres. Fairly incredible for an organism with a wingspan of 7-10 cm and weighing less than 0.5 grams. Anyone wondering if they are seeing fewer monarch butterflies in recent years is not imagining things. “There are three major reasons why we’re seeing fewer monarchs,” say Leo Silvestri, creator of the Facebook group “Monarch Butterfly Enthusiasts of Windsor and Essex County” which has 2,749 members. “Loss of habitat in this area because of
Above: Leo Silvestri, creator of the Facebook group “Monarch Butterfly Enthusiasts of Windsor and Essex County”. Left: A monarch caterpillar feasting on its favourite food: milkweed.
pesticides and housing development, is one. Climate change is another. And illegal logging in the Mexican mountains, is the third.” He continues: “We cannot save the whole world. Everyone is in their own city. The only thing we can do to help the monarch butterfly is what we’re doing: planting milkweed and nectar-rich flowers.” Read the complete story at windsorlife.com.
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STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN / PHOTOGRAPHY BY MAGGIE CLARKE IMAGINE THIS: You just had an epic falling out with your father and older brother. You are cast into exile, alongside a band of loyal followers. Then, as your galley glides across the Shimmering Sea, you turn and watch as your island kingdom sinks beneath the waves. Now, you’ll have to guide your followers into forsaken lands, teeming with warlords, mages and pagan worshippers. Sound like a tall order? Well, tell that to Prince Othrun, the protagonist of P.L. Stuart’s debut fantasy epic, A Drowned Kingdom. “When one kingdom drowns, a new one must rise in its place,” Stuart writes. “So begins the saga of that kingdom, and the man who would rule it all.” Stuart is a resident of Chatham. After obtaining a degree in English Literature from York University—with a specialization in Medieval Literature—he went on to work in Law Enforcement. He currently works in Windsor. “I love my job,” Stuart states. “I work with some fantastic, highly-trained people. The job is challenging. It’s a very difficult environment. And it’s an honour to serve Canada and I love working in Windsor.” Read the complete story at windsorlife.com. Back to Contents
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Field of Dreams The Journey of Windsor native, Jacob Robson, from T-ball to the Tigers STORY BY MATTHEW ST. AMAND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DETROIT TIGERS/ALLISON FARRAND
WHAT IS IT LIKE GETTING THE CALL, saying you’re going to play in your first Major League Baseball game in 48 hours? “It’s been a whirlwind,” Jacob Robson says about being notified on Wednesday, August 11 that he would be playing for the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Friday the 13th. “I didn’t think I would be called up when I did. My focus has always been on being a good player. It caught me by surprise—a pleasant surprise.” When he hung up with the Toledo Mud Hens’ skipper, Tom Prince, who gave the news, Jacob phoned his parents, Jill and Charles. It was quarter past 11 pm. His mother answered. She recalls Jacob asking: “Where’s Dad?” Jill told him: “He’s in bed.” “Wake him up!” Jacob said. When both his parents were on the line, Jacob shared the news: “I got The Call.” It was the culmination of a lifetime of work. Jacob began playing T-ball in Windsor at the age of four and by the time he reached high school he was a proficient competitor in volleyball, hockey, badminton, track and lacrosse—and, of course, baseball. “He just loves to compete,” Charles adds. “Not just win— he just wants to try.” It wasn’t until Grade 11 that Jacob thought he might have a future in athletics. “I was about five feet tall in ninth grade,” Jacob recalls, “and about five-two in tenth grade. I could barely touch the top of the volleyball net. But my speed and jumping ability increased that year and by grade eleven, I could dunk a basketball. In volleyball, my spikes were going straight down.”
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Top: Jacob Robson sporting the Detroit Tigers’ old English ‘D’. Bottom: In the batter’s box in Comerica Park, ready to make contact.
All the while, he played baseball. With Charles as his coach, Jacob played for the Riverside Royals until he was 15. Then, he tried out for the Windsor Selects. “I didn’t make the Selects,” Jacob says. “And I was like: ‘Oh, OK…’ Then, Dave Cooper, coach of the Tecumseh Thunder, called and said: ‘We’d love to have you!’ Dave played a real role in accelerating my career. He loves the game more than anyone.” That same year, Jacob earned a place on Team Canada, playing for coach and mentor, Greg Hamilton.
By the time Jacob graduated from Massey high school, he had 78 baseball scholarship offers from Division I schools throughout the United States. “Math was his favourite subject,” Jill says. “Jacob was in the gifted program, going to what we called ‘night math’ at Massey one night a week, working on complicated math equations.” She continues: “Jacob and a friend made an algorithm that helped them pick which school to go to. It took things into consideration like campus amenities and food on the cafeteria menu.” Jacob chose Mississippi State University, playing four years for the Bulldogs, beginning in 2012. In 2016, he was drafted by the Tigers and has spent five years in the organization’s farm system. Then, on August 11, he got The Call, an experience Jacob is still wrapping his head around: “It means a lot. I grew up going to games with my family, dreaming of one day stepping onto that field. I watched Tiger games on TV with my grandpa. That was a great connection I had with my mom’s dad. He passed in 2014. “One thing I remember, my grandpa never spoke poorly about a player. He knew how difficult it was to get there. He was not a typical fan, so I wasn’t a typical fan. It was such an honour to wear the old English ‘D.’” Jacob’s parents were also ecstatic. They had been there every step of the way. Going to see their son play in his first major league baseball game was a dream come true. Then, reality asserted itself. Traveling to Detroit in the era of COVID-19 was a near-impossibility. “We confirmed three times over the phone that there was no chance getting across the border by car,” Charles recalls. “The only way to do it was by air, except, you need a PCR test in Canada to get on a plane. That has a 24 to 48 hour turnaround time. The only way was by helicopter, which just required a rapid test.” So, Charles and Jill chartered a helicopter, which took them to Signature Airport in Detroit. “I asked the pilot to fly over south Windsor so I could video the baseball diamonds Jacob grew up playing on,” Charles says. From Signature Airport, a driver whisked Jill and Charles over to an urgent care facility in Hazel Park, where they each submitted to a “polymerase chain reaction” (PCR) COVID-19 test, which is required to get back into Canada. From there,
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they checked into their hotel and then went to Comerica Park, where they watched their son, Jacob, play with the Tigers in a triple header with the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. “It was very emotional,” Charles says, “walking into Comerica Park knowing I was there to see Jacob play. I remember taking Jacob there and to old Tiger Stadium, since the time he could walk. It was a very overwhelming experience.” During Friday’s game, Jacob made a spectacular catch in the outfield. On Saturday, he pinch ran for Miguel Cabrera. “It was bottom of the eighth inning, no outs and the score was four-four,” Charles says. “Cabrera was walked so Jacob went on base for him. It was really something hearing the announcer say: ‘Robson goes in for Cabrera!’ Hearing your son’s name going in for a future hall-of-famer. And then Jacob came around to score on singles from Candelario, Renato Núñez and Haase. They won the game and everyone went crazy.” After the high of the triple header weekend, Jacob received the news that he was returning to the minors. The move was not based on his performance, but the fact that all the Tigers catchers are currently on the injured list. Bringing a catcher up from the minors bumped Jacob back down. As Jill observes: “Baseball is chess played on a field.” Despite the move off the 26 man roster, he remains on the big league 40 man roster. Jacob is circumspect about the roller coaster ride a career in baseball inevitably is: “I just try and be a good player. I was sent down because we needed another catcher. It had nothing to do with how I played.” What keeps Jacob playing baseball? Well, being part of the three player “taxi squad,” for one—which gives teams quick options if a player is injured or tests positive for COVID-19. This took Jacob to Toronto on August 22, where he witnessed teammate Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th career home run. “Sports is such a direct way to see improvement,” Jacob says. “A lot of people can struggle with ‘I’m unsure what I want to do with my life. I don’t know where to improve, or how to improve.’ For me, it’s clear. I want to get better at the sport where I can compete. There can be long stretches without seeing results. You can work yourself into the ground. That part is hard. I’m so grateful making it to the big leagues. I just like to play.” WLM Back to Contents
The Personal Touch Makes All the Difference WHEN YOU’RE GOOD at what you do, you just have an instinct about things. That’s how it is for Kaitlyn Courey, owner/operator of Simply Swimwear & Lingerie. Since COVID-19 hit, Kaitlyn decided to operate her boutique by appointment only. It just made sense, with or without the pandemic. “We feel that swimsuit and lingerie shopping does not require a large audience,” Kaitlyn writes on her website. “Our appointment model allows for a more intimate experience and gives our team the chance to work one-on-one with customers to share our knowledge of the lines we carry and to ensure a great fit.” In conversation with Windsor Life, she continues: “I had the idea before the pandemic. After the lockdown last year, we could only allow so many people in the boutique. I didn’t want people lined up outside. Didn’t want people to feel rushed when they came in. Customers have an hour with us and I wanted everyone to leave with exactly what they wanted.” Feedback from customers was positive. They enjoyed working closely with Kaitlyn and her team. “The appointment model is here to stay,” Kaitlyn says. Another positive change at the boutique is her decision to carry lingerie. “While planning our relaunch after the last lockdown, I thought: ‘What else can we do? What niche can we fill?’ And I remembered customers saying, over the years: ‘I wish I could get bras here, too.’” So, the decision was made and Simply Swimwear is now Simply Swimwear & Lingerie. “My staff and I are certified as bra fitters,” Kaitlyn notes. One thing the pandemic did not change was Simply Swimwear & Lingerie’s commitment to customer service. “We are focused on personalized service,” Kaitlyn says. “We want everyone to know that Simply Swimwear & Lingerie is a body positive space. We love helping women find swimwear and lingerie that make them feel great.” One question Kaitlyn frequently hears is: “Do you have my size?” “We have always offered a wide range of swimwear styles in regular and plus sizes,” she says. “People want options and we have them. That’s how you find the most comfortable fit. We are happy to also offer our customers a great assortment of lingerie, including bra styles in band sizes from 30-46 and cup sizes from A-K as well as specialty options like mastectomy bras.
“We carry good quality bras and know how important it is to every woman to find a bra with that perfect fit,” she continues. “We have a great selection women’s intimates, including lingerie, loungewear and shapewear that will help women feel their best.” Booking an appointment to visit Simply Swimwear & Lingerie is easy. Go to the boutique’s website to schedule a time or call by telephone. Customers can also call ahead and describe what they are looking for. Kaitlyn and her staff will pull inventory in the customer’s size and the customer is free to decide what they want to try on. Women want to see their options and can eliminate down to their best choices. “It’s our hope to take a task that many women don’t look forward to and turn it into an enjoyable experience,” Kaitlyn says, “where they leave with something they are excited to wear— feeling confident and good about themselves.” To learn more about Simply Swimwear & Lingerie, or to book an appointment, visit them online at www.simply-swimwear.com.
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SUMMER MOON Brendan Scott Friel Releases New Album STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN PHOTOGRAPHY BY TRAVIS LATAM
IF BRENDAN SCOTT FRIEL has one thing he is eternally grateful for, it’s this: That he found his “thing” very early. “I started playing music when I was eight years old, when I got a guitar for Christmas,” Brendan recalls. “I pretty quickly went, ‘Oh yeah. This makes sense to me.’ I had tried sports, but I wasn’t very athletic. It was nice to find something that I saw myself doing, and that seemed to come easier to me than it did to my peers.” Brendan credits the extra dimensions of music with sparking his interest in storytelling. “I always liked writing stories,” Brendan explains. “I wanted to be an author when I was very young. But with music, there was this extra colour that I got to paint with. I was able to tell stories with this added element of melody and harmony that enhances the narrative. I thought that was an interesting and tactile way of telling new ideas.” Throughout his childhood, Brendan continued to hone his talents. Then, in high school, as with all budding teenage musicians, he joined a band: The Brilliancy. “After high school, we ended up going on tour,” Brendan states. “We travelled across Canada and the United States.” After a couple years of performing, The Brilliancy dissolved. Faced with another crossroads in his life, Brendan slung his guitar over his shoulder and decided to embark on a solo career. “The biggest difference between playing alone and playing with a band is
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the small dictatorship I get to run,” Brendan laughs. “As a solo musician, I could hear a song on my way to a gig and think, ‘I’m going to play that song tonight.’ And I didn’t have to run that by anybody or teach the song to anyone. It was low pressure! I could just change the setlist on stage. I enjoy having no checks and balances.” Brendan has experimented with a wide variety of sounds over the years. He describes his current sound as indie folk. Although even that classification, he admits, is a tentative one. “I love artists that don’t become defined by their genre and don’t play into their own genre tropes,” Brendan explains. “Stuff like, ‘Well, I’m folk, I better have a banjo here.’ I like the idea of taking elements that I love from folk and introducing new sounds. For instance, on my debut record, I’ve added synths. So, I guess I’d be considered more neo folk.” Brendan’s philosophy is that good art always grants permission. “If you do something great, it allows people to continue doing that,” Brendan states. “Every great artist that I love did something that was very jarring to hear at the time, and maybe even a little bit polarizing. But then, it allowed more people to follow that path.” All this musical development has led Brendan here, to the release of new debut album: Summer Moon. To get the album produced, Brendan took a leap of faith: he cold called Donovan Woods’s producer, James Bunton. “I just sent him some demos,” Brendan states. “I had no real plans in mind. I was just, you know, shooting for the stars and hoping for the best.” To Brendan’s surprise, the stars were in 2609 WYANDOTTE ST. E. | 519-258-0333 his favor. “I got a response,” Brendan recalls. “He CARLYLEINTERIORSINC.COM said my music sounded interesting and that he wanted to chat.” After a couple phone calls, James and Brendan decided to work on a record firstname.lastname@example.org 519 gether. 24Hrs. email@example.com goodinadvice?... Let’s talk 972-1600 Unfortunately, they started Need recording 972-1600 March 2020—right before the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus ricklescanec.com “Unbeknownst to me, my **Visit plans to go **Unprecedented Sales Record to Toronto and start recording all deerbrookplus got sideI C O N SRICK & LESCANEC SOCIAL MEDIA LOGOS FOR BUSINESS CARD High Quality, Private & Small Group Music Lessons tracked,” Brendan states. “So, it very much changed the way this record came out. We REGISTERINOW FOR FALL CLASSES deerbrookplus CONS & SOCIAL MEDIA LOGO had to do a lot of recording over Zoom. **Visit ricklescanec.com Contact Jordyn 519-995-5715 Thursdays I would send over what I was 1700 Sprucewood, LaSalle working on. Sundays we had a chat about marierosemusic.com it. And we did that every single week until
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September, when I finally got to go up and start recording.” Despite these hurdles, Brendan maintains an optimistic attitude about the process. “Because it took longer, I ended up writing three more songs that I wouldn’t have previously,” Brendan admits. “That’s the silver lining there.” Brendan was partly able to release his album due to a grant from the City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF). “I’m relatively new to the process of grant writing!” Brendan explains. “Luckily, I found out that the ACHF is there to help young artists. The money they gave me helped with the creation of the livestream concert and production of the album itself. It was really nice to have that backing from the City.” Summer Moon was released this March. And although Brendan has a difficult time choosing his favourite track, there is one song that he is particularly drawn to. “Right now, I really, really like the closing track: ‘Run’” Brendan states. “That might also be because it’s the final track that I wrote for the album. I think it’s some of the strongest writing I’ve ever done.” Summer Moon deals with the struggle between two dualities—something Brendan has firsthand experience with over the past several years. And “Run” ties together the final lingering threads of the message. “You need those lows in order to appreciate the highs,” Brendan explains. “That’s what Summer Moon is all about. So, the whole record kind of bounces from low to high. It’s all about trying to find that peace. And “Run” is all about saying that you won’t find that peace. That the journey is all about the people you are with. That there’s always going to be more to do, and that’s a wonderful thing.” Despite being a solo artist, Brendan credits several people with helping launch Summer Moon. “I need to thank my family and friends, of course, and my wife Alicia,” Brendan states. “We got married three years ago. But this was her first time living with me while I was producing an album. And that was an experience for her! I become very reclusive and moody. It’s a lot for anyone to be around. But she was just so supportive and so amazing throughout the whole process.” More information about Brendan Scott Friel and Summer Moon can be found at: WLM brendanscottfriel.com. Back to Contents
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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME New Book About One Couple’s Love of the Game STORY BY MICHAEL SEGUIN COVER ART COURTESY BIBLIOASIS PRESS WHAT DO YOU THINK OF when you think of baseball? Walking into the stadium and seeing the telltale diamond stretch out before you? Sitting in the dugout with sunflower seeds on blistering summer mornings? The deafening crack as the cork and rubber ball connects with the aluminum bat? The roaring of the crowds? For husband-wife Dale Jacobs and Heidi L.M. Jacobs, baseball has been a decades-long fixture of their shared lives. “Heidi and I had season tickets for over 11 years,” Dale explains. “We were across the river every Sunday that the Detroit Tigers played.” However, by the time the summer of 2016 rolled around, Dale and Heidi’s relationship with baseball had cooled from a passionate love affair to the drone of obligation. “We were a little tired of the game,” Dale admits. “It had become routine. So we gave up our package.” Not long after, Dale and Heidi decided to try and find a way to return to their favourite sport. “Baseball has been so important to us for a variety of reasons,” Dale states. “For me, baseball has always been important because of my Dad. That was what we had together. What we connected with. He passed away in 2008. Losing this connection to baseball was difficult for me, because it felt like I was losing a connection with my Dad.” Ultimately, baseball has always been Dale’s way of connecting with a larger community.
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“Wherever I’ve lived, baseball was a way of connecting with friends,” Dale explains. “Just going to ball games with various people. Whether we were living in Edmonton or Nebraska or here. Baseball has always been a way to connect for me. And baseball was something Heidi and I bonded over. It’s always been an interest we’ve shared and developed together. I brought her to baseball, and she’s brought me to things like ballet.” “I didn’t grow up watching baseball like Dale did,” Heidi states. “But my grandmother played in the prairies of Saskatchewan. But, as Dale said, in one of the first conversations we ever had, he mentioned baseball. And when we moved to Windsor, it meant a lot to us. Especially being so close to Detroit, and having the Tigers right across the river.” After brooding over how to stoke the embers for some time, Dale and Heidi eventually decided on a unique experiment: attend 50 games within 100 miles of their Windsor home. All within the span of one summer. The logistics, the Jacobs admit, required some massaging. “The logistics were interesting,” Dale states. “Partly because you can’t always depend on the weather. That first weekend, we attended three games. This was the last weekend in March. And then, we only made it to one game in all of April, because the weather was just so terrible.” The endeavor necessitated constant flexibility. “We would try to plan for a couple weeks or so,” Dale recalls. “We’d have games targeted. But a lot of it was on the fly. One of the things we discovered, especially in regard to amateur baseball, is that it is not always easy to get their schedule. We often had to rely on word of mouth. One tournament we went to in Adrian, Michigan,
someone we knew through the university just happened to tell us about it a week before. A lot of it was just reacting to what was in front of us.” “We were still working full-time during this,” Heidi notes. “Sometimes we’d come home at 5, change our shoes, hop in the car and not get home until 11.” Despite the hurdles involved, seeing that volume of games in such a compressed amount of time awarded Dale and Heidi a unique perspective on their favourite game. “Anything changes when you become immersed in it,” Heidi states. “There’s a reason why people trying to learn a new language move to the foreign country. I think baseball became that. The commitment involved in seeing—and not just attending, but actually watching—50 games was challenging. It would have been easy enough to just zone out. It required a certain amount of discipline and focus.” In particular, Dale and Heidi took notice of the varying characteristics of each game. “We looked at what was interesting about each game,” Heidi explains. “‘Do they have a scoreboard?’ ‘Are there replays?’ There were games where even the players didn’t know what the score was! And then the intellectual flexibility of looking at all the different merits of each match. There was something beautiful about each game that we saw.” “It was a lot of learning how to see,” Dale states. “For me, it was all about learning all the different levels. We had become so used to just watching major league baseball. People at the height of their craft. In this instance, we saw games all the way from high school to Midget Major to various levels of Minor League baseball to university baseball. We even saw a game of historic baseball
played with 1865 rules. Seeing all those players at different stages of their development was very interesting.” That said, two bespectacled academics with notepads did raise a few eyebrows. “At the professional level, everyone is rooting for their team,” Dale explains. “At the amateur-high school level, people tend to be there because their son or husband or whoever is playing. They have an investment in a particular player. We were often outliers. We kept getting asked, ‘Who’s your son? Who are you here to see?’ We would tell them, ‘We’re just here to see baseball.’ They would give us funny looks.” “We kept getting asked if we were scouts,” Heidi laughs. “We would say, ‘No, the scouts are over there. See? The guy with the radar gun?’” After attending all the necessary games, Dale and Heidi got to work scribbling down their story. 100 Miles of Baseball was released by Biblioasis Press earlier this year. “We did tons and tons of work to shape the project,” Heidi states. “It’s not just a catalogue of all the games we saw. We didn’t just type up our notes. We wanted to articulate a focus, a journey. Specifically, Dale trying to find his way back to baseball, and me trying to find out what role baseball played in our lives. It’s about our combined narrative arcs.” “It’s more of an accumulation of those arcs,” Dale explains. “Certain moments stand out, but it’s really about our experience seeing 50 games in 1 summer. It’s so much like it is to play a full season of baseball. It became that process of learning and adjustment. We went through that as fans and as writers.” 100 Miles of Baseball is available on Amazon, Indigo and Biblioasis Press. WLM Back to Contents
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WINDSOR’S SOURCE FOR USED AND NEW CAR PARTS WHEN PAUL WINKLER purchased J&B Auto Recyclers on April 17, 1975, there were approximately a dozen other auto recycling operations in Windsor. In 2021, there is only one— J&B Auto. Why? J&B Auto has evolved with the times, it recycles vehicles in a green-friendly way and has a massive inventory of used and new, tested and warrantied parts. In 2014, Paul’s son, Max, took over the business. He practically grew up there. “I’ve been hanging here since I was a kid,” Max says, “cleaning up, sweeping, then being ‘promoted’ to breaking down tires.” When customers call J&B Auto, looking for a part, they may not realize it, but they are actually calling every auto recycler in North America. “I’m linked into every yard in Canada and the U.S. on the parts locating system,” Max explains. “I broker parts in and out everyday. An auto recycler in Orillia called for a 2019 Ford F-150 transfer case, the other day. I had one on the shelf. We packaged it and shipped it to them that day. We will sell virtually every part off every vehicle, bumper to bumper, floor to ceiling.” More than that, all parts from J&B Auto come with an industry standard 60 day warranty. “Since I got in, I have been purchasing newer inventory,” Max says. “Our inventory range is very wide. We have more parts for newer makes and models. Everything we sell has been inspected and tested to the best of our ability.” He continues: “I purchase vehicles that have either been in accidents, are at the end of their lives and some higher-end inventory comes from auctions. If somebody can’t get the vehicle to us, we’ll pick it up. Currently, we have approximately 1,000 vehicles inventoried for parts, ranging from 1980 to 2021. Most of our inventory is 2010 and newer. We receive between one to 10 cars a day.” Every vehicle is inspected when being inventoried. All parts that appear usable go into J&B Auto’s inventory system, which is live and online, through the J&B Auto website. And the need for parts is virtually endless. “I just shipped a 2021 Dodge Ram brake caliper to Virginia,” Max says. “I get calls from across North America, daily. We even get the odd email from overseas. We recently shipped a bumper and fender to Germany for an ’87 Cadillac.” J&B Auto recycles the green-friendly way. Five different people touch each car before it’s done: all fluids are removed and stored in designated totes; tires are sent to tire mills for recycling. Inspected, tested and warrantied parts from J&B Auto Recyclers are noticeably less expensive than what are found at dealers. J&B Auto sells between 50-85 parts a day. It’s worth noting that during the COVID-19 global pandemic, lockdowns across the world have created a crippling parts shortage in the automotive sector. Many car parts are nationally back ordered. “Turnaround time on parts becoming available has decreased,” Max says. “We have a huge inventory. If you’re looking for a part, it’s always worth calling us. If I don’t have it, I will do my best to find it.” Whether you need a part, or looking to scrap your vehicle, J&B Auto Recyclers is always here to help. To learn more about J&B Auto, or to view their inventory online, or make an inquiry, visit their website www.jbautoparts.com.
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MOTOR CITY COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION Finding the Best Solution Motor City Community Credit Union operates under a simple philosophy: People helping people help themselves. Motor City’s history dates back to early 1940’s when the first local credit unions began in Windsor. Eventually, these credit unions merged to form Motor City Community Credit Union (MCCCU). Now, Motor City’s assets reach to over $410 million. Thanks to their adoption of innovative new technology, the scale of the services they provide is only growing. Serving the financial needs of all 13,000 members’ means providing banking where, when and how, all the while staying ahead of the future needs of new members. “Thanks to our app and website, our services are only becoming more sophisticated,” Marketing Manager at Motor City Community Credit Union Becky Langlois, states. “We now provide various ways to bank so that you don’t have to step into one of our retail locations to get the valued information and direction from our financial service representatives. A lot of the day-to-day banking can be done online. You don’t even have to visit a branch to open an account.” But what makes Motor City truly exceptional isn’t just their 80-plus year history or the depth of their expertise, but their unwavering commitment to Windsor and Essex County. “When I first started back in 2007, I worked directly across the hall from Collections, as it was being called back then,” Becky recalls. “At the time, the economy had taken a real punch. I remember the person doing Collections would get calls every day such as, ‘Can we come in and drop off the keys to our house?’ And
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THE MANY FACES OF NICK MARRA Local Sculptor Thrives in Hollywood STORY BY MATTHEW ST. AMAND / PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY NICK MARRA STUDIOS AFTER MORE THAN 30 YEARS in Hollywood, LaSalle native, Nick Marra, is at the top of his game in a city not known for being kind to people’s dreams. In recent years, Nick has become renowned for his hyper-realistic silicone and bronze sculptures of such diverse subjects as actor Robert Shaw (“Quint” in the movie Jaws), Marlon Brando, Bryan Cranston, Clint Eastwood and the late Detroit Red Wing enforcer, Bob Probert, to name a few. The level of realism Nick achieves is otherworldly. There is a YouTube video of legendary actor Richard Dreyfuss marveling at the full-sized silicone figure of Robert Shaw at the Hollywood Show fan convention in 2017. Dreyfuss starred in Jaws with Robert Shaw. At one point, he puts an arm around the sculpture’s shoulder and whispers into its ear. Onlookers seem to wait for the sculpture to break out laughing at the private joke. More than geography separates Los Angeles from LaSalle. Nick made the journey in February 1988. In one hand, he had a student visa to work in California. In the other, he had a $54 bus ticket. His entire life’s savings was in his pocket, earned over four years working in a screw machine shop his father owned. And like a character in of a Paul Simon song, Nick traveled for three days from Detroit to LA. He was a self-taught sculptor in his mid-twenties who couldn’t wait to “wow” Hollywood with his work. The mania started when he was a young child, watching his older brother drawing a dinosaur. “My mother was an artist,” Nick says. “I remember her helping my brother with his drawing. It was two dimensional art, but it fascinated me.” At age eight, Nick received Playdough for Christmas. “Now my art was three dimensional,” he says. “My first sculpture
Clockwise from top left: Nick Marra putting finishing touches on Walter White sculpture from the TV show Breaking Bad; sculpture of actor Robert Shaw as “Quint” from the movie Jaws; bronze sculpture of Detroit Red Wing enforcer, Bob Probert; sculpture of actor Yul Brynner as gunfighter android, with removable face, from the 1973 sci-fi movie Westworld.
was King Kong from the original 1933 movie. Stop motion animation fascinated me, at that time. I loved seeing The Black Scorpion at the Skyway drive-in—a 1950s sci-fi movie about a Claymation scorpion the size of a house.” By his early teens, inspired by the films of Ray Harryhausen—special effects creator for such classics as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and Earth vs. the Flying
Saucers—Nick honed his skills as a sculptor by making his own stop motion movies. He also practiced special effects makeup on his friends every Hallowe’en. Then: tragedy. “An article in Fangoria magazine said that stop motion movies were on their way out,” Nick says. “I loved that stuff and wanted to make a career of it, but Fangoria said it was done. So, I wondered: ‘What’s my fall back?’” He continues: “I loved Planet of the Apes and the original Frankenstein movie and their wonderful prosthetic makeup. So, I thought: ‘I can do that!’ But there was no Internet in the early ’80s, no YouTube and very few books on the subject.” Nick enjoyed working on people’s faces, changing them. Sculpture was his first love, but he found prosthetic makeup was a type of sculpture. “I knew I had to go where the work was, so I got a student visa to work in the U.S., in California,” he says. “The only person I knew there was my Aunt Lori, who lived outside of Burbank. I slept under her table for a few months.” Instead of a plan, Nick had a willingness to go out of his comfort zone. A shy guy by nature, he understood he needed to go outside of himself in order to find work. He got out the Yellow Pages looked up “special effects makeup” and called the first telephone number he found: Kevin Yagher’s studio (Yagher was famous for doing Freddy Krueger’s makeup in Nightmare On Elm Street). As cold-calls go, it wasn’t terrible. “Kevin gave me two pieces of advice that proved invaluable,” Nick recalls. “First, he told me to take Dick Smith’s makeup course—Dick Smith was the Godfather of movie makeup. And second, call Berman Studios because they hired new people.” Dick Smith accepted Nick into his course, which was a confidence boost because Smith only took students he felt could “make it” in the industry. The boost, however, came with a reality check: “Your sculpting is quite crude,” Smith said. “It was depressing to hear that, but I used it as motivation,” Nick says. Nick called Berman Studios—owner Tom Berman had helped John Chambers on Planet of the Apes—and learned they were looking for a sculptor. “Can you start tomorrow?” the secretary said. Through a process of maniacal hard work and continuously pushing himself out of his comfort zone, Nick made his way in Hollywood as a sculptor and prosthetic
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makeup artist, landing jobs on the Jurassic Park and Nightmare On Elm Street franchises, among other projects. Although it was the progression of time, experience and a growing portfolio of work that propelled Nick’s career, his intensively life-like sculpture of actor Robert Shaw as “Quint” raised his profile considerably. “I owe my movie makeup and sculpting career to ‘Quint,’” Nick says. “In the early ’90s, the Mad Monster Model Party was a trade show where sculptors showed off their work. Jaws is my favourite movie, so I sculpted Quint.” In a sea of monsters, Nick’s “Quint” was the only human likeness and it was quite a hit. There is no secret or shortcut in how Nick achieved the eerie realism of “Quint”. The sculpture looks alive. An executive from Warner Brothers observed: “If you didn’t get it so perfect, it would have no affect on people.” “I don’t idealize my subjects,” Nick explains. “I’m obsessed with detail. I’m not interested in doing a sculpture. I want that person to be alive right in front of me in silicone.” Nick’s bronze bust of Detroit Red Wing Bob Probert came from a different place. Nick and Probert had been friends since the beginning of Probert’s NHL career. “The Probert sculpture is based on one of my favourite photos of him—sitting in the penalty box,” Nick says. “I started the piece in 2012. I recently spoke with Bob’s wife, Dani, and she felt I really captured him—the eyes, his jawline. It felt good to hear that.” Nick has no specific plans for the bust. One idea is to have 24 limited edition busts, a signature series—24 because that was Probert’s jersey number. These could be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Probert’s foundation. These days, Nick runs his own studio near LA. Although he has decades of experience in the industry, he still pauses to marvel at his journey. He has honed his craft by being brutally honest with himself and when asked what advice he would offer aspiring makeup artists, he is equally blunt: “If there is anything else you can do, do that, instead,” Nick says. “You have to work so hard. Never accept something is ‘good enough.’ People think I just woke up one day and could do this. It has been a long journey and it was torturous.” To see more of Nick’s work, visit his website www.nickmarrastudios.com. WLM Back to Contents
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